Serving the City of Puyallup and City of Milton
! NOTICE !
Puyallup & Milton Court Lobby is CLOSED.
the clerks office is still open and available by telephone, mail, live chat and email.
PUYALLUP MUNICIPAL JURY TRIALS
TO BEGIN AUGUST 5th
SAFETY MEASURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO ENSURE SAFETY FOR JURORS, ATTORNEYS, DEFENDANT, JUDGE & COURT STAFF.
When appearing at the Courthouse
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Puyallup and Milton Municipal Court is requiring that persons having business with the court observe the following social distancing and hygiene measures:
- If you feel ill, do not enter the courthouse - contact your attorney and/or court staff at 253-841-5450.
- Keep 6 feet from others while in or near the courthouse.
- All persons entering the courthouse must wear a protective mask or other face covering.
- All persons entering the courthouse will be required to use hand sanitizer.
- All persons entering the courthouse will be required to have their temperature taken utilizing the court’s non-contact infrared thermometer.
- If you have business with the clerk’s office, please proceed directly to the clerk’s window and leave immediately upon completing any business.
- To maintain social distancing protocols, spectators are not allowed in the courthouse without pre-approval of the judge, spectators may observe the proceedings by way of the virtual courtroom.
- Persons entering the courtroom must be seated unless instructed otherwise. Courtroom chairs are not to be moved.
- Do not approach the in-court clerk’s desk without permission of the judge.
VIRTUAL HEARING INSTRUCTIONS
To Join the Zoom Hearing by Video (Cell Phone, Laptop, Computer)
1. Open an internet browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer etc.)
2. In the address bar type in zoom.us/join and then push enter or click Zoom link above.
3. Type in the meeting ID (provided by the Court) and select ‘Join’
4. Type in the password (provided by the Court)
5. If you do not want to download the Zoom App, click ‘Join from your browser’ at the bottom (see example below). Otherwise, select click here or download & run Zoom.
6. You will be placed in the Municipal Court Waiting Room.
7. Upon entry into the hearing, please check that your mic is muted. Click ‘mute’ if your mic shows a line through it.
NOTE: If you get disconnected, you can restart these steps from the beginning.
To Join the Zoom Hearing by Phone Only
1. Dial the phone number provided
2. Enter the Meeting ID without spaces or dashes (provided by the court)
3. Enter the Password (provided by the court)
4. Record your first and last name
PUYALLUP MUNICIPAL COURT
MILTON MUNICIPAL COURT
PUYALLUP MUNICIPAL COURT operational changes in response to COVID-19
Hearings are being held via Zoom, a virtual hearing platform or in person. Notice will be mailed with additional instructions.
- Hearings to assure compliance with conditions of pre-trail release
- Testimonial motion hearings
- Disposition hearings on criminal cases when pre-authorized by the Court
- Jury Trials
- Other hearings as necessary, if set with prior approval of the Court
MILTON MUNICIPAL COURT operational changes in response to COVID-19
All hearings are being held via Zoom, a virtual hearing platform. Notice will be mailed with additional instructions.
What if I have to file a document with the court?
The court will accept filings by e-mail to Courts@ci.puyallup.wa.us during the pendency of this order.
What if I don’t have an electronic device to appear via Zoom?
You may appear at the court for your scheduled hearing. A device will be provided for you. Please note, a face covering must be worn while at the courthouse.
What if I need to pay a ticket or fine?
Payments and correspondence may be left in the Court’s drop box located outside the clerk’s office. Do not leave cash payments. Payments can also be made online or by calling Ncourt. If you cannot pay a ticket or fine, please call the clerk’s office at (253) 841-5450 to learn about other options such as setting up a payment plan or receiving an extension.
What if I had or want a hearing to contest or mitigate my ticket?
No in person infraction hearings will be held until further order of the Court. Rules relating to the scheduling of speedy hearings are suspended.
Mitigation hearings or contested hearings may be conducted by mail or email where requested. The court may also schedule a virtual hearing via Zoom.
Click here for more information.
What if I have an appointment with my probation officer or case manager?
Contract probation or community court case manager for more direction.
As always, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and cover coughs and sneezes. Additional guidance on how to protect yourself and others is available from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
Supreme Court Order Closure
During this state of emergency, it may become necessary for courts in these counties to close, relocate. or otherwise significantly modify their regular operations.
Monday - Friday
1:00 pm-4:30 pm
The Court will be closed on the following dates in 2020:
- New Year’s Day, January 1st
- MLK Jr. Day, January 20th
- Presidents Day, Feb. 17th
- Memorial Day, May 25th
- Independence Day, July 3rd
- Labor Day, September 7th
- Veterans Day, November 11th
- Thanksgiving, Nov. 26-27th
- Christmas, Dec. 25th
The Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction that hears only cases involving :
- Criminal misdemeanors
- Gross misdemeanors (domestic violence offenses, assault, shoplifting, DUI, etc.)
- Traffic infractions
- Parking violations that occur within the City of Puyallup or City of Milton
- Photo Infractions that occur within the City of Puyallup
The Municipal Court utilizes a program called OCourts to generate electronic court orders. The court will provide defendants a hard copy of their court orders, however, we encourage attorneys to sign up for OCourts so that orders can be emailed to their office, this request can be made by submitting an email request to: email@example.com.
Small claims cases, civil cases, name changes, anti-harassment orders, etc. are handled at Pierce County District Court.
For cases involving felony criminal cases, divorce, child custody matters, bad credit, and probate are handled at Pierce County Superior Court.
Court proceedings are open to the public and accessible. Parties interested in viewing hearings should contact the court to verify session times.