Municipal Court

Please note that Court operations are significantly impacted due to COVID-19.

Suspension of Jury Trials

Updated Feb 1, the Court suspends all jury trials for February 2021.

The Court Clerk’s office (lobby) remains closed to the public. 

However, if you have questions, want to make a payment, or need to file a court document, you may contact us during the hours noted below by phone (206-878-4597) or by email at 

The court does have a drop box for payments, court documents, request for hearing, outside the court house doors. Please make sure your name and citation number is on the document.  

Monday to Friday   8:30AM - 12:00PM & 1:00PM - 4:00PM
The clerks office does not answer the phones during the lunch hour

For defendants with pending criminal cases who are currently out of custody: the court is scheduling all in-person court appearances by telephonic or video hearings in our virtual courtroom. If you currently have a criminal case pending in our court, please contact your attorney to confirm your next virtual court hearing.  

All cases involving traffic infractions or camera violations are currently being adjudicated by written statement or have been scheduled for telephonic or video hearings in our virtual courtroom. Defendants can appear by telephone or video.  For questions regarding any infraction cases, you may contact the court by phone or email.

Please continue to check the court website for any further changes or updates.


Des Moines Municipal Court is dedicated to the fair, impartial, and timely administration of justice, providing the community it serves with a safe and accessible environment that is respectful to all.  The business of the Court shall be conducted with integrity, competence, and a commitment to excellence, in order to promote public trust and confidence in our system of justice.
 Magistrate Lisa Leone
   Judge Lisa Leone
The Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. The Municipal Court judge is authorized by Washington State statute to preside over criminal misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, traffic infractions and other City of Des Moines Code violations.

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