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To uphold the constitution and laws of Washington and the United States;

To provide an impartial, safe, and accessible forum

for the fair, open, and expeditious resolution of legal matters; and

To provide expanded and responsive services

to better meet the needs of court users and the community.

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The Superior Court is a state trial court of general jurisdiction. We are located in Kelso, Cowlitz County, Washington State
 
This court has state-wide jurisdiction and hears:
 
• Serious criminal matters (felonies)
• Civil cases including cases involving real property
• Domestic relations (family law) matters
• Appeals from lower courts (District and Municipal Courts)
• Appeals from state administrative agencies
• Superior Court also has jurisdiction in adoption, probate and competency cases. 
 
Juvenile Court is a department of Superior Court and hears juvenile offender matters, truancy, at risk youth (BECCA) and child dependency cases. Juvenile Court also operates juvenile detention facility.
 
There are four full-time elected Judges who hear all matters and numerous Superior Court Commissioners who hears family law, dependency, domestic violence, various civil and juvenile cases.
 
The Superior Court is part of the
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Washington State Courts 

 

Our goal is to make this site as informative, interesting and educational as possible. It is a work in progress with content being added and updated regularly. You will find links to our local rules and policies, as well as forms specific to our courts. We will also be providing some of the history of our court and our county.

  • Superior Court Amends LCRs to Update Case Flow Processing

    In an effort to meet industry best practices and to better ensure trial date certainty, the Cowlitz County Superior Court Judges are announcing significant changes to the Local Court Rules.  Thes ...

    Friday, 14 November 2014
  • Court Funding

    By Hon. Judge Stephen M. Warning - Superior Court Judge for Cowlitz County Originally Published in the Daily News In 2009, A study was made of the Cowlitz County Superior Court. Levels of funding an ...

    Sunday, 16 November 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • Juvenile Court – Not your Grandfather’s Courtroom

    By Hon. Gary Bashor - Superior Court Judge for Cowlitz County Originally Published in the Daily News The perception that I often hear expressed is the Superior Courts are much like what is portrayed ...

    Sunday, 16 November 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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