Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court
  Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court

Superior Court Administration Staff

PERSONAL DE LA  ADMINISTRACIÓN DEL TRIBUNAL SUPERIOR DE LOS CONDADOS DE BENTON Y FRANKLIN

Find out below who you need to contact for assistance.

Descubra a continuacion a quien necesita contactar para assistenica.

Tiffany Runge

(509) 736-3071 Ext. 3318

tiffany.runge@co.benton.wa.us

 

Court Administrator  (Administradora del Tribunal)

 

  • Serves as the judicial administrator and supervisor for the daily operations of the Superior Court.
  • Provides daily oversight of the court’s operations; development and implementation of policies and procedures; budget development; personnel management; records management; facilities management; case-flow management; identifies and resolves technological needs and challenges; oversight of projects, grants, and contracts; and other duties as required.
  • Provides managerial leadership for selection, supervision, mentoring, and evaluation of non- judicial staff.

 

Josee Saldua

(509) 736-3071 Ext. 3219

josee.saldua@co.benton.wa.us

 

Administrative Assistant  (Asistente administrativa)

 

  • Prepares Daily Schedule  (Para el calendario judicial diario)
  • Manages the Trial Calender
  • Coordinates Special Set Hearings  (Para las disposiciones especiales)
  • Pre-Assignment of Judicial Officers
  • Interpreter Coordinator  (Coordinador de interpretes)
  • ADA Accommodation Coordinator
  • Webmaster

Angelina Cheveres

(509) 736-3071 Ext. 3218

Angelina.cheveres@co.benton.wa.us

 

Executive Assistant  (Asistente ejecutiva)

  • Assists the Court Administrator with bi-county budget preparation
  • Assist the Court Administrator with Resolutions, Contracts, Policies and Procedures
  • Manages accounts payable; Judge Pro Tem reimbursements; Court Interpreter reimbursements; Family Court Investigator invoicing; Treasurer deposits
  • Maintains internal court fiscal management records and spreadsheets
  • Purchases office supplies and equipment

 

 

Alejandra Villasenor

(509) 736-3071 Ext. 3172

Alejandra.Villasenor@co.benton.wa.us 

 

Domestic and Paternity Case Manager  (Administradora de casos domesticos)

 

  • Prepares and Manages Domestic, Paternity and Modification Case Scheduling Orders
  • Scheduling of Pre-Trial/Settlement Conferences and Trial Dates for Domestic, Paternity and Modification cases
  • Maintains Position Statement Forms
  • Provides Parenting Seminar Information
  • Manages Title 26 Guardian Ad Litem Strike Lists
  • Processes Motions for Reconsideration and Motions for Revision
  • Assists the Court Commissioners

Sandra Alarcon

(509) 736-3071 Ext. 3328

Sandra.Alarcon@co.benton.wa.us

 

Family Court Investigator  (Investigadora del Tribunal en materia familiar) & Court Visitor 

 

Hannah Smedsrud

(509)736-3071 Ext. 3184

Hannah.Smedsrud@co.benton.wa.us 

 

Civil/FCI Case Manager  (Administrador de casos civiles)

 

Civil Cases

  • Prepares and monitors Civil Case Schedule Orders
  • Schedules Civil Status, Settlement and Pre-Trial Conferences
  • Provides available civil trial dates for continuances/re-sets

 Lower Court Appeals  (LCA)

  • Prepares and monitors LCA Case Schedule Orders
  • Schedules Status and Oral Argument Hearings

Administrative Law Reviews(ALR)

  • Prepares and monitors ALR Case Schedule Orders
  • Schedules Status and Oral Argument Hearings

Family Court Investigator Case Manager 

  • Manages FCI Appointed cases with the Family Court Investigator 

 

Alejandra Lopez

(509) 736-3071  Ext. 3389

alejandra.lopez@co.benton.wa.us

   

Superior Court Case Manager  (Administrador de casos )

