Yakima County District Court

Judges Group
Top row (from left): Presiding Judge Donald W. Engel; Court Commissioner Kevin Eilmes; bottom row (from left) Judge Alfred G.Schweppe; Judge Kevin M. Roy; and Judge Brian K. Sanderson

Mission Statement


To provide effective and timely resolution of legal matters, assuring dignified and fair treatment to all participants, while promoting respect for the justice system and maintaining the independence of  the judiciary.  

Court Services


Yakima County District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction hearing the following cases: 

  • Traffic and Non-Traffic Infractions
  • Misdemeanor and Gross Misdemeanor criminal offenses
  • Civil matters for damages and contract disputes not exceeding $100,000
  • Small claim matters for recovery of money not exceeding $5000
  • Name Changes
  • Antiharassment and Stalking Protection Orders

In addition to providing services through the County District Court, we also operate the Union Gap Municipal Court, Grandview Municipal Court and Mabton Municipal Court.  We have two locations for court services - Yakima County Courthouse on 2nd Street and the Grandview District Court on Wine Country Road.