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JUROR REPORTING

Due to the current health crisis, all Cowlitz County Superior Court Jury Duty has been canceled until July 3rd. All jurors with summons' for service before July 3rd have been released from their Jury commitment at this time.
If you receive a Jury Summons (jury service notification) for jury service summons dates starting July 6th or later, please respond as if you plan on coming or if you need to be excused.
If you have questions about your jury service, please contact the Superior Court Clerk's Jury Administration Clerk at:
Please check their website for the latest updates.

Emergency Order No. 3-A (Summary)

The Cowlitz County Superior Court continues to operate according to the Emergency Orders issued in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and response.  The effective date of Emergency Order No. 3-A is June 1, 2020.

  • All criminal trials are suspended until at least July 13, 2020.
  • All civil jury trials are suspended until October 2, 2020.
  • All civil bench trials, effective June 1, 2020, will be conducted virtually.
  • In-custody criminal first appearances, motions, arraignments, and plea and sentencing hearings have resumed and will continue. All other in-custody criminal matters are continued until after July 3, 2020.
  • Out of custody criminal matters are continued until or after July 3, 2020.
  • Drug Court and Mental Health Court hearings have resumed and will continue.
  • Family Law motions may be noted and filed. All motions will be considered on the pleadings only unless oral argument via virtual appearance is granted. 
  • Mandatory Settlement Conferences are being conducted virtually.
  • Final Dissolution hearings are being conducted virtually or by submission of pleadings through the ex parte process (see Cowlitz County Local Rule 92).
  • State’s Paternity, Child Support, and Contempt matters are being conducted virtually.                                                                                        
  • Domestic Violence, Harassment, Stalking, Sexual Assault, and other Protection Orders are being conducted virtually.
  • Guardianship matters remain as currently or subsequently set. All motions will be decided on the pleadings only unless oral argument via virtual appearance is granted.
  • Probate matters remain as currently or subsequently set. All motions will be decided on the pleadings only unless oral argument via virtual appearance is granted.
  • Adoptions are being conducted virtually.
  • Unlawful detainers (evictions) are suspended until further order of the Court.
  • Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA - mental health) hearings will continue in accordance with Emergency Order #3.
  • Dependency hearings and fact findings remain as currently or subsequently set. All motions will be heard virtually. 
  • HOPE Court is being conducted virtually.
  • Truancy dockets are canceled until September 3, 2020.
  • Juvenile Criminal dockets will be conducted virtually unless the Court orders otherwise.
  • Juvenile Fact Findings will be heard in-person subject to applicable requirements issued by the CDC and Cowlitz County Health Department.
  • At-Risk Youth (ARY) matters will be conducted virtually unless the Court orders otherwise.
  • Trial Assignments (civil/family law) are being conducted virtually.

Links to download all of our emergency court orders as well as related Covid-19 Information can be located at:

https://www.cowlitzsuperiorcourt.us/covid-19

Cowlitz County Superior Court remains open, and we are committed to continuing essential operations of the Court in ways that are safe, responsible and take into account the stages of reopening of the State of Washington. We are in the process of enabling all of our court hearings to be streamed live so the public can observe our courts without placing themselves, participants, or staff in harm's way. Clicking your mouse on the picture below will take you to our courtroom streaming site index.

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Continuing court operations are governed by Emergency Orders issued by our court in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The various links below will help you understand what services are continuing, and under what conditions and requirements.

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