Community Court


COMMUNITY COURT

  • About the Court:
    • As former Community Court Director Brianne Howe described it:
      • Community Court is an alternative to traditional court for folks that have been charged with non-violent misdemeanors, charges like urinating in public, theft in the third degree, general nuisance, trespassing, and evading arrest.
      • The court also has attorneys and a judge, and punitive measures like community service, but instead of handing down jail time, the judge hands down sentences with ways of getting a person’s life back on track. Individuals just have to show up every Monday to check-in, and they are also able to get lunch. By graduating from the full program, they are going to be able to have their charges dropped.

 

  • Mission & Purpose:
    • The Spokane Municipal Community Court seeks to reduce and properly address quality of life offenses in the Downtown and Northeast Spokane areas by utilizing a collaborative, problem-solving approach to crime.

 

  • Principles of the Community Court:
    • Individualized justice
    • Improve the quality of life for participants and the community
    • Promote fair, equitable and responsive policies
    • Find family and community-oriented solutions
    • Expand employment and education opportunities
    • Improve the community and neighborhoods through sustainable environmental awareness and action

 

  • Awards:
    • 2018 WSBA APEX Award Recipient – Award of Merit

 

(2018 WSBA APEX Awards Ceremony)

 

Further information about the Community Court of Spokane can be found on the website, created by the Court itself, at:

http://www.spokanelibrary.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Community-Court-Brochure-2017.pdf

 

COMMUNITY COURT ~ NORTHEAST BRANCH

  • The Community Court expanded into its Northeast Branch on December 12, 2017, within the Northeast Community Center and meets Tuesdays from 10am-1pm. The location was carefully picked based on crime statistics. Low-level offenders, to be eligible for referral, must commit a crime within the court’s boundaries. Those boundaries include nearly all of the Spokane City boundaries north of the Spokane River and east of North Division Street.
    • Eligible crimes include misdemeanor theft, possession of stolen property, prostitution, resisting arrest, trespassing, disorderly conduct, and misdemeanor vehicle prowling.
      • Service providers meet at 9 am each Tuesday to staff the weekly docket and identify participants’ progress and needs before court commences.
    • Participants complete their community service hours in the Northeast area, and the court partners with the local COPS Shop to find other opportunities to serve.

 

  • The Community Court allows all neighborhoods in the Northeast area a chance at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten. The Community Court seeks to reduce and properly address quality of life offenses with a collaborative and problem-solving type of approach.

 

Other Information about the Northeast Branch of the Community Court held in the Northeast Community Center is found in the article by Hawk Hammer, KXLY.com, Dec. 12, 2017, at:

https://www.kxly.com/news/local-news/spokane-to-open-new-community-court-following-downtown-success/671314733