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3.5/3.6 Docket


Effective immediately, Benton-Franklin Counties Superior Court has expanded the 3.5/3.6 dockets to hear certain types of criminal matters in Benton County on Friday mornings and in Franklin County on Thursday mornings. 


Two additional categories of matters will be heard on the 3.5/3.6 Dockets, namely, motions for joinder, consolidation and separation under CrR 4.3, 4.3.1, and 4.4, respectively; and matters determined by a judicial officer to be too lengthy to be heard on a regular docket.



  • The docket in Benton County will be every Friday starting at 8:30 am and ending no later than 12:00 pm.
  • The docket in Franklin County will be every Thursday starting at 8:30 am and ending no later than 12:00 pm.
  • Subject to change based upon future developments and experience, there will initially be three sessions:  8:30 am to 10:00 am; 10:00 am to 10:15 am; and 10:30 am to 12 pm. 
  • Two cases will be called during the 8:30 session and two cases will be called during the 10:30 session.  One case requesting modification or termination of a no contact order (NCO) may be set at 10:15 am session.
  • The docket will be limited to the following matters:
    • 3.5 and 3.6 hearings;
    • Knapstad motions;
    • Motions to withdraw pleas;
    • Lengthy sentencings;
    • DOSA revocation hearings;
    • Contested restitution hearings;
    • Motions to modify or terminate NCO’s;
    • Motions under Rule 8.3;
    • Motions under CrR 7.4;
    • Motions under CrR 7.5;
    • Motions under CrR 7.8 that are not referred to the Court of Appeals;
    • Motions for joinder, consolidation and severance under CrR 4.3, 4.3.1, and 4.4, respectively; 
    • Other pre-trial and post judgment proceedings requiring testimony; and
    • Matters determined by a judicial officer to be too lengthy to be heard on a regular docket.
  • No changes of plea, requests for continuance or similar hearings will be allowed on the 3.5/3.6 docket unless authorized by a judicial officer.
  • Briefing by both parties must be done before a matter may be heard on a 3.5/3.6 Docket.
  • Scheduling will not be announced on the regular criminal dockets.  Rather, scheduling will be accomplished by an unrepresented party or counsel for a party: (1) filing and serving, on opposing counsel or unrepresented party, a Note for 3.5/3.6 Docket no later than five (5) business days before the desired hearing; and (2) by filing and serving additional documents as required by Superior Court Criminal Rule CrR 8.2, Superior Court Civil Rule CR 7 and Superior Court Local Court Rule LCR 7 Out-of-custody defendants must sign the Note for 3.5/3.6 Docket form so that there is proof that the defendant is aware of the hearing. 
  • Note for 3.5/3/6 Docket forms have been created and are available in all courtrooms.  For additional forms, see:
  • If a judicial officer decided that the matter is too lengthy to be heard on a regular docket, the name of the judicial officer shall be stated on the Note for 3.5/3.6 Docket form.
  • All cases must be confirmed by 12:00 pm on Wednesday of the week of the scheduled hearing in Benton County and Tuesday of the week of the scheduled hearing in Franklin County.  Confirmation will only be done via email to for  Benton County cases and for Franklin County cases (Those email addresses have been configured to automatically send copies to the appropriate deputy clerks, and court administration staff.) Confirmation will be open each Wednesday in Benton County from 9 am to 12 pm and Tuesday in Franklin County from 9 am to 12 pm.  The first two to confirm for 8:30 am will go, the first NCO to confirm for 10:15 am will go, and the first two to confirm for 10:30 am will go.  All others will be required to re-schedule, as stated above.
  • The assigned criminal clerk will prepare and distribute via email the final list of confirmed and unconfirmed cases (with the names of attorneys of record on the cases) to court administration by 2:00 pm Wednesday in Benton County and by 2:00 pm Tuesday in Franklin County.
  • Briefs and other documents must be uploaded to eMotion by close of the day on the Wednesday of confirmation in Benton County and Tuesday the of confirmation in Franklin County.  However, Counsel are encouraged to develop a process whereby all briefing for the motion/hearing is uploaded to eMotion at the same time as the note for motion is generated, so that scheduling issues can be identified and addressed as soon as possible.
  • Court administration will create sessions in Odyssey by the close of business two days before the docket and will endeavor to assign a judge at that time.  Court Administration will also e-mail the schedule of cases to be heard and the name of the assigned judge to the attorneys for confirmed and unconfirmed cases and assigned judge.    
  • The prosecuting attorneys will be responsible to coordinate scheduling of hearings with victims and persons requesting modification or termination of NCO’s and uploading pleadings to eMotion.
Benton Note for 3.5 3.6 Docket 9-21-2020[...]
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Franklin Note for 3.5 3.6 Docket 9-21-20[...]
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July 21, 2021

Superior Court Statement On Gradual Transition To In Person Appearances In Court

The Superior Court has indicated in its most recent masking order that in criminal proceedings there is a general presumption of personal appearance.  Specifying a presumption in criminal matters is necessary to recognize the unique requirements of identity and presence for some criminal hearings.  While the Court wants parties and counsel to start moving more toward in person appearances generally as we re-open, we recognize that this is a process that takes time, and that the Supreme Court’s Emergency Orders are still in effect allowing remote appearances where appropriate.  Some counsel and/or their families have health concerns that make it appropriate to continue to appear remotely, as do some litigants.  If Counsel, or a party has a reason to continue to appear remotely on any docket, and does not wish to state it on the record, they may contact Court Administration so that it can be communicated to the bench.

Court's Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

En respuesta a la nueva pandemia de coronavirus (o COVID-19), nuestros servicios estaran limitados

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Effective September 1, 2021 - 2021 Superior Court

Local Court Rules  

2021 Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court Local Court Rules
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Ex Parte

Important Notice

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Holiday Schedule

The Courts will be closed for Independence Day on Monday, July 5, 2021. 



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


Arbitrator Eligibility

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