Welcome to the Grant County District Court's webpage.
Grant County District Court’s purpose is reflected in its mission
“The goal of Grant
County District Court is to ensure equal access to
justice for all, provide effective and timely
resolution of legal matters, and assure dignified
and fair treatment for all, while promoting respect
for, and the independence of, the judiciary.”
Grant County has one countywide District Court. The Court is empowered
to hear all traffic cases, misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and preliminary
hearings in felony cases. Civil jurisdiction is concurrent with Superior
Court and extends to cases in which the amount in controversy does not
exceed $75,000, exclusive of interest and costs. District Court hears
small claims where the amount in controversy does not exceed $5,000. The
District Court does not have jurisdiction in cases involving the title
to real estate and certain other limited exceptions.
When coming to court, please
remember the following:
- Suitable attire is required.
Shoes and shirts are necessary. Halter tops,
tank tops, and shorts are not permitted. Hats
are to be removed upon entering the courtroom.
- No smoking.
- No food or drink will be
- No weapons of any kind are
- No backpacks allowed in the
Grant County Courthouse or the Moses Lake Branch
of the Grant County District Court.
- Cell phones and beepers must
be switched to the off position.
- Children under 12 are not
allowed in the courtroom. The Court does not
provide child care.
- Upon your arrival, find your
name on the calendar outside the courtroom and
then have a seat in the proper courtroom until
the session convenes. You do not need to check
in with the clerk unless your name is not on the
- When your name is called,
come forward and stand behind one of the counsel
- Be polite, courteous, and
remain standing until instructed otherwise by
The services we provide are consistent with Washington State’s
“Courts of Limited Jurisdiction.” Grant County has one countywide
District Court, in two locations. The judicial operation of District Court
is the sole responsibility of the two District Court Judges and one full-time
In order to make judicial services as available as possible to the citizens
of the County, the Superior Court Judges appoint the District Court Judges
as Commissioners of the Superior Court. This enables the District Court
Judges to sign temporary and preliminary orders in a variety of cases
in Superior Court, as well as sitting in Juvenile Court and Domestic Relations
Court as needed.
Richard C. Fitterer
Brian D. Barlow
District Court Clerks
The main location is on the third floor of the historical Grant County
Courthouse, located in the county seat. That location is 35 C St NW Ephrata,
Washington, in the heart of Sun Basin Country.
The Branch Office of Grant County District Court is located at:
1525 Wheeler Road Rd E. Moses Lake, Washington.
District Court hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
and 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM.
hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 12:00
PM and 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM.
Mailing Address for District Court:
Grant County District Court
PO Box 37
Ephrata, WA 98823
Location for the District Courts are:
Address: 35 C St NW, Ephrata, WA 98823
PO BOX 37, Ephrata, WA 98823
Phone: (509) 754-2011
Fax: (509) 754-6099
Address: 1525 Wheeler Rd E. Moses Lake, WA
Phone: (509) 765-9209
Fax: (509) 766-5913
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