Many juveniles referred to juvenile court are first or second time offenders who commit misdemeanor level offenses such as shoplifting, assault 4th degree, malicious mischief, possession of alcohol/marijuana. These youth may be eligible for an alternative to formal court processing known as “diversion”. Diverted youth are carefully screened by the Diversion Counselor after receiving the referral from the prosecutor’s office. The Diversion Program meets with youth and their families to develop Diversion contracts that provide making amends for their offense to their victim, the community, and/or their families in the way of restitution, skill building classes, referral services, and projects. These contracts are then monitored by counselors for successful completion. Some Diversion youth are screened to Volunteer Community Accountability Boards (CAB’s) for their informal hearing. These volunteers come from diverse backgrounds that are invested in the youth of their communities. Volunteers are screened, trained, and monitored by Diversion Counselors.
For additonal information on Diverson contact:
Probation Counselor III
Probation Counselor II
If you are interested in Volunteering for the Diversion Program please complete the volunteer packet.
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
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Effective September 1, 2021 - 2021 Superior Court
Local Court Rules
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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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