General News and Announcements from Court Administration and the Bench

Modified Court Schedule for April 24, 2019

Modified Court Schedule for April 24, 2019
​The Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners distributed a news release on April 19th to alert the public that most County buildings will be closed on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Because the Courts are legally mandated to be open on judicial days absent specific emergencies, the Superior and District Courts will be open for court business on Wedn...
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Changes to 2019 Schedule

Changes to 2019 Schedule
  In order to incorporate Judge Fassett into our 2019 schedule, the following changes have been made, effective May 6, 2019: Monday Judge Evans will now handle the morning criminal dockets.Judge Fassett will handle the afternoon criminal dockets. Tuesday Judge Evans will preside over domestic docket B.Judge Evans will also now have a ½ day tri...
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Stipulated agreements appointing a GAL will no longer be accepted

Stipulated agreements appointing a GAL will no longer be accepted
 Effective immediately, parties to a domestic relations case cannot stipulate to a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) to serve on a particular case.As a result, the Court will not accept any such stipulated agreements of appointment of a Guardian ad Litem (GAL).The practice of stipulating to a particular GAL is not consistent with statute. While the part...
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Spring Judicial Conference, April 29th – May 1st

Spring Judicial Conference, April 29th – May 1st
Monday, April 29th, 2019 through Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 is Spring Judicial Conference.Per past practices, there will not be any trials or dockets scheduled for these days with the exception of the following: Monday, April 29th: 11:00 am Juvenile Detention Hearings 1:00 pm Ex Parte Docket 1:30 pm Protection Order Hearings 2:30 pm Criminal First Ap...
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Patricia Fassett Appointed to Cowlitz Superior Court

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"Patricia Fassett's appointment maintains our continuing commitment to the diversity of our bench, and to the fair, and impartial delivery of justice in Cowlitz County. I anticipate her to be quick learner in the new position, and a solid member of our judicial team. We are looking forward to her beginning her new position with our Court." by Judge...
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Guardian ad Litem Registry

Guardian ad Litem Registry
​RCW 26.12.175 is the Washington State law that governs appointment of guardians ad litem in domestic relations proceedings.RCW 26.12.175(1)(a) provides that, "The court may appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the interests of a minor or dependent child when the court believes the appointment of a guardian ad litem is necessary to protect the ...
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