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ADDRESS
P.O. Box 1220
Port Townsend,
WA 98368

PHONE
Dist Court: 360.385.9135
Probation: 360.385.9123
Fax: 360.385.9367

HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:30 to 4:30

Weekends
Closed

 

Judge – Jill Landes

Administrator – Tracie Bick

District 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. 

Directions to the Court

The 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. 

There is 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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