District Court Closed July 29 through Aug. 2 for Transition to Paperless System
OLYMPIA - Thurston County District Court will be closed Monday, July 29 through Friday, August 2 in order to make the final push in the transition to a paperless electronic case file system. District Court is expected to resume normal business on Monday, August 5 with the new electronic case file system in place.
A limited number of District Court hearings will take place the week of July 29, including hearings for those in custody, mandatory arraignment hearings, and hearings for emergency protection orders. A drop box will also be available for payments and for hearing requests in the lobby of County Courthouse Building 3 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia.
District Court Administrator Theresa Ewing hailed the new paperless system as an improvement that not only benefits the court, but also will be more convenient and accessible for attorneys and the public. "Accessibility to the courts is one of our highest priorities. This is the latest step in positioning the court for ease of use for all of our patrons. In the future, lawyers and clients will not have to go to the courthouse to review documents, and frequently used documents will be available in PDF format from the court's website. So all parties will benefit from fewer trips and less time spent at the courthouse," Ewing said. Ewing also noted the cost savings of the new electronic system versus the paper case filing system.
The court will still accept paper documents, Ewing said, and then transfer them to an electronic format.
To learn more about the Thurston County District Court transition to its paperless electronic case filing system, contact the District Court office at (360) 786-5450 or go online to the court's website at www.co.thurston.wa.us/distcrt