General News and Announcements from Court Administration and the Bench

Mandatory Forms are Required!

The Washington State Legislature has required the use of state forms in all cases filed in the areas of Family Law ( RCW 26.18.220 ) and Dependency ( RCW 13.34.035 ). The Pattern Forms Committee has promulgated specific Style and Format Rules for the use of the forms in these two areas which can be found at:
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Drug Court Graduation - 21 Feb 2018

Once again the Cowlitz County Adult Drug Court will be holding graduation ceremonies for several of our program graduates! The festivities begin at 1:00 PM and are held at the Cowlitz County Administration Building, Commissioners Room on the second floor. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. The public is welcome! Come early to get a good ...
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Youth Services Center Hours Limited on Feb. 23, 2018

Cowlitz County Juvenile Court 1725 First Ave. Longview, WA 98632 360-577-3100 The Cowlitz County Youth Services Center will be closed Friday February 23, 2018 from 1 PM to 3 PM for a safety drill. People needing to access Juvenile Department or Juvenile Court services will need to do so from 8:30 to 12:00 and 3:00 to 5:00. 
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Thursday First Appearances at Jail Courtroom Starting Feb. 1, 2018

Jail Courtroom 1935 1st Ave S, Longview, WA 98632 This is a reminder for our users that as of February 1, 2018, Criminal First Appearances on Thursdays will be held in the Jail Courtroom at 11:00 AM. That will be the default location going forward on Thursdays only. As a reminder, no purses or backpacks are allowed into the jail courtroom obse...
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Updated 3rd Party Custody Information

 We have added some new information and a handy checklist to our website for cases involving 3rd party custody matters. These cases can be quite complex, and often the parties are unrepresented. We hope this information will assist in making the navigation of the courts in these cases a bit clearer. Link to Web Information
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Poverty Guidelines Updated for 2018

 When reviewing a case for waiver of fees, the Superior Court looks to the Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines in part when making those decisions. As of January 13, 2018, those guidelines have been updated. A table showing the current annual and monthly amounts is shown in the document below. You may need to have Adobe Acrobat to vie...
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