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 

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Quick Contact Numbers to call if you are unable to attend court due to COVID:
  • Civil Administration 253.798.3654
  • Criminal Administration 253.798.2988
  • Commissioner Services 253.798.6697
  • Jury Administration 253.798.7782
  • Judicial Departments
  1.  Current Court Operations
  2. Court Commis-sioner Hearings
  3. EVICTIONS: No Cost Assistance Available
  4. Jury Information
  5. Emergency Orders

The Court continues to operate pursuant to the Emergency Orders issued in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

  • All orders are extended through at least May 4, 2020, and extended to comply with the Governor’s phase-in programs releasing the Stay Home-Stay Healthy orders (see Emergency Order #20-14  and  Emergency Order #20-15)
  • All in-person criminal and civil jury trials resume on March 1, 2021. Trials include 12-person criminal and 6-person civil trials held at the County City Building, along with 12-person civil trials held at our two remote trial locations: Lakewood Community Center and Remann Hall Juvenile Court. (see Emergency Order #21-01, Emergency Order #20-21 and Emergency Order #20-22)
  • In-custody criminal arraignments, bail hearings, and in-custody pleas and sentences will still occur (see Emergency Order #20-5 and Emergency Order #20-15)
  • Civil bench trials may occur with the agreement of all parties and the permission of the Judicial Department. All attorneys, parties and witnesses must appear remotely via phone or video. Contact your assigned Judicial Department if you are interested in holding a bench trial with these conditions (see Emergency Order #20-4, Emergency Order #20-5, and Emergency Order #20-15)
  • Parties may still note and file civil motions, which will be considered on the pleadings only, unless telephonic argument is requested by the Court. Motions must still be confirmed.  Proposed orders must be included with each motion. (see Emergency Order #20-4 )
  • Domestic Violence, Vulnerable Adult, and other Protection Orders: To request an initial order, appear in person at the Superior Court Clerk’s Office (930 Tacoma Avenue S., Room 110) to complete the petition and to appear for your initial hearing before a Court Commissioner. Partner relationships can also call Family Justice Center (253) 798-4166 or the YWCA at (253) 383-2593. To appear for a final DVPO hearing, make arrangements for a telephonic hearing through Court Call at least 10 days in advance of the hearing.   Vulnerable Adult Protection Orders will be heard via ZOOM or in person in Courtroom 100.  To accommodate the named vulnerable adult, the vulnerable adult may request to appear by telephone or in person.
  • Court Commissioner Hearings: Please see the Emergency Temporary Procedures for Commissioner Hearings. All properly scheduled family and civil hearings will be conducted via ZOOM. Most Ex Parte matters may be submitted electronically with the Clerk’s Office. (see Emergency Order #20-4  and Emergency Order #20-10 ) Latest updates on the Commissioners’ page, or call (253) 798-6890.
  • Unlawful Detainers/Evictions for nonpayment of rent have resumed. However, there are still many services to help tenants keep their housing. These resources include rental assistance, repayment plans, and for many people the right to a lawyer. The Button on the Left Panel is a link to some of these services. In addition, Pierce County Superior Court is a participating court with the Eviction Resolution Pilot Program (ERPP) and ERPP is required prior to conducting a hearing on the Unlawful Detainer Calendar (see Emergency Order #20-19 3rd Amended and the attachments)
  • Remote proceedings are not to be recorded by audio or video or photographed (see Emergency Order #20-17)
  • Pierce County Juvenile Court is conducting limited proceedings using remote appearances (see Emergency Order #20-7 )
  • Western State Hospital is conducting proceedings using remote appearances (see Emergency Order #8 ) and Joel’s Law Petitions continue to be processed by the Commissioner at WSH. 

All Emergency Orders are on the "Emergency Order" tab on this page. Please continue to check the Pierce County Superior Court website frequently as the Emergency Orders are subject to change and additional Emergency Orders may be issued. 

Questions about individual cases should be directed to the assigned Judicial Department, Criminal Division Presiding Judge (for unassigned criminal cases) or the Presiding Judge (for unassigned civil cases).

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