Adalia A. Hille, Judge
The only contact the ordinary citizen will ever have with the justice system is through District Court. Excluding parking infractions, 7 out of every 8 cases are filed at the District Court level. This is due primarily to the broad jurisdiction District Court has over traffic violations and misdemeanors.
Adams County District Court has jurisdiction over both criminal and civil cases. Examples include: DUI. Reckless and Negligent Driving, Driving While License Suspended, Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia, Assault, Criminal Trespass, and Malicious Mischief. Preliminary hearings for felony cases are also within the jurisdiction of District Court. The maximum penalty District Court may impose is 1 year in jail and/or $5,000 fine. A defendant in District Court is entitled to the protection of all Constitutional Rights, including Due Process, Right to an Attorney at Public Expense, Right to Jury Trial, Right to Speedy trial,, etc.
District Court Jurisdiction in civil cases includeds damages for injury to individuals, personal property, or contract disputes in amount of up to $75,000 or Small Claims where the amount in controversy does not exceed $5,000. District Court may also address Domestic Violence and Anti-Harassment Protection Order and hear Change of Name Petitions.
Payments for fines and fees may be made either online or via telephone. Please call 1-800-689-2478 for telephone transactions, or log in to http://www.officialpayments.com for online transactions.
Credit Card Payments Are Only Available Through District Court In Ritzville
Ritzville District Court uses AllianceOne for accounts turned over to collection. You may contact them at 1-800-456-8838.