Posted on: October 19, 2020
Pierce County Superior Court would like to congratulate judges James Orlando and Jack Nevin who were both recently awarded the William O. Douglas award. The award is in recognition of over 20 years of diligent service on the bench and their commitment to ...Read on...
Posted on: October 12, 2020
2021 Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner
Beginning September 14th, attorneys interested in applying for the 2020 Pierce County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner List shall complete a Pierce County Personnel Application, Superior Court...Read on...
Posted on: October 1, 2020
Pierce County Superior Court is pleased to announce that Matthew Thomas and Susan Adams will start on the bench this Thursday, October 1, 2020. Both judges were appointed by Governor Jay Inslee earlier this year to be the next judicial officers ...Read on...
Posted on: September 28, 2020
Pierce County Superior Court is announcing the retirement of Judge Kathryn J. Nelson from the bench after more than 19 years. Judge Nelson served as a Pierce County Superior Court Judge, Department 13, from January 2001 to September 18, 2020.
Judge Nelson ...Read on...
Posted on: September 18, 2020
Attorneys interested in applying to be on the 2021 Pro Tem Judge/Settlement Mediator panel can access the application on the Superior Court Website; or by clicking the link below. Complete applications are due by 4PM, October 30, 2020, and should be submi...Read on...
Posted on: June 15, 2020
SEATING IS LIMITED IN THE COURTROOM: To decrease the number of people in the Courtrooms please attempt to limit the number of people in your party. Persons interested in viewing the proceedings may watch the hearing which is being live...Read on...
Posted on: May 18, 2020
The month of May has historically been Jury Appreciation Month at the County City Building. With jury service suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are missing our jurors, and have to share our appreciation in a different way. Presi...Read on...
Posted on: May 5, 2020
May 5, 2020
RE: Video Proceedings
Pierce County Superior Court is now streaming select civil, criminal and family proceedings through our website. Not all departments are streaming court proceedings, but those who are will b...Read on...
Posted on: April 30, 2020
Superior Court of the
State of Washington
for Pierce County
April 29, 2020
RE: REMOTE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES FOR CIVIL CASES
In the interest of resolving civil cases in Pierce County Superior Court during the COVID-19 pandemic ...Read on...
Posted on: March 17, 2020
PIERCE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT PRESS RELEASE
MARCH 17, 2020
The Pierce County Superior Court Judges met on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to discuss the court’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the meet...Read on...
Posted on: August 26, 2019
Pierce County Superior Court is announcing the retirement of Judge Susan K. Serko from the bench after more than 13 years. Judge Serko’s last day will be August 31, 2019.
Judge Susan K. Serko grew up living in Brooklyn, NY, Sp...Read on...
Posted on: May 17, 2019
Thanks to the partnership between the Pierce County Law Library and Pierce County Library system, the Lakewood community will celebrate the grand opening of a second satellite branch inside the Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road SW in Lake...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: 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: 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: February 26, 2016
The Pierce County Law Library will be closed on Sundays, effective March 6. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved this closure in response to funding restrictions that no longer support Sunday hours.
Hours on Monday will remain 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.,...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: 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: 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...
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...