When and Where You Will be Required to be in Court
Felonies are in Superior Court in the main courthouse 1116 W. Broadway, on either the 3rd or 4th floors. You can learn more about the Superior Court, including judges and room numbers, at http://www.spokanecounty.org/superiorcourt/content.aspx?c=1064. Most of the cases handled by the Public Defender are in one of two courtrooms: the "Presiding" judge, and the "Criminal Presiding" judge.
Misdemeanors (DUI, Domestic Violence and most traffic charges) are held in District Court on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse Annex, which is the back part of the main courthouse, OR on the second floor of the Public Safety Building, which is north across the courtyard from the back of the main courthouse. You can find additional information about the District Court Judges and courtrooms on the Spokane County District Court website.
For some kinds of hearings, clients who are in jail will not be taken to court, but instead will have a "video appearance." First Appearances for people who have just been arrested, for example, are via video. This means that the judge will be in a regular courtroom, but the client and the attorneys will be in a room inside the jail, in front of a video camera. For Superior Court video hearings, families and witnesses can attend by going to the courtroom of the Superior Court Criminal Department judge, in the front part of the main courthouse. For District Court video hearings, the public can attend by going to courtroom #3 on the second floor of the Public Safety Building.
Other Court Appearances
All court appearances, of any kind, are held somewhere on the Spokane County campus. View a map of the courthouse campus.
NOTE: visitors to any court room in Spokane County will encounter security checkpoints at the door. You will be required to walk through a metal detector, and pass your belongings through an X-ray machine. No weapons, even small pocket knives, will be allowed.