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.
Attorneys are prohibited from requesting permission to appear by phone. Motions to Appear by Phone are reserved for Pro Set litigants showing extreme hardship or individuals who have been granted ADA Accommodation.
LCR 94.04W(h)(2) Telephonic Appearance at Domestic Status Conferences:
There Shall be no telephonic appearances made available for status hearings. If a party resides more than 150 miles from Benton or Franklin Counties Superior Court, that party may file a Status Conference Declaration, which must be filed with the Court Clerk at least 14 days prior to the status hearing. A copy of the Declaration must be provided to the opposing party’s attorney, or to the opposing party if there is no attorney, at least 10 court days before the hearing. Click HERE to access the Status Conference Declaration form.
Litigants who have met the criteria above must complete the below Motion, Declaration and Order to Appear by Telephone to seek permission to appear telephonically. You must email the completed form to TelephonicRequest@co.benton.wa.us for review and consideration. Requests for telephonic appearances must be received to TelephonicRequest@co.benton.wa.us no less than five (5) business days prior to your hearing to be considered.
Documents that have been photographed will not be accepted.
MOTIONS TO APPEAR BY PHONE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED OUTSIDE OF THIS PROCESS NOR ON EX PARTE DOCKET.
Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.
Click HERE for information and attestation form.
Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center
7122 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick, WA 99336
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