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

Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM

Counter Service
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Telephone Service
Monday - Friday
9 AM - 12 PM
1 PM - 4 PM