About Court Services

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About Tumwater Court Services

Under state law (RCW 39.34.180), the City of Tumwater is responsible for the prosecution, adjudication, sentencing, and incarceration of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses committed by adults within our jurisdiction, and referred from Tumwater Police, whether filed under state law or city ordinance. The City is responsible for providing court services, staff, and facilities to carry out these duties. 

Court Service Transition

Thurston County District Court and the City of Tumwater established an interlocal agreement for provision of municipal court services for the City. Under the agreement, Thurston County District Court handles all misdemeanor cases and those infractions that require investigation and mitigation. The City still accepts payment of traffic infractions and minor violations.

The new model for municipal court services provided the most economical solution with the best service to court customers. The contract allows for improved security, increased staffing and efficiency, improved prosecution and public defense, access to the County's therapeutic courts, and access to video arraignment. The transition took effect on August 1, 2013.