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Local Rules

Superior Court operates generally under the Rules for Superior Court approved and published by the Supreme Court. Those rules can be found on the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) website HERE.

The Superior Court for Cowlitz County also has created a number of local rules that only apply in the Superior and Juvenile courts of Cowlitz County. Those rules are also available on the AOC website HERE. We have provided a direct menu link to those rules for your convenience.


Local Forms

Superior Court also provides to the public a collection of forms that are used both to comply with the local rules as well as some optional forms to assist you in processing your case through our local courts.

Before you proceed with filing or responding to a case filed in Superior Court for Cowlitz County, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with all of those rules.

Below is a full listing of all forms categories that are available for download from our site. Each link will take you to a particular section of forms in that category. You can also use the menu to the right to jump to a specific section to get more details of what each form is used for.


  • 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
  • Superior Court Administration Closing Early September 18th

    Cowlitz County Superior Court Administration will be closing early at 4:00pm on Friday September 18th. We apologize for any inconvience this may cause. ...

    Monday, 14 September 2015
  • September is National Recovery Month!

    Every September during the National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) observance, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (, within the U.S. Departme ...

    Wednesday, 09 September 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
  • 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
  • Local Rule 88(d) will be Enforced as of May 1, 2015

    MEMORANDUM To: Parties to Family Law ProceedingsRe: Enforcement of CCLCR 88(d)Date: April 17, 2015From: Michael H. Evans, Presiding Judge   Cowlitz County Local Civil Rule 88(d) requires the ...

    Thursday, 23 April 2015
  • Save the Date! - County Open House - September 8th

    Superior Court and its various divisions will be participating in the upcoming Cowlitz County Open House on September 8th, 2015. The Open House will feature multiple stations at which community member ...

    Thursday, 06 August 2015

    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
  • 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
  • Come Visit Us! Open House September 8

    The Superior Court for Cowlitz County will be participating in the County Government Open House on September 8, 2015 at the Cowlitz County Event Center. You will be able to see various exhibits from t ...

    Thursday, 03 September 2015
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