Superior Court

Until further notice the 1st floor entrance (on Tacoma Ave S.) to the County-City Building is closed to the Public.  Please use the 2nd floor entrance off Yakima Ave. and Nollmeyer Lane.  Please check back for any updates.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Pierce County Superior Court remains open and committed to providing essential services in a manner that is as safe and responsible as possible 

Quick Contact Numbers to call if you are unable to attend court due to COVID:
  1.  Current Court Operations
  2. Court Commis-sioner Hearings
  3. EVICTIONS: No Cost Assistance Available
  4. Jury Information
  5. Emergency Orders
Dept. 1
Judge Orlando
All hearings, motions, and trials are in-person unless prior arrangements have been made for a Zoom appearance.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 2
Judge Ashcraft
All hearings, motions, and trials are in-person unless prior arrangements have been made for a Zoom appearance.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [email protected].
Dept. 3
Judge Schwartz
Felony Drug Court is held via Zoom except for the Tuesday morning docket which is held in-person.  Family Recovery Court is held via Zoom.  All jury trials will be in-person.  No other in-person appearances will be allowed unless approved by the Court.  All non-jury trials will be via Zoom.  The judicial assistant will email parties of record in LINX Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning for all hearings on Fridays and notify if the hearing will be without oral argument or via Zoom. If you need assistance, please email [email protected].
Dept. 4
Judge Chushcoff
All hearings, motions, and mandatory court review hearings are in-person or telephonically using CourtCall.  Trials are in-person unless prior arrangements have been made for a Zoom appearance.  For trial assignments or any other questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 5
Judge Speir-Moss
All hearings are conducted virtually using the Zoom platform.  Email any questions to [email protected].  All hearings are broadcast on the Superior Court live feed webpage at the link specific to Dept. 5, with the exception of Juvenile Court proceedings. 
Dept. 6
Judge Quinlan
Unless previously indicated to the contrary, all hearings, motions, and trials are in-person.  In the event a proceeding will be conducted by Zoom, the parties and counsel will receive a Zoom invitation at the email address listed in the court file.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or other questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 7
Judge Kiesel
All hearings, motions, trials, both civil and criminal, are in-person unless prior arrangements are made for Zoom appearances.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or other questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 8
Judge Blinn

Effective March 2022:  

All attorneys and parties will appear in person for trials, motions, and other hearings, except UCCJEA hearings, unless an attorney or self-represented party is out of the state or too ill to attend court in person but well enough to participate remotely. Witnesses may be allowed to appear remotely on a case by case basis. 

ZOOM Criteria for Motions and Hearings: Requests for remote hearings shall be made in writing to the Judicial Assistant 5 working days in advance of the motion/hearing, along with the reason for the request. Judge to advise JA of decision 3 working days in advance. The court may allow one party/attorney to appear remotely while the other party/attorney appears in person.  

ZOOM Criteria for Trials: Please see the Courts Pre-Trial Order.  

Dept. 9
Judge Murphy
All hearings/motions will be on the pleadings unless otherwise approved by the department.  For mandatory court review hearings or any other questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 10
Judge Johnson
All hearings, motions, and trials are in-person unless prior arrangements have been made for a Zoom appearance.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [email protected] 
Dept. 11
Judge Adams
Beginning June 13, 2022, all matters will be held in-person unless otherwise notified by the court.  I you have questions, please email [email protected].
Dept. 12
Judge Andrews
Unless otherwise notified by the Court, all matters will be held in-person.  If you have questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 13
Judge Thomas
All hearings, motions, and trials are in-person unless prior arrangements have been made for a Zoom appearance.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 14
Judge Ahrens
Our courtroom is open to the public.  Occasionally, a docket may be held via Zoom and live streamed on the Court's website.  For more specific appearance/observation protocol contact [email protected]
Dept. 15
Judge Leanderson
All hearings, motions, and trials are in-person unless prior arrangements have been made for a Zoom appearance.  Requests for remote hearings shall be made in writing to the Judicial Assistant 5 working days in advance of the motion/hearing, along with the reason for the request.  Judge to advise of decision 3 working days in advance.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 16
Judge Evans
Our courtroom is open to the public.  A specific matter may be held via Zoom in cases requested and approved 3 business days prior to the hearing.  Otherwise, all matters will be held in person.  For more specific appearance/observation protocol contact [email protected]
Dept. 17
Judge Kirkendoll
All proceedings are in-person unless prior arrangements have been made with the court for a Zoom appearance, or the court is not requesting oral argument.  For Zoom proceedings, all parties will receive a Zoom invitation to the email address listed in the court file.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings or other questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 18
Judge Rumbaugh
All hearings, motions, and trials are in-person unless prior arrangements have been made for a Zoom appearance.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 19
Judge Sorensen
All hearings, motions, and trials are in-person unless prior arrangements have been made for a Zoom appearance.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [email protected].
Dept. 20
Judge Williams
Unless otherwise notified by the Court, all matters will be held in-person.  If you have questions, please email [email protected] .
Dept. 21
Judge Henderson, Jr.
Unless otherwise notified by the Court, all matters will be held in-person.  If you have questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 22
Judge Burton
All hearings and motions are held via Zoom or on the pleadings.  If the hearing is via Zoom, the litigants will receive a Zoom invitation to the email address listed in the court file.  If the hearing is decided on the pleadings, please email the proposed order to [email protected].  For any other questions please call the judicial assistant at 253-798-6779.
Dept. 23
Judge Peñalver
All matters will be in person in the courtroom unless parties/counsel get authorization from the Court. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]cecountywa.gov.


Contact Us

  1. Superior Court Administration
    930 Tacoma Ave South

    Room 334 County-City Bldg.
    Tacoma, WA 98402 
    Phone: (253) 798-3654

2017-2018 Biennial Report

2017-2018 Biennial Report