Courthouse offices and services, including the court, prosecuting attorney's office and sheriff's operations, were canceled Thursday.
The King County Courthouse in Seattle will reopen Friday after it was closed unexpectedly on Thursday because of a broken water main, prompting confusion among Puget Sound residents who showed up seeking services.
The court will resume regular hours on Friday, according to an email.
Courthouse offices and services, including the court, prosecuting attorney’s office, sheriff operations in the courthouse and council operations, were canceled Thursday, according to information posted on its Facebook page. Officials expect a return to normal business Friday.
Jamie Holter a spokeswoman for the King County Superior Court, said anyone with court business should contact the agency they’re working with. “Anything that was supposed to happen today will happen tomorrow,” she said.
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Johnathan Bond, 26, arrived at the building after taking a bus from his home in Burien to meet with his probation officer, only to be told by a security officer to come back the next day.
“All I know is I was supposed to be here at 10 and now it’s closed,” Bond said. “I don’t know what to do.”
He was able to reschedule the appointment.
The break in the water main cut off water to the courthouse building, rendering it unfit for operation, according to a city rule. Seattle Public Utilities is in charge of fixing the leak. The work was expected to take several hours, and the water system will then need to be tested overnight, King County Emergency Management spokesman Barnaby Dow said.
“Shut the building’s water, you don’t have water pressure, you don’t have water, you can’t flush the toilet, you don’t have sprinklers,” Dow said. “It’s inhabitable.”
The building itself wasn’t damaged by the water leak, which resulted from a main break on the Jefferson Street side of the building, said Dow.
Trial assignments that were set to take place at 1 p.m. have been postponed for 24 hours. Other court functions such as scheduled-motions cases and review-hearings cases have been delayed, according to a notification posted on the page.