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

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and able to pass a criminal background check.

BFJJC Guardian Ad Litem Volunteers.  When a petition has been filed alleging a child has been abused or neglected, the Juvenile Court appoints an individual to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL).

The role of the GAL is to represent the best interest of the child by making independent observations of the child’s situation and submitting a written report to the Court.
GAL’s initially spend 15 - 25 hours over a five week period preparing each case for the first hearing. After that, they must appear at court hearings, monitor the court order to insure that it is being followed and continues to work in the best interest of the child. GAL’s are asked to commit themselves to the child for whom they are advocating while the case is in Juvenile Court, usually an 18-month period.

GAL Application and Instructions
GAL Volunteer Packet.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [741.9 KB]

Other Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Detention
  • Community Supervision
  • Truancy
  • Diversion 
Volunteer Packet
volunteer application packet.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [434.6 KB]

Ex Parte

Important Notice

 Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.

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



Importance Notice

The Courts will be closed for  Veteran's Day on Monday, November 11, 2019.


There will be no court procededings during the afternoon of Friday, September 20, 2019 do to a Judicial Meeting.


The week of September 23, 2019 is a non-trial week because of the Fall Judicial Conference.


Please refer to Court Holiday Schedule to see changes to regular calendar.


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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