The King County District Court South Division, Burien Courthouse is located in the city of Burien at 601 S.W. 149th Street, and shares a facility with Precinct Four of the King County Sheriffs Department. This division was established in late 1980's by the merger of the Airport, Roxbury and Vashon courts, and in 2003 merged with the Renton court. The city of Burien contracts with the division for full court services, which means that the DUIs and other criminal charges filed by the City of Burien are filed at this courthouse.
Hearings continue to be held on Vashon Island one Friday each month. The Vashon Facility is located at 19021 Vashon Highway SW. To get there, catch the ferry at the Fauntleroy Ferry dock in West Seattle. Take the Vashon Highway for approximately 13 miles. One mile from the center of town (four way stop) is the courthouse located on the right hand side of the street. A 7 foot bronze sculpture is in the yard. Park to the left and the courthouse is in front. If you come to a 2nd four way stop, you have gone too far.
The Burien Courthouse processes over 27,000 cases each year including criminal and traffic misdemeanors, traffic infractions, civil, small claims, domestic violence orders , name changes, and in 1998 started offering passport services to its local citizens. Agencies that file with this court include the King County Sheriff, Washington State Patrol, Port of Seattle Police, Burien Police, and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife among others.
601 S.W. 149th St.
Burien, WA 98166
Judge Vicki Seitz
Judge Vicki Seitz has served as King County District Court and various municipalities including Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, Seatac, Federal Way, for more than 20 years. During her tenure, she has heard thousands of criminal, civil, traffic, small claims and protection order cases. In addition to her work on the bench, Judge Seitz has attended the Washington State Judicial College, the National Judicial College, taught at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the University of Washington Law School Moot Court, the Seattle University Law School, the Jessup International Moot Court, and local area middle and high schools. As a trial lawyer for 15 years, Vicki Seitz handled over 13,000 felony, misdemeanor, traffic and civil cases. She worked as a prosecutor for 5 years, a judge pro tem for 4 years, a defense attorney for 4 years and a civil practice lawyer for 4 years.
Judge Mark Eide
Judge Eide has been on the bench in King County for ten years following twenty years in private practice.
Here is his statement from the last voters guide: "I want to take this opportunity to thank the voters of King County for selecting me to serve on the District Court Bench. Although I do not have an opponent in this election, I believe it is necessary for the voters to hear from their elected officials. I am a graduate of the University of Washington, 1979, and was awarded my law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1982. My wife and I are life-long residents of King County. I was in private practice for two decades in Federal Way until elected to the District Court in 2002. I strive to treat each person who appears in court with fairness and respect. It has been my great pleasure and a true honor and privilege to serve as a judge."
Judge David Christie
Judge David Christie has been a judge in King County District Court, S.W. Division for approximately ten years. He went to Seattle University (formerly U.P.S.) Law School; University of Washington; Highline High School.
Statement:I’ve been privileged to serve the past eight years as a Judge in your District Court. This experience along with feedback I’ve received from lawyers and citizens who have served as jurors and appeared as litigants have enhanced my ability to better serve you in the future.I know that taxpayers’ money must be efficiently used in this difficult economy. To do this, I frequently re-evaluate how to respond cost effectively to the needs and expectations of Court users without sacrificing the quality of justice delivered.I support the Court mission to provide an accessible forum for fair, efficient, and understandable resolution of civil and criminal cases while maintaining an atmosphere of respect for the dignity of all individuals.I would appreciate your vote and the opportunity to continue serving as your Judge. Thank you for taking the time to read this statement and for voting in this election.
Education: Highline High School, 1969; U.W. History and Political Science, 1973; J.D. Seattle University, 1987. Nonlegal Experience: Twelve years fisheries and construction both as employee and selfemployed contractor.
Legal/Judicial Experience: Judge pro tem experience from 1988 to the present. Fourteen years civil and criminal trial experience including approximately 100 jury trials and many more bench trials. He practiced estate planning, construction, real property, and contracts.
Judge Christie has been married for more than 28 years and I has two children in the Highline Schools. His father, William B. Christie began practice in Burien in the 50’s.