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Yakima County District Court

To provide effective and timely resolution of legal matters, assuring dignified and fair treatment to all participants, while promoting respect for the justice system and maintaining the independence of  the judiciary.  

Yakima County District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction hearing the following cases: 
  • Traffic and Non-Traffic Infractions

  • Misdemeanor and Gross Misdemeanor criminal offenses

  • Civil matters for damages and contract disputes not exceeding $100,000

  • Small claim matters for recovery of money not exceeding $5000

  • Name Changes

  • Antiharassment and Stalking Protection Orders

In addition to providing services through the County District Court, we also operate the Union Gap Municipal Court, Grandview Municipal Court and Mabton Municipal Court.  We have two locations for court services - Yakima County Courthouse on 2nd Street and the Grandview District Court on Wine Country Road.

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Yakima Municipal Court in Yakima, Washington

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Yakima Municipal Court Contact Information

Address, Phone Number, and Fax Number for Yakima Municipal Court, a Court, at South 3rd Street, Yakima WA.

Yakima Municipal Court
200 South 3rd Street
Yakima, Washington, 98901

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About the Yakima Municipal Court

The Yakima Municipal Court, located in Yakima, Washington is a government institution where legal disputes are resolved in accordance with the law. In Yakima Criminal Courts, the government brings a case against a defendant who is accused of breaking the law. In Yakima Civil Courts, the Court settles disputes between citizens that they are unable to resolve on their own.

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Class Specifications

Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association required. Must possess a valid license to practice law in the State of Washington. Broad legal background with emphasis on criminal law required.
SpecialRequirements:Successful completion of a criminal background investigation which includes a polygraph and a pre-employment physical examination are conditions of appointment.

 Job Summary:
Presides over the Yakima Municipal Court. Accountable for the judicial operations of the court and to see that they comply with the State Administrator of the Courts' judicial requirements. The Municipal Court Judge is also accountable for the integrity and appropriateness of the judgments made in court and shall comply with the Code of Judicial Conduct.
Supervision: The Municipal Court Judge supervises the staff of the Municipal Court.

 Essential Functions:
The information contained in this classification specification is a representative sample of essential and other functions performed in this classification. Specific essential functions are identified for position recruitment or other administrative procedures.

•Presides as the Municipal Court Judge. Hears cases and renders judgments, establishing appropriate sentences and fines as necessary.
•In conjunction with the City administrative staff, ensures procedures and operations of the court comply with the State Administrator of the Courts' Office requirements. Provides judicial oversight of the operation of the court.

 Major Worker Characteristics:
Knowledge of the standards for Municipal Court Administration in the State of Washington.
Knowledge of proper courtroom procedure and the rules of evidence. Knowledge of criminal law. Knowledge of local ordinances, laws and procedures. Knowledge of basic supervisory principles.
Ability to grasp complex factual data, draw appropriate conclusions and formulate sound legal decisions.
Ability to communicate complex legal ideas and/or decisions to a variety of audiences in clear, comprehensive and professional manner.
Ability to plan, organize and evaluate the operation of the court. Ability to be sensitive to diverse personalities, lifestyles and orientations. Ability to maintain an atmosphere of decorum and professionalism in the courtroom. Ability to apply a broad legal background to judgments made of the bench.

 Unusual Working Conditions:
The Municipal Court Judge spends the majority of administrative performance in an office setting often under stringent timelines and competing requests. The Municipal Court Judge is a public figure who is in contact with the court staff, attorneys, defendants, witnesses, complainants and law enforcement officers. Courtroom encounters are by nature controversial and the Municipal Court Judge must possess a sensitivity to the diversity in personality, lifestyle and orientation of those with whom he/she comes into contact. Night shift and weekend work may be required.

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If you think you are scheduled for a court date and do not find your name, please contact the court  by phone at 509-574-1804 or you may complete the contact form. Your calls and e-mails will be answered as quickly as possible.

