Court Commissioners

Court Commissioners preside over various divisions such as Civil, Juvenile, Civil Mental Health, Adoptions, and Criminal. Listing of current Court Commissioners.

DURING THIS CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, ALL FAMILY LAW CASES, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & OTHER PROTECTION ORDER PETITIONS, EX PARTE MATTERS, AND CIVIL CASES SCHEDULED IN FRONT OF COMMISSIONERS CONTINUE TO BE HEARD, ALTHOUGH NO PERSONAL APPEARANCES AT THE COURTHOUSE.

*** Emergency procedures for Commissioner Hearings due to COVID-19 (as of July 13, 2020) ***
Commissioner Court Hearing Information Line During COVID 19 – please call (253) 798-3610

This information is in effect as of August 1, 2020 and is subject to change based on Orders from Governor Inslee and Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephens. Please check back periodically.

Proposed Orders must be emailed or faxed to Commissioner Services Department two court days prior to the hearing. All other supporting documents must be uploaded in LINX to the case file.

With certain exceptions, the Commissioners use ZOOM as a platform for remote hearings. When the use of ZOOM is not technologically feasible for a litigant, alternative technology shall be used, such as Court Call or courtroom telephone.   If Court Call is being used, advance arrangements must be made (at least one week in advance of the hearing date/time). (888) 882-6878.


Domestic Violence/Vulnerable Adult Protection Orders:

  • If requesting an Initial Order
    • For intimate partner relationships, (spouses, former spouses, persons who have a child in common or persons who have or did have a dating relationship), you can appear in person at the Domestic Violence Office in Room 110 of the County City Building (930 Tacoma Avenue South) to complete the initial petition and be screened/interviewed by a Court Commissioner. Or you can contact the Family Justice Center, (253) 798-4166 or the YWCA, (253) 383-2593, to speak with a victim advocate.
    • For non-intimate partner relationships, you can visit the Domestic Violence Office in Room 110 of the County City  Building (930 Tacoma Avenue South) to complete the petition and be screened/interviewed by a Court Commissioner. 
  • To appear at a Final Hearing: There are no personal appearances at the courthouse. All hearings shall be conducted by telephone or video conferencing, including ZOOM and CourtCall. No live streaming on any hearings will occur.
    • If by ZOOM, the court will serve as host and send an invite to the parties (all parties should make sure the court file includes the party’s email address and telephone number). If by CourtCall, please make advance arrangements with CourtCall to appear telephonically 1-888-882-6878.

Ex Parte: There are no personal appearances at the courthouse. For emergency or immediate matters only, the hearings will be conducted via ZOOM. Notification to the other party is still required unless waived by the Commissioner. The moving party will be required to email the Proposed Order for Immediate Restraining Order to Commissioner Services Department, SUPCSD@piercecountywa.gov and to provide Commissioner Services with the email addresses for all those that will be appearing via ZOOM. Any other supporting documentation should be uploaded to the case file in LINX. Email Commissioner Services Department, SUPCSD@piercecountywa.gov to check the availability of hearing dates/times. 

Ex Parte Electronic Mail:  Electronic mail is for all agreed upon or unopposed orders or motions (see list of mandatory orders on the Clerk’s website). These documents must be uploaded in LINX for Ex Parte mail via the Clerk. There is a $42 fee for Ex Parte mail effective September 1, 2020. Original wills must be submitted to the Superior Court Clerk’s Office.

Any party that does not wish to submit agreed or unopposed orders by mail, may schedule the appropriate motion on the proper Judges’ or Commissioners’ calendar.

For all Orders to go to Court to Show Cause for unrepresented parties only, the orders may be submitted by mail or through the Commissioner Services Department at SUPCSD@piercecountywa.gov or (253) 798-6890. The related motion, supporting documents, and the Note for Commissioner Calendar must be filed in advance of presentation of the Order. Attorneys are to process Orders to go to Court for Show Cause through Ex Parte mail via the Clerk.





ADDITIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION and WEBSITES:

Pierce County Superior Court

Commissioner Services: 

Court Call:   1-888-882-6878

Interrogatories with Declaration for Dissolutions

Washington State Pattern Forms

Sign up for LINX account (currently no fee)