District Court

Mission Statement

The goal of Grant County District Court is to ensure equal access to justice for all, provide effective and timely resolution of legal matters, and assure dignified and fair treatment for all, while promoting respect for, and the independence of, the judiciary.

Services

The services we provide are consistent with Washington State’s “Courts of Limited Jurisdiction.” Grant County has one countywide District Court, in two locations. The judicial operation of District Court is the sole responsibility of the three District Court Judges and one full-time Court Commissioner.

In order to make judicial services as available as possible to the citizens of the County, the Superior Court Judges appoint the District Court Judges as Commissioners of the Superior Court. This enables the District Court Judges to sign temporary and preliminary orders in a variety of cases in Superior Court, as well as sitting in Juvenile Court and Domestic Relations Court as needed.

Cases & Jurisdiction

Grant County has one countywide District Court. The Court is empowered to hear all traffic cases, misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and preliminary hearings in felony cases.

Civil jurisdiction is concurrent with Superior Court and extends to cases in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $100,000 exclusive of interest and costs. District Court hears small claims where the amount in controversy does not exceed $10,000 for human beings and $5,000 for businesses.

The District Court does not have jurisdiction in cases involving the title to real estate and certain other limited exceptions.

Staff

Our staff is composed of various judges, administrators, and managers in addition to 2 Lead Clerks and 16 District Court Clerks.

Courtroom Etiquette

When coming to court, please remember the following:

  • Upon your arrival, find your name on the calendar outside the courtroom and then have a seat in the proper courtroom until the session convenes. You do not need to check in with the clerk unless your name is not on the list.
  • When your name is called, come forward and stand behind one of the counsel tables.
  • Be polite, courteous, and remain standing until instructed otherwise by the judge.

The following is not allowed in the courtroom:

  • Children under the age of 12
  • Food or drink
  • Shorts
  • Tank tops, crop tops, halter tops
  • Ripped or torn Clothing
  • Hats
  • Shirts with vulgar craftworth or language
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Backpacks
  • Turn off cell phones before entering the courtroom

Make a Payment by Credit Card

Make your payment by visiting our Payment Portal or by calling 877-793-8935.

Also please view our nCourt Informational Sheet (PDF).