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AdministrationElected Judicial Officers

Cowlitz County has 5 approved elected judicial officer positions, however only 4 are currently filled. A fifth position was approved by the Legislature however budgetary challenges have hampered the county filling that position. The Elected Judges for the county are:

Hon. Gary B. Bashor - Position 1

May 2011 - present.

Judge Gary Bashor graduated from Lewis and Clark College and received his law degree from Lewis and Clark College of Law. He received his Mediation Certificate from the National Judicial College in 2009. Judge Bashor served as a Superior Court Commissioner from 1999 until May of 2011. He Chairs the  Superior Court Judges Association Technology Committee as well as the SCJA Media Outreach Committee. He is a member of State Superior Court Case Management Software Project (SC-CMS) Steering Committee. He served on the Washington State Child Support Workgroup in 2011. Judge Bashor was appointed by Governor Inslee in September 2013 to serve on the State Legislative Ethics Board. Judge Bashor is currently the Assistant Presiding Judge.

  • Judicial Assistant:   Allice Millward - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 360.577.3155

Hon. Stephen M. Warning - Position 2

January 1997 - present.

Judge Stephen Warning graduated from the University of Washington and the University of Washington School of Law.  He started the Cowlitz County Adult Drug Court in 1999.  Judge Warning has served as President of the Superior Court Judges Association and as Dean of the Washington State Judicial College.  He was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Sentencing Guidelines Commission in 2009.  He is currently the Chair of the Superior Court Judges Legislative Committee.

Judicial Assistant:   Kimberly DiNino - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 360.577.3085

Hon. Michael H. Evans - Position 3 - Presiding Judge

January 2011 - present.

Judge Michael Evans graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 and from Seattle University School of Law in 2001. Judge Evans served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Cowlitz County in both criminal and civil matters and practiced privately in criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation. As District Court judge, with the support of many community members, he created and ran Cowlitz County's first mental health court. Judge Evans also serves  as a member of the Supreme Court's Gender and Justice Commission, as well as the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Superior Court Judges Association. Judge Evans is currently the Court's Presiding Judge.

  • Judicial Assistant:   Danyel Paul - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 360.414.5543

Hon. Marilyn Haan - Position 4

November 2011 - present.

Judge Marilyn K. Haan graduated from Central Washington University (Law and Justice/BA cum laude) in 1984 and University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1988 (JD). She previously served for over twelve years as a part-time Judge/Commissioner pro tem in Skagit County. Her prior experience also includes public service as municipal/litigation attorney, deputy prosecutor and public defender, as well as private practice in primarily criminal, personal injury and family law. She served as the City Attorney for the City of Longview prior to her appointment to the bench in 2011 by Governor Chris Gregoire.  She currently heads the Cowlitz County Superior Court Local Rules committee and Case Flow Management of the Superior Court’s Strategic Plan. She also serves as the judicial representative on the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid Board. In addition she serves on the statewide Board of Judicial Administration, Board of Judicial Administration Education Committee, Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee, Criminal Law and Rules Committee, Judicial Assistance Services Program and Treasurer for the Superior Court Judges Association of Washington. Judge Haan is currently the Juvenile Court Presiding Judge.

  • Judicial Assistant:   Jill Alton - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 360.577.3069





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  • 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
  • Cowlitz County Celebrates National Adoption Day

    The Cowlitz Board of County Commissioners have approved the following proclamation. Read More about Adoption Day at:   http://tdn.com/news/local/seven-children-adopted-into-forever-homes-during ...

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015
  • Interpreter Scheduling Policy Update

    To:       Cowlitz / Wahkiakum Bar Members and All Court Users From:   Chad Connors, Court Administrator Re:      Scheduling Interpreters for Su ...

    Tuesday, 10 November 2015
  • Cowlitz County's 10th Annual National Adoption Day Set for November 17th

    Cowlitz County's 10th Annual National Adoption Day Celebration     This local celebration will occur on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.  The adoptions will occur at 1:30 p.m.&n ...

    Monday, 09 November 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
  • September is National Recovery Month!

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

    Wednesday, 09 September 2015
  • Cities across Cowlitz County issue National Adoption Day Proclamations!

    National Adoption Day proclamations have been issued by Castle Rock, Kelso, Kalama and Woodland for 2015!           ...

    Friday, 20 November 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
  • 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
  • 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
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