Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court
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Submit Electronic Bench Copies

eMotion software was developed by the Franklin County Technology Services department for use by judicial officers in Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court for the review and submission of electronic bench copies of motions and the associated documents.

 

The submission of documents through eMotion is NOT a substitute for filing documents with the Court Clerk.  The ORIGINAL of every document submitted through eMotion MUST be filed with the Clerk of the appropriate court.  A copy of every document submitted through eMotion MUST be served upon every party or his/her attorney.

 

Users will have access to only those documents that the user submitted through eMotion.  Other litigants will NOT have access to the documents submitted by other users.

 

Click HERE to Submit Bench Copies

eMotion User's Manual

User's Manual eMotion (July 14, 2016).pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [3.4 MB]

Guidelines for Bench Copies

1.  Do not electronically submit the following:  Notices of hearings, notes for motion docket, notices of presentment, or proofs of service (unless the sufficiency or timeliness of service is at issue).

 

2.  Electronically submit bench copies of all motions and supporting documents, trial briefs, trial motions and proposed jury instructions.  Also submit paper copies of cited and uncited jury instructions to the trial judge on the first day of trial.

 

3.  Assign descriptive names to all documents submitted. Use the actual title of each document, unless multiple documents are consolidated and submitted as one file. (Then call it something like "Motion to Compel with Supporting Documents")

 

4. Do not use the case name as the document name.

 

5.  It is the user’s responsibility to edit the hearing date whenever a matter has been continued.  Instructions for that can be found in the eMotion User’s Manual.

 

6.  Bench copies may, but need not be signed, so long as the originals filed with the Clerks have been signed.  Therefore, users may convert documents created with word processors to pdf files and submit them in that form.  Some may find this to be a useful alternative to scanning documents.

 

7.  Users should consolidate all documents submitted for a hearing into a single document, if possible.  That is, submit motions, legal memoranda and affidavits as a single file.  However, if a file is greater than 25 megabytes, it must be separated into multiple parts and each part submitted separately.  Try not to separate exhibits from affidavits.

 

8.  Do not submit hard copies if documents have been submitted electronically (except jury instructions).

 

9.  Once a document has been successfully uploaded, the document will be added to the list of the user’s active documents and displayed below the Document Submission panel.

 

10. Contact  Case Manager, Janette Lopez in Court Administration if you have questions.

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

Click HERE for the latest information concerning the Court's response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Effective September 1, 2021 - 2021 Superior Court

Local Court Rules  

2021 Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court Local Court Rules
2021 Benton Franklin Counties Local Cou[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]

Ex Parte

Important Notice

 Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.

Holiday Schedule

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.

 

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

509-736-3071

 

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