Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court
Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court

Appearing by Telephone

With the exception of Civil Case Status Conferences, telephonic appearances are strongly disfavored.  Permission will rarely be granted to appear telephonically and only upon a showing of extreme hardship.


The judicial officer assigned to a proceeding has discretion to allow telephonic appearances. Litigants wishing to appear by telephone must file a motion and proposed order, supported by declaration, seeking permission to appear telephonically.  Use the forms below.  The originals must be filed with the clerk.  A copy must be either hand delivered or sent Janette Lopez via email at in Court Administration.  She will submit it to the presiding judicial officer ex parteDO NOT SUBMIT THE MOTION DIRECTLY TO A JUDICIAL OFFICER EX PARTE.


Documents that have been photographed will not be accepted.  Requests for telephonic appearances must be received in Court Administration no less than five (5) business days prior to your hearing to be considered.


If approved, the litigant must initiate the call.  The order granting the request will state the time that the litigant must call.



Motion, Declaration and Order to Appear by Telephone
Fill out both forms as instructed.
motion declaration order 11.6.19.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [18.5 KB]
Motion, Declaration, and Order to Appear by Telephone
Word documents to be typed by requester.
type in motion declaration order 11.6.19[...]
Microsoft Word document [59.5 KB]

Ex Parte

Important Notice

 Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.

Arbitrator Eligibility

Important Notice

Click HERE for information and attestation form.

Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center

7122 W Okanogan Pl

Building A

Kennewick, WA 99336



Importance Notice

The Courts will be closed for  Christmas Day on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.


Please refer to Court Holiday Schedule to see changes to regular calendar.


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