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

 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

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

​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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Judge Anne Cruser appointed to Court of Appeals

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Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Judge Anne Cruser to the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. She replaces Judge Jill Johanson who is retiring at the end of the month. Inslee named Cruser to the Cowlitz County Superior Court in 2017. Prior to that appointment, she was a supervising attorney for the Appellate Division a...
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