Masks Still Required for Court Proceedings

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 In light of the Governor's and the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) new masking guidelines, the Superior Court will be reviewing the impacts this may have on Court Operations. In addition, this review will include Cowlitz County Public Health officials. Until such time as this review is complete and any potential changes in masking requirem...
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Out-of-Custody, In-Person Criminal Dispositions Begin May 5

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Effective May 5, 2021, Superior Court will begin having out-of-custody plea dockets at the Hall of Justice. We will have out-of-custody plea dockets on each Wednesday, at 9:00 AM, and 1:30 PM. These dockets will alternate weekly between Judge Marilyn Haan and Judge Gary Bashor on the same schedule as currently set on our current Wednesday in-custod...
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Court Recovery Task Force Seeks Input

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The BJA Court Recovery Task Force is currently gathering information about COVID-19 accommodations and any impacts on court proceedings and jury trials. The following surveys are open: Defendant Survey - Juror Survey - Unrepresented Litigant Survey Thank you for your participation
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SUPERIOR COURT JURY TRIALS SET TO RESUME

 On behalf of the Superior Court Judges, Clerk's Office and all court staff, we are pleased to announce Cowlitz County Superior Court is set to resume jury trials in April 2021.In November of 2020, jury trials and in-person court proceedings were suspended due to local and national surges in the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Safety precautions consi...
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Recruitment of Title 26 Guardians Ad Litem

 March 9, 2021 The Cowlitz County Superior Court is seeking those who are interested in serving as Title 26 Guardians Ad Litem.All guardians ad litem appointed under this title must comply with the training requirements set out by Washington law.Cowlitz County Superior Court complies with all applicable laws for developing and maintaining a re...
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Superior Court to End Contract with ICE

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"We are proud of the quality of care provided by our staff to these youth in our care. We made this decision solely for the reasons stated in this release. We will be releasing the detainees into ICE custody for their determination of further placement." by Gary Bashor, Presiding Judge  In 2001, Cowlitz County Commissioners contracted with the...
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