The Benton and Franklin Counties Case Managers are working diligently to address the back log of Domestic and Civil cases as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
In an effort to create an efficient workflow, the backlog of Domestic and Civil cases has been split into 3 categories as follows:
Trials Scheduled PRIOR to March 20, 2020
Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Benton and Franklin Counties had a large volume of cases that had been scheduled (Calendared) for trial or were working through the deadlines of the issued Case Schedule Order.
These Domestic and Civil cases will be given priority of a trial setting over the cases filed March 20, 2020 forward. We are asking litigants to complete a Certificate of Readiness, file it with the Clerk of the Court, and email a copy Court Administration. The Certificate of Readiness will facilitate Court Administration in appropriately getting the case back on track.
To re-schedule your trial, or get an amended Case Schedule Order, please use the below Certificate of Readiness forms:
FOR CASES PREVIOUSLY CALENDARED FOR TRIAL (CASE SCHEDULE ORDER TIMELIMES ALL COMPLETE):
Use the following forms for your case type:
AND (one of the two forms directly below)
Please email a copy of your Certificate of Readiness & Joint Pre-Trial COVID Report for DOMESTIC CASES to the Domestic Case Manager.
Please email a copy of your Certificate of Readiness & Joint Pre-Trial COVID Report for CIVIL CASES to the Civil Case Manager.
FOR CASES WORKING THROUGH THE CASE SCHEDULE ORDER TIMELIMES , CANCELED DUE TO COVID:
Use the following forms for your case type:
Please email a copy of your Certificate of Readiness for DOMESTIC CASES to the Domestic Case Manager.
Please email a copy of your Certificate of Readiness for CIVIL CASES to the Civil Case Manager.
Blank Case Schedule Orders
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, newly filed Domestic and Civil cases that were filed March 23, 2020 through May 7, 2021 had been receiving a Case Schedule Order with blank dates.These blank Case Schedule Orders served as a place holder for when the court was able to re-set dates governed by the Case Schedule Order.The Case Managers are currently working through all the Domestic and Civil cases that received blank Case Schedule Orders to prepare, file and send out Amended Case Schedule Orders.This is a very lengthy process and we ask that everyone be patient as we work through this process.
Newly Filed Cases
Starting on May 10, 2021, newly filed Domestic and Civil cases started receiving Case Schedule Orders with actual dates.The pre-set trial date is scheduled further out than usual. Civil cases will receive a trial date scheduled 18 months out from filing, rather than the usual 12 months.Domestic cases will receive a trial date scheduled 15 months out from filing, rather than the usual 9 months. We have extended the trial dates on newly filed cases to allow for us to start re-scheduling the backlog of cases that had been receiving blank Case Schedule Orders for the past year.
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
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Effective September 1, 2021 - 2021 Superior Court
Local Court Rules
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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.
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Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center
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Kennewick, WA 99336
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