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CriminalThe Superior Court handles all felony criminal cases and certain misdemeanor criminal cases.

Traffic tickets and many misdemeanors are heard in District Court. The court that your matter will be handled in is generally listed at the very top of your paperwork (Summons or Citation).

There are criminal dockets every day of the week, though some are used only for initial appearances of defendants after arrest. More information on docket times can be found on our Schedule page.

All counsel and defendants in cases set for trial during a specific week are required to appear on the Thursday before at 8:30 for trial readiness and will be given a specific day and time for their trial to begin.

Defendants who qualify for appointment of counsel will have attorney’s assigned at their first appearance hearing. Information about appointed counsel may be found on our Public Defender resource page.

The court has general expectations for different parties in criminal matters as it relates to discovery and motion practice. Those expectations can be found at: Criminal Process.

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    Sunday, 16 November 2014
  • Notice Regarding Obtaining Emergency Court Orders

    Date: April 7, 2015Re: Review of Emergency Ex Parte MattersFrom: Michael H. Evans, Presiding Judge Our Judicial Administrative staff have noted an increase in requests for judicial review of ex parte ...

    Wednesday, 08 April 2015
  • A DOZEN SUCCESS STORIES TO GRADUATE DRUG COURTS ON WEDNESDAY!

    On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, we will send off a dozen new grads from our treatment court programs. Ten Adult Drug Court grads will be joined by a pair of Family Treatment (H.O.P.E) Court grads wal ...

    Wednesday, 25 February 2015
  • Court is Seeking Guardian ad Litems for Family Law Cases

    Superior Court is seeking to expand it's Guardian ad Litem Registry for Family Law cases. You can find more detail about the requirements for the work, as well as training opportunities at the link be ...

    Tuesday, 10 February 2015
  • Cowlitz County Judges again recognized for Supporting Access to Justice!

    The Bench in Cowlitz County has once again received recognition for their unanimous support of Legal Aid Programs throughout the state. The Baker Cup is awarded for outstanding judicial participation ...

    Friday, 20 February 2015
  • Adult Drug Court Acheived Positive Outcomes For Clients

    Contact Judge Gary Bashor Phone:  (360) 577-3085, or Adam Pithan, Manager Phone: (360) 414-5508 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at ...

    Thursday, 19 February 2015
  • Superior Court Publishes 2015 Court Schedule

    The Superior Court has continued to revise its daily schedules to better accommodate the needs of court users as well as maximize the amount of trial time that is available to litigants. We have also ...

    Thursday, 04 December 2014
  • Superior Court has a New and Improved Web Presence!

    Time moves on, and so do old websites! It has been quite some time since we migrated our clunky old website over to the content management system of Joomla. Since that time, the software system w ...

    Thursday, 29 January 2015
  • Beware of Jury Scam!

    This post is reeposted as a public service from a press release from the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office: The Sheriff’s Office has received a report of a jury service scam by the Cowlitz County Superi ...

    Saturday, 24 January 2015
  • Spring Judicial Conference Court Schedule, April 27th – April 29th

    Monday, April 27, 2015 through Wednesday, April 29, 2015 is Spring Judicial Conference.  Per past practices, there will not be any trials or dockets (except for criminal first appearances and pro ...

    Friday, 13 March 2015
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