Frequently Asked Questions
The Municipal Court staff is more than happy to help you find answers to your questions. However, by law, we can only help you in certain ways. Before contacting us, please review the following.
What we can do
We can tell you how to find laws, court rules and procedures. We also assist you with court schedules, and how to get something scheduled. We can give you suggested resources for finding a lawyer and also how to find public information on case files. We can refer you to court forms, rules, instructions and also sell you copies of public court documents. We can also tell you how to pay your fines, fees, and outstanding account balances.
What we cannot do
We cannot tell you what to say in court, who to sue, and whether or not you should file a case. We cannot provide legal advice, contact a lawyer on your behalf, or refer you to specific lawyers. We also cannot tell you how we think your case will turn out. When filling out legal forms, we cannot tell you how to fill them out, nor can we fill them out on your behalf. And we absolutely cannot change a judge's order nor arrange a private meeting with a judge.
Remote Access and Hearing Questions
In response to COVID-19, the Municipal Court has adopted changes when appearing at the courthouse. This includes conducting Hearings remotely via Zoom. Here are some common questions when attending court remotely. Need help accessing Zoom? Here is a link on How to Join a Zoom Meeting.
How do I make payment arrangements?
If your ticket is not in collections the court can schedule payments on a fine or penalty by visiting the clerk’s office during regular office hours and scheduling a payment agreement. The minimum monthly payment is usually $50 per month. If you opt to pay rather than appear for your hearing, you must contact the court prior to your hearing to make arrangements.
Is the Milton Municipal Court also at the Puyallup Court location?
Yes, you are correct. In 2013 Puyallup assumed court services for the City of Milton. Court hearings and payments for Milton Court are also processed at the 929 E Main, Puyallup location.
I just got a summons letter for jury duty. How do I request an excusal?
Red light camera infractions are processed similar to parking violations. They are not reported to Department of Licensing and do not appear on your driving record. They can however delay renewal of your vehicle tabs if unpaid. The rules in responding to red light violations are the same as a traffic infraction. You must respond within 18 days to the notice either by
1) sending payment;
2) requesting a hearing; or
3) submitting the Declaration that’s attached to your notice.