The Mason County District Court office is Open to the Public for Limited Services

All previous Emergency Administrative Orders remain in full effect,
Unless modified by subsequent order

DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANEDEMIC, THOSE ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS AND ADHERE TO THE SOCIAL DISTANCING OF 6 FEET.

ANYONE NOT WEARING SUCH FACE COVERING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE DISTRICT COURT CLERKS OFFICE OR THE DISTRICT COURT COURTROOMS.

Based on the revised Supreme Court extended order regarding Court Operation and the Mason County District Court Administrative Order No. 20-007:

All hearings will be held electronically through Zoom conferencing unless otherwise ordered by the Court:

  • Arraignments Zoom - EXCEPT FOR – DUI and all alcohol related offenses and all DV charges and Violations of Protection Orders/NCO - Must be held in person on the next judicial day.
  • Motions and Reviews and Probation violation hearings
  • In-custody matters
  • Pre-trial hearings
  • Traffic Infraction hearings – Mitigated and Contested
  • Interpreter cases – defendants to appear via ZOOM – Interpreters will be in-person in the courtroom.

ALL In-person hearings MUST be authorized by the Judge.

Except Arraignments for DUI, Domestic Assault, and Violation of No Contact Orders, Protection, Anti-Harassment, and other similar type orders.

CIVIL MATTERS will be held via ZOOM or continued until after June 1, 2020 – refer Administrative order.

  • CIVIL DV PROTECTION, ANTI-HARASSMENT, STALKING AND OTHER SIMILAR ORDERS WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM
  • Other Civil (i.e. civil, small claims, dangerous dog, vehicle impounds, name change, etc.)

Refer to the ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 20-007

VIRTUAL/TELEPHONIC INSTRUCTIONS

Please be mindful that while you are not present in person, proper courtroom etiquette is still required. Anyone acting in a fashion that is not appropriate will be removed from the hearing and not allowed to re-enter.

Only participants will be allowed to address the court. Members of the public will only be allowed to view the proceedings.

If you are seeking to participate in or observe a court hearing CLICK HERE for virtual/telephonic instructions.

INSTRUCTIONS ON USING ZOOM/AUDIO MEETINGS – CLICK HERE

Consolidated Pretrial Order

Communications with the Mason County District Court can be made by:

  • Email at districtcourt@co.mason.wa.us, and/or
  • Telephone at (360) 427-9670 ext. 339
  • Option 1 for civil matters
  • Option 2 for all other matters
Emergency Administrative Orders for Mason County

Updated June 4, 2020

Please read the ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 20-007 regarding the current status of the Mason County District Court.

It is recommended that you mail your payments into the Court or use Point and Pay for making payments on your fines/fees.

Payments to fines/fees options: http://www.co.mason.wa.us/district-court/court-payments.php

  • Mail check or money order to the court – PO Box “O”, Shelton, WA. 98584
  • Use Point and Pay (convenience fees apply)
  • Drop box outside court house
    • Envelopes will be provided – DO NOT DROP OFF CASH PAYMENTS
    • Must have Name, case number and Phone number written on envelopes so that the court staff can apply it to the proper case.

For the most recent updates on COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

COVID-19 Administrative Order 20-007

COVID-19 and Court Precautions

 

Judge George Steele
Honorable George Steele, Judge

Court Administrator: Patricia A. Robinson

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mason County District Court is to administer justice with fairness, equality and integrity, to resolve matters before the court in a timely manner with trained and motivated staff. To provide impartial, courteous and prompt service in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.

 

About the Court

The Mason County District Court is a Court of Limited Jurisdiction created by the Washington State Legislature in 1961. Mason County District Court consists of 1 (one) judge, elected for four years, one Administrator and 7 full time support staff.

The Mason County District Court has jurisdiction over criminal, infraction, small claims, civil and miscellaneous cases.

Criminal misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a $ 1,000 fine. Criminal gross misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in jail and a $ 5,000 fine. Some examples of criminal cases heard by the Court are:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Domestic Violence Assault
  • Driving While license Suspended (DWLS)

 

Civil Cases Include
  • General civil actions with damage claims in the maximum amount of $ 100,000. The court does not hear cases involving title to or possession of real property.
  • Small claims actions with money claims in the maximum amount of $5,000. The small claims court may only grant judgment for monetary damages. The Court may not order the other party to return property or do anything except pay money.

 

Infractions Include
  • Traffic violations
  • Code Violations

 

Miscellaneous Proceedings Include
  • Protection Order Petitions
  • Anti harassment Petitions
  • Sexual Assault Petitions
  • Name Change Petitions
  • Vehicle Impound Hearings
  • Dangerous Dog hearings