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:
  • 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
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 motions are held via Zoom, unless you receive specific notice from the Court otherwise.  All litigants will receive a Zoom invitation to the email address listed in the court file.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please call the judicial assistant at 253-798-7573.
Dept. 3
Judge Schwartz
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
All hearings, motions, and trials are held via Zoom.  All litigants will receive a Zoom invitation to the email address listed in the court file. For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [email protected]
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 motions are held via Zoom.  All litigants will receive a Zoom invitation to the email address listed in the court file.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 11
Judge Adams
All motions are held via Zoom.  All litigants will receive a Zoom invitation to the email address listed in the court file.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [email protected].
Dept. 12
Judge Andrews
Unless notified otherwise, all motions are held via Zoom.  All litigants will receive a Zoom invitation to the email address listed in the court file.  Trial assignments and mandatory court review hearings 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
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. For mandatory court review hearings, Friday civil and criminal dockets, or any other questions, please email [email protected]
Dept. 16
Judge Evans
All hearings, motions, and bench trials will be held via Zoom unless advised or requested otherwise.  Dispositive motions are with oral argument.  Jury trials are conducted in-person.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [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 motions are held via Zoom.  All litigants will receive a Zoom invitation to the email address listed in the court file.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [email protected].
Dept. 20
Judge van Doorninck
All matters are held via Zoom, unless other arrangements have been made by the Court.  All litigants will receive a Zoom invitation to the email address listed in the court file.  For trial assignments or any questions, please email [email protected].
Dept. 21
Judge Henderson, Jr.
All hearings, motions, trial assignments and trials are in-person, unless a prior request for a Zoom hearing has been approved.  For mandatory court review hearings or any 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 motions are held via Zoom.  All litigants will receive a Zoom invitation to the email address listed in the court file.  For trial assignments, mandatory court review hearings, or any other questions, please email [email protected].


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