PIERCE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT PRESS RELEASE
MARCH 16, 2020
The Pierce County District Court bench met on Monday, March 16, 2020 to discuss the Court’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The court facilities at the County-City Building will remain open but there are modifications to operations which should increase the safety of court participants and staff. All business conducted with District Court Probation (Hess Building, 901 Tacoma Ave S. Tacoma, WA) will be conducted at the County-City Building, Rm 239.
The Court will implement the following measures to minimize the number of people who need to come to the County-City Building.
Beginning March 17, 2020 and until further notice,
All criminal and civil jury trials will be continued and rescheduled to a later date.
All in-person criminal proceedings will be continued to a later date.
All traffic and other civil infractions will be continued to a later date. The Court will continue to accept Hearings by Mail.
All small claims mediations and trials will be continued to a later date.
All other civil matters will be continued to a later date.
The Court will hear in-custody arraignments and pre-trial conferences by video conferencing.
Hearings for permanent anti-harassment orders will be heard in person pending further order of the Court.
The Court reserves the right to schedule any criminal matters in cases involving threats to public safety.
It is anticipated that staff in the Clerk’s Office will be available by telephone, mail will be received, and live chat will remain available.
Pierce County District Court is taking steps to keep the public and our employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. If sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever or other respiratory problems, please do not come to the Pierce County District Court’s counter at #239. Anyone deemed by the Court or by court staff to exhibit illness symptoms may be asked to leave. The Court may be accessed by phone at (253)798-7487 or through “Live Chat” by visiting https://www.piercecountywa.org/101/District-Court. Any individual scheduled for a court proceeding who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and feels they cannot make it at their scheduled court time, may also use the above contact information.
Any changes to court hours or proceedings will be provided in future press releases. For the latest information on court operations visit: https://www.piercecountywa.org/101/District-Court
We continue to follow guidance from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) to help protect the public’s health. Employees and court participants should follow these recommendations while at the County-City Building.
Increase handwashing and use of alcohol-based sanitizer
Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette – cover a cough or a sneeze
Keep distance from others (more than six feet, if possible)
Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces
Remain home during a respiratory illness
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department COVID-19
Pierce County District Court is the second largest District Court in the State of Washington and is proud to serve the citizens and visitors of Pierce County. The Court is staffed with 8 Judges and 103 court and probation employees. There are two sites where court activities are held; the County-City Building at 930 Tacoma Ave S., Tacoma, and the Hess Building (probation and court resource center) at 901 Tacoma Ave S., Tacoma. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.piercecountywa.gov/101/District-Court.
Misty Butler Robison, District Court Administrator
General Order No. 2020-02 In Re: COURT OPERATIONS UNDER THE EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES CREATED BY PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY IN WASHINGTON STATE