June 2021 Bar Bulletin
Seattle (May 10, 2021) — Beginning May 21, 2021, Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) will allow in-person appearances for all out-of-custody criminal cases and contested infraction hearings, in accordance with General Administrative Order 2021-02. Participants will still have the option to appear remotely for their hearing by video or by phone, unless directly ordered to appear in-person by a judge.
Jury trials will resume June 16, 2021, unless otherwise ordered by the court. Trials were suspended in November 2020 due to rising COVID-19 cases, creating a significant backlog of cases awaiting trial.
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