The Cowlitz County Superior Court Judges are pleased to announce the adoption of the 2018 schedule (attached).The schedule will take effect on January 1, 2018.The 2018 schedule achieves the following:
Incorporates the services of an additional judicial officer;
Expands the Ex Parte dockets to every day of the week;
Increases Dependency dockets and dedicated trial time for Dependency matters;
Increases Family Law dockets and dedicated trial time for Family Law matters;
Expands the time for and number of criminal dockets;
Provides for full utilization of the jail courtroom.
We believe the adopted schedule will promote a reduction in family law backlogs, respond more effectively to a growing criminal and dependency caseload, and improve trial date certainty for court users.
In the next month or so, we will be holding separate meetings for the criminal bar and domestic bar to discuss implementation issues as it relates to the new schedule.
On behalf of all judges and administrative staff, we want to thank you for your input and suggestions as they were critical in assisting us put this schedule together.
You can download a PDF copy of the schedule from the link below.