District Court

Remote Appearance Instructions

Please contact the court at 360-378-4017 or dstct@sanjuanco.com for remote appearance instructions for protection order hearings. For all other hearings, please use the link or call-in information below.

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Temporary Changes to District Court Operations 

effective November 1, 2022


In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, San Juan County District Court has implemented the following temporary changes to court operations in accordance with the Emergency Order 22-04 Court Operations After October 31, 2022.  All provisions of the Court's prior emergency orders not adopted in the local court rules or included herein are hereby rescinded.

• All CRIMINAL JURY TRIALS will continue to be held as scheduled.  Due to the health and safety risks uniquely associated with in-person jury trials, the Court shall prescribe masking and/or social distancing.

• All criminal matters presently noted will continue to be held as scheduled.  The court will continue to hear criminal matters by telephone, video, or other means that do not require in-person attendance.

• In accordance with amendments to CrCLJ 3.3 which will take effect on January 1, 2023, defendants need not sign individual scheduling orders when appearing through counsel.

• All CIVIL JURY TRIALS will continue to be held as scheduled.  Due to the health and safety risks uniquely associated with in-person jury trials, the Court shall prescribe masking and/or social distancing. 

• All other civil matters presently noted on the civil calendar will continue to be held as scheduled.  The court will continue to hear civil matters by telephone, video, or other means that do not require in-person attendance when appropriate.

• An electronic signature is a reliable means for authentication of documents and shall have the same force and effect as an original signature.   

• All court filings may be done through fax 360-378-4099, or electronically by email, at dstct@sanjuanco.com.  A document is considered electronically filed when a responsive email is provided by the clerk.

• For all in-person hearings, the following requirements apply:

A.  All attendees and participants are encouraged but not required to wear masks or facial coverings while seated in the courtroom.  The Court will continue to provide KN95 and surgical masks at no cost.

B.  Any person exhibiting signs of illness will be required to wear a mask/facial covering, or may be asked to leave the courtroom, in the discretion of the judge.

C.  Any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 shall follow the guidance and requirements of the San Juan County Department of Health and Community Services, including to appear remotely where recommended.

· For all telephonic hearings, parties should refer to our website for instructions on how to call in for the hearing.

• The public is prohibited from recording or broadcasting any hearing.  

Click here for the full text of Emergency Order 22-04.

Jewett cropped photoPresiding Judge Carolyn M. Jewett

The following quote hangs in the courtroom: “The ordinary administration of criminal and civil justice … contributes more than any other circumstance, to the impressing upon the minds of the people, affection, esteem, and reverence towards government.” Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist No. 17 (1787). It daily reminds us of our mission to serve the public by providing an accessible forum for the fair, efficient, and understandable resolution of civil and criminal cases while maintaining an atmosphere of respect for the dignity of all individuals.

 What We Do

District Court has jurisdiction over the following types of cases:

  • Criminal Misdemeanors and Gross Misdemeanors,
  • Traffic and Non-Traffic Infractions,
  • Parking Infractions,
  • Civil Suits up to $100,000,
  • Small Claim Suits up to $5,000 for a business or other legal entity, or $10,000 for claims filed by a "natural person".
  • Civil Protection Orders,
  • Name Change Petitions