In the interest of public health during the COVID-19 outbreak, Fife Municipal Court will reschedule all in person out of custody court hearings set for March 16 — April 27. Further rescheduling of hearings will depend upon the extent of any forthcoming emergency order by the Supreme Court. The court window will be closed. Staff in the court clerk’s office will be available by telephone between the hours of 10a.m. to 3p.m. In the event anything changes, notice will be posted on the court’s website.
If you are set for an infraction hearing including a photo enforcement hearing, you will need to submit a declaration by mail rather than appear in person. You can find a Declaration by Mail for Mitigation or Contested hearing online under the Forms tab on the court’s website at www.cityoffife.org. The Judge will review written motions received in the mail.
Jury service for March & April jury terms has been canceled.
In addition to taking calls 10a.m. - 3p.m. Mon-Fri, the Court will continue taking payments received online, and in the mail.
Please call the court at 253-922-6635 between the hours of 10a.m.- 3p.m. for assistance.
Through teamwork, provide the public an independent, accessible, integrated judicial system that treats all individuals with dignity, respect, honesty and fairness, by dispensing justice in an equitable and just manner.
The Municipal Court is a Court of Limited Jurisdiction that hears criminal misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, infractions, parking and photo infraction violations that occur in the City of Fife.
Small Claims & Civil Cases
The Municipal Court does not hear small claims or civil cases, change names or issue marriage licenses. Please contact Pierce County District Court at 253-798-7474 for more information.
Court proceedings are open to the public. Parties interested in viewing hearings should contact the court to verify session times.
Please be mindful that the courtroom is not an appropriate place for children.
Information Available from Fife Municipal Court Administration & Court Employees
Court staff can:
- Tell you the status of a specific case, unless the case or information in the case is confidential. Confidential information is not available to the public because of state law or a judge’s decision.
- Provide the court file or a portion of the file if public information. If the case is confidential, you will need a court order to see the file.
- Give you general information on court rules, procedures and practices.
- Provide court-approved or required forms or tell you where you can find forms. There may be a charge for some forms. Forms are not available for all legal proceedings.
- Offer guidance on how to compute some deadlines and due dates.
- Provide court schedules and information on how to get matters scheduled.
- Provide the telephone number of the local attorney referral service or information about other agencies that may assist you.
Please Note: Court staff do not know the answers to all questions about court rules, procedures and practices.
Court Staff Cannot
- Advise you about whether you should file a case or whether you should take any particular action in a case.
- Tell you what words to put in a form.
- Tell you what to say in court.
- Tell you what decision the judge will make or what sentence the judge will impose.
- Comment about specific persons you may name in a petition or pleading.
- Apply the law nor give directions about how to respond in any aspect of the legal process.
- Change an order signed by a judge.
- Let you talk to a judge outside of court.
Court staff provides information, not legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney. If you do not have an attorney, you may wish to call the Lawyer Referral Program of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar, at 253-383-3432, for the name of an attorney practicing in this area.
The court, including the judge and all staff, must remain impartial. They do not take sides in any matter coming before the court.