Municipal Court Annual Reports, 1945-[ongoing]  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). City Clerk
Title
Municipal Court Annual Reports
Dates
1945-[ongoing] (inclusive)
Quantity
.2 cubic foot, (1 box)
Collection Number
1802-J4
Summary
Annual reports of the Municipal Court of Seattle, 1945-1994. Also included are Municipal Traffic Court and Traffic Violations Bureau reports.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Municipal Court was created in 1955 under Chapter 290 of the Washington State Laws. It has exclusive original jurisdiction over violations of all city ordinances and collects fines and forfeitures relating thereto. The first judicial officer of Seattle was appointed by City Council in 1875 from among the King County Justices of the Peace serving the Seattle Precinct. In 1886, a charter amendment made each Seattle Precinct Justice a Police Justice with jurisdiction over ordinance violations. In 1891, State Law created a Municipal Court system that included a Justice Court and Police Court. Prior to establishment of the current court system, city ordinances were adjudicated in Police and Traffic Courts. Municipal Probation Service was established as part of the Municipal Court in 1968.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Annual reports for the Municipal Court date from 1945-1994; annual reports will continue to be added to the series. When Municipal Probation Services published a separate annual report, it is filed with reports for the Municipal Court. Included with this series are annual reports for the Municipal Traffic Court and Traffic Violations Bureau, dating from 1945-1968.

Municipal Traffic Court and Traffic Violations Bureau Annual Reports include information on number of cases, amount of appeals paid, and fines, forfeitures, and fees collected, as well as statistics regarding tickets issued, persons books, cars impounded, and service calls. Some reports also include narrative. Also included in some reports are statistics on the types of traffic cases tried, as well as jail sentences and license suspensions and revocations.

Police Division reports contain statistics on arrests and cases filed; the report for 1949 cites public drunkenness as the primary reason for an increase in arrests from previous years.

Municipal Court annual reports contain statistics on number of cases, number of and outcome of appeals, fines and forfeitures, monies collected for various departments, and types of cases dealt with by the Justice Court. Later reports include administrative information on the court and case loads. Beginning in 1971, reports include narrative as well as statistics.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Municipal Court Annual Reports, Record Series 1802-J4. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Municipal Court Annual Reports, 1945-1994Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Municipal Traffic Court Annual Report
1945
1/1
Municipal Traffic Cout / Judicial Department Annual Report
1946
1/1
Municipal Traffic Court / Judicial Department Annual Report
1947
1/1
Municipal Traffic Court Annual Report
1948
1/1
Municipal Traffic Court / Judicial Department Annual Report
1949
1/1
Municipal Traffic Court / Judicial Department Annual Report
1950
1/1
Municipal Traffic Court / Judicial Department Annual Report
1951
1/1
Municipal Traffic Court / Judicial Department Annual Report
1952
1/1
Municipal Traffic Court Annual Report
1953
1/1
Municipal Traffic Court Annual Report
1954
1/1
Municipal Traffic Court Annual Report
1955
1/1
Municipal Traffic Court Annual Report
1956
1/1
Municipal Traffic Court / Judicial Department Annual Report
1957
1/2
Municipal Court / Traffic Violators Bureau Annual Report
1963
1/2
Municipal Court / Traffic Violators Bureau Annual Report
1964
1/2
Municipal Court / Traffic Violators Bureau Annual Report
1965
1/2
Municipal Court / Traffic Violators Bureau Annual Report
1966
1/2
Municipal Court / Traffic Violators Bureau Annual Report
1967
1/2
Municipal Court / Traffic Violatiors Bureau Annual Report
1968
1/3
Municipal Court / Police Division Annual Report
1947
1/3
Municipal Court / Police Court Annual Report
1949
1/4
Municipal Court Annual Report
1957
1/4
Municipal Court Annual Report (Dept. #2)
1958
1/4
Municipal Court Annual Report (Dept. #1)
1958
1/4
Municipal Court Annual Report
1959
1/4
Municipal Court Annual Report
1960
1/4
Municipal Court Annual Report
1961
1/4
Municipal Court Traffic Violations Bureau Annual Report
1962
1/4
Municipal Court Annual Report
1962
1/4
Municipal Court Annual Report
1963
1/4
Municipal Court Annual Report
1964
1/4
Municipal Court Annual Report
1965
1/4
Municipal Court Annual Report
1966
1/4
Municipal Court Annual Report
1967
1/4
Municipal Court, Departments 1,2,3 Annual Report
1968
1/5
Municipal Court Annual Report
1969
1/5
Municipal Court Annual Report
1971
1/5
Municipal Court Annual Report
1974
1/5
Municipal Court Annual Report
1975
1/5
Municipal Court Annual Report
1981
1/5
Municipal Court Annual Report
1982
1/6
Municipal Court Annual Report
1983
1/6
Municipal Court Annual Report
1984
1/6
Municipal Court Annual Report
1986
1/6
Municipal Court Annual Report
1987
1/6
Municipal Court Annual Report
1988
1/6
Municipal Court Annual Report
1989
1/6
Municipal Court Annual Report
1993-1994

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Municipal courts--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Traffic violations--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Annual reports
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington (State). Municipal Court (Seattle) (creator)