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Virtual Hearings for the Tacoma Municipal Court

The Tacoma Municipal Court is currently hosting our hearings virtually via Zoom. Please visit our Virtual Hearings web page for this week's dates and times of our hearings. There's also information on how to join the meeting or to listen in to the hearings. 

  

COVID-19 Update and Response-December 2, 2020

 

Effective November 25, 2020, all criminal jury trials were suspended until at least January 11, 2021, pending further order of the Court. Until further notice, all in-person hearings at the Court will be continued and rescheduled to a later date, except those hearings that can be continued by telephone, video or other means that does not require in-person attendance. The front counter continues to be temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Staff in the Clerk's office are available at (253) 591-5357, or via email at municipalcourt@cityoftacoma.org, from 8:30 AM - 4 PM, Monday through Friday. Court correspondence will be accepted via email or by mail at Tacoma Municipal Court, 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room #841, Tacoma, WA 98402.

COVID-19 Update and Response-November 18, 2020 

  

Until further notice, all in person hearings at the Tacoma Municipal Court will be continued and rescheduled to a later date, except those hearings that can be continued by telephone, video or other means that does not require in person attendance. As of November 18, 2020, Tacoma Municipal Court's front counter will be temporarily closed to the public. Staff in the clerk's office will be available by telephone: (253) 591-5357 from 8:30 AM to 4 PM and/or email: MunicipalCourt@cityoftacoma.org, Monday through Friday. Court correspondence will be accepted via email and U.S. mail: Tacoma Municipal Court; 930 Tacoma Ave S. Room #841; Tacoma, WA 98402. 

 

COVID-19 Update and Response-July 24, 2020

 

Until further notice, all in person hearings at the Tacoma Municipal Court will be continued and rescheduled to a later date, except those hearings that can be continued by telephone, video or other means that does not require in-person attendance. As of July 27, 2020, Tacoma Municipal Court's front counter will be open to the public from noon to 4 PM. Phone hours are from 8:30 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday at (253) 591-5357. You can also reach out by fax at (253) 591-5301 or email at MunicipalCourt@cityoftacoma.org. Email will be checked daily from 8 AM TO 4:30 PM. 

 

COVID-19 Update and Response-June 1, 2020

 

Until further notice, all in person hearings at the Tacoma Municipal Court will be continued and rescheduled to a later date, except those hearing that can be continued by telephone, video or other means that does not require in-person attendance. Tacoma Municipal Court’s front counter will continue to be temporarily closed to the public. Phone hours are from 8:30 AM to noon, Monday – Friday at (253) 591-5357. You can also reach out by fax at (253) 591-5301 or by email at MunicipalCourt@cityoftacoma.org. Email will be checked daily from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

COVID-19 Update and Response-May 4, 2020

Through May 31, 2020, all in person hearings at the Tacoma Municipal Court will be continued and rescheduled to a date after May 4, 2020 except those hearings that can be conducted by telephone, video or other means that does not require in-person attendance. Tacoma Municipal Court’s front counter will continue to be temporarily closed to the public. Phone hours are from 8:30 AM to noon, Monday – Friday, at (253) 591-5357. They can also be reached by fax at (253) 591-5301 or by email at MunicipalCourt@cityoftacoma.org. Email will be checked daily from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

COVID-19 Update and Response-April 16, 2020 

Through May 4, 2020, all in court hearings at the Tacoma Municipal Court will be suspended and rescheduled to a later date. Tacoma Municipal Court’s front counter will continue to be temporarily closed to the public and phone hours are from 8:30 AM to noon, Monday – Friday, at (253) 591-5357. They can also be reached by fax at (253) 591-5301 or by email at MunicipalCourt@cityoftacoma.org. Email will be checked daily from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

COVID-19 Update and Response-March 25, 2020 

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic and in accordance with Governor Jay Inslee’s 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' Order, our front counter is temporarily closed. Our phone hours starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020 will be 8:30 AM to noon.  Our fax number is (253) 591-5301 and our email is MunicipalCourt@cityoftacoma.org. Email will be checked daily from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

Thank you for your understanding during this time.  

 

COVID-19 Update and Response-March 17, 2020

The Tacoma Municipal Court facilities at the County-City Building will remain open but there are modifications to operations which should increase the safety of court participants and staff.

 

The court will implement the following measures to minimize the number of people who need to come to the County-City Building. Beginning March 18, 2020 and until further notice: 

  • The Court will hear in-custody arraignments by video conferencing
  • All in-person criminal proceedings will be continued to a later date
  • All in-person traffic and other civil infraction hearings will be continued to a later date
  • The Court reserves the right to schedule any criminal matters in cases involving threats to public safety.
  • It is anticipated that staff in the Clerk’s Office will be available by telephone and email and mail will be received.
  • The front counters will continue to be temporarily  closed to public

Tacoma Municipal Court is taking steps to keep the public and our employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever or other respiratory problems, please do not come to the Tacoma Municipal Court. Anyone deemed by the Court or by court staff to exhibit illness symptoms may be asked to leave. The court may be accessed by phone at (253) 591-5357 or via email at MunicipalCourt@cityoftacoma.org.


Any changes to court hours or proceedings will be provided in future press releases. For the latest information on court operations visit: https://www.cityoftacoma.org/government/city_departments/municipal_court.

 

Our Mission

The mission of Tacoma Municipal Court, as an independent and impartial branch of  city government, is to promote respect for law, society and individual rights; provide open, accessible and effective forums for dispute resolution; resolve legal matters in a just, efficient and timely manner and assure the dignified and fair treatment of all parties.
 

Summary of Services
Tacoma Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction hearing the following cases:

  • Traffic and non-traffic infractions
  • Criminal and criminal-traffic misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors

 

Tacoma Municipal Court Seal
Link to TacomaFIRST 311 from the City of Tacoma

County City Building
Room 841
930 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98402-2181
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Clerk's Office
(253) 591-5357

Counter Service
Front Counters are temporarily closed to the public as of  November 18, 2020

Telephone Service
Monday - Friday

8:30 AM -  4 PM