October 2015 Bar Bulletin
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Giant Steps: Ticket Mitigation Now Online

 

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By Rita Dermody

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The King County District Court (KCDC) has made a significant step toward making access to justice a little easier for the people in King County. Previously, if you received a traffic infraction that you wanted to mitigate, you would follow instructions on the ticket and submit a written request to the Court as one of your options. Now KCDC allows you to mitigate your ticket entirely online through its E-Mitigation program at https://districtcourtsearch.kingcounty.gov/einfraction/.

You enter your ticket number and your last name. The software moves you through the appropriate steps, allowing you to explain why you wish to mitigate your ticket and gives you the option to attach documents to your statement. Throughout the process, the website reminds you of the scope of this undertaking.

When judges review their infractions calendars, they are able to pull up Department of Licensing records, an image of the entire ticket, and case histories of the offender from the Administrative Office of the Court database. When the judge enters an order, the order is immediately sent via email to the offender and followed up by an order that is mailed via first-class mail.

I applaud the District Court for creating an easy and accessible way for an individual to communicate with the Court without having to take time off from work or cancel other obligations in order to be heard by the Court.


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