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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I receive legal advice from the City Attorney’s Office?
No.  The attorneys in the City Attorney’s Office serve as attorneys for City government and City officials, rather than individual citizens.  Individuals must retain their own attorneys for legal advice and representation.
 

Where can I get legal advice if I cannot afford an attorney?
The Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association has a Lawyer Referral Service at (253) 383‑3432.

 

How do I file a claim for damages against the City?

Download the Claim for Damages Form and Instructions.
Claims for damages against the City must be filed with the City Clerk within the applicable statute of limitations. A claim form can also be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at (253) 591-5505, or in person at 747 Market Street, Room 220, Tacoma, WA 98402.
 

How should I report a crime?

For emergencies, report crimes to the Tacoma Police Department through the “911” phone system.  For non-emergencies,  please call the the Tacoma Police Department non-emergency number at (253) 798-4721.

 

What number do I call to file a police report?
Please call the Tacoma Police Department non-emergency number at (253) 798-4721.

 

I am having difficulty with my landlord.  Where can I find assistance?
Please contact the Landlord-Tenant Program Coordinator by phone at (253) 591-5163, by TTY at (253) 591-5153, or by fax at (253) 591-5050 for futher information. 

 

Prosecution Division

 
Should I contact the Prosecution Division if I am a defendant being charged in a case?

The Prosecution Division can provide hearing dates and similar information, if necessary, at (253) 591-5834, by fax at (253) 591-5398, or in person at 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 440, Tacoma, WA 98402.  However, defendants should never call and give case details; it is best for defendants to work through their counsel.
 

How do I know if my case will be filed in Municipal Court or Superior Court?

Felonies are filed in Pierce County Superior Court.  Please contact Pierce County Superior Court at (253) 798-7455 or in person at 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 110, Tacoma, WA 98402. Misdemeanors occurring within Tacoma City limits are filed in Tacoma Municipal Court.  Please contact Tacoma Municipal Court at (253) 591‑5357 or in person at 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 841, Tacoma, WA 98402.
 

Who should I call to find out about my traffic infraction?

Please contact Tacoma Municipal Court at (253) 591-5357 or in person at 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 841, Tacoma, WA 98402.

 

Who should I call to find out about my police report?

Please contact the Prosecution Division at (253) 591-5834, fax at (253) 591-5398, or in person at 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 440, Tacoma, WA 98402.  
 

I have called the Prosecution Division about my police report and they do not have it.  Who do I call to find out the status of the report?

The Police Department may be doing additional investigation.  In that event, the report will forwarded to the Prosecution Division for review upon completion.  
 

Who should I call to find out what will happen as a result of my arrest?

The Prosecution Division can provide information once the police report has been received and reviewed, at (253) 591-5834, by fax at (253) 591-5398, or in person at 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 440, Tacoma, WA 98402.

 

How do I report a change of address to the Prosecution Division?  

Address changes can be reported by phone at (253) 591-5834, by fax at (253) 591-5398, or by mail or in person at 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 440, Tacoma, WA 98402.
 

Who should I call to find out about available victim services?

Please contact Victim/Witness Assistance at (253) 798‑7448.

 

Who can I contact about domestic violence issues?

Please contact the Judson Family Justice Center at (253) 798-4166, by fax at (253) 798-4320, or in person at 718 Court E, Tacoma, WA 98402.
 

Where can I obtain information about Protection and No Contact Orders?

The following agencies can provide information about protection and no contact orders:

  • Pierce County Superior Court at (253) 798-7455, or in person at 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 110, Tacoma, WA 98402.
  • The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center at (253) 798-4166, by fax at (253) 798-4320, or in person at 718 Court E, Tacoma, WA 98402.

 

How can I find the schedule for a court hearing?

Court schedules can be found at the following web sites:

Pierce County Legal Information Network Exchange (LINX)
Washington Courts