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Welcome to the Grant County District Court's webpage.

Grant County District Court’s purpose is reflected in its mission statement.

“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.

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Courtroom Etiquette

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 allowed.
  • No weapons of any kind are permitted.
  • 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 list.
  • When your name is called, come forward and stand behind one of the counsel tables.
  • Be polite, courteous, and remain standing until instructed otherwise by the judge.

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Services

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 Court Commissioner.

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.

Staff

 

Presiding Judge

Janis Whitener-Moberg

 

Judge

Richard C. Fitterer

 

Court Commissioner

Brian D. Barlow

 

Court Administrator

Barbara Smith

 

Administrative Assistant

Danielle Harris

 

Probation Manager

Angie Hightower

 

District Court Clerks

(17)

 

Locations

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.

 

Contact Information

District Court hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM.

Civil Department 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:

Ephrata
Address: 35 C St NW, Ephrata, WA 98823
PO BOX 37, Ephrata, WA 98823
Phone: (509) 754-2011 ext. 434
Fax: (509) 754-6099
Email: gcdistrictcourt@co.grant.wa.us

 

Moses Lake
Address: 1525 Wheeler Rd E. Moses Lake, WA
Phone: (509) 765-9209
Fax: (509) 766-5913

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