Superior Court of Washington

For Cowlitz County

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Criminal Process

THIS PAGE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY - WE HAVE NOT CURRENTLY IMPLEMENTED THESE PROCEDURES

The Court has worked closely with the Prosecuting Attorney and the Office of Public Defense and crafted a new method to process criminal cases through the Superior Court. It involves some cooperation between the opposing parties and the setting by the Court of realistic trial dates based upon the actual preparation time needed for each case.

Trials will no longer set at arraignment. Instead, an accelerated discovery process will be required and trials will be set at the Omnibus Hearing, with realistic timelines to prepare. No citizen will be required to waive any of their rights, however, the process is based upon predicting realistic preparation and discovery paths.

The following are a chart of the expectations of the Court related to all of the different parties to a criminal case.

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You can download a PDF of the chart for ease of reading HERE:

Criminal Caseflow and Court Expectations

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