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Presiding Judge Ronald Culpepper New Judge sworn for Department 19

Philip K. Sorensen was sworn in as Pierce County Superior Court Judge for Department 19 on April 4, 2014. Judge Sorensen was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to fill a post left open by the appointment of Judge Linda CJ Lee to the Appeals Court. Judge Sorensen has worked for the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorneys Office since 1989. Judge Sorensen's bio...

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By Judge Garold E. Johnson, Chair
Pierce County Superior Court Local Rules Committee

The Pierce County Superior Court Local Rules Committee is hereby submitting its proposed local rules amendments for review and comment by members of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.  The proposed Local Rules amendments will be available for a 45-day comment period on the Pierce County Superior Court website beginning March 31, 2014 through May 15, 2014.   The rules are also available on the TPCBA website at www.tpcba.com for the same time period.    Any comments, suggestions or questions regarding the proposed local rules amendments are most welcome and should be submitted by email to or by phone to Judge Johnson at 253-798-7572.  In the alternative, you may contact the TPCBA bar representative, Charles Johnston, at 253-473-3090.  All comments regarding this year’s proposed amendments must be received by not later than May 15, 2014.

Following the 45-day comment period, the Local Rules Committee will evaluate all comments, make final rule changes and submit proposed local rules amendments to the full Bench for approval in June.  Final authority for all rules changes is by vote of the Pierce County Superior Court judges.   Approved local rule changes will then be submitted for publication by the Administrative Office of the Courts to take effect September 1, 2014.

Pierce County Juror Scam

Pierce County residents have received calls demanding a fine by claiming the resident missed jury duty. The caller(s) claimed to be a employee with the sheriff's office and demanded as much as $1,000. Pierce County does not call to demand a penalty for failure to appear for Jury duty, so if you receive a call like this contact local law enforcement. More...

Juror Scams around the country

New Criminal Division Presiding Judge (CDPJ) Protocols

New Mandatory Impact on Children Seminar Offered for Non-Parental Custody Petitioners

Changes to Ex Parte Procedure

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