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 May 18) ***
Commissioner Court Hearing Information Line During COVID 19 – please call (253) 798-3610

This information is in effect as of April 27, 2020 and is subject to change based on Orders from Governor Inslee’s and Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephens. Please check back periodically.

Proposed Orders must be emailed or faxed to the Commissioner Services Department one court day before the hearing.  They should be in Word format.

Any Court Call hearings must be arranged in advance.  (888) 882-6878.

Show Cause/Family Law Motions: There are no personal appearances at the courthouse. The Commissioner will make decisions based on the documents in the LINX court file, unless you are contacted by court staff to arrange Court Call because the Commissioner requests oral argument.

Uncontested Dissolutions: There are no personal appearances at the courthouse. The Commissioner will make decisions based on the documents in the LINX court file, the proposed orders, and Interrogatories.  Submit proposed final pleadings in advance to the Court Facilitators, (253) 798-8648.

Minor Settlements: All parties must make advance arrangements with Court Call to appear telephonically.  Call 1-888-882-6878.

Unlawful Detainers or Evictions: All these cases are currently suspended by order of the Governor.

Guardianship/Probate: There are no personal appearances at the courthouse. All parties must make advance arrangements with Court Call to appear telephonically.  Call 1-888-882-6878. 

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 cay contact the Family Justice Center, (253) 798-4166 or the YWCA, (253) 383-2593, to make the request. If they are unable to consider the request, call the Superior Court Clerk’s Office, (253) 798-8827. When you have completed the petition, call the Clerk’s office at (253) 798-8827 to process the petition
    • For non-intimate partner relationships, call the Superior Court Clerk’s Office, (253) 798-8827.  When you have completed the petition, call the Clerk’s office at (253) 798-8827 to process the petition.
    • After the paperwork is completed, the Petitioner will be telephonically interviewed by the Ex Parte Commissioner.
  • To appear at a Final Hearing: There are no personal appearances at the courthouse. All parties need to make advance arrangements with Court Call to appear telephonically. Call (888) 882-6878. 

Ex Parte: There are no personal appearances at the courthouse. For emergency or immediate matters only, the hearings will be handled by telephone. Notification to other party is still required unless waived by the Commissioner. Contact Commissioner Services (253) 798-6890, to arrange the hearing.  

Ex Parte Electronic Mail: Electronic mail is for all agreed upon or unopposed orders or motions. Those documents must be sent to the Superior Clerk’s Office. Original wills must be submitted to the Superior Clerk’s Office in advance.

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

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