Community Court

Community Court seeks to reduce and properly address quality-of-life offenses by utilizing a collaborative, problem-solving approach to crime. Community Court promotes participant accountability while helping them avoid future involvement in the criminal justice system by connecting participants to needed services or treatment

Principles of Community Court

  • Individualized justice
  • Improve 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
  • Community and neighborhood improvement through sustainable environmental awareness and action

How it works

Police officers will cite eligible offenses into Community Court at the next available court date. A prosecutor will screen the citation to ensure the case is appropriate. Example of eligible offenses include:

Additional cases may be referred from the arraignment docket if deemed eligible for Community Court.

What’s required?

If you have been cited to appear in Community Court, a court appointed attorney will be available at arraignment to discuss the process, review the police report, and provide advice prior to entering the program.

In addition to work crew assigned directly from the court, you will have a needs assessment, where you will be immediately required to meet and participate with providers to help you navigate services such as:

  • Housing
  • Healthcare/insurance
  • Mental/behavioral health/trauma therapy
  • Valid identification
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/disability

Charges will be dismissed if program conditions are successfully completed. Failure to appear or participate will mean a warrant and the case will return to “regular” court.

Prosecutors can refer other charges, if necessary, to courts such as Substance Abuse Court, Mental Health Court, and Veteran’s Court who can better serve more serious charges and individuals who may need longer term services.

When is Community Court?

Community Court is held on Fridays from 1 p.m. to approximately 4 p.m.

5107 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. #105
Next to Hope Village Safe Stay Community and east of General Anderson C-TRAN Vine Stop

Staff and court case conferencing takes place from noon to 1 p.m. and court takes place from 1 p.m. to approximately 4 p.m. (or until proceedings have finished).

Our partners

  • Clark County
  • Clark County Veterans Assistance Center
  • Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Columbia River Mental Health
  • Council for Homeless
  • Ideal Options
  • Recovery Café
  • Sea-Mar Community Health Centers
  • Washington State Department of Social and Health Services