General News and Announcements from Court Administration and the Bench

Updated Policy for Community Service in lieu of Jail Time

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After much consideration, the Superior Court Bench has decided to alter our unwritten process for handling of criminal sentencing where a conversion of jail time to community service is being requested. Historically, sentencing was continued after plea of guilty to allow a defendant to complete some proposed amount of community service, even though...
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Bond Policy Revised for Rider Bonds

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Effective immediately, when an offender is found guilty, by plea, trial or in any other fashion, and there is a request to set sentencing over to a different date, the Court will require a NEW bond to be presented at the time of the request. Documents from the bond agent purporting to extend the originally filed bond is ineffective and will NOT be ...
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Mandatory Forms are Required!

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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: http://www.courts.wa.gov/forms/?fa=...
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Drug Court Graduation - 21 Feb 2018

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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

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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

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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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