District Court strives to provide justice for all court participants, thus instilling public trust and confidence that the court is fair, effective and efficient without compromising due process.

The Kitsap County District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction, and has jurisdiction over misdemeanors and gross misdemeanor crimes. These crimes carry a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. The most common criminal charges include Domestic Violence (DV), Assault, and Theft. Criminal Traffic charges like Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUI) and Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) are filed into this Court. Traffic infractions including speeding, license tabs charges and equipment violations are also heard in this Court.

The Civil Division processes Small Claims in amounts not exceeding $5,000 and civil actions not exceeding $100,000. It has jurisdiction over Unlawful Harassment petitions (neighbor disputes) and Protection Orders (family/intimate partner matters). Petitions for name changes are also heard in District Court.

Probation Services of the District Court supervises offenders sentenced by the Court. Probation is a sentencing alternative to incarceration in jail. Referrals for treatment are made from this office. Probation Services monitors the offender's compliance with sentencing conditions set by the Court. These conditions might include No Contact Orders granted in cases of Domestic Violence or treatment for alcohol/drug abuse ordered for DUI offenders. 

The Kitsap County District Court files and hears cases brought by the: 

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and
1:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closed Weekends and Holidays
Clerk's Office