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Elected Judicial Officers

Cowlitz County has 5 approved elected judicial officer positions, however only 4 are currently filled. A fifth position was approved by the Legislature however budgetary challenges have hampered the county filling that position. The Elected Judges for the county are:


Hon. Gary B. Bashor - Position 1

May 2011 - present.

Judge Gary Bashor graduated from Lewis and Clark College and received his law degree from Lewis and Clark College of Law. He received his Mediation Certificate from the National Judicial College in 2009. Judge Bashor served as a Superior Court Commissioner from 1999 until May of 2011. He Chairs the  Superior Court Judges Association Technology Committee. He is a member of State Superior Court Case Management Software Project (SC-CMS) Steering Committee. He served on the Washington State Child Support Workgroup in 2011. Judge Bashor was appointed by Governor Inslee in September 2013 to serve on the State Legislative Ethics Board. Judge Bashor is currently the Assistant Presiding Judge.

  • Judicial Assistant:   Allice Millward - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 360.577.3155

Hon. Stephen M. Warning - Position 2

January 1997 - present.

Judge Stephen Warning graduated from the University of Washington and the University of Washington School of Law.  He started the Cowlitz County Adult Drug Court in 1999.  Judge Warning has served as President of the Superior Court Judges Association and as Dean of the Washington State Judicial College.  He was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Sentencing Guidelines Commission in 2009.  He is currently the Chair of the Superior Court Judges Legislative Committee.

Judicial Assistant:   Kimberly DiNino - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 360.577.3085


Hon. Michael H. Evans - Position 3 - Presiding Judge

January 2011 - present.

Judge Michael Evans graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 and from Seattle University School of Law in 2001. Judge Evans served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Cowlitz County in both criminal and civil matters and practiced privately in criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation. As District Court judge, with the support of many community members, he created and ran Cowlitz County's first mental health court. Judge Evans also serves  as a member of the Supreme Court's Gender and Justice Commission, as well as the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Superior Court Judges Association. Judge Evans is currently the Court's Presiding Judge.

  • Judicial Assistant:   Danyel Paul - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 360.414.5543

Hon. Marilyn Haan - Position 4

November 2011 - present.

Judge Marilyn K. Haan graduated from Central Washington University (Law and Justice/BA cum laude) in 1984 and University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1988 (JD). She previously served for over twelve years as a part-time Judge/Commissioner pro tem in Skagit County. Her prior experience also includes public service as municipal/litigation attorney, deputy prosecutor and public defender, as well as private practice in primarily criminal, personal injury and family law. She served as the City Attorney for the City of Longview prior to her appointment to the bench in 2011 by Governor Chris Gregoire.  She currently heads the Cowlitz County Superior Court Local Rules committee and Case Flow Management of the Superior Court’s Strategic Plan.  In addition she serves on the statewide Criminal Law and Rules Committee, Judicial Assistance Services Program and Treasurer for the Superior Court Judges Association of Washington. Judge Haan is currently the Juvenile Court Presiding Judge.

  • Judicial Assistant:   Jill Alton - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 360.577.3069

 

 

 

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