  
  • Mandatory Arbitration Coordinator

  • Manages Appointment of Arbitrators
  • Processes Arbitration Applications
  • Maintains Arbitration Forms
  • Interpreter Coordinator
  • Bench Copies
  • Point of contact for electronic submitting of bench copies through eMotion
  • Point of Contact for Court Administration email: courtadmin@co.benton.wa.us 
  • Assists Administrative Assistant
  • Assists Civil and Domestic Case Managers

Julie Higuera

(509) 736-3071 Ext. 3563

Julie.Higuera@co.benton.wa.us

 

     Guardianship Monitoring Program Case Manager

 

       Guardianships

       Title 11 Guardian ad Litem Registry Manager

       Title 26 Guardian ad Litem Registry Manager

Jessica Ramsay

(509) 736-3071 Ext. 3563

Jessica.Ramsay@co.benton.wa.us

 

     Guardianship Monitoring Program Assistant

 

       Guardianships

Title 11 & 26 Guardian ad Litem Registries

  • Assists with Annual Trainings
  • Assists with Re-application Processing
  • Assists with Title 11 Guardian ad Litem Appointments     

      Marshall Pickett

(509) 736-3071 Ext. 3172

Marshall.Pickett@co.benton.wa.us

    

      Adult Drug Court Coordinator

 

  • Meets with and interviews prospective Drug Court participants and prepares intake reports and recommendations 
  • Conducts weekly interviews and status reviews with participants
  • Reviews all drug testing
  • Prepares weekly reports for team review
  • Presentation of reports and intakes in weekly staff meetings
  • Facilitates weekly team staffings
  • Court presentations
  • Testimony in Court
  • Supervises Drug Court Case Manager
  • Community Outreach
  • Provides Retention Services
  • Collects Program Data

      Kerry McLerran

(509) 736-3071 Ext. 3019

Kerry.McLerran@co.benton.wa.us

    

     Adult Drug Court Case Manager

 

  • Meets with and interviews prospective Drug Court participants and prepares intake reports and recommendations 
  • Conducts weekly interviews and status reviews with participants
  • Prepares weekly reports for team review
  • Presentation of reports and intakes in weekly staff meetings
  • Facilitates weekly team staffings
  • Court presentations
  • Testimony in Court
  • Obtains, tracks and reviews all drug testing 
  • Writes quarterly newsletter for Drug Court 
  • Statistical tracking of Drug Court participants 
  • Prepares monthly financial activity report  
  • Organizes graduations

       Kimberely Schuler

(509) 736-3071 Ext. 3019 &3054

Kimberely.Schuler@co.benton.wa.us

 

      Adult Drug Court Case Manager

 

  • Meets with and interviews prospective Drug Court participants and prepares intake reports and recommendations 
  • Conducts weekly interviews and status reviews with participants
  • Prepares and edits weekly reports for team review
  • Presentation of reports and intakes in weekly staff meetings
  • Facilitates weekly team staffings
  • Court presentations
  • Testimony in Court
  • Obtains, tracks and reviews all drug testing 
  • Writes quarterly newsletter for Drug Court 
  • Statistical tracking of Drug Court participants 
  • Prepares monthly financial activity report  
  • Organizes graduations

August 23, 2021

Superior Court Statement On Appearances In Court In Light of Governor's Order to Mask

The Superior Court is withdrawing this prior general presumption of personal appearance at hearings to address concerns regarding the Delta variant of Covid-19.  The Court’s order can be found HERE.  In light of the Governor’s Order that all individuals who enter buildings wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, it is appropriate for individuals who can appear remotely to do so if they wish.  The Courtrooms remain open to the public with capacity limits and the requirement of masking for all.  In some criminal matters it is necessary to require the presence the Defendant or Respondent.. Those who wish the opportunity to appear remotely via WebEx must ensure that their connection is sufficient to be heard and/or seen, and that their appearance and behavior during a hearing is appropriate for the Courtroom.

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
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Ex Parte

Important Notice

 Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.

Holiday Schedule

The Courts will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 6, 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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