The office prosecutes approximately 10,000 criminal violations of the Spokane Municipal Code annually. These cases are assigned using a concept called “vertical prosecution," which assigns each criminal defendant to a given prosecutor for all crimes charged over time. This allows the prosecutor to become familiar with the defendant and their particular conduct as a whole rather than on a case-by-case basis.
Additionally, the office is responsible for prosecuting civil traffic and non-traffic infractions committed within the City. The office also drafts criminal ordinances and monitors state criminal justice legislation of interest to the City.
These criminal and civil cases are heard in the Spokane Municipal Court.
The Office of the Spokane City Prosecuting Attorney is organized into five key units, Administration, Core Prosecution, Domestic Violence, and Appellate.
The Civil Division of the City Attorney's Office:
The office represents the interests of the people of the City of Spokane. It does so by the timely prosecution of individuals who violate the law within our community. This prosecution effort is conducted in a manner that reflects the nature of the offense, ensures the defendant is properly punished for his or her conduct and which results in restitution to crime victims when appropriate. The office does not represent individuals. The attorneys and staff employed by the office are strictly prohibited from providing any legal advice to private individuals.
Office of the City Prosecuting Attorney
909 West Mallon Avenue
Spokane, Washington 99201
Prosecutor's Office hours:
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.