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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Courtroom 100 relocating to Courtroom 127 effective 7/13/20

Effective Monday, July 13, 2020, the Courtroom 100 docket will be heard in Courtroom 127. Thank you

Superior Court
Posted on: June 15, 2020

What to expect when coming to Pierce County District Court

SEATING IS LIMITED IN THE COURTROOM:  To decrease the number of people in the Courtrooms please attempt to limit the number of people in your party.  Persons interested in viewing the proceedings may watch the hearing which is being live...

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Additional Info... District Court
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Pierce County Juror Appreciation (Stay Home, Stay Healthy Edition)

The month of May has historically been Jury Appreciation Month at the County City Building. With jury service suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are missing our jurors, and have to share our appreciation in a different way. Presi...

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Superior Court
Posted on: May 5, 2020

Video Streaming of Pierce County Court Proceedings

PRESS RELEASE

May 5, 2020

RE: Video Proceedings

 

Pierce County Superior Court is now streaming select civil, criminal and family proceedings through our website.  Not all departments are streaming court proceedings, but those who are will b...

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Superior Court
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Superior Court Offering Remote Settlement Conferences for Civil Cases

 

Superior Court of the

State of Washington

for Pierce County

PRESS RELEASE

April 29, 2020

RE: REMOTE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES FOR CIVIL CASES

 

In the interest of resolving civil cases in Pierce County Superior Court during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

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Superior Court
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Superior Court Covid -19 Response - Following Changes effective March 17th, 2020

PIERCE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT PRESS RELEASE

MARCH 17, 2020

COVID-19 Response

 

The Pierce County Superior Court Judges met on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to discuss the court’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  During the meet...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

District Court COVID-19 Response - March 16, 2020

PIERCE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT PRESS RELEASE

MARCH 16, 2020

COVID-19 Response

The Pierce County District Court bench met on Monday, March 16, 2020 to discuss the Court’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The court facilities at the County-Ci...

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District Court
Posted on: August 26, 2019

Superior Court Judge Susan K. Serko to Retire

Pierce County Superior Court is announcing the retirement of Judge Susan K. Serko from the bench after more than 13 years.  Judge Serko’s last day will be August 31, 2019. 

Judge Susan K. Serko grew up living in Brooklyn, NY, Sp...

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Superior Court
Posted on: May 17, 2019

Pierce County Law Library to open kiosk at Lakewood Library

Thanks to the partnership between the Pierce County Law Library and Pierce County Library system, the Lakewood community will celebrate the grand opening of a second satellite branch inside the Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road SW in Lake...

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Law Library
Posted on: October 26, 2018

Superior Court invites public to the Pierce County Courthouse mural reveal party

Pierce County Court History reveal party invite

On Thursday, Nov. 29, Pierce County Superior Court will hold a reveal party for the latest installment of the Court History Project. 

Phase 2 involves the installation of a five-panel mural which showcases each of the four courthouses Superior Cou...

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Superior Court
Posted on: April 16, 2018

Domestic Violence Protection Orders and Anti-Harassment Orders Pamphlet

This pamphlet defines the orders and lists the criteria to obtain an order. Click HERE to view or download the pamphlet

Superior Court
Posted on: May 13, 2016

Judge Tollefson announces retirement from Superior Court

Honorable Brian Tollefson

Judge Brian Tollefson, Pierce County Superior Court’s most senior judge has announced his retirement effective May 31, 2016. Judge Tollefson was elected to Superior Court in 1988 and has served continuously in that position without opposition fo...

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Superior Court
Posted on: April 26, 2016

Gaddis named new Pierce County Court Administrator

Pierce County Superior Court today announced Chris Gaddis as its newest Court Administrator. He will begin his new role on May 2, 2016.

Gaddis has had a 23-year career in law enforcement and has been the Chief of Police for the City of Normandy Park si...Read on...

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Posted on: April 8, 2016

Jury duty scams on the rise

Jury coordinators in Pierce County have received several reports this week of scammers working the phones to trick residents into believing they owe a fine for missing jury duty. Here’s what to look out for: An unsuspecting person receives a call informin...

