In response to the COVID-19 risk and the closure of schools, Pierce County Juvenile Court emphasizes the following procedures:
• In determining whether you should come to court for your hearing, please consider the following guidance we have received: > If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, please stay home. > People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and larger gatherings where they will be in close contact with others. People at higher risk include: --- People 60 and older --- People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes --- People who have weakened immune systems --- People who are pregnant
• All truancy cases are suspended until further notice.
• For all dependency matters, dependency parents, attorneys, social workers, court appointed advocates, and guardian’s ad litem are encouraged to appear by phone if possible.
> Please call 253-798-7973 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and give your name, the case name and cause number you wish to appear on, and a phone number where you can be contacted for your hearing.
• All uncontested motions may be submitted without appearance.
• Agreed continuances of dependency matters may be submitted without appearance.
The Pierce County Juvenile Court has exclusive jurisdiction over those juveniles within Pierce County who violate the criminal laws of this state or who are in need of protection and/or advocacy as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The Juvenile Department provides probation, court, detention and adoption services.