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

Temporary Docket Procedures

While attempting to balance the need to return to normal operations against the safety of litigants and court personnel, we have developed temporary transitional processes for the various case types.  These processes, as modified from time to time based upon experience, will remain in place until normal operations can be implemented.  Please check this page frequently to keep abreast of the current processes. We welcome input from litigants as we go forward. 

 

Procedimientos temporales para las audiencias

Al tiempo que intentamos equilibrar la necesidad de volver a las operaciones normales con la seguridad de los litigantes y el personal de los tribunales en mente, hemos desarrollado procesos de transición temporales para los diversos tipos de casos.  Estos procesos, modificados de vez en cuando según la experiencia, permanecerán en su lugar hasta que se puedan llevar a cabo las operaciones regulares.  Por favor, visite esta página con frecuencia para mantenerse al día sobre los procesos actuales. Agradecemos las aportaciones de los litigantes a medida que vayamos avanzando.

Superior Court Statement On Appearances In Court

In Light of Governor's Order to Mask

August 23, 2021

 

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 below.  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.

Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court - 3rd Amended Emergency Order #5D Re: General Order on Courtroom Appearance (Masking), Effective August 23, 2021
Emergency Order 5D (Masking) 3rd Amended[...]
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Civil and Domestic Case Schedule Orders

Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court has resumed issuing Domestic and Civil Case Schedule Orders.  Click HERE to see the process on issuing Case Schedule Orders.

 

Ordenes de Programación de Casos Civiles y Domésticos

Tenga en cuenta: Todas las audiencias establecidas por las órdenes de calendario de casos nacionales y civiles se cancelan hasta nuevo aviso.  Estas audiencias incluyen Conferencias de Estatus, Conferencias de Conciliación, Conferencias Preliminares y Juicios.  Se le notificará por correo electrónico o por correo de sus nuevas fechas de la corte.  Por favor, asegúrese de tener una dirección postal actualizada y / o dirección de correo electrónico en el archivo en las oficinas del Secretario de la Corte Superior.

 

Virtual Court Appearances

Click HERE for links and information on appearing in court via WebEx or by telephone conferencing.

Apariencia de la Corte Virtual

 

Haga clic AQUI para obtener enlaces e información sobre cómo aparecer en la corte a través de WebEx o por conferencia telefónica.

 

Benton and Franklin Counties Jury Trials

Emergency Order #5 Re: Jury Trials for July -- Civil & Criminal, Effective June 19, 2020
Emergency Order 5 Re Jury Trials for Jul[...]
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Emergency Order #5A Re: Jury Trials for August -- Civil & Criminal Effective: July 15, 2020
Emergency Order 5A Re Jury Trials for Au[...]
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Emergency Order #5B Re: Jury Trials for September - Civil & Criminal, Effective August 24, 2020
Emergency Order 5B Re Jury Trials for Se[...]
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Emergency Order #5C Re: Jury Trials for September – Civil & Criminal, Effective September 22, 2020
Emergency Order 5C Re Jury Trials for Se[...]
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Emergency Order #5C Re: Jury Trials for October -- Civil and Criminal [Amended]
Emergency Order 5C Re Jury Trials for Oc[...]
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Emergency Order #5D Re: General Order on Courtroom Appearance (Masking), Effective October 12, 2020
Emergency Order 5D Re General Order on C[...]
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1st Amended Emergency Order #5D Re: General Order on Courtroom Appearance (Masking), Effective June 14, 2021
1st Amended Emergency Order 5D Re Genera[...]
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2nd Amended Emergency Order #5D Re: General Order on Courtroom Appearances (Masking), Effective - July 1, 2021
2nd Amended Emergency Order 5D Re Genera[...]
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Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court - 3rd Amended Emergency Order #5D Re: General Order on Courtroom Appearance (Masking), Effective August 23, 2021
Emergency Order 5D (Masking) 3rd Amended[...]
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Emergency Order #5E Re: Bench and Jury Trials Pre-Trial Procedures, Effective November 13, 2020
Emergency Order 5E Re Bench and Jury Tri[...]
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Amended Emergency Order #5E Re: Bench and Jury Trial Pre-Trial Procedures, Effective: December 31, 2020
Amended Emergency Order 5E Re Bench and [...]
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Emergency Order #5E (2nd Amended) Re: Bench and Jury Trial Pre-Trial Procedures - Effective: March 1, 2021
Emergency Order 5E Pre-Trial Procedure -[...]
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Emergency Order #5F Re: Jury Trial Excluded Period for Criminal Jury Trials and Suspension of All Jury Trials through January 11, 2021, Effective December 4, 2020
Emergency Order 5F Re Jury Trial Exclud[...]
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Emergency Order #5G Re Jury Trial Procedures, Effective December 18, 2020
Emergency Order 5G Re Jury Trial Procedu[...]
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Emergency Order #5H Re: Jury Trial Excluded Period for Criminal Trials and Suspension of All Jury Trials through February 1, 2021, Effective December 31, 2020
Emergency Order 5H Re Jury Trial Exclude[...]
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Emergency Order #5I Re: Criminal Defendant Appearance Requirements at Scheduled Hearings, Effective: January 27, 2021
Emergency Order 5I Re Criminal Defendant[...]
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Benton and Franklin Counties Domestic Relations Matters

