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P.O. Box 1220
||Monday - Friday
8:30 to 4:30
telephone jury scam is ongoing in Jefferson County. Please do not give any
personal information, and do not give any money to someone who calls you and
tells you they work for the county, courts, or law enforcement. Instead,
please contact staff of the appropriate agency in person or by calling their
listed local number, or make a report to law enforcement.
Jefferson County residents are receiving a telephone call from someone who
identifies himself as a Sheriff’s Lieutenant and tells them that Superior
Court Judge Keith Harper has signed documents charging them with failure to
appear for jury duty on October 3rd and contempt of court. People
are told that they need to appear before Judge Harper on October 24th
to answer these charges, and told they should make an online payment as an
appearance bond via GreenDot MoneyPak. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Please do
not give or confirm any personal information, and do not make a payment
online. You do not need to appear on October 24th. There was no
jury trial held on October 3rd. This is a phishing scam. You
may call Ruth Gordon, County Clerk at 360-385-9128 for further information.
– Jill Landes
– Tracie Bick
Court Public Records Officer – Tracie Bick
Court is a court of limited jurisdiction established by State statute. District Court resolves and adjudicates
infractions, criminal traffic and criminal non-traffic violations. Preliminary hearings on felony matters
are also heard in District Court. It
also processes small claims, civil actions, name changes and
anti-harassment orders. The District
Court judge is elected to a four-year term.
Court staff perform administrative and clerical functions including
case scheduling, records management, receipting of monies received, and
entering case information into the District Court Information System. By contract with the City of Port
Townsend, the District Court also serves as the Municipal Court for the
City of Port Townsend. The District
Court's objective is the efficient and legal processing of all cases
appropriately coming before the Court, and the collection and distribution
of fine, fee, forfeiture, assessment, bond and restitution moneys paid into
the Court. The goal of the Court is
to provide timely justice for all.
This includes fair and impartial hearings, protection of all rights,
and adequate access to anyone with business before the Court. Our legal system is based on the
principle that an independent, fair and competent judiciary will interpret
and apply the laws that govern us. The role of the judiciary is central to
American concepts of justice and the rule of law. Judges must respect and honor the
judicial office as a public trust and strive to enhance and maintain
confidence in our legal system.
to the Court
Court’s physical address is 1820 Jefferson St. To get to the courthouse, enter Port
Townsend on State Route 20. This is
the only road leading into the city.
Once in the city, SR 20 becomes Sims Way. Follow Sims Way down the hill past
Safeway to the second stop light at the intersection of Kearney and Water
Streets. Sims Way becomes Water
Street at this intersection. Go
through the light and take the next left onto Washington Street. Continue to the top of the hill and turn
left on Walker Street. The
courthouse is the historical red brick building with the clock tower on the
corner of Walker and Jefferson Streets.
The District Court is on the 2nd floor.
handicap parking on the east side of the building. There is elevator access on all floors beginning
at the basement level.
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