DISTRICT COURT NEWS & COVID-19
Visitors to the Pierce County-City Building:
To reduce the number of people in the building, visitors are encouraged to call (253) 798-7487 or contact us through Live Chat for assistance. Payments can also be made without coming into the courthouse. Click here Version OptionsCourt InformationHeadline to make a payment online. Court customer service counters are open for walk-up transactions if needed. Please do not arrive for your hearing or appointment more than 30 minutes early.
Mask Requirement Update:
Pierce County District Court (PCDC) is asking the public to continue to wear masks at all District Court locations including the Tacoma Armory where juror orientation is being held and the Court Resource Center. Free masks are available at the entrance security check if needed.
Social distancing (6 feet between individuals) should be observed inside the building, elevators, stairways, and courtrooms. General seating is limited inside the courtroom. If you are appearing for an in-person court hearing, please wait in line outside the courtroom until there is room for you inside. Once inside the courtroom, sit in designated seats only.
Virtual & In-Person Hearings:
Some court hearings are being held virtually while others are held in-person. The manner in which a hearing will be held (in-person, by phone, video/virtual, etc.) will be determined by the Court with full consideration of all recommended public health guidelines. Jury Trials are being heard on a limited basis. If you have questions whether a courtroom is viewable in person or through live stream, please contact us through LiveChat.
Probation appointments are now being held in-person.
Court Resource Center
The District Court Resource Center (CRC) is open for walk-ins, although some partner agencies may only be available virtually. Please contact the CRC for more information (253) 798-7631. What is the CRC?
**If you have an in-person hearing or appointment at the court and are you are feeling sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms (such as a fever, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, cough, fever or other respiratory problems) please contact customer service to reschedule.**
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN COMING TO THE COURTHOUSE
Please be prepared to go through a metal detector, security screening prior to entering the Pierce County-City Building. District Court's Customer Service Counter is located on the 2nd floor, next to the elevators in room 239. Probation is located on the 6th floor (room 610) and courtrooms are located on floors 5, 6, 8, and 9.
Courtroom Dress & EtiquetteSince all District Court proceedings are digitally recorded, courtrooms must be quiet. Everyone is asked to be quiet and respectful of those whose proceedings are being heard. The court does not provide childcare. Children who become noisy will be required to stay in the hall, outside the courtroom with adult supervision.
Specific Rules & RegulationsBe Respectful - You must be quiet in the courtroom when observing. Never use profanity. Always be polite when speaking. Speak clearly and loudly enough for the court reporter to hear - everything you say is being recorded.
No Weapons - Never bring a gun, knife or other weapon into the courthouse. You may be searched before entering the courtroom and courthouse. If you are appearing on the domestic violence docket, you can expect to be searched.
- General Order 2020-02_Court Operation COVID19_03162020
- General Order 2020-03_03162020
- General Order 2020-04 Amended2_03272020
- General Order 2020-05_Authorizing Virtual Hearings_04292020
- General Order 2020-06_Extending to June_04292020
- General Order 2020-07_05062020
- General Order 2020-08_06012020
- General Order 2020-09_PCDC Emergency Closure_06042020
- General Order 2020-10_Revising 2020-03_06262020
- General Order 2020-12 Social Distancing_07202020
- General Order 2020-13_Court Operations_11042020
- General Order 2020-14_Suspending Jury Trials_11232020
- General Order 2020-15_Suspending Jury Trials_12102020
- General Order 2021-01_Suspending Jury Trials_01152021
- General Order 2021-01_Suspending Jury Trials Amended_02252021
- General Order 2021_02 Courtroom Appearances-Masking_08242021