Bothell Municipal Court
Statement from Judge Mara Rozzano to the Community:
The Bothell Municipal Court has always been committed to the fair and equitable treatment of everyone involved with the court. The Washington State Supreme Court has recently issued an open letter regarding racism and the justice system. A link to that letter is here. Here at Bothell we agree that racism has no place in the courts. It is an ugly reminder of a very negative part of our history and unfortunately, our present day. The atrocities of mob lynchings and railroaded decisions based on public perceptions and racial profiling have led to severe miscarriages of justice. I want to assure all parties involved in cases at the Bothell Municipal Court, whether law enforcement, plaintiffs, defendants, victims, or witnesses, that we take very seriously our responsibility to ensure a fair and impartial process unmarred by prejudice or bias.
The Bothell Municipal Court is committed to providing a venue for the timely resolution of alleged violations of the law in a respectful, independent, and impartial manner. The Bothell Municipal Court is dedicated to its partnership with the City of Bothell in enhancing the quality of life and safety of our community.
What the Court Handles
Bothell Municipal Court handles all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes, civil infractions, and other offenses authorized under the Bothell Municipal Code and certain Revised Code of Washington Statutes.
Misdemeanors: Crimes where the maximum sentence is 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine.
Gross Misdemeanors: Crimes that carry a maximum sentence of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine, including offenses such as driving under the influence (DUI), domestic violence, theft, and trespass.
Infractions: Acts that are prohibited by law but are not legally defined as a crime such as parking tickets and traffic or non-traffic infractions.