Municipal Court

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and orders of the Washington Supreme Court and Governor Inslee, courthouse doors are closed to in-person appearances until further order of the court.  Beginning May 4, 2020, hearings will be held using video conferencing and teleconferencing options.  More information will be forthcoming about using these options.  Litigants will receive information by mail and email.  

EMERGENCY ORDERS:

Bainbridge Island Municipal Court:

Washington Supreme Court:

Relevant Governor’s Orders:

Pursuant to these emergency orders, the following applies to court operations:


COURTHOUSE DOORS CLOSED TO IN-PERSON APPEARANCES: To support public health and health of the court staff, the courthouse is closed to the public. However, the court remains open for business. Clerks will be available by phone and email. Starting May 4 until further order of the court, hearings will be held using video and teleconferencing. 

CRIMINAL CASES: Most pending criminal cases where the defendant is out-of-custody were continued to future date in May or June. New arraignments and pending criminal cases will be scheduled using video and teleconferencing options. Call or email the clerk to make sure we have your address and email on file if you have an upcoming case.  

TELEPHONIC/ VIDEO APPEARANCE AT HEARING: The court will be using video and teleconferencing to hold hearings. Information about video and teleconferencing will be mailed and emailed to participants. If you have an upcoming hearing, call the clerk to make sure we have your mailing and email address on file. Any member of the public can email or call and obtain the meeting code for the hearing they wish to attend and participate in that way.  All hearings will be audio recorded, and a copy of the hearing can be obtained from the clerk.

JAIL REPORT DATES: Due to concerns of the Jail regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, all jail report dates issued by order of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Court shall be continued 90 days or more. Contact the clerk to obtain a new commitment order.

PROBATION REQUIREMENTS: All probation requirements are still in effect. However, many treatment agencies have modified their services significantly. Probationers shall work with their treatment agency to access any available services or obtain permission for any delay in services.

BENCH WARRANTS: During the COVID-19 outbreak, bench warrants may be quashed by emailing the clerk with a good mailing address and request to quash the warrant. The Judge will review the request and, if granted, sign an order to quash the warrant. Warrant quash orders will be returned to the defendant by email or mail along with a future court date by telephone/video conferencing.

PROTECTION ORDERS: Requests for emergency protection orders will be heard by the Court. Paperwork to request these orders is available on the court website: www.bainbridgewa.gov/court. Contact the clerk to apply for a protection order and receive further direction. A petitioner may request to pick up paperwork if download from the website is not possible. 

PAPERWORK: All paperwork should be delivered to the court via email, fax, or mail whenever possible. If this is impossible due to time constraints or lack of technology, the clerk may permit in person delivery of paperwork (particularly for protection order requests.)

PAYMENTS: All payments may be made online, over the telephone, or by mail (do not mail cash). In-person payments are suspended at this time. All Paygov transaction fees are waived. See court website for more detail:  https://www.bainbridgewa.gov/603/Fines-Payment-Options

PARKING AND INFRACTIONS: Payments of parking tickets and infractions will be accepted online, by telephone, and in the mail. Requested hearings will be scheduled on or after May 4, 2020 to occur by telephone and video conferencing.  The court has always accepted mitigation requests and requests for deferred finding by mail. See the infraction page: https://www.bainbridgewa.gov/596/Traffic-Infractions 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCACY SERVICES:  Available by telephone. Contact YWCA Advocate Sarah Hicks at shicks@ywcakitsap.org or 360-479-0491.  
24-hour domestic violence hotline: 1-800-500-5513

PASSPORTS: Passport processing is suspended until further notice. Many renewals for adults can occur via mail, but the passport service agency is not guaranteeing a 6-8 week turnaround. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory recommending no international travel as of March 19, 2020. For up to date information about passports, visit:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html