BFJJC Guardian Ad Litem Volunteers. When a petition has been filed alleging a child has been abused or neglected, the Juvenile Court appoints an individual to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL).
The role of the GAL is to represent the best interest of the child by making independent observations of the child’s situation and submitting a written report to the Court.
GAL’s initially spend 15 - 25 hours over a five week period preparing each case for the first hearing. After that, they must appear at court hearings, monitor the court order to insure that it is being followed and continues to work in the best interest of the child. GAL’s are asked to commit themselves to the child for whom they are advocating while the case is in Juvenile Court, usually an 18-month period.
The Benton Franklin Counties Juvenile Court will consider internship requests on a case by case basis. Interested candidates must be at least 21 years of age, be enrolled in an accredited college program, and be able to pass a comprehensive background check. In order to have your request reviewed, applicants must take the following steps:
Complete the Volunteer/Intern Application
Include a Resume
Attach a Cover Letter detailing the specific requirements of the internship including:
Total Hours required
Desired start date, end date, and hours available each week to work
Reasons for wanting experience at the Juvenile Court
If known, area of preference for internship (Probation, Diversion, Truancy, Guardian Ad Litem, Detention, Work Crew)
Direct your application, resume and cover letter to Rosa Garcia, Administrative Secretary at email@example.com
All internships are unpaid time, however if approved by the college and upon meeting the requirements to be considered for a relief detention officer position, may be paid at the relief detention officer wage.
Other Volunteer Opportunities include:
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
Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.
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
7122 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick, WA 99336
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