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 welcomes ALL LITIGANTS, ATTORNEYS, and MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC to appear by Zoom video/ teleconference

It is permitted to attend the hearing at the courthouse if you prefer or 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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COURTHOUSE HOURS:

In-Person Counter Service at the Court:  Monday -Friday  from 9 AM -3 PM

The Courthouse staff is also available for questions and service Monday through Friday 8-4 by telephone and email. 


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. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE IS PERMITTED.

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 is publicly available on the website. If you have an upcoming hearing, call the clerk to make sure we have your mailing and email address on file. 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: 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 considered by the court on the petition paperwork submitted and scheduled for a hearing as determined by the Judge. 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 pick up paperwork during open hours if download from the website is not possible. 

PAPERWORK: All paperwork may be delivered to the court via email, fax, mail, or in-person.

PAYMENTS: All payments may be made in-person, online, over the telephone, or by mail (do not mail cash).  Transaction fees are no longer waived as of July 1, 2021. 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, in-person and in the mail. Requested hearings will be scheduled to occur by telephone and video conferencing, but also may be attended in person if desired. 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 at legaladvocacy@ywcakitsap.org or 360-479-0491.
24-hour domestic violence hotline: 1-800-500-5513

LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE: The Bainbridge Island Municipal Court provides language assistance for hearings. Please notify the court staff if you are in need of interpreter services. 

PASSPORTS: Passport processing will resume on a limited basis by appointment on May 7, 2021. Many renewals for adults can occur via mail directly to the Passport Agency. For up to date information about passports, visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html