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P.O. Box 1220
Port Townsend,
WA 98368

Phone: 360.385.9125
Fax: 360.385.9188
Fax Filing: 360-385-5672

Monday - Friday
8:30 to 4:30








A 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.

Keith Harper
Superior Court Judge


Ruth Gordon - County Clerk
Sophie Nordstrom – Court Administrator/Superior Court Public Records Officer

Constitutional Commissioners

Stephen W. Gillard

Superior Court Hearings
The Superior Court hears and decides controversies and handles related hearings and proceedings covering both civil matters and criminal felonies. Criminal felony cases are those cases where the defendant could be sentenced to a state penitentiary. Civil cases include those brought on equitable grounds; those involving title to or possession of real property; those testing the legality of any tax; those where the controversy amounts to $300 or more (Statute now authorizes the district Court to decide cases involving up to $35,000; Small Claims Court has jurisdiction up to 2,500. Most Superior Court civil cases involve $10,000 or more); probate matters; domestic relations; juvenile matters (both offender and dependency); mental and alcohol petitions; adoptions; and a variety of other proceedings.

Law Library
Located in the Superior courtroom, the Law Library is a collection of law related publications and references available to officers of the court and general public, and serves the dual purpose of being the Judge's library reference.



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