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Non-Parent Custody Law Changes - IMPORTANT NOTICE

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Effective December 31, 2020, the Non-Parental Custody Statute (RCW 26.10) is repealed, and will be replaced by RCW 11.130.185 et Seq., the Uniform Guardianship Act – Minors. This memorandum will address how the Court is addressing pending cases. Effective January 1, 2021, the Court will dismiss any cases that do not have either a final order or a t...
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Memo suspending in-person Civil/Domestic trials

October 12, 2020 To:CWBA and other interested parties Memo suspending in-person Civil/Domestic trials From: Presiding Judge Gary Bashor Some months back, we had optimistically hoped we would have the COVID-19 situation more under control, and started scheduling some limited in-person civil and domestic trials. Unfortunately, the situation we face t...
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Support/Paternity Trial Schedule Change

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As part of Superior Court's transition to a modified court schedule for 2020, we are making some incremental changes before 2019 ends. Commencing November 4, 2019, the Support and Paternity trials currently held at the Juvenile Center at 3:00 PM on Tuesdays, will be heard at the Hall of Justice on Mondays at 10:30 AM.  Please contact Court Adm...
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Poverty Guidelines Updated for 2018

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 When reviewing a case for waiver of fees, the Superior Court looks to the Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines in part when making those decisions. As of January 13, 2018, those guidelines have been updated. A table showing the current annual and monthly amounts is shown in the document below. You may need to have Adobe Acrobat to vie...
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New Court Rules Effective January 1, 2018

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As part of the implementation of our new court schedule, some of our previous local rules have needed adjustment. These rules go into effect as of January 1, 2018, and will be applied to all cases after that date. Admin Rule 1 & 12 and Civil Rules 40 & 88 are affected. You can find the most current versions of each of the rules as chan...
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National Adoption Day at Superior Court

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National Adoption Day will be celebrated in Cowlitz County on November 17, 2017, with adoptions occurring at 9:30 a.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 on the 3rd floor of the Cowlitz County Administration Building located ...
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