Bellevue Beat | King County Superior Court expanding into Bellevue
Due to COVID-19 closures, jury trials have been backlogged throughout King County. To compensate for the lost of court room space, King County Superior Court is expanding into Bellevue. Meydenbauer Center will serve as a temporary courthouse for King County Superior Court through at least the end of 2020.
Meydenbauer Center will provide extra courtrooms as King County jury trials resume. Civil trials, including some family law bench trials, will be conducted in Meydenbauer Center meeting rooms. The Courts will be occupying the Center from Monday to Friday and their expected hours of our operation are 8:30am - 4:30pm each day. Criminal trials will proceed at the courthouse in downtown Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
Today, Judge Sean P. O'Donnell had a walk-through of the new Bellevue courthouse and downtown neighborhood. Sounds like the judge is very excited about the new venue!
Walk through before @KingSupCourt launches in @bellevuewa at @meydenbauerctr. What a fantastic welcome we’ve had from the City and everyone at the Center. Jury trials will be starting here soon. Huge feat for @KingCountyWA crew to get this set up. Here we go! pic.twitter.com/9NXBbLILfJ— Judge Sean P. O'Donnell (@odonnell4judge) August 5, 2020
In line with the guidance from the Washington State Department of Health, the court rooms will be set up with the appropriate social distancing measures -- chairs will be set at least 6 feet apart and the rooms will be sanitized between uses.Meydenbauer Center remains open for events that align with Governor Inslee's Safe Start Plan. Contracted events that align with the appropriate phase of the plan will continue to happen at Meydenbauer Center. Read more.
Published: August 5, 2020. Photo by Judge Sean P. O'Donnell.