King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

The mission of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is to do justice.

We exercise the power given to us by the people with fairness and humility.

We serve our diverse community, support victims and families, and hold individuals accountable.

We develop innovative and collaborative solutions for King County and the State of Washington.


Office Overview

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office employs over 400 people, including 210 attorneys.  King County, which includes Seattle, has an approximate population of 1,827,000.

The Criminal Division represents the state and the county in criminal matters in the King County District and Superior Courts, the state and federal courts of appeal, and the Washington and U.S. Supreme Courts.  The Criminal Division is responsible for prosecuting all felonies in King County and all misdemeanors in unincorporated areas of King County.

The Civil Division is the County's law firm.  It serves as legal counsel to the Metropolitan King County Council, the County Executive and all Executive agencies, the Superior and District Courts, the County Assessor, independent boards and commissions, and some school districts.  The division litigates cases on behalf and in defense of its clients, provides legal advice and assistance on all sorts of questions and projects, and issues formal written legal opinions from time to time.

The Family Support Division is an integral part of the federal and state child support system.  The deputies establish paternity for children born out of wedlock, ensure support obligations are enforced, and modify support amounts when necessary.