Emergency Order #4-01A Re Domestic Relations Matters, Effective July 30, 2020
Amended Emergency Order 4-01A Re Domesti[...]
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2nd Amended Emergency Order #4-01A Re Domestic Relations Matters, Effective October 12, 2020
2nd Amended Emergency Orders 4-01A Re Do[...]
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Appendix #1 - READ FIRST
READ FIRST.doc
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Appendix #2 - DEFICIENCY ORDER
Order of Deficiency on Court Review of P[...]
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Appendix #3 - INFORMATION re: FINAL ORDERS
Information Re FINAL ORDERS.doc
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Benton and Franklin Counties Dependency and Termination Matters

Emergency Order #4-02 Re Dependcy and Termination Matters
Emergency Order 4-02 Re Dependency Term[...]
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Addendum to Emergency Order #04-02-A re: Dependency and Termination Matters, Effective August 17, 2020
Addendum to Emergency Order 04-02-A re D[...]
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2nd Addendum to Emergency Order #4-02-A Re: Dependency and Termination Matters, Effective October 19, 2020
2nd Addendum to Emergency Order 4-02-A R[...]
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Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Pre Trial Procedure
Dependency and Termination Pre Trial Pro[...]
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Juvenile Offender Pre Trial and Trial Procedure
Juvenile Offender Pre Trial and Trial Pr[...]
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Benton and Franklin Counties Criminal Matters

 

Emergency Order #5-03-C Re Criminal Matters
Emergency Order 05-03-C Re Criminal Dock[...]
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Emergency Order #5-03-A Re Criminal Matters
Emergency Order 05-03-A Criminal July 1,[...]
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Addendum to Emergency Order #05-03-A re: Criminal Matters, Effective August 10, 2020
Addendum to Emergency Order 05-03-A re C[...]
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Emergency Order #5-03 Re Criminal Matters
Emergency Order 5-03 Re Criminal Matters[...]
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Emergency Order #4-03-B Re Criminal Matters
Amended Emergency Order 4-03-B Re Crimin[...]
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Benton and Franklin Counties Civil (Non-DVP) and Guardianship/Probate Matters

6th Amended Emergency Order #4-04D Re: Civil (Non-DVP) and Guardianship/Probate Matters, Effective October 1, 2020
Sixth Amended Emergency Order - Civil an[...]
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5th Amended Emergency Order #4-04C Re: Civil (Non-DVP) and Guardianship/Probate Matters, Effective August 1, 2020
Fifth Amended Emergency Order 4-04C Re C[...]
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Appendix 1 - INITIAL ORDER
Civil Initial Order.doc
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Appendix 2 - DEFICIENCY ORDER
Civil Order of Deficiency on Court Revie[...]
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Appendix 3 - UNLAWFUL DETAINER APPENDIX
Unlawful Detainer Addendum 10.6.2021.doc[...]
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Benton and Franklin Counties Adoption, Parentage, LFO and Child Support Contempt Dockets

Amended Emergency Order #4-05 Re Adoption, Parentage, LFO and Child Support Contempt Dockets
Amended Emergency Order 4-05 Re Adoption[...]
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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
2021 Benton Franklin Counties Local Cou[...]
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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

 

         DISCLAIMER

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the Court’s information on the internet pages, the Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Courts cannot insure 100% accuracy.  The data and links are provided for informational purposes only and may not have been updated on the date you view it.  The Courts assume no liability for any legal consequences arising out of any information on these pages.

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