The King County District Court, West Division, Shoreline Courthouse is located at 18050 Meridian Avenue North, Shoreline, Washington 98133. There are two judges serving in the courthouse, Judge Douglas Smith and Judge Marcine Anderson.The Court processes over 21,000 cases a year. Filings include traffic and non-traffic misdemeanors, infractions, Civil and Small Claims cases, and Domestic Violence Orders for Protection, along with Name Changes. Passport applications are accepted on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..The Shoreline Courthouse serves the cities of Shoreline and Kenmore.
The University of Washington Police, the Washington State Patrol, the King County Sheriff, and Sound Transit also file cases with the Shoreline Courthouse.The Shoreline Courthouse houses a King County District Court Probation Department and a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate serving the cities of Shoreline, Kenmore and the State of Washington. The Juvenile Conference Committee for King County makes use of the courthouse in the evenings for parent/child diversion hearings.
Here are the address and directions for the Shoreline Courthouse:
18050 Meridian Ave. N.
Shoreline, WA 98133
From I-5: Take NE 175th Street Exit. Go west on 175th for one block, turn right onto Meridian Avenue N. After approximately five blocks turn right into the courthouse parking lot.
Judge Anne Harper
Education: JD University of Washington School of Law, 1981; BA University of Washington, 1978
Legal/Judicial Experience: 29 years of legal experience: trial, judicial, administrative and teaching experience; unanimously appointed by the King County Council as a District Court Judge, 2009; 8 years of judicial experience as a Court Commissioner for King County District Court and the City of Auburn; 3 years judicial experience as a Special Master for King County Superior Court; Trial Advocacy Teacher, University of Washington, 12 years.
Family: Married with a daughter; 18 years living in Ballard; 37 years living in Seattle.
Significant Career Experience: 16 years criminal defense work; Senior Trial Attorney; Felony Division Supervisor; 22 Homicide cases; Complex Securities Fraud experience. Director, King County Office of the Public Defender; taught 32 education seminars for lawyers and citizens
Judge Harper stated in her last voters pamphlet: "I would like to tell you about the hard work that the District Court does for the citizens of King County. We handle a large volume of traffic infractions; criminal cases, such as DUI and Domestic Violence; civil matters to $75,000; small claims and protection orders. We are the People’s Court.The Court has suffered serious budget reductions over the years. We have responded with innovation and grace. We have consolidated cases to take advantage of economy of scale and expertise. We have created award winning technology, such as a unified call center; electronic court records and we are developing electronic filing of court documents. We work to solve problems. Our Relicensing Court helps people to become licensed. Our Domestic Violence Court responds quickly with expertise and intense monitoring. Our award winning Regional Mental Health Court improves the lives of the mentally ill, increasing stability, reducing recidivism and incarceration of the mentally ill. The judges and staff of the District Court are deeply committed solving problems and improving lives through a high quality court. Thank you for your support."
Judge Douglas Smith
Judge Smith has been a King County District Court Judge Shoreline District for more than 20 years.
Education: B.A. Accounting, Seattle University, 1969
J.D. University of San Francisco, 1973
Here is Judge Smith's last candidate statement: "District courts are the “people’s court,” handling civil disputes up to $50,000.00, small claims, misdemeanor crimes, and traffic infractions. Judges also hear protection orders and preside over jury trials. Judge Douglas J. Smith, who also served for eight years as municipal judge for Lake Forest Park, has always been rated among the top seven judges in overall performance among the twenty-plus King County District Court Judges. He believes that the outstanding administrative and clerical staff have contributed to Shoreline Court’s excellent reputation. Judge Smith continues his public service commitments, including seventeen years on the Board of the Dale Turner YMCA. The late Shoreline Judge Robert A. Wacker’s judicial philosophy was to always “seek to better serve the needs of the community while still protecting the rights of the individual.” Judge Smith has tried to follow that advice ever since. "
He has been married to his wife Judy for 40 years and has 4 sons and 12 grandchildren.