On behalf of our judicial officers and court staff, welcome to the City of Spokane's Municipal Court website. Despite being one of Washington State's busiest courts, we deliver impartial, efficient and accessible justice that protects liberties guaranteed by law and provides open, just and timely resolution of all matters. Our guiding principles below help achieve this:
We encourage you to use this website as a tool for procedural information to learn more about our court and improving access to justice. While the law precludes us from providing legal advice and none of the information is intended to be such, our website includes links to local resources that may be helpful in that regard.
Thank you again for visiting our website. Our court looks forward to serving you.
Presiding Judge Shelley Szambelan
Spokane Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction with statutory authority to process criminal misdemeanors and civil infractions. Spokane Municipal Court processes approximately 103,000 tickets annually:
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:
Criminal gross misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Examples of gross misdemeanors are:
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:
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.
Michelle D. Szambelan
Tracy A. Staab
Assistant Presiding Judge
Mary C. Logan
Gerald A. Caniglia
Michael C Valerien