Municipal Court

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Serving the City of Puyallup and City of Milton 


PLEASE NOTE:  

  • The court Clerk's office closes at 4 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for a staff meeting.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.           

       The court Clerk’s office will be closed on Wednesday,  August 24th from 11:30 am – 1 pm.  Thank you.         

Summary

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

Our Mission

To effectively and efficiently manage every aspect of the court’s business; committed to providing the community with fair, equitable, and accessible access to justice of timely resolution of alleged violations in a safe and secure environment; and to ensure the provision of mandated services in a way that maximizes the court’s ability to best perform its various functions while striving to minimize recidivism.

You have the right to language access services at no cost to you. To request these services, please contact the court at (253) 841-5450 or via email.

Other Courts 

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. Due to COVID-19, most hearings are being live-streamed via YouTube.  

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COVID-19 Operational Changes

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Puyallup and Milton Municipal Courts have adopted changes that impact operations. Please review the following:

Puyallup Municipal Court

The Puyallup Municipal Court is conducting most hearings remotely, via Zoom. Notice will be mailed out with instructions on how to access the hearing.  Some hearings will continue to be in-person. The following lists in-person hearings:

  • Arraignments 
  • Hearings to assure compliance with conditions of pre-trial release
  • Testimonial motion hearings
  • Disposition hearings on criminal cases when pre-authorized by the Court
  • Jury Trials
  • Sentence Compliance
  • Sentencing
  • Other hearings as necessary, if set with prior approval of the Court

Milton Municipal Court

All hearings are currently being held via Zoom unless directed otherwise by the Judge. For Zoom hearings, notice will be mailed out with instructions on how to access the hearing.

Please visit our COVID-19 Page here for Remote Hearing instructions and additional information on changes to the Municipal Court.

State of Emergency Order

While Washington currently remains in the State of Emergency, the Municipal Court may need to modify, close, relocate, or change our operations to follow the State. We will post changes to our operations on this page.

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OCourt - Electronic Court Orders

The Puyallup Municipal Court uses a program called OCourts to create electronic court orders and schedule court hearings. The Court will provide a hard copy of a court order to the defendants. However, attorneys are required to sign up for OCourts

To create an OCourts account, please watch the demo by visiting this link, no password is necessary.  Email us if you have any issues.  To log into OCourts, please visit this link. 

If you already have an OCourts account you can change the court location under your "Profile" under the list of "City".

We have created a How-To Guide for attorneys using OCourts. Please download a copy.