COURTHOUSE HOURS:
8AM TO 4PM

Public Office Hours:
8AM to 4PM

Closed on State Holidays

OFFICE LOCATION:
County Courthouse

MAILING ADDRESS:
350 E Delaware Ave. #6
Republic, WA  99166

Phone (509) 775-5225
...ext. 2504
Fax (509) 775-5221

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Frequently Asked Questions

May I download forms to fill out at home?

Yes. Most of the forms used in the District Court are available for downloading from the official site of the Washington State Courts. Please click on the following site: www.courts.wa.gov.

What should I wear and how should I act in court?

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, food or drink will be allowed. No weapons of any kind are permitted. Cell phones and beepers must be switched to the off position. Children may be present in the courtroom. However, if they disturb the proceedings you may be requested to remove them. The Court does not provide child care. Upon your arrival, report to the District Court clerk that you are present for court and then have a seat in the courtroom until the session convenes. 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.

What information will the court staff provide to me?

Court staff can provide:

Court staff can NOT:

LEGAL ADVICE: Court staff are there to provide information, NOT legal advice. If legal advice is needed, please contact a lawyer. RCW 2.32.090 Court staff do NOT know the answer to all questions about court rules, procedures and practices. They have been instructed not to answer questions if they do not know the correct answer. REMEMBER: The court, including the judge and all court staff MUST remain impartial. They do not take sides in any matter coming before the court.

What is the cost for?

District Court Fee Schedule

Fee Type
Fee Amount
Comments
Mileage 0.51 cents Per mile
Anti-Harassment Filing $73.00  
Name Change Fee $88.00 $62.00 Auditor Fee
Small Claim Filing Fee $24.00  
Small Claim To Civil $12.00  
Civil Filing Fee $73.00  
Civil Jury Demand Fee $125.00  
Transcript Of Judgement $20.00  
Garnishment Fee $12.00  
Certified Copies $ 5.00 $1 Each Add'l Page
Impound Hearing Fee $73.00  
Supplemental Civil $20.00  
Appeal Filing Fee $230.00 Plus $100.00 Appeal Bond
Appeal Prep Fee $ 40.00 Including Tape Record
Copy Fees $ 1.00 1st Sheet $ .50 ea add'l Sheet
CD Duplication Fee $20.00 per CD 2 week turn around
Return Check Fee $ 30.00  

 

Miscellanous Fees

Fee Type
Fee Amount
Comments
Service 1 Defendant $20.00  
Service 2 Defendant $25.00 at same address
All Returns $10.00  
Non-Resident Returns $ 7.00  
Mileage 0.51 cents per mile
With a minimum mile charge $10.00  

 

I received a District Court traffic infraction (ticket). Where can I pay it?

Payment may be mailed or delivered in person to Ferry County District Court, 350 East Delaware #6, Republic, Washington 99166-9747. See normal business hours. District Court accepts cash, personal checks and money orders. Make all checks and money orders payable to Ferry County District Court. Please include the ticket number on your check or money order.

You may also pay your traffic tickets on-line using a debit or credit card at n'Court. Go to www.ferrycountytix.com or call 1-800-701-8560. You will need to have your case number available at the time of the call.

To avoid additional penalties, you must pay the full fine amount within 15 days of the date the ticket was issued. If you do not pay within 15 days of the violation, a late penalty of $52 will be added to the amount due and the Court will notify the Department of Licensing of your failure to respond. This may place your license in a suspended status until you have paid the amount due. The court may also refer the ticket to a collection agency. If your ticket is referred to the collection agency, it is your responsibility to pay all collection costs in addition to all court imposed penalties.

I received a District Court traffic infraction (ticket). How can I request a hearing?

If you agree that you committed the violation but would like to explain the circumstances, mark the second box on the back of the ticket for a mitigation hearing. This hearing is to explain the circumstances, not to argue that you did not commit the violation. The Court will notify Department of Licensing that you committed this violation.

If you believe you did not commit the violation, mark the third box on the back of the ticket for a contested hearing. To receive a hearing date, you must either appear in person or mail your copy of the ticket to Ferry County District Court, 350 East Delaware #6, Republic, Washington 99166-9747 within 15 days of the violation date. The court will mail you a notice with a hearing date.

I received a District Court traffic infraction (ticket). I cannot appear on the date scheduled. Can I reschedule?

If you cannot appear at your scheduled hearing, you must appear in person or contact the court by mail at Ferry County District Court, 350 East Delaware #6, Republic, Washington 99166-9747 prior to your hearing date. You will be allowed to reschedule your hearing only once. All written requests must be postmarked on or before the original Court date.

If you do not reschedule in a timely manner, $52 will be added to your penalty and the Court will notify the Department of Licensing of your failure to appear. This may place your license in a suspended status until you have paid the amount due.

The Court may also refer the ticket to a collection agency. If your ticket is referred for collection, it is your responsibility to pay all collection costs in addition to all court imposed penalties. If you have further questions you may call (509) 775-5225, ext 2504.

I received a District Court traffic infraction (ticket). I missed my hearing date. What can I do?

If you missed your hearing date, the $52 will be added to your penalty and the Court will notify the Department of Licensing of your failure to appear at the hearing. This may place your license in a suspended status until you have paid the amount due. After failing to appear at a hearing, you must pay the fine imposed. Please review the section, I received a District Court traffic infraction (ticket). Where can I pay it?

The Court may also refer the ticket to a collection agency. If your ticket is referred for collection, it is your responsibility to pay all collection costs in addition to all court imposed penalties. If you have further questions you may call (509) 775-5225, ext 2504.

A District Court warrant has been issued for my arrest. How can I get more information?

If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you must appear in person at Ferry County District Court, 350 East Delaware #6, Republic, Washington 99166-9747 to request a hearing to quash (cancel) the warrant. There is a chance you will be taken into custody when you appear. If you have further questions regarding a warrant, you may call (509) 775-5225, ext 2504. Please have your case number available.

I would like to change my name. What do I need to do?

To change your name, or the name of your minor child, you must apply at the District Court in the County where you reside.

You must complete a Petition for Change of Name form which is available at Ferry County District Court, 350 East Delaware #6, Republic, Washington 99166-9747. A nonrefundable filing fee of $88.00 is required. The Court will accept cash, money order or personal check for the filing fee. The filing fee does not include the fee to record the name change order with the Ferry County Auditor.

If you are requesting that a name be changed for a minor child, the absent parent must sign an affidavit stating that she/he agrees and consents to the name change. Minors of age 10 and older must be present at the hearing before the judicial officer. If you have further questions you may call (509) 775-5225, ext 2504.

I want to file a small claim. What do I need to do?

You must file the lawsuit in the county where the defendant resides or conducts business. A small claims case may be filed for the recovery of money only. The most you can sue for is $5,000. This money must be owed to you. You must be 18 years old to file a claim. The filing fee is $24.00 cash, money order or personal check. To file a small claim you must complete forms that are available at the Court office. You will need the following information:

  1. The name and address of the person you are suing. If you are suing a company, you need the name and address of the owner of the company. If you are suing a corporation, you need the name and address of the corporation.
  2. You need the exact amount of money owed to you.
  3. You must know the date the money became due.
  4. You must explain why the money is owed to you.

If you are a business suing in Small Claims Court, the owner of the business must file the claim. A corporation suing in Small Claims Court must have a corporate authority affidavit as authorization for an individual to file on behalf of the corporation. If the Court rules in your favor and a judgment is entered, the court does not collect the money for you. After you receive a judgment you may wish to contact an attorney or a collection agency for assistance. If you have specific questions about your case, you may call (509) 775-5225, ext 2504.