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.
Court's Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
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Civil Presiding Judge
Benton Franklin Counties Superior Court no longer appoints a Civil Presiding Judge. Please refer to the Daily Schedule for the judge assigned to the individual Civil Dockets.
Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.
Click HERE for information and attestation form.
Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center
7122 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick, WA 99336
Anyone with suggestions for amendments to our Local Rules may submmit them to Tiffany Deaton at the above address or via email by clicking HERE.
The Courts will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, 2020.
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