Proudly serving Spokane County and the cities of
Deer Park, Fairfield, Latah, Liberty Lake, Millwood, Rockford, Spangle and Spokane Valley .
The mission of Spokane County District Court is to serve our citizens through the prompt, courteous, and fair dispensation of justice by adjudicating cases in a timely manner using effective and efficient case management techniques, adhering to the highest standards, monitoring enforcement of judgments, and being responsible stewards of public funds.
The Spokane County District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. Over 70,000 cases, on average, are filed annually with Spokane County District Court.
Spokane County District Court processes the following case types:
Traffic and Non-Traffic Infractions
A violation of law not punishable by imprisonment. Speeding, fail to yield, no insurance, expired vehicle license, defective equipment, and parking in a disabled parking zone are examples of infractions.
Criminal and Criminal-Traffic Misdemeanors and Gross Misdemeanors
Criminal misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Criminal gross misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Some examples of criminal cases heard by the court are:
- Driving under the Influence (DUI).
- Domestic Violence Assault.
- Driving While License Suspended
- General civil actions with damage claims in the maximum amount of $75,000. The court does not hear cases involving title to or possession of real property
- Small claims actions with monetary claims in the maximum amount of $5,000. The small claims court may ONLY grant judgment for monetary damages. The court may not order the other party to return property or perform any action other than the payment of money.
Mental Health Therapeutic Court Proceedings
The Mental Health Therapeutic Court (MHTC) represents an effort to increase effective cooperation between two systems that have traditionally not worked closely together - the mental health treatment system and the criminal justice system.
Civil Protection Orders
- Anti-Harassment Protection Order Petitions
- Domestic Violence Protection Order Petitions
- Sexual Assault Protection Order Petitions
Times for filing a Petition for Protection:
Monday – Friday 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location for filing a Petition for Protection:
Spokane County District Court
Public Safety Building, Courtroom 3
1100 W Mallon, 2nd floor
Spokane, WA 99260
Civil Protection Order Clerk contact information:
E-mail: DC Protection Orders(e-mail is checked more frequently than voicemail)
Telephone: (509) 477-2953 (Please do not leave urgent messages here as this line is not attended during court hours)
Child Care may be provided by Spokane County during court appearances.