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Superior Court
Posted on: February 26, 2016

Pierce County Law Library to close on Sundays

The Pierce County Law Library will be closed on Sundays, effective March 6. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved this closure in response to funding restrictions that no longer support Sunday hours.

Hours on Monday will remain 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.,...Read on...

Law Library
Posted on: June 30, 2015

Inslee announces appointment of Michael Schwartz to the Pierce County Superior Court

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he is appointing Michael Schwartz to the Pierce County Superior Court. Schwartz serves as a sole practitioner, handling complex felony and civil litigation in both state and federal courts. He has operated his own private l...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: March 16, 2015

Pierce County Superior Court to host national jury management seminar

Jury administrators from around the nation are coming to Pierce County this month for a three-day advanced training seminar.

The Virginia-based National Center for State Courts selected Pierce County’s Jury Administration Office as the host after worki...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: March 2, 2015

New translated forms will aid in Pierce County Superior Court functions

Pierce County Superior Court is pleased to announce several criminal case forms commonly used in court have been translated into Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The court expects a significant portion of the public with limited English language ...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: January 8, 2015

Inslee announces appointment of G. Helen Whitener to Pierce County Superior Court

Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he is appointing G. Helen Whitener to Pierce County Superior Court. Whitener is replacing Judge John McCarthy who is retiring after serving 18 years on the bench.

Whitener, who is originally from Trinidad and moved to the...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: November 14, 2014

Superior Court adds remote video appearances through CourtCall

Attorneys and litigants now have the ability to appear remotely before Pierce County Superior Court through CourtCall Video, a private service that saves time and travel-related costs.

Superior Court began using the video service this month for approve...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: November 7, 2014

Gov. Inslee announces appointment of Gretchen Leanderson to Pierce County Superior Court

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that he is appointing Gretchen Leanderson to Pierce County Superior Court. Leanderson has served in the Washington State Office of the Attorney General since 1988 where she is currently the Division Chief of the A...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: October 21, 2014

Pierce County Drug Court celebrates 20-year anniversary

On Oct. 21, Pierce County Drug court will celebrate its 20th anniversary, marking the occasion with an awards ceremony and presentation followed by several guest speakers. Judge Edmund Murphy of Superior Court Department 9 will present a historic perspect...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: May 14, 2014

Pierce County Council says “thanks” to those called for jury duty

The Pierce County Council has designated the week of May 19-23 as “Juror Appreciation Week.”

Resolution 2014-55, unanimously approved on Tuesday, May 13, points to the right to trial by a jury of one’s peers as an important and unique part of the American ...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: May 1, 2014

Pierce County Drug Court could serve as model for Korean program

Twenty delegates from South Korea will tour Pierce County’s Felony Drug Court from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, to learn more about the local system for dealing with drug offenders.

Pierce County’s Felony Drug Court program started in 1994 and is the se...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: April 1, 2014

Public invited to Phil Sorensen's swearing-in as Superior Court judge

The public is invited as Phil Sorensen is sworn in as a Pierce County Superior Court judge on Thursday, April 3.

The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 100 of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave S. A reception will follow.

Sorensen wa...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: October 1, 2013

Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck earns state judicial award

Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck was honored by the state’s judiciary for outstanding contributions to youth and public education concerning the legal system.

Judge van Doorninck was awarded the Washington Judges’ Foundation 2...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: May 10, 2013

Giving thanks for jurors who make important decisions in our community

Several hundred Pierce County residents who were summoned to jury duty got special attention this week.

The Pierce County Council joined Gov. Jay Inslee in proclaiming May 6-10 as “Juror Appreciation Week” to commend citizens for performing an importan...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: January 3, 2013

3 Superior Court judges to be sworn in Jan. 4

Three newly elected Pierce County Superior Court judges will have their joint swearing-in ceremony on Friday, Jan. 4.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 100 of the County-City Building, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. A r...Read on...

Superior Court
Posted on: March 2, 2012

Craig Adams, Meagan Foley appointed to Court Commissioner posts

Craig Adams, the longtime legal advisor to the Pierce County sheriff, has been appointed as a Superior Court Commissioner.

The appointment marks a return to the bench for Adams, who served as a Court Commissioner for two years during a career that incl...Read on...

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