Municipal Court

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and orders of the Washington Supreme Court and Governor Inslee, ALL hearings are being held using Zoom video conferencing and teleconferencing options.  The Judge encourages ALL LITIGANTS, ATTORNEYS, and MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC to appear by Zoom video/ teleconference whenever possible.

The courthouse in-person appearance options are EXTREMELY limited due to the small courtroom space.  The courtroom can only accommodate 6 people in the courtroom while allowing for 6-foot social distancing. Masks are required, except for children under 5 and medical exceptions. 

All parties are ENCOURAGED to appear remotely by Zoom. The court staff will work with you and continue your hearing if you have trouble with the connection.

It is permitted to attend the hearing at the courthouse if you do not have technology to attend remotely. The court has two “Zoom Rooms” with a computer running the Zoom technology to connect with the Zoom hearing. Attendees may participate in the Zoom Room so that they can fully interact with the other participants who are appearing remotely on Zoom.  Attendees must pass a health screening upon entry and wear a mask. DO NOT come to the courthouse if you or any member of your household is sick with any cold or flu-like illness.

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ZOOM COURT HEARINGS:

VIDEO CALL WEBSITE:
https://zoom.us/JOIN

Meeting ID:  850 926 3884  
Video Password:  court

AUDIO CALL
Telephone Dial-in: 1 (253) 215-8782 OR 1 (669) 900-9128
Meeting ID: 850 926 3884
No password is required on the telephone

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Hours for In-Person Appearances:

Monday and Tuesday from 9 am - 12 noon, 1:30 pm - 4 pm
Open to attendees of court hearings and appointments only, closed at lunch

Wednesday through Friday 9 am -12 noon- Walk-in window service available

The Courthouse staff is available for questions and service Monday through Friday 8-4 by telephone and email. Some staff are working remotely. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.


EMERGENCY ORDERS:

Bainbridge Island Municipal Court:

Washington Supreme Court:

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


COURT HEARINGS ARE BEING HELD BY ZOOM VIDEO/TELECONFERENCING.

CRIMINAL CASES: New arraignments and pending criminal cases are held 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 is 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.

PROBATION REQUIREMENTS: All probation requirements are still in effect. Many treatment agencies have modified their services to allow for remote attendance at classes. 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 scheduling a warrant quash hearing and appearance at that hearing, preferably via Zoom video/teleconferencing. 

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, arrange with the clerk for paperwork drop-off or appear during walk-in hours Wednesday through Friday.

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 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. Paperwork may be held for 3-4 or more months if you apply by mail. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory recommending no international travel. For up to date information about passports, visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html