Posted on: April 30, 2018
Presiding Judge Martin had the following to say about each appointee:
Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck, was elected as the President-Elect of the Superior Court Judges Association. This is a great honor for our entire court. Over the history of the SCJA, ther...Read on...
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Posted on: April 18, 2018
Judge Susan Serko honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Washington.
During a luncheon at Hotel Murano on Thursday, April 19th, Judge Susan Serko will be awarded the 2018 Women of Distinction Award by the Girl Scouts of Western Was...Read on...
Posted on: April 16, 2018
This pamphlet defines the orders and lists the criteria to obtain an order. Click HERE to view or download the pamphlet
Posted on: March 27, 2018
Pierce County Superior Court Judge G. Helen Whitener hosted students from Lincoln High School’s Street Law Class in her courtroom. Judge Whitener is an instructor in the Street Law program and as part of the class, brought the students to the County-City ...Read on...
Posted on: February 27, 2018
PIERCE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
PRESS RELEASE: February 26, 2018
RE: SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES ASSOCIATION APPROVES THREE COLOR OF JUSTICE EVENTS STATEWIDE
The Superior Court Judges Association (SCJA) Board approved sponsoring up to three Color of Justice...Read on...
Posted on: April 8, 2016
Jury coordinators in Pierce County have received several reports this week of scammers working the phones to trick residents into believing they owe a fine for missing jury duty. Here’s what to look out for: An unsuspecting person receives a call informin...Read on...
Posted on: July 17, 2017
On June 28, 2017, Judge Jack Nevin was awarded the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award by Seattle University School of Law. This is a well-deserved award recognizing Judge Nevin’s exceptional teaching abilities and devotion to legal education. Jud...Read on...
Posted on: July 17, 2017
On Saturday, June 24, 2017, several judges, commissioners and their families worked at The Woods at Golden Given. This site is a 30 home development for Habitat for Humanity, and the same location our judicial officers worked 2 years ago.
Superior Court jo...Read on...
Posted on: July 17, 2017
At the law day luncheon on May 5, 2017, Judge Bryan Chushcoff was recognized for over 20 years of service as a Superior Court Judge. Judge Chushcoff was presented the William O. Douglas Award from the Washington State Association for Justice.
US Supreme Co...Read on...
Posted on: May 13, 2016
Judge Brian Tollefson, Pierce County Superior Court’s most senior judge has announced his retirement effective May 31, 2016. Judge Tollefson was elected to Superior Court in 1988 and has served continuously in that position without opposition fo...Read on...
Posted on: April 26, 2016
Pierce County Superior Court today announced Chris Gaddis as its newest Court Administrator. He will begin his new role on May 2, 2016.
Gaddis has had a 23-year career in law enforcement and has been the Chief of Police for the City of Normandy Park si...Read on...
Posted on: June 30, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he is appointing Michael Schwartz to the Pierce County Superior Court. Schwartz serves as a sole practitioner, handling complex felony and civil litigation in both state and federal courts. He has operated his own private l...Read on...
Posted on: March 16, 2015
Jury administrators from around the nation are coming to Pierce County this month for a three-day advanced training seminar.
The Virginia-based National Center for State Courts selected Pierce County’s Jury Administration Office as the host after worki...Read on...
Posted on: March 2, 2015
Pierce County Superior Court is pleased to announce several criminal case forms commonly used in court have been translated into Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The court expects a significant portion of the public with limited English language ...Read on...
Posted on: January 8, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he is appointing G. Helen Whitener to Pierce County Superior Court. Whitener is replacing Judge John McCarthy who is retiring after serving 18 years on the bench.
Whitener, who is originally from Trinidad and moved to the...Read on...
Posted on: November 14, 2014
Attorneys and litigants now have the ability to appear remotely before Pierce County Superior Court through CourtCall Video, a private service that saves time and travel-related costs.
Superior Court began using the video service this month for approve...Read on...
Posted on: November 7, 2014
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that he is appointing Gretchen Leanderson to Pierce County Superior Court. Leanderson has served in the Washington State Office of the Attorney General since 1988 where she is currently the Division Chief of the A...Read on...
Posted on: October 21, 2014
On Oct. 21, Pierce County Drug court will celebrate its 20th anniversary, marking the occasion with an awards ceremony and presentation followed by several guest speakers. Judge Edmund Murphy of Superior Court Department 9 will present a historic perspect...Read on...
Posted on: September 12, 2014
Pierce County Superior Court Judge John McCarthy has decided to retire this fall, ending a successful 30-year career in public service as an elected official in this community.
In a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who will appoint his successor,...Read on...
Posted on: May 14, 2014
The Pierce County Council has designated the week of May 19-23 as “Juror Appreciation Week.”
Resolution 2014-55, unanimously approved on Tuesday, May 13, points to the right to trial by a jury of one’s peers as an important and unique part of the American ...Read on...
Posted on: May 1, 2014
Twenty delegates from South Korea will tour Pierce County’s Felony Drug Court from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, to learn more about the local system for dealing with drug offenders.
Pierce County’s Felony Drug Court program started in 1994 and is the se...Read on...
Posted on: April 1, 2014
The public is invited as Phil Sorensen is sworn in as a Pierce County Superior Court judge on Thursday, April 3.
The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 100 of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. A reception will follow.
Sorensen wa...Read on...
Posted on: October 1, 2013
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck was honored by the state’s judiciary for outstanding contributions to youth and public education concerning the legal system.
Judge van Doorninck was awarded the Washington Judges’ Foundation 2...Read on...
Posted on: May 10, 2013
Several hundred Pierce County residents who were summoned to jury duty got special attention this week.
The Pierce County Council joined Gov. Jay Inslee in proclaiming May 6-10 as “Juror Appreciation Week” to commend citizens for performing an importan...Read on...
Posted on: March 2, 2012
Craig Adams, the longtime legal advisor to the Pierce County sheriff, has been appointed as a Superior Court Commissioner.
The appointment marks a return to the bench for Adams, who served as a Court Commissioner for two years during a career that incl...Read on...
Posted on: January 3, 2013
Three newly elected Pierce County Superior Court judges will have their joint swearing-in ceremony on Friday, Jan. 4.
The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 100 of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. A r...Read on...