District Court

The Service Counter in District Court is closed at this time.

District Court Temporary Administrative Order:

District Court Temporary Administrative Order


District Court Hearing Information

  • Until further notice, the District Court will only be hearing matters involving in-custody criminal defendants, modifications or rescission of no contact orders, and serious violations of conditions of pre-trial release. All other hearings, criminal or civil, are being rescheduled to dates after April 24, 2020. Please notify the Court of any changes of address.
  • In-person contact with the Clerk’s Office has been closed to the public. Petitions for protection orders and other pleadings may be filed in a drop-box located near the entrance to the District Court Clerk’s Office. The Court will accept filings by U.S. mail postage pre-paid.
  • Inquiries may be made by telephone at (360)778-5400 or by e-mail at districtcourtservices@co.whatcom.wa.us
  • Online access to the court is still available. 


Whatcom County District Court is committed to protecting the safety and security of our community while performing our Constitutional duties. 

The Whatcom County Health Department has declared a Whatcom County health emergency to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. The Department has recommended that people at higher risk of severe illness stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there would be close contact with others. The Whatcom County Health Department recommendations can be viewed at the following link: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3369/Current-Recommendations-For-Whatcom-Coun

Jurors: If you meet any of the following criteria, please contact the District Court Jury Coordinator at (360)778-5435. You will be excused or rescheduled from jury service if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You have a chronic health condition such as heart disease, lung disease and/or diabetes;
  • You have a weakened immune system;
  • You are pregnant;
  • You are age 60 or older and you do not wish to report for jury duty, or
  • You are sick or have recently been in contact with someone who is sick.

About the Court

The Whatcom County District Court consists of 2 Judges, elected for 4 years, 1 appointed Commissioner, and professional and paraprofessional staff. The court hears criminal, civil, infraction and miscellaneous cases.

Criminal Cases

Criminal misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Criminal gross misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Some examples of criminal cases heard by the court are:
  • Assault (Including Domestic Violence)
  • Driving While License Suspended
  • DUI
  • Theft and Miscellaneous Property Crimes

Civil Cases

Civil cases including both general civil actions and small claims actions. General civil actions with damage claims in the maximum amount of $100,000. The court does not hear cases involving title to or possession of real property. Small claims actions with money claims in the maximum amount of $5,000. The small claims court may only grant a judgment for monetary damages. The court may not order the other party to return property or do any action except the payment of money.


Infractions including traffic and code violations.


Miscellaneous proceedings including:
  • Anti-harassment Petitions
  • Domestic Violence Petitions
  • Name Change Petitions
  • Vehicle Impound Hearings