Temporary Policy for Electronic Filing
COVID19 appears to be a clear and immediate threat to public health. Limiting person-to-person contact is a proven way to slow the spread of the disease. The purpose of this policy is to reduce the need to visit the courthouse for the purpose of filing documents and to protect the public and court staff from exposure to the virus. Specifics of the policy HERE.
Warrant Quash Policy
A defendant may appear in person at the counter no later than 11:45 a.m. on any day the criminal calendar is in session (Wednesdays) and schedule a quash hearing at 1:30 p.m. the same day. The clerk shall schedule only the warrant quash hearing. The in-court clerk is responsible for scheduling any other hearings including the hearing the defendant failed to appear for that resulted in the warrant. The warrant is not quashed until the defendant appears in court and is so ordered by the judge.
Policy for Community Service in Lieu of Fine
You must first be deemed indigent by the Judge to be eligible to perform community service in lieu of a fine. The forms and instructions are available under the court forms link and at the court office. Upon filing a Motion and an Application for Indigency Determination with the court, a hearing will be scheduled. Those defendants currently deemed indigent by this court (i.e. have a public defender appointed to the case) are eligible to perform community service in lieu of a fine. You must have parent permission (if under age 18) and follow rules and procedures set forth. Community Service must be completed either at the Gig Harbor Civic Center or through a non-profit agency from the approved list. It is your responsibility to contact an agency from the approved list that interests you and meet the guidelines for that agency.
Policy for Modifying/Rescinding Domestic Violence No Contact Order
The court has adopted a new policy and procedure for modifying or rescinding a DV No Contact Order. Effective June 1, 2017 ONLY a protected party may modify or rescind a RCW 10.99 No Contact Order. The protected party is required to contact the Court and follow the step-by-step procedure to modify or rescind a No Contact Order. Instructions are available on the court FORMS link.
Late Arrival Policy
Attorneys or defendants that arrive late for a scheduled court appearance on the criminal docket will be bumped to the end of the docket at 3 p.m. The Court can no longer accommodate late arrivals or walk-ins due to the increased caseload. It is very important that court users arrive in court and be prepared to proceed on the day and time stated on the ticket, summons, subpoena, or court notice. Once court begins, roll call is generally taken. If you arrive late, or if your name/case is not called, you should notify court staff immediately. Notifying court staff in advance of late arrival is appreciated and can help avoid a warrant in criminal cases.
The clerk shall provide a list of walk-in add-ons to the prosecutor and public defender before 1 p.m. on the hearing date.
Failure to Appear at Warrant Quash
Should a defendant fail to appear for a warrant quash hearing, the hearing(s) is stricken and the warrant remains. The defendant may subsequently appear in person at the counter no later than 11:45 a.m. on any criminal calendar without paying warrant fee(s) upfront; however, the defendant is subject to arrest and risks being arrested at the counter. In the alternative, defendants may turn themselves in to any law enforcement agency during business hours or the local jail and have the warrant served, or post full cash bail at the court office, or utilize a bail bond agent for posting bail, or risk being arrested by law enforcement.