Hours of Operation
Counter & Payments: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Phones: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Municipal Court is a Court of Limited Jurisdiction that hears criminal misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, infractions, parking and photo infraction violations that occur in the Cities of Lakewood, University Place and DuPont, as well as the Town of Steilacoom.
Small claims cases, civil cases, name changes, etc. are handled at Pierce County District Court while matters such as felony criminal cases, divorce, bad credit, child support, and probate are handled at the Pierce County Superior Court .
Court proceedings are open to the public and accessible to individuals using wheelchairs. Parties interested in viewing hearings should contact the court to verify session times.
Municipal Court is located at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.
About the Judge
Judge Susan Adams was appointed as the Municipal Court Judge in January of 2017. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Adams served as the Director of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center in Tacoma for almost 12 years and prior worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office for 14 years. During her years as a prosecutor, Judge Adams served as a Division Chief, the Supervisor of the Domestic Violence Unit, a Felony Trial Team Chief and a Felony trial lawyer. Judge Adams has also served as a Judge Pro-Tempore for the City of Lakewood and the City of Puyallup.
Judge Adams received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Washington University.
Judge Adams was named a 2015 Woman of Influence in South Puget Sound. She is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum of Tacoma/Pierce County (Class XIV). She is a member of Tacoma Rotary #8 and also serves on the Board of Directors of St. Francis House in Puyallup.
Judge Adams is a lifelong resident of Washington. She and her husband, Scott, have been married for over fourteen years and have two children.