John O. Knowlton - Judge
Walla Walla County District Court
is a court of limited juristiction which hears the following case types:
- Criminal misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases
- Traffic, non traffic, and parking infractions
- Civil cases
- Name change petitions
- Vehicle impound hearings
- Anti-harassment protection petitions
- Name changes
- "Small claims" civil cases of $5,000.00 or less
Criminal Cases - Criminal misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 90 days and a $1,000 fine. Criminal gross misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Civil Cases - Civil cases include general civil actions with damage claims in the maximum amount of $75,000. The court does not hear cases involving title to or possession of real property.
Additionally, small claims actions with money claims are awarded in the maximum amount of $5,000. The Small Claims Court may only grant judgment for monetary damages. The court may not order the party to return property or do anything except pay money.
Infraction Cases - Infractions include traffic and non-traffic violations and code violations.
For More Information/questions please contact the District Court at (509) 524-2760