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  • Attorney's Search - This link is provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts. If you are an attorney, use this search to view cases associated with your bar number. The AOC offers to e-mail attorneys their daily court calendar each morning.
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Municipal court yakima

Chapter 1.60


1.60.010    Creation.

1.60.020    Jurisdiction.

1.60.030    Violations bureau.

1.60.040    Municipal judge.

1.60.050    Witness fees.

1.60.060    Jury trial and fee.

1.60.070    Fees for court services.

1.60.080    Disposition of revenue.

1.60.090    Sessions.

1.60.100    Municipal court seal.

1.60.110    Case transfers.

1.60.120    Sentencing.

1.60.130    Criminal process.

1.60.140    Complaints.

1.60.150    Pleadings, practice and procedure.

1.60.160    Probation services—Creation.

1.60.170    Probation fees.

1.60.175    Daytime detention.

1.60.180    Power of arrest.

1.60.190    Compliance with rules.

1.60.200    Court operation.

1.60.210    Severability.

1.60.010 Creation.

The municipal court of Yakima is hereby created, which shall have jurisdiction and exercise all powers vested in a court by state law including but not limited to Chapter 3.50 RCW as it now exists or may hereafter be amended, together with such other powers and jurisdiction as is generally conferred on such courts in Washington, either by common law or express statute. The municipal court shall commence operation January 1, 1997. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.020 Jurisdiction.

The Yakima municipal court shall have exclusive original jurisdiction over traffic infractions arising under city ordinances, and exclusive criminal jurisdiction of all violations of city ordinances. The court shall have original jurisdiction of all other actions brought to enforce or recover license penalties or forfeitures declared by city ordinance or state statute. The court is also empowered to forfeit cash bail and bail bonds and issue execution thereon; and in general to hear and determine all causes, civil or criminal, including traffic, parking and animal control infractions, arising under city ordinances, and to pronounce judgment in accordance therewith. Finally, the court shall have jurisdiction as generally conferred upon such court in this state either by common law or by express statute. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.030 Violations bureau.

A.    Creation. The Yakima violations bureau is hereby created to operate under the supervision of the municipal court to assist the court in processing traffic cases. The violations bureau created by this section shall commence operation January 1, 1997, and shall take over processing of all matters which were being processed as of December 31, 1996, by the violations bureau which operated under that grant of authority from the Yakima County district court, dated December 31, 1980. Day-to-day operations of the violations bureau shall be supervised by the court administrator.

B.    Processing. The violations bureau is authorized to perform all the functions which a city may authorize a violations bureau to perform under RCW Chapter 3.50 as it now exists or may hereafter be amended. The violations bureau shall operate in conformity with state statutes such as RCW Chapter 46.63 and RCW 3.50.030 as they now exists or may hereafter be amended. All penalties and forfeitures paid to the violations bureau shall be handled in the same manner as municipal court revenue. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.040 Municipal judge.

A.    Appointment. Within thirty days after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter or any resolutions of the city council which provide for additional judges, the city manager shall appoint the municipal judge subject to confirmation by the city council. Such appointment shall be effective until the next regularly scheduled judicial election.

B.    Term. The initial appointment of a judge under this chapter shall expire December 31, 1997. Thereafter, each elected municipal court judge shall serve a term of four years.

C.    Election. In accordance with the provisions of RCW 3.50.055, all full-time municipal judges shall be elected to office. Such election shall occur at the regularly scheduled judicial election immediately following creation of the judicial position. Such judge shall be elected in accordance with state statutes as now enacted or hereinafter amended.

D.    Additional Judges. Additional full- or part-time municipal judge positions may be filled as provided in subsections A and C of this section, when the public interest and the administration of justice makes such additional judge or judges necessary, and so long as that procedure is in compliance with state statutes, such as RCW 3.50.055. Additional full- or part-time judge positions shall be created by a resolution of the city council.

E.    Judges Pro Tem. The presiding municipal court judge may designate one or more persons as judges pro tem to serve in the absence or disability of the elected or duly appointed judges of the court, subsequent to the filing of an affidavit of prejudice, or in addition to the elected or duly appointed judges when the administration of justice and the accomplishment of the work of the court make it necessary. The qualifications of a judge pro tempore shall be the same as for judges as provided under RCW 3.50.040 except that a judge pro tempore need not be a resident of the city or county of Yakima. Judges pro tempore shall have all of the powers of the duly appointed or elected judges when serving as judges pro tempore of the court. Before entering on his or her duties, each judge pro tempore shall take, subscribe, and file an oath as is taken by a duly appointed or elected judge. Judges pro tempore shall receive, and the city shall pay, compensation in the amount of forty dollars per hour with a minimum compensation of four hours pay for each day worked.

F.    Vacancy. Any vacancy in the municipal court, due to death, disability or resignation of a judge, shall be filled by the city manager, for the remainder of the unexpired term. The appointment shall be subject to the confirmation of the city council. The appointed judge shall be qualified to hold the position of judge of the municipal court as provided in this section.

