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

Special Set Hearings

Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court operates on a master calendar system.  As such, virtually all issues are heard on the various dockets.  Special Set hearings may only be scheduled at the direction of a judicial officer.  A litigant seeking a Special Set must bring a motion before the court on their regularly scheduled motion docket and be granted permission to schedule a Special Set.


Civil & Domestic Cases


All Special Set requests must be emailed to Josee Saldua-Potvin at, with all included on the email. 


The attorneys and/or parties involved shall confer and provide three (3) dates of mutual availability.  The email to Josee must contain the following information:

  1. The name and cause number of the case;
  2. The amount of time expected for the hearing, to the nearest quarter hour (i.e., 15 min, 30 min, 1 hour);
  3. The nature of the hearing;
  4. The three (3) dates of mutual availability;
  5. Whether an interpreter is needed, if so, what language;
  6. Whether a particular judicial officer needed for the hearing;
  7. Whether any judicial officers that have been recused or disqualified;
  8. Whether there is a looming deadline


Upon submittal of a Special Set request, Josee will respond to acknowledge receipt of the email. 


Josee receives a high volume of Special Set requests, which are answered in the order they are received.  The Special Set process can take up to a week, please be patient.  However, if you have not received a response back within a week, please re-submit using your previous email.

Criminal Cases


Special Set hearings for criminal cases must be scheduled per Local Criminal Rule 4.5.1.



Local Criminal Rule 4.5.1



(a)        General Provisions.  No request by a party for a special setting in a criminal matter will be considered unless it is in a filed proposed note for motion, request for setting and order which contains: (1) The nature of the hearing or hearings requested; (2) The reason(s) the hearing or hearings cannot be set on an existing criminal regular dockets, 3.5/3.6 dockets, or preliminary appearance dockets in compliance with the rules applicable to those dockets; (3) a proposed date certain and/or earliest date proposed for hearing; (4) whether briefing has been completed; and (5) whether the opposing party has been contacted and whether the opposing party agrees or disagrees with the request.

(b)       Pleadings.  The proposed note for motion, request for setting and order shall include a check box titled “CLERK’S ACTION REQUIRED” in the caption, and the order shall contain language whereby the Court will grant or deny the request for special setting in whole or in part, and if granted, the date on which the motion will be heard.

(c)        Procedure For Review And Decision.  Only after filing, the moving party may provide a copy of the pleading to Court Administration.  The Administrative Assistant or designate will review the request, provide the same to a judicial officer for review, and notify the parties of the decision.  Absent compelling circumstances, the moving party may inquire regarding the status of the request no earlier than one week after submission.


[Adopted Effective September 1, 2021]



*Please provide pleadings, via e-mail, to Josee Saldua-Potvin at, for review.

If you fail to comply with the above requirements, the Special Set will not be scheduled.

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.

Ex Parte

Important Notice

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Holiday Schedule

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.


Arbitrator Eligibility

Important Notice

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Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center

7122 W Okanogan Pl

Suite A130

Kennewick, WA 99336




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