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  • Hall of Justice overlooking the Cowlitz River looking West from Kelso - Photo by Cody White

    Hall of Justice overlooking the Cowlitz River - Photo by Cody White

  • Kalama Courthouse - 1876-1923 - www.courthousehistory.com

    Kalama Courthouse - 1876-1923 - www.courthousehistory.com

  • Kelso Courthouse - built 1923 - www.courthousehistory.com

  • Kelso Courthouse - 1939 Addition - www.courthousehistory.com

    Kelso Courthouse - 1939 Addition - www.courthousehistory.com


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Our Mission


To uphold the constitution and laws of Washington and the United States;

To provide an impartial, safe, and accessible forum

for the fair, open, and expeditious resolution of legal matters; and

To provide expanded and responsive services

to better meet the needs of court users and the community.

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The Superior Court is a state trial court of general jurisdiction. We are located in Kelso, Cowlitz County, Washington State
This court has state-wide jurisdiction and hears:
• Serious criminal matters (felonies)
• Civil cases including cases involving real property
• Domestic relations (family law) matters
• Appeals from lower courts (District and Municipal Courts)
• Appeals from state administrative agencies
• Superior Court also has jurisdiction in adoption, probate and competency cases. 
Juvenile Court is a department of Superior Court and hears juvenile offender matters, truancy, at risk youth (BECCA) and child dependency cases. Juvenile Court also operates juvenile detention facility.
There are four full-time elected Judges who hear all matters and numerous Superior Court Commissioners who hears family law, dependency, domestic violence, various civil and juvenile cases.
The Superior Court is part of the

Washington State Courts 


Our goal is to make this site as informative, interesting and educational as possible. It is a work in progress with content being added and updated regularly. You will find links to our local rules and policies, as well as forms specific to our courts. We will also be providing some of the history of our court and our county.

Court Organizational Chart


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  • Cowlitz County's 10th Annual National Adoption Day Set for November 17th

    Cowlitz County's 10th Annual National Adoption Day Celebration     This local celebration will occur on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.  The adoptions will occur at 1:30 p.m.&n ...

    Monday, 09 November 2015
  • Cowlitz County Celebrates National Adoption Day

    The Cowlitz Board of County Commissioners have approved the following proclamation. Read More about Adoption Day at:   http://tdn.com/news/local/seven-children-adopted-into-forever-homes-during ...

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015
  • Superior Court Administration Closing Early September 18th

    Cowlitz County Superior Court Administration will be closing early at 4:00pm on Friday September 18th. We apologize for any inconvience this may cause. ...

    Monday, 14 September 2015
  • Come Visit Us! Open House September 8

    The Superior Court for Cowlitz County will be participating in the County Government Open House on September 8, 2015 at the Cowlitz County Event Center. You will be able to see various exhibits from t ...

    Thursday, 03 September 2015
  • Notice Regarding Obtaining Emergency Court Orders

    Date: April 7, 2015Re: Review of Emergency Ex Parte MattersFrom: Michael H. Evans, Presiding Judge Our Judicial Administrative staff have noted an increase in requests for judicial review of ex parte ...

    Wednesday, 08 April 2015
  • Cities across Cowlitz County issue National Adoption Day Proclamations!

    National Adoption Day proclamations have been issued by Castle Rock, Kelso, Kalama and Woodland for 2015!           ...

    Friday, 20 November 2015
  • Save the Date! - County Open House - September 8th

    Superior Court and its various divisions will be participating in the upcoming Cowlitz County Open House on September 8th, 2015. The Open House will feature multiple stations at which community member ...

    Thursday, 06 August 2015
  • Local Rule 88(d) will be Enforced as of May 1, 2015

    MEMORANDUM To: Parties to Family Law ProceedingsRe: Enforcement of CCLCR 88(d)Date: April 17, 2015From: Michael H. Evans, Presiding Judge   Cowlitz County Local Civil Rule 88(d) requires the ...

    Thursday, 23 April 2015
  • September is National Recovery Month!

    Every September during the National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) observance, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (http://www.samhsa.gov), within the U.S. Departme ...

    Wednesday, 09 September 2015
  • Interpreter Scheduling Policy Update

    To:       Cowlitz / Wahkiakum Bar Members and All Court Users From:   Chad Connors, Court Administrator Re:      Scheduling Interpreters for Su ...

    Tuesday, 10 November 2015
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