Yakima County District Court

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Top row (from left): Judge Donald W. Engel; Court Commissioner Kevin Eilmes; bottom row (from left) Presiding Judge Alfred G. Schweppe; Judge Kevin M. Roy; and Judge Brian K. Sanderson

Mission Statement


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.  

Court Services


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.

To learn more about the court system in Washington State please review the Guide to Washington State Courts:

If you are a self-represented litigant, please review the following information:

  1. COVID - 19 Update - Masks/Face Coverings

  2. Zoom Hearings and Court Calendar Modifications

    Yakima County District Court has made some modifications to the court calendaring structure and has established some requirements related to the continued use of Zoom for court hearings. Please review attached memo: Read on...
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