Municipal Court

OCourts-Header

 Serving the City of Puyallup and City of Milton

       Please note:  

  • Court Clerk's office closes at 4 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month for a staff meeting.  

       Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Respectfully, Puyallup Municipal Court Management

    

 


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

Please note that 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 email Courts@PuyallupWA.Gov.

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  

COVID-Header

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-trail 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 with the exception of Sentence Compliance Hearings. 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 a State of Emergency, the Municipal Court may need to modify, close, relocate, or change our operations to be in compliance with the State. We will post changes to our operations on this page.

Municipal-Court-Header

OCourt - Electronic Court Orders

The Puyallup Municipal Court uses a program called OCourts to create electronic court orders and to schedule court hearings. The Court will provide a hard copy of a court order to 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 at Courts@PuyallupWa.gov if you have having 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 here.