Claire A. Bradley
Jeffrey J. Jahns
Marilyn G. Paja
Stephen J. Holman
District Courts have long been called
and are well named for the wide variety of matters over which they have
jurisdiction. The collection of fines and assessments generates
considerable revenue, which funds both local and state programs. This
revenue contributes to public safety and education programs, information
systems, crime-victims compensation, public defense, drivers education
programs in schools, law enforcement training and local probation
In addition to the law enforcement agencies (Kitsap
County Sheriff's Office and Washington State Patrol) and the Kitsap
County Prosecutor's Office, this Court also files and hears cases
brought by the:
- Washington State Department of Wildlife
- Washington State Liquor Control Board
- Kitsap County Humane Society
- Washington State Department of Natural Resources
- Washington State and Kitsap County Parks
- Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
- Kitsap County Department of Community Development/ Zoning
- Kitsap County Board of Health
The Kitsap County District Court has jurisdiction over
misdemeanors and gross misdemeanor crimes. These crimes carry a maximum penalty
of 364 days in jail and/ or a $5,000 fine. The most common criminal charges
include Domestic Violence (DV), Assault, and Theft. Criminal Traffic charges
like Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUI) and Driving While License
Suspended (DWLS) are filed into this Court. Traffic infractions including
speeding, license tabs charges and equipment violations are also heard in this
of the District Court supervises offenders sentenced by the Court. Probation is
a sentencing alternative to incarceration in jail. Referrals for treatment are
made from this office. Probation Services monitors the offender's compliance
with sentencing conditions set by the Court. These conditions might include No
Contact Orders granted in cases of Domestic Violence or treatment for alcohol/
drug abuse ordered for DUI offenders.
The Civil Division processes Small Claims in amounts
not exceeding $5,000 and civil actions not exceeding $100,000. It has
jurisdiction over Unlawful Harassment petitions (neighbor disputes) and
Protection Orders (family/ intimate partner matters). Petitions for name changes
are also heard in District Court.
NO CONTACT ORDERS
No Contact Orders are password
protected and can be viewed by those who have been given a log in name
and password. Click
here to sign in and view No Contact
INTERSTATE COMPACT AGREEMENT FOR ADULT
OFFENDER SUPERVISION (ICAOS)
Many misdemeanor offenders must
now receive permission from the court before leaving the state.
Information and forms here.
Interactive Online Forms. You
can fill them out online and print to your local printer. Click on the link
above and you will be taken directly to their site. Registration for
access to the forms is quick and easy.
Enjoy the convenience, flexibility and rewards of credit card
Payment for all fines and
traffic citations can be made by credit card, either by calling
at 1-844-546-9370 (toll free), or by visiting our payment website at:
or in our office at:
614 Division Street, Room 106, Port
Orchard, WA 98366.
If you need more than 60 days to
pay your Court fine, you can apply to Court Payment Management Services
(CPMS) for time payment assistance.
CPMS call to apply - 360-748-4784 or 877-748-4936
Building 9 for Veterans
Transitional housing model designed to provide safe and
stable housing for both male and female homeless
veterans who are committed to returning to employment
and/or independent living. Use the link provided
or call 1-800-562-2308 for more information.
Northwest Justice Project
Publications and information in special areas of
interest and need (consumer problems, family law,
government benefits, housing, youth, seniors,
immigrants, farm workers). This site is available in
Spanish and Russian.
Washington State Legislature Homepage
General information about our Washington State
Legislature, including a listing of state law makers and
up to date bill information.
Kitsap Legal Services
Referral information for low income clients to volunteer
lawyers in selected areas of civil law.
Significant court related information: court directory,
forms, court rules, opinions, domestic violence
information, self-help guide, appellate court
information, including recent court opinions by the
Court of Appeals and State Supreme Court. Decisions
issued in the preceding 90 days may be accessed by
entering search terms, and decisions issued in the
preceding 14 days may be more simply accessed through a
separate link clearly designated.
Washington Court Directory--locate court
personnel, courthouses and dispute resolution centers in
Washington State RCW, WAC, county & municipal codes,
State Supreme and Appellate rulings
Washington State Bar Association
Consumer information pamphlets online.
Kitsap Dispute Resolution Center
A nonprofit (501(c)(3)) community mediation center that
provides residents with options for resolving disputes
themselves, out-of-court, voluntarily, nonviolently,
inexpensively and within the community.
Statewide Dispute Resolution Center Directory
Supreme Court opinions -- This web site contains
all U.S. Supreme Court opinions issued since 1990 and
many significant opinions of the Court issued before
about bills filed --Washington Legislature is at
the same address -- look under “Washington State
Legislature,” “bill info,” “house bill
information/senate bill information,” and use bill
numbers to access information. Access to the “Washington
State Register” for the most recent WAC amendments.
State government information --A wide range of
other state information.
Office web page.