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District Court completes move to County-City Building

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Jan. 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm with No Comments »
January 9, 2012 2:58 pm

Pierce County District Court completed its move today to the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma.

The court’s traffic and civil cases were transferred today to newly renovated courtrooms on the first floor of the County-City Building, 901 Tacoma Ave. S. They were shifted from the branch court at 1902 96th St. S., known as the Hosmer building, that closed last month.

In December, District Court’s administrative offices and public counter were moved from Room 601 on the sixth floor of the County-City Building to Room 239 on the second floor.

Bringing the Hosmer staff members to the County-City Building provides more flexibility to handle a high case volume, according to a county news release. District Court handles more than 175,000 cases a year.

District Court handles cases such as traffic infractions, criminal misdemeanors, civil damages under $75,000, name changes, and anti-harassment protection orders. The Court has 102 employees, including eight judges, and an annual budget of $12.2 million.

County Executive Pat McCarthy made the decision to close the Hosmer branch, which is expected to save $300,000 a year in ongoing maintenance costs. The 14,700-square-foot building is listed for sale at $1.9 million.

More information about the court’s services is available at www.piercecountywa.org/districtcrt.

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