Court Services

Municipal court services are provided to the City of University Place by Pierce County District Court. In an effort to achieve cost efficiencies and provide residents with a high level of service, the City of University Place has partnered with Pierce County to provide municipal court, and public defender services. For more information visit the Pierce County District Court Services website.

The District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction that hears criminal misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, infractions, parking and photo infraction violations that occur in the City.

Other Services

In addition to Court services, Pierce County District Court offers a Resource Center that is dedicated to providing access to a variety of social services and programs to justice-involved individuals and those in need, in one centralized location. Connecting justice-involved individuals to supportive services in a coordinated, encouraging, and timely manner will result in better outcomes for the individual and the community. For more information visit the Pierce County District Court Resource Center.


The City also contracts with Attorney Krista Swain for its prosecution services. For questions or concerns regarding prosecution, please contact:

Prosecuting Attorney Krista Swain

Paralegal to Prosecuting Attorney Krista Swain:

Nancy Shattuck

For Notices of Appearance in District Court matters, these may be sent electronically to