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.
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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Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center
7122 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick, WA 99336
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