Municipal Court

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and Order of the Washington Supreme Court issued March 18, 2020, court operations are limited and courthouse doors are closed to in-person appearances through April 24, 2020.  See details below.

Phone:  (206) 842-5641

Email:  court@bainbridgewa.gov


Pursuant to Washington Supreme Court order dated March 18, 2020 and Bainbridge Island Municipal Court order dated March 23, 2020, the Court has significantly modified operations.  The following will apply as of March 19, 2020 at least through April 24, 2020 and is subject to change:


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. In-custody and emergency hearings will be held by video and teleconference.

CRIMINAL CASES: All pending criminal cases where the defendant is out-of-custody shall be continued a minimum of two months. This includes arraignments scheduled on a new criminal charge. New arraignments will be scheduled a minimum of 45 days from the filing of charges. A summons will be mailed out to the address on file with the clerk with a new court date. Call the clerk if your address needs to be updated.

TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE AT HEARING: The court has the technology to have two individuals to call into a hearing. The court will be exploring additional video conference options. Priority for calling in to the hearing will go to any attorney required to attend the hearing. Additional members of public will be permitted to call in on a first come, first serve basis. Call the clerk ahead of the hearing to arrange to appear telephonically. All hearings will be 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. 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 court date in approximately two months.

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 after April 24, 2020 and may be subject to further continuance if the public health emergency continues.

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. Many renewals for adults can occur via mail. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory recommending no international travel as of March 19, 2020 https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html