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