Joel W. Stevens, Justice of the Peace
Top Floor, Tillamook County Courthouse
201 Laurel Avenue
Tillamook, Oregon 97141
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pay Your Ticket On Line (E Payment)
2012 Traffic Fine Schedule
Foreign Language Legal Assistance
New filing fees (October 2011)
County Short Term Rental Ordinance bail schedule
Spanish Traffic Court, first Tuesday of each month, 4 p.m. An interpreter is available. Judge Denise Harrington, who is fluent in Spanish, serves as Justice of the Peace pro tem in Spanish Court.
The Justice Court is the judicial branch of county government, and processes citations issued by law enforcement agencies for traffic violations, boating violations, fish and game violations, state and county parks violations, county ordinances, and city ordinances for the cities of Tillamook, Garibaldi and Bay City. The court also hears small claims cases involving claims up to $10,000, and eviction actions between landlords and tenants. The Justice of the Peace performs weddings at the courthouse and throughout Tillamook County. We are no longer able to provide Notary Public services, except for court documents.
Justice Court acts as the municipal court for the cities of Tillamook, Bay City, and Garibaldi.
The range for fines on tickets are set by the state Legislature, with a statutory minimum and maximum fine. Payment of fines can made with cash, checks, Visa or MasterCard, or a payment contract. We also offer payment of your ticket on line, through a secure website with a bank. The bank will charge an additional fee. Click here for that site: Pay Your Ticket On Line. We accept Visa™, MasterCard™, and Discover™ cards.
Court rules and procedures are found in the court's General Orders (.pdf), cell phone order and the related Board of Commissioners' Order 10-09. Fix it tickets now have a $25 court cost. Fix it ticket order (pdf)
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Monthly Payment Plan Fees
As of July 1, 2012, the court assumed the jurisdiction of the Tillamook City Municipal Court. Intergovernmental Agreement
The judge and the court staff cannot provide you with legal advice. You should consult your own attorney. The Oregon State Bar, Legal Aid Services of Oregon and Oregon Safe Net have some free and reduced fee legal resources.
Budget. The Court's budget is not related to the revenue generated and paid to the county general fund. Fine revenue is deposited with the elected county Treasurer and disbursed according to state statutes, enacted by the Legislature. A large percentage of ticket revenue is paid to the State of Oregon. The court budget is determined by the elected county Board of Commissioners after recommendations from the six member county budget committee and the Treasurer, who is the county budget officer.
Justice of the Peace. Justice of the Peace Joel W. Stevens is an elected official. In May, 2012, the voters elected Joel W. Stevens as the next Justice of Peace for a six year term. He took office on January 2, 2013. Judge Stevens is a member of the Oregon State Bar. He has a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Oregon University in Monmouth, and an Associate of Science degree from Wood College in Mathiston, Mississippi.
Pro tem (temporary) Justices of the Peace are Deborah Dyson, Denise Harrington, and Timothy M. Dolan. Pro tem Justices are appointed by the county Board of Commissioners upon the recommendation of the Justice of the Peace.
The Justice of the Peace must be a member of the Oregon State Bar or a bar of another state.
History of Oregon Justice Courts
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