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Welcome to District Court

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Honorable Victoria C. Meadows, Judge

Court Administrator: Patricia A. Robinson

 
Mission Statement
The Mason County District Court is committed to provide justice for all through professional service that is fair, impartial and courteous to all parties coming before the court. The courts objective includes the efficient and legal processing of all of all infractions, criminal, civil and small claims and proper collections and distribution of fines, costs, fees and restitution paid through the courts.
 
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 $ 75,000. 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