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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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2017 Superior Court Survey Available

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Over the past two years, Cowlitz County Superior Court has implemented several significant case processing changes. New trial readiness certificates and case scheduling orders were designed and implemented; as well as the Ex Parte process was changed. In addition, we added a civil priority week and a dedicated domestic relations trial day at the Yo...
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BENCH COPIES REQUIRED IN MAY

IMPORTANT REMINDER      Anything filed after Friday 4/28/2017 for trials and hearings to be held during the first week of May  WILL REQUIRE paper bench copies to be provided to the Court. (Per Local Court Rule - The Date and Docket Time/Type MUST be written in the upper right hand corner.) The Clerk's scanning system w...
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GAL Signatures Required on Pleadings

GAL Signatures Required on Pleadings
The Court has been made aware that in some cases in which a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) has been appointed, orders and final pleadings are being entered without the GAL having the opportunity to review and approve the same. Because the GAL is a party to the case, any pleading that relates to areas which are encompassed within their order of appointment...
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Plain Language Family Law Forms Required July 1, 2016

Plain Language Family Law Forms Required July 1, 2016
​As of July 1, 2016, all family law cases filed in Washington State are required to use plain language forms published by the Administrative Office of the Courts, Pattern Forms Committee. Full details on the transition to the new forms can be found HERE. The links to all of the new Plain Language Forms can be found HERE. Cowlitz County Superio...
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