G.    Removal. A municipal court judge shall be removed only upon conviction of misconduct or malfeasance in office, or because of physical or mental disability rendering the judge incapable of performing the duties of the office; provided that, a municipal court judge is also subject to disciplinary actions by the Commission of Judicial Conduct and the Washington State Supreme Court, as described in RCW Chapter 2.64.

H.    Oath. Every judge of the municipal court, before entering upon the duties of the office, shall take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Washington, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the judge of the municipal court of the City of Yakima, according to the best of my ability.

The oath shall be filed in the office of the Yakima County recorder and with the city clerk.

I.    Bonds. Every municipal court judge shall give such bonds to the state and city for the faithful performance of the judge’s duties as may be required by law or city ordinance.

J.    Compensation. Pursuant to RCW 3.50.080, the compensation for municipal court judges shall be set by the city council by ordinance. Commencing January 1, 2006, the annual base salary shall be one hundred fifteen thousand nine hundred sixteen dollars and sixteen cents, and shall be maintained thereafter at ninety-five percent of the district court judges’ salary as set by the State Salary Commission, with any variance for rounding in favor of the judge.

K.    Qualifications. A person appointed or elected as a full- or part-time municipal court judge shall be a citizen of the United States of America and of the state of Washington, and an attorney admitted to practice law before the courts of record of the state of Washington. (Ord. 2005-85 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2003-23 § 2, 2003: Ord. 98-72 § 1, 1999: Ord. 97-19 § 1, 1997; Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.050 Witness fees.

Each witness subpoenaed for city cases who appears as directed shall receive a witness fee of ten dollars plus mileage for each day’s attendance at the Yakima municipal court. The fees may be included in the costs that are imposed by the court upon a defendant. Such fees shall be paid as provided in Yakima Municipal Code Chapter 1.72 as it now exists or may hereafter be amended. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.060 Jury trial and fee.

A jury trial shall be allowed as specifically provided for municipal courts or in accordance with state law applicable to a particular matter. In accordance with state law, including but not limited to RCW 3.50.135 as they now exists or may hereafter be amended, each juror shall receive ten dollars plus mileage as determined under RCW 43.03.060, as it now exists or may hereafter be amended, for each day in attendance upon the Yakima municipal court. These fees may not be included in the costs that are imposed by the court upon a defendant. A jury fee of twenty-five dollars shall be imposed upon each convicted person and shall be incurred at the time the matter is scheduled for jury trial following status conference. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.070 Fees for court services.

The administrator shall collect the following fees for court services:

(1)    The filing fee for any case or matter to be filed or commenced other than by the city of Yakima is thirty-one dollars.

(2)    The fee for preparing a transcript of a judgment is six dollars.

(3)    The fee for certifying a document on file or of record is five dollars.

(4)    The fee for preparing the record of a case for appeal to superior court is forty dollars, including any cost of tape duplication as governed by the rules of appeal for courts of limited jurisdiction (RALJ).

(5)    The fee for duplication for part or all of the electronic tape or tapes of a proceeding is ten dollars per tape.

(6)    The fee for preparing and securing a warrant for failure to appear is one hundred dollars per warrant.

(7)    The fee for civil jury demand is one hundred dollars.

(8)    The court may impose such other fees and costs as permitted or mandated by statute, ordinance, or court rule.

The fees or charges imposed under this section may be included in the costs that are imposed by the court upon a defendant or other person. (Ord. 97-19 § 2, 1997; Ord. 96-78 § 1, 1996: Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.080 Disposition of revenue.

Costs in civil and criminal actions may be imposed as provided in district court. All fees, costs, fines, forfeitures, and other money imposed by the municipal court for the violation of a city ordinance shall be collected by the court, and, together with any revenues received by the court shall be deposited in the city treasury, as provided by city procedures or state law. These funds shall be retained or disbursed pursuant to city ordinances or policies and state law. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.090 Sessions.

The municipal court shall be open for regular sessions Monday through Friday of each week. The time for operation of court on those days shall be established by the municipal judge. The city council shall have the authority to establish, by resolution, night court. The municipal court judge shall have the authority to establish additional court dates, by order of the municipal court, to provide effective and efficient administration of justice. However, the court shall not be open on non-judicial days, as established by state law. This section shall not act as a limitation of actions of the municipal judge regarding items such as telephonic approval of search warrants, issuance of no contact orders, or determinations as to probable cause. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.100 Municipal court seal.

