King County District Court Community Court Program

King County Community Court seeks to go beyond punitive actions to identify and address the underlying challenges of court participants that may contribute to further criminal activity. The hearings are held at Redmond Library instead of a traditional courtroom. This setting is less intimidating and allows the judge to be seated at eye-level with those being spoken with.

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The court addresses things like theft, shoplifting, trespassing, and other low-level offenses. Traditionally punitive action is taken against crimes like these, which don’t address why the crime is happening. In this courtroom members have the opportunity to sign up at the community resource center next door for services such as drug and alcohol treatment and employment services. This approach allows people to get services connected to the underlying issues and foster a community of growth.

Click on the video above to hear from Judge Paglisotti and Community Court Program team members.