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

Family Court Investigator & Court Visitor

Family Court Investigator

In Benton County the Family Court Investigator (FCI) program relies upon the services of the staff Family Court Investigator, Sandra Alarcon, to conduct investigations in cases where there are allegations of abuse and neglect. However, when conflicts arise, persons on the Title 26 Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Registry are appointed to perform Family Court Investigator services.  GALs appointed from the Registry to perform Family Court Investigator functions are paid by the county at a rate of $65.00 per hour for a maximum of fifteen (15) hours.  Additional time can be authorized by order of the court.  Parties to the action are required to pay the county for the services of the FCI based on a sliding fee scale.

 

In Franklin County the court appoints a Title 26 GAL to perform Family Court Investigator functions.  GALs appointed from the Registry to perform Family Court Investigator functions are paid by the county at a rate of $65.00 per hour for a maximum of fifteen (15) hours of investigation.   Additional time can be authorized by order of the court.

 

You can find forms for the appointment of Family Court Investigator/GAL and for the collection of information at the bottom of this page. 

Relevant Statutes

The statutory authority for the appointment of a guardian ad litem is RCW 26.12.175.  Information obtained by a GAL cannot be released without a court order, under RCW 26.12.180.

FCI Forms

Type-In Order Updated 3.2019
BCFC Order Appt GAL TypeIn.FCI dated 3.1[...]
Microsoft Word document [35.7 KB]
Write-In Order Updated 3.2019
order appt gal.fci write in 09.2018.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [748.6 KB]
Family Court Investigator (FCI) Information Sheet
This letter is mailed on all new appointments giving a brief description of the FCI's investigation.
FCI Intro Info.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [67.9 KB]
Family Court Investigator's (FCI) Intake Form
This form is required on all FCI's appointments by all parties. Please email, hand-deliver, or mail the form to the FCI immediately after the Order of Appointment is signed by the court.
FCI INTAKE FORM 11.5.2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [123.2 KB]
Family Court Investigator's (FCI) Intake Form
This form is required on all FCI's appointments by all parties. Please email, hand-deliver, or mail the form to the FCI immediately after the Order of Appointment is signed by the court.
TYPE IN FCI INTAKE 11.5.2019.doc
Microsoft Word document [199.5 KB]
Family Court Investigator Release of Information Permission Form
This form is required on all FCI's appointments by all parties. Please email, hand-deliver, or mail the form to the FCI immediately after the Order of Appointment is signed by the court.
FCI Release of Information 8.2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [117.8 KB]

Court Visitor Forms

State Form: Order Appointing Court Visitor
Order Appointing Court Visitor.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [83.9 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

509-736-3071

 

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Due to the rapidly changing nature of the Court’s information on the internet pages, the Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Courts cannot insure 100% accuracy.  The data and links are provided for informational purposes only and may not have been updated on the date you view it.  The Courts assume no liability for any legal consequences arising out of any information on these pages.

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