Washington State Law requires that children between the age of 8 and 18 attend school regularly (if the child is between the ages of 6-8 and enrolled in school, the law applies). You are in violation of the Washington State Truancy Law if one or more of the following is true:
if a student has five (5) or more unexcused absenses in one month; or
if a student has ten (10) or more unexcused absences in one year.
A Juvenile Probation Counselor is assigned to each Benton-Franklin County School District to provide community truancy boards, screen and process truancy petitions and contempts, provide recommendations to the court for sanctions, monitor court ordered sanctions, advocate for students/parents within the school and provide referrals to community resources.
Program for juveniles referred for first-time, minor offenses including recruiting, screening, monitoring, supporting and scheduling volunteer members for Community Accountability Boards; Case Management and Referral Services; Monitor compliance with Diversion Contract; Provide skill building intervention programming for youth.
The law defines At-Risk Youth as an individual under the age of 18 years old who:
Is absent from home for more than 72 consecutive hours without consent of his/her parent(s)/guardian(s); or
Is beyond the control of his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) such that the child's behavior substantially endangers the health, safety, or welfare of the child or another person; or
Has a serious substance abuse problem for which there are no pending charges related to substance abuse.
The purpose of a Child In Need of Services (CHINS) petition is to obtain a court order mandating placement of a child in a residence other than the home of his/her parent/legal guardian (for up to 9 months) because a serious conflict exits between the parent/guardian and child. The Placement is temporary, and the goal is reunification.
The action is taken when the conflict in the home cannot be resolved and reasonable efforts have been made to work on the relationship and keep the child in the home. If these efforts have not worked, then filing a CHINS may be appropriate and can be filed by the child, parent or DCYF (Department of Chldren, Youth and Families).
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
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Effective September 1, 2021 - 2021 Superior Court
Local Court Rules
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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.
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