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Spokane, WA 99260
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Welcome to
Spokane County District Court

Proudly serving Spokane County and the cities of
Deer Park, Fairfield, Latah, Liberty Lake, Millwood, Rockford, Spangle and Spokane Valley .


Mission Statement

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.


NEW! 

Please see the latest issue of the District Court Newsletter:   July 2014
Judge Greg Tripp has been named Judge of the Year by the Misdemeanant Corrections Association of Washington State... News release
 

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

Civil Cases

  • 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
1100 W Mallon, 2nd floor*
Spokane, WA 99260

*Check for courtroom location with 2nd floor receptionist.

Civil Protection Order Clerk contact information:

Telephone: (509) 477- 4770


Miscellaneous Proceedings

Child Care may be provided by Spokane County during court appearances.

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