Many juveniles referred to juvenile court are first or second time offenders who commit misdemeanor level offenses such as shoplifting, assault 4th degree, malicious mischief, possession of alcohol/marijuana. These youth may be eligible for an alternative to formal court processing known as “diversion”. Diverted youth are carefully screened by the Diversion Counselor after receiving the referral from the prosecutor’s office. The Diversion Program meets with youth and their families to develop Diversion contracts that provide making amends for their offense to their victim, the community, and/or their families in the way of restitution, skill building classes, referral services, and projects. These contracts are then monitored by counselors for successful completion. Some Diversion youth are screened to Volunteer Community Accountability Boards (CAB’s) for their informal hearing. These volunteers come from diverse backgrounds that are invested in the youth of their communities. Volunteers are screened, trained, and monitored by Diversion Counselors.
For additonal information on Diverson contact:
Probation Counselor III
Probation Counselor II
If you are interested in Volunteering for the Diversion Program please complete the volunteer packet.
The process for ex parte has changed in both counties on a permanent basis. Click HERE for a description of the process.
Further, the Court requires that litigants submitting orders ex parte must attest to whether or not a notice of disqualification has been filed. Click HERE to view Judicial Resolution 17-002 and related form.
RCW 7.06.040 was amended changing eligibility requirements for arbitrators under the mandatory arbitration process. Click HERE for information and attestation form.
Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center
7122 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick, WA 99336
There will be no Court proceedings on the afternoon of Septmeber 14, 2018 due to a judicial meeting. The Courts will be closed for Veterans Day on Monday, November 12, 2018.
Please refer to Court Holiday Schedule to see changes to regular calendar.
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