The municipal court shall have a seal which shall be the vignette of George Washington, with the words “Seal of the Municipal Court of Yakima, State of Washington” surrounding the vignette. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.110 Case transfers.

A transfer of a case from the municipal court to either another municipal judge of the city of Yakima or to a judge pro tem appointed in the manner prescribed by this chapter shall be allowed as provided in state law including but not limited to RCW 3.50.125 as they now exists or may hereafter be amended. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.120 Sentencing.

The municipal judge shall have the broadcast authority and greatest discretion consistent with Yakima municipal code and state law, as they now exists or may hereafter be amended, with respect to sentencing and probation. In matters of execution of sentence, deferral of sentence, continued jurisdiction after sentencing, and termination of probation, the municipal judge shall be guided by applicable state law, such as RCW 3.50.300 through 3.50.340, and RCW 3.50.440 as they now exists or may hereafter be amended. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.130 Criminal process.

All criminal processes issued by the municipal court shall be in the name of the state of Washington and run throughout the state, and be directed to and served by the chief of police, marshal, or the police officer of any city, or to any sheriff in the state. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.140 Complaints.

All criminal prosecutions for the violation of a city ordinance shall be conducted in the name of the city and may be, upon the complaint of any person, subject to the procedures set forth in all applicable ordinances or statutes. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.150 Pleadings, practice and procedure.

Pleadings, practice and procedure in cases not governed by statutes or rules specifically applicable to municipal courts shall, insofar as applicable, be governed by the statutes and rules now existing or hereafter adopted governing pleadings, practice and procedures applicable to district courts, particularly the Washington Rules of Court, Criminal Rules for Court of Limited Jurisdiction, Infraction Rules for Courts of Limited Jurisdiction, and Local Rules of the District Court for Yakima County. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.160 Probation services—Creation.

There is hereby created a probation services for the city of Yakima which shall supervise persons granted probation by the municipal court of Yakima. Probation services shall provide pre-sentence and after sentence investigative services, monitor deferred prosecutions, supervise alcohol/drug/mental health referrals, monitor collection of fines, fees and restitution, monitor community service, supervise, in conjunction with the police department, day detention, home detention and other sentencing alternatives and monitor and enforce any and all other conditions as set forth by the court. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.170 Probation fees.

Persons referred to probation services by the court for evaluation of supervision services shall pay a monthly fee of up to one hundred dollars as provided by a sliding scale as now or hereafter adopted by the court. All fees hereunder shall be paid into the general fund and shall be used to fund programs for misdemeanant probation services in accordance with state law including but not limited to RCW 10.64.120 as they now exist or may hereafter be amended. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.175 Daytime detention.

1.    The probation department of the municipal court is authorized and directed to establish and implement a program for the detention of certain misdemeanant and gross misdemeanant offenders as a condition of active probation. Such detention shall be during usual business hours, lunch time expected, beginning at eight a.m. (0800) and ending at five p.m. (1700).

2.    Those persons granted day detention as a condition of probation shall obey the rules and requirements of probation services. Failure to satisfy conditions of day detention may be deemed a failure to comply with terms of probation and may be grounds for revocation of probation.

3.    Probation services shall provide appropriate supervision and scheduling of day detention, at a site to be determined from time to time, provided that the day detention facility shall not be at or a part of the city jail.

4.    Persons granted day detention as a condition of probation may be required to pay a day detention fee of up to twenty dollars per day in advance of actual day detention.

5.    Day detention shall be deemed an option for all persons sentenced by the court after January 1, 1997, provided that no actual day detention shall be required until an appropriate facility has been prepared. (Ord. 97-20 § 1, 1997).

1.60.180 Power of arrest.

Probation officers shall have the power to arrest persons for violation of the terms of probation. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.190 Compliance with rules.

Probation services will make a good faith effort to comply with rules adopted by the office of the administrator for the courts for the qualifications of probation officers based on occupational and educational requirements. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.200 Court operation.

As part of the annual preliminary budget presentation, the presiding judge of the municipal court will create a budget for the court and the city manager will make a recommendation to the city council. The annual budget for the municipal court shall be as approved by the city council. All employees of the municipal court shall, for all purposes be employees of the city and shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the court. (Ord. 2003-23 § 1, 2003: Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

1.60.210 Severability.

If any provision of this chapter or its application to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the chapter or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected. (Ord. 96-68 § 1 (part), 1996).

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