OLYMPIA – For the first time in Thurston County District Court history, the court will be holding its small claims calendar at a high school, instead of the courtroom.
What: Thurston County District Court’s Small Claims Calendar
Where: Olympia High School
When: Friday, November 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Thurston County District Court is looking for innovative ways to introduce students and the public to the judicial system. In order to bring civics lessons to life for local students, District Court will hold its small claims calendar at Olympia High School for government and civics students to observe.
“We are excited to bring these cases outside the courtroom and introduce the judicial system to these students,” said District Court Judge, Brett Buckley. “We hope to expand this program to other schools, as well, to continue to reach out to our youth.”
What are small claims?
Small claims cases in District Court allow people to bring disputes of $5,000 or less to court for adjudication. Litigants represent themselves and are encouraged to first participate in a mediation process with facilitators from the Dispute Resolution Center of Olympia. They may also choose to have their case heard by the judge who will decide the case.
For more information, contact Jennifer Creighton, District Court Administrator, at (360)786-5225.