The Pierce County Superior Court Executive Committee has updated the masking and social distancing guidelines for staff and court participants. COVID protocols have been developed in conjunction with court stakeholders, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Labor and Industries, State Department of Health and the Administrative Office of the Courts, with the safety of our jurors, employees and court participants in mind.
Effective Thursday, July 8, 2021:
Vaccinated employees of Superior Court can be unmasked and not socially distanced while in Superior Court spaces (County City Building, Armory, Lakewood Community Center, Juvenile Court/Remann Hall). Employees who are not or cannot be vaccinated will continue to wear masks until instructed otherwise by the Superior Court Executive Committee. Social Distancing is not required for any staff.
Judge or Commissioner courtroom protocol is up to the individual Judge or Commissioner. The Executive Committee has approved all judicial staff and court participants to be unmasked if fully vaccinated. Court participants other than jurors will fall under the Pierce County Executive’s guidance for masking in that if someone is not masked, they are assumed to be vaccinated. There is no social distancing requirements in the courtrooms for judicial staff or court participants if allowed by the judge/commissioner. If you have questions about individual courtroom procedures, please ask the judicial assistant or courtroom clerk.
The Pierce County Juvenile Court has exclusive jurisdiction over those juveniles within Pierce County who violate the criminal laws of this state or who are in need of protection and/or advocacy as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The Juvenile Department provides probation, court, detention and adoption services.