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Posted on: May 4, 2020

COVID - 19 Update Yakima County District Court

The Washington State Supreme Court has issued many orders that impact the operations of Courts at all levels statewide. You can access those orders here:  Washington Courts. Consistent with those orders, Yakima County District Court continues to modify the operation of the court in both Yakima and Grandview.

Court Operations

Yakima County District Court, Union Gap Municipal Court and Grandview Municipal Court are still operating. We are conducing limited hearings pursuant to the Supreme Court’s Order and the District Courts Emergency Order Effective March 16, 2020 in both the Yakima and Grandview locations. For questions about your court hearing, or to determine if you have court you can either call the court, access the courts calendar on the Yakima County District Court web page, Court Calendar or you can access your court case via the Washington State Courts website here. Find My Court Date.

  • Effective May 5, 2020 the District Court, Union Gap Municipal Court and Grandview Municipal Court will hold hearings for those criminal cases where the defendant has actual notice of the hearing. The Court will continue to generate the daily court calendar and send it out to all attorney’s, support staff and other law and justice partners. Additionally, the calendar will be posted on the county’s website. It is expected and known that the calendars will be small and for those who elect to attend in person, the Court is able to accommodate social distancing. If you wish to participate via telephone or virtually please advise your defense attorney so that we can arrange for your remote participation.
  • For all other criminal cases where the defendant does not have notice of the hearing, they will be rescheduled to a later date. The Court will send out notice.
  • All civil and criminal jury trials are suspended until after July 6, 2020, which is subject to extension. 
  • Infraction Hearings: For all mitigation and contested infraction cases, the parties must submit a written statement. All infraction hearings that require the appearance of any party will be rescheduled to a later date.
  • All small claim mediations are hereby continued until after June 1, 2020, subject to extension. The parties may be contacted by the Dispute Resolution Center to arrange a time to mediate, if that can be arranged adhering to the necessary safety precautions, the parties are encouraged to participate.
  • All name changes are hereby continued. Emergent needs for a name change can be initiated by filing a motion with the court.
  • The Yakima County DUI Court will be held at its regular time, Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. All participants are required to appear either in person, telephonically or virtually as directed by a member of the team.
  • The Court will continue to hear request for anti-harassment orders in Yakima and Grandview.
  • All other civil matters are hereby continued.

To make a payment on a court fine online please select this link: Court Payment

NOTICE: If you are feeling ill you should not enter the courthouse either in Grandview or Yakima. Please contact your defense attorney and/or the court as soon as possible to advise a clerk that you will not be able to attend court. You can call 509-574-1800.

Probation Operations:

Yakima County Probation Services is currently staffed and available for clients. If you have a question about your probation requirements and/or need assistance from Probation please call them at 509-574-1860.

The following operation changes apply to Yakima County District Court Probation Services in Yakima and Grandview and are effective immediately:

  • Traffic safety classes are suspended. through March 31st. Those who are currently enrolled in a class will be notified and will be rescheduled.
  • All future Anger Management class held in the probation services conference room are cancelled.
  • All probation appointments will be held via phone or other virtual means. Probationers are directed to follow the directions of their probation officer.

To make a payment on probation fees online please select this link: Probation Payment

NOTICE: If you are feeling ill you should not enter the courthouse either in Grandview or Yakima. Please contact the probation staff as soon as possible to advise that you will not be able to attend your meeting with your probation officer/case manager due to illness. You can call 509-574-1860.

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