Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court
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Superior Court Civil Arbitration

All civil actions, except for appeals from municipal or district courts, where the sole relief sought is a money  judgment, and where no party asserts a claim in excess of one hundred thousand dollars, is subject to mandatory arbitration.

Mandatory Arbitration procedures and rules are set forth in RCW Chapter 7.06, Superior Court Civil Arbitration Rules and Local Mandatory Arbitration Rules.

Arbitrator Eligibility

RCW 7.06.040 was amended changing eligibility requirements for arbitrators under the mandatory arbitration process.  In pertinent part, it states:


"(2)(a) A person may not serve as an arbitrator unless the person has completed a minimum of three credits of Washington state bar association approved continuing legal education credits on the professional and ethical consideration for serving as an arbitrator. A person serving as an arbitrator must file a declaration or affidavit stating or certifying to the appointing court that the person is in compliance with this section.


"(b) The superior court judge or judges in any county may choose to waive the requirements of this subsection (2) for arbitrators who have acted as an arbitrator five or more times previously."


In order to continue to serve as an arbitrator, you must certify that you either are presently eligible, or that you are requesting waiver of the continuing education requirement.  In order to do so, you must complete and sign the Benton Franklin Counties Superior Court Arbitrator Attestation of Eligibility To Serve as an Arbitrator Under RCW 7.06.040 form.  You can find it below.  The amendment to RCW 7.06.040 becomes effective on September 1, 2018.  You will not be allowed to serve as an arbitrator after that date until your eligibility has been established.


Application to Become an Arbitrator
Application to Become an Arbitrator.doc
Microsoft Word document [39.5 KB]
Statement of Arbitrability
Statement of Arbitrability.DOC
DOC File [27.5 KB]
Response to Statement of Arbitrability/Note for Motion Docket
Response to Statement of ArbitrabilityNo[...]
Microsoft Word document [25.0 KB]
Arbitrator's Request for Compensation
Arbitrators Request for Compensation.doc
Microsoft Word document [58.0 KB]
Arbitrator Eligibility Attestation of Eligibility to Serve as an Arbitrator Under RCW 7.06.040
Arbitrator Attestation.docx
Microsoft Word document [23.4 KB]

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

Click HERE for the latest information concerning the Court's response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Effective September 1, 2021 - 2021 Superior Court

Local Court Rules  

2021 Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court Local Court Rules
2021 Benton Franklin Counties Local Cou[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]

Ex Parte

Important Notice

 Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.

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

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




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