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Municipal Court

Presiding Judge's Welcome

Hello and Welcome to the City of Spokane’s Municipal Court website. While the Municipal Court does not control who comes into court, we do control how we treat those who come into court. We pride ourselves in working toward the highest level of accessible justice we can provide to the people we serve – you, the citizens and visitors of the City of Spokane.

Our guiding principles have remained the same since our inception in 2009: open, low barrier, accessible justice for all who enter our doors – from parking tickets to criminal law violations. But this court has developed so much more.  We have expanded our commitment to individualized justice with the creation of our Therapeutic and Problem-Solving Courts, national models, such as Community Court. We also have a Veteran’s Enhanced Therapeutic Court, DUI Court and joint participation in the Mental Health Court, courts designed to support the participant to lead a healthy life but to also increase public and victim safety by addressing addiction and mental health needs.  You can visit our Therapeutic Courts page to find more information on these alternative courts.

Our creativity and commitment to restorative justice is also evidenced in our Community Justice Services (CJS) Department, formerly known as the Probation Department. There is so much more to the work of our CJS Department in efforts to stop the revolving door of citation, plea, jail and repeat. With the use of evidence-based analysis, every effort is made to assist someone to navigate the criminal justice world, and also provide assistance in accessing resources to support a more healthful and productive life by connecting people to housing, identification, health care, treatment options and more.

Our administrative staff, from the friendly cashiers that help you navigate payments to our court clerks that aid us in the courtroom to our executive level assistants – are all trained with the goal of making your experience as positive as possible, taking into account each person’s individual situation as much as the law allows. Our “e-filing” system is designed to avail access to information and to ease the ability of filing court documents.

In this unprecedented time of high public health concerns, the City of Spokane Municipal Court has taken steps to reduce the risk of infection and illness by allowing “virtual” appearances when possible.  See the COVID-19 page for guidance on how to access that option. Our hearings are live streaming on YouTube to maintain our commitment to open courts, providing for viewing of court proceedings from the safety of any electronic device that supports that platform.

This website is designed to be used as a tool by you and we hope it is helpful. Careful thought has been given in the creation of access for you, the public we serve.

Thank you for your interest and in visiting our website – we are here to serve you.

Judge Mary C. Logan – Presiding Judge, City of Spokane Municipal Court

About Spokane Municipal Court

Spokane Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction with statutory authority to process criminal misdemeanors and civil infractions. Spokane Municipal Court processes approximately 101,000 tickets annually:

  • 7,000 Criminal Misdemeanors
  • 10,000 Civil Infractions
  • 25,000 Photo-Enforcement Infractions
  • 59,000 Civil Parking Infractions
Criminal Misdemeanors:

Criminal cases are brought by the City of Spokane against individuals accused of committing a crime. The City bears this burden because a crime is considered an act against all of society. The prosecuting attorney prosecutes the charge against the accused person (defendant) on behalf of the City (plaintiff).

Criminal charges are categorized as either misdemeanors or gross misdemeanors, both of which are punishable by imprisonment and/or a fine. Criminal misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Examples of misdemeanors are:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • No valid operator's license
  • Possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana

Criminal gross misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Examples of gross misdemeanors are:

  • Theft of property or services valued at up to $750
  • Driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
  • Domestic violence assault
Civil Infractions:

Civil Infractions are not crimes. They are violations of law that have a fine or penalty amount but are not punishable by imprisonment. Examples of infractions are:

  • Speeding
  • No liability insurance
  • Expired vehicle license
  • Defective equipment
  • All parking violations

Spokane Municipal Court does not process protection or restraining orders, name changes, small claims or civil cases, or junk vehicle abatement removal and impounds under Chapter 10.16 of the Spokane Municipal Code.

Judicial Officers

Municipal Court Group Photo
  • Kristin C. O’Sullivan

    Kristin C. O’Sullivan
    Assistant Presiding Judge
    Position 1

  • Mary C. Logan

    Mary C. Logan
    Presiding Judge
    Position 2

  • Gloria Ochoa-Bruck

    Gloria Ochoa-Bruck
    Judge
    Position 3

  • Gerald A. Caniglia

    Gerald A. Caniglia
    Court Commissioner

  • Molly A. Nave

    Molly A. Nave
    Court Commissioner

  • Michael C. Valerien

    Michael C. Valerien
    Court Commissioner


Contact Information

Municipal Court Clerk's Office
1100 W Mallon Ave
Spokane, WA 99260
509.625.4400
mcadmin@spokanecity.org

Audio Recordings

Most of the hearings held in Spokane Municipal Court are digitally recorded. To access the audio recording for a specific hearing:

  • Click on the Search Recordings link below.
  • Click on the filter icon
  • Under "Filter By Agency:" you must search City of Spokane, WA Municipal Court
  • Clink on the docket and the recording will begin playing.

Related Links

Bench Copies

To serve bench copies to a Judicial Officer please email:
Jeanine Sword
Judicial Administrative Assistant
jsword@spokanecity.org

Please ensure compliance with SPMCrRLJ 8.2(d).