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

Apply to Become a Guardian ad Litem

Interested in becoming a Title 11 or Title 26 GAL? The first step is to complete the initial training course. Title 26 requires a 3-day training and completion of a practicum (see link below for more information). Title 11 requires a 2-day training and a minimum five years’ experience in the needs of impaired elderly people, physical disabilities, mental illness, developmental disabilities, and/or other areas relevant to the needs of incapacitated persons (two years' experience for practicing attorneys).

 

Benton and Franklin Counties periodically sponsor the initial training courses (see Local GAL Training Opportunities for upcoming offerings). The training courses are based off of a statewide curriculum and equivalent training may be offered by other Washington counties. The link below may help you locate another training. Washington Courts - GAL Information. Click on "Training Opportunities" for a listing of upcoming trainings throughout the state.

 

If there are no trainings listed, you may want to contact the counties directly to find out when they will be having their next training. King County will most likely be next to host a training. You can get contact information and a list of GAL Program Managers by clicking on "Registry Application Procedure" or the following link GAL Program Managers.

 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the GAL Registry Manager at 509-736-3071.

 

Click the link below to download the GAL Application Packet.

 

New Title 11 and Title 26 GAL Applicants
GAL Initial Application.docx
Microsoft Word document [32.8 KB]
Existing Title 11 and Title 26 GAL Re-Applicants
2021 GAL Re-application - write in.docx
Microsoft Word document [33.1 KB]
Title 11 GAL Background and Statement of Qualifications
Required for ALL applications. Completed documents for GALs on registry will be posted on this website for public viewing.
Title 11 GAL Background and Statement of[...]
Microsoft Word document [49.0 KB]
Title 11 GAL Background and Statement of Qualifications
Required for ALL applications. Completed documents for GALs on registry will be posted on this website for public viewing.
GAL Email Authorization.docx
Microsoft Word document [13.3 KB]
Title 26 GAL Background Information Record
Required for ALL applications. Completed documents for GALs on registry will be posted on this website for public viewing.
Title 26 GAL Background Information Reco[...]
Microsoft Word document [49.5 KB]
Title 26 GAL Certification Requirements and Practicum Information
Title 26 GAL Certification Requirements [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [194.7 KB]
Title 26 GAL Certification Requirements and Practicum Information
Authorization to Disclose DSHS Records.d[...]
Microsoft Word document [75.5 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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