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.
Gordon - County
– Court Administrator/Superior Court Public Records Officer
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.
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