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

BFJJC Guardian Ad Litem Program

The volunteer BFJJC Guardian Ad Litem Program serves as an independent advocate for abused/neglected children involved in a dependency action.  Volunteers are appointed by the court to investigate, gather inforrmation, provide written reports and make recommendations regarding the child's best interests.  Volunteers are recruited, trained and supported by staff.

For additional information please click on the brochure below or contact the BFJJC GAL staff:

Sheila Davidson

Program Coordinator

509-736-2761

sheila.davidson@co.benton.wa.us

 

Erin Callies

Case Manager

509-736-2710

erin.callies@co.benton.wa.us

 

Toni Lehman

Case Manager

509-736-2722

toni.lehman@co.benton.wa.us

 

 

 

Volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer click on the button below.

Become a Volunteer Child Advocate!

You can make a lifelong difference for a vulnerable child. Become a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for abused and neglected children ages 0-8 years. You will advocate by gathering information; writing reports to the court; and visiting the child’s family, placement, social workers, teachers and parents.

 

The next 30-hour GAL training session is scheduled via Zoom for September 20th - October 14th, Mondays - Thursdays. Trainees can sign up for the morning sessions from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or the evening sessions from 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. We provide GALs the tools they need to be successful, including extensive training and ongoing support.

 

For more information, contact:

Sheila Davidson,

Benton-Franklin Counties GAL Program

 (509) 619-9043 or sheila.davidson@co.benton.wa.us

 

PLEASE MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY VOLUNTEERING…A FOSTER CHILD IS WAITING!  EVERY CHILD DESERVES A SAFE, LOVING, PERMANENT HOME.

Resources

GAL Brochure
GAL Brochure 2020.pdf
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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

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[...]
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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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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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