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Island County Superior Court, Washington

About Island County Superior Court

The main responsibility of the Island County Superior Court is to select cases fairly and lawfully based on relevant facts and applicable laws.

In its administration of justice, the Superior Court strives to provide efficient and courteous service to all, promote respect for the law, and ensure equal access to justice.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Island County Superior Court is to render just and unbiased decisions in cases, relying solely on relevant facts and applicable laws.

In managing the court, the primary objectives are to provide prompt and courteous service to all, foster reverence for the law, and ensure that everyone has equal access to justice.

Superior Court Hours of Operation and Holidays

Island County Superior Court is open from Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm.

Superior Court Staff Directory

  • Christon C. Skinner, Superior Court Judge
  • Carolyn Cliff, Superior Court Judge
  • Scott Wessel-Estes, Superior Court Commissioner
  • Megan Frazier,┬áCourt Administrator
  • Brigette Juras, Assistant Court Administrator
  • Lacey Wilson, Superior Court Coordinator
  • Christine Holbrook, Jury Manager
  • Karen Shipley, Court Reporter
  • Vacant, Bailiff
  • Rick Almberg, Bailiff
  • Diana Guernsey, Court Facilitator

Superior Court Administration

The Island County Superior Court Administrator’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. North Whidbey residents can contact court administration at 360-679-7361, while Camano Island residents can call the courthouse toll-free at 360-629-4522, extension 7361. South Whidbey residents can use the toll-free number 360-321-5111, extension 7361.

If you have questions regarding jury duty for the Island County Superior Court, you can contact the jury manager in the Court Administrator’s office. For District Court jury questions, you should contact the Superior Court jury manager up to two days prior to your appearance date. Afterward, please reach out to District Court at 360-675-5988.

The mailing address for the court is P.O. Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239.

The physical location of the court is at the Law and Justice Building, 101 NE 6th St., Coupeville, WA 98239.

Jury Duty Information

Every year, around 13,000 potential jurors receive summonses for Island County Superior Court and District Court. If you have received a summons, it is important to read the entire form for essential information.

If you have any questions regarding jury duty, please contact jury management at 360-679-7361. Jurors from South Whidbey can use the toll-free number 360-321-5111, extension 7361, while those from Camano Island can call 360-629-4522, extension 7361. If you require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact jury management.

To complete your summons online using eResponse, click here. You will need your juror badge information to enter the eResponse system initially.

Here are the phone numbers for the Juror Recording Line:

  • Superior Court: 800-254-2755. If you are required to appear at Superior Court, please arrive by 8:30 A.M.
  • District Court: 800-946-9765. If you are required to appear at District Court, please arrive by 8:00 A.M.

If a jury is needed, the recorded message will indicate the group number that needs to report. It is vital to listen to the complete recording for further instructions regarding the following week of your jury duty.

Here are the court locations:

  • Superior Court: 101 N.E. 6th St, Coupeville, WA 98239
  • District Court: 800 S.E. 8th Ave, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Technology Available in the Courtrooms

The courtrooms have several technological devices available for trials and special set hearings. However, these devices are not available on the Law & Motion calendar. If you plan to use any of the equipment for trial, please contact Superior Court Administration staff at least 30 minutes before the trial or before the equipment is to be used in the courtroom.

Here are the available technological devices:

  • ClickShare: This technology enables the presenter to cast documents and photos from their laptop to the display monitors located throughout the courtroom.
  • Zoom: This video conferencing technology allows authorized witnesses to give testimony from a location outside the courtroom. It is also used for criminal in-custody matters where the inmate can appear before the judge from a secure location. Note that you must have the judge’s approval to use this technology in a trial. Once approved, contact Court Administration for further instructions.
  • Samsung High Resolution Digital Presenter SDP-900DXA: This new technology allows the display of reports, maps, and various evidence for trials.
  • Canon Multimedia Projector LV7365: This technology can be used to display reports, maps, and various evidence for trials. The projector is compatible with the digital presenter or with a laptop provided by counsel.
  • Dry Erase Easel with paper alternative: This easel can also be used to display evidence boards.

Applying For a Public Defender

If you are facing criminal charges or certain civil matters, you have the right to be represented by an attorney. If you cannot afford legal representation and are interested in obtaining one, you may be eligible for a public defender.

To determine if you qualify for a public defender, please get in touch with the Office of Public Defense at 360-679-7378. Their hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Wedding Ceremonies

If a person is interested in having a Superior Court Judge officiate their wedding ceremony, they can contact Superior Court Administration at 360-679-7361.

Wedding ceremonies are available by appointment only, Monday through Friday at 4:30 p.m., at the Law and Justice Center in Coupeville, Washington. The Superior Court Judges conduct the ceremonies, and there is a fee of $50 (cash only, no checks, debit, or credit cards) for the service. To proceed with the ceremony, two adult witnesses and a valid marriage license are required. The marriage license must be valid for at least 72 hours prior to the appointment.