What to Expect When Coming to Court

Health & Safety Measures

Visitors to the Pierce County-City Building:
To decrease the number of people in the building, please limit the number of people in your party. 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 unless you are fully vaccinated. It will take time for PCDC to determine what impact the Governor’s and Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) new masking guidelines have on our operations.

Social Distancing:
Social distancing (6 feet between individuals) will be observed inside the building, elevators, 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.

Health and Safety:
No one with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher or has any of the following symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell) should come to court. Please contact the court at least 24-hours in advance, if possible, to let us know of your condition at (253) 798-7487.

Hygiene Protocols:
Signs will be posted to remind people of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  High touch areas will be cleaned after each hearing. Hand sanitizer dispensers are located throughout the building.

Courtroom Dress & Etiquette

Since 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.

Appropriate dress includes professional attire such as suits, jackets, dresses or dress slacks. Casual clothing, such as sweat clothes, tank tops, shorts and other similar summer beach wear is not appropriate for the courtroom. All hats must be removed when entering the courtroom.

Smoking, food and beverages are not allowed in the courtroom. All pagers and cell phones must be turned off.

Specific Rules & Regulations:

  • Be 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.

  • Cell Phone and Pager Etiquette - All cell phones and pagers must be turned off while court is in session.

  • No Children - Please do not bring children to court. You may be asked to leave the courtroom if children are noisy or disruptive in any way. There are no child care facilities in the courthouse. If you have no choice but to bring a child, bring another adult to watch the child while you are in the courtroom.

  • No Food, Beverages or Pets - Never bring anything to eat or drink into the courtroom. The only animals allowed in the courtroom are those which assist people who are physically challenged.

  • 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.