General News and Announcements from Court Administration and the Bench

Presiding Judge for 2019-20 Announced

Presiding Judge Announcement
​Chad ConnorsSuperior Court Administrator312 SW First Avenue, Kelso WA 98626360-577-3085 Every two years, the Superior Court Judges select a presiding judge and assistant presiding judge.For the past two terms, Judge Michael Evans has served as the presiding judge and Judge Gary Bashor has served as the assistant presiding judge.During this up...
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National Adoption Day - Nov. 16, 2018

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​Nov. 16 20181:00 P.M.Cowlitz County Admin bldg.207 N. 4th Ave.Kelso, WA National Adoption Day will be celebrated in Cowlitz County on November 16, 2018, with adoptions occurring at 1:00 p.m. and a public celebration following.The adoptions will be held in the Commissioner's Meeting Room and the celebration will be in the General Meeting Room, both...
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Notice of Disqualification

Notice of Disqualification
For many years parties were permitted to file an Affidavit of Prejudice in a pending case, which disqualified a particular judge from hearing a case.Last year, the Legislature amended the controlling statute and also gave the tool a new name – Notice of Disqualification.Since that time, there has been some confusion and a lack of clarity regarding ...
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Superior Court Office Access Policy Change

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To:Litigants and AttorneysFrom:Superior Court Judges of Cowlitz County Re:Superior Court Offices – Access Effective Monday, August 20, 2018, access to the Hall of Justice offices of the judges and judicial assistants (back hallway and jury rooms) will be by appointment or permission only.The door codes of attorneys (public and private), legal assis...
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Updated Policy for Community Service in lieu of Jail Time

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After much consideration, the Superior Court Bench has decided to alter our unwritten process for handling of criminal sentencing where a conversion of jail time to community service is being requested.Historically, sentencing was continued after plea of guilty to allow a defendant to complete some proposed amount of community service, even though ...
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Bond Policy Revised for Rider Bonds

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Effective immediately, when an offender is found guilty, by plea, trial or in any other fashion, and there is a request to set sentencing over to a different date, the Court will require a NEW bond to be presented at the time of the request. Documents from the bond agent purporting to extend the originally filed bond is ineffective and will NOT be ...
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