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

Intervention Services

Intervention Services provides early intervention for youth and families:

Truancy (See, RCW Chapter 28A.225): 

Washington State Law requires that children between the age of 8 and 18 attend school regularly (if the child is between the ages of 6-8 and enrolled in school, the law applies). You are in violation of the Washington State Truancy Law if one or more of the following is true:

  • if a student has five (5) or more unexcused absenses in one month; or

  • if a student has ten (10) or more unexcused absences in one year.

A Juvenile Probation Counselor is assigned to each Benton-Franklin County School District to provide community truancy boards, screen and process truancy petitions and contempts, provide recommendations to the court for sanctions, monitor court ordered sanctions, advocate for students/parents within the school and provide referrals to community resources.

Program for juveniles referred for first-time, minor offenses including recruiting, screening, monitoring, supporting and scheduling volunteer members for Community Accountability Boards; Case Management and Referral Services; Monitor compliance with Diversion Contract; Provide skill building intervention programming for youth.

At-Risk Youth  (See, RCW Chapter 13.32A):   

The law defines At-Risk Youth as an individual under the age of 18 years old who:

  • Is absent from home for more than 72 consecutive hours without consent of his/her parent(s)/guardian(s); or

  • Is beyond the control of his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) such that the child's behavior substantially endangers the health, safety, or welfare of the child or another person; or

  • Has a serious substance abuse problem for which there are no pending charges related to substance abuse.

CHINS  (See, RCW Chapter 13.32A):   

The purpose of a Child In Need of Services (CHINS) petition is to obtain a court order mandating placement of a child in a residence other than the home of his/her parent/legal guardian (for up to 9 months) because a serious conflict exits between the parent/guardian and child.  The Placement is temporary, and the goal is reunification.


The action is taken when the conflict in the home cannot be resolved and reasonable efforts have been made to work on the relationship and keep the child in the home.  If these efforts have not worked, then filing a CHINS may be appropriate and can be filed by the child, parent or DCYF (Department of Chldren, Youth and Families).


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

 Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.

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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