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

Recent Change in the Law

Effective July 22, 2011, House Bill 1053 has amended RCW 11.88 and 11.92 and will require additional steps to petition for guardianship or to have your annual reports approved.
 


For Persons Seeking Appointment as Guardians:


1.  Proof of completion of  guardian training must be filed with the petition to establish guardianship.  
2.  All letters of Guardianship issued after 7/22/11, will have an expiration date. Annual reports must be submitted within 90 days of the anniversary date of appointment so the report can be approved before letters expire.
3.  The following forms must be completed and filed within 90 days from date of guardian appointment:
     a.  Designation of Standby Guardian 
     b.  Notice of Right to Request Special Notice 
4.  A Guardianship Summary information form must be included in any Order Appointing Guardian/Successor Guardian.  If an attorney is representing the petitioner, he or she will prepare this form. (If the Guardianship Summary is contained in the Order, a separate Guardianship Summary form is not required).

 


For Existing Guardians:


1.  When submitting an annual report (Periodic Personal Care Plan or Guardian's Report & Accounting) a guardian must submit proof of completion of guardian training.

2.  After the Order Approving is signed, take it to the Clerk's Office and have new letters of guardianship reissued.  There is a $5 charge for the reissuance of letters.
3.  A Guardian Summary must be provided in all Orders Approving Report & Accounting and Care Plans.

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  

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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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