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 4 categories as follows:
(You will know your case was in this category if, prior to March 23, 2020, you received a trial notice with a future date and designated number of trial dates).
These blank Case Schedule Orders served as a place holder for the Court in anticipation of re-setting dates.
Case Schedule Orders Struck due to COVID-19: The Case Managers are issuing new Case Schedule Orders. The orders are being issued in date order as they were previously filed.
(You will know your case is in this category if you were working through your case schedule order and all dates were struck by the court, due to COVID).
Civil Cases will receive a trial date scheduled 18 months out from filing, rathe than the usual 12 months. Domestic cases will receive a trial date scheduled 15 months out from filing, rather than the usual 9 months.
Trial dates were extended to allow for the re-scheduling of trials on cases that received a blank case schedule order between March 23, 2020 through May 7, 2021.
(You will know your case was in this category if you filed your case after May 10, 2021).
4. Future Trial Dates: all future trial dates will get a notice for pretrial conference hearing. This includes cases not governed by a case schedule order. The Joint Pre-Trial Covid Report will be reviewed at the pre-trial conference.
Note: for civil only – all cases not governed by a case schedule order will still require a certificate of readiness
DETAILED CASE MANAGER PROCEDURES
1. DOMESTIC TRIALS SCHEDULED - PRIOR TO 3/23/2020 (AS DESCRIBED ABOVE)
1. CIVIL TRIALS SCHEDULED - PRIOR TO 3/23/2020 (AS DESCRIBED ABOVE)
2. DOMESTIC BLANK SCHEDULE ORDER - Cases filed between March 23, 2020 thru May 7, 2021
2. CIVIL BLANK SCHEDULE ORDER - Cases filed between March 23, 2020 thru May 7, 2021
3. DOMESTIC NEW CASE FILINGS - FILED AFTER MAY 10, 2021
3. CIVIL NEW CASE FILINGS - FILED AFTER MAY 10, 2021
CIVIL CASE MANAGER: Hannah Smedsrud firstname.lastname@example.org
DOMESTIC CASE MANAGER: Alejandra Villasenor email@example.com
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.
Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.
The Courts will be closed for New Years on Friday, December 31, 2021.
The Courts will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 17, 2022.
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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