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


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.

If you are in violation of the Washington State Truancy Law a truancy petition can be filed. If a petition is entered against the parent and the student continues to miss school then the court may find the parent in contempt.

1.  A parent may be fined $25.00 per day for each unexcused absence.

2.  Community service hours may be ordered.


If a petition is filed against the student and the student continues to miss school the court may find the student in contempt and order:

1.  Informational classes

2.  School-based tutoring

3.  Community Service Hours

4.  Work Crew

5.  Detention

For additional information on Truancy, click on the attached brochures or contact a Truancy Counselor.

Truancy Brochure-English


Truancy Brochure-Spanish


Elementary Age Truancy Brochure-English


Elementary Age Truancy Brochure-Spanish


Christina Young

Probation Counselor III

509-783-2151 ext. 2446/509-543-6786 ext. 5758


Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Click on the link below for an interactive video from United Way regarding the importance of attendance.


If you are interested in serving on the Community Truancy Board please complete the application below.

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

Click HERE for information and attestation form.

Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center

7122 W Okanogan Pl

Suite A130

Kennewick, WA 99336




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