In-Person and Virtual Hearings

TO: Court Stakeholders FROM: Honorable Gary B. Bashor, Presiding DATE: August 17, 2021 RE: In-Person and Virtual Hearings Since the beginning of this pandemic, the Court has worked diligently to make decisions that emphasized the safety of everyone involved. Whether it be the enhanced cleaning protocols, social distancing requirements or the wearin...
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Superior Court Jury Suspension - August 13, 2021

 Since March of 2020, Cowlitz County has been challenged in an unprecedented way as the COVID-19 pandemic has raced across our community. Fear, concern, and disruption has touched us all. The Courts have been no exception to this struggle as we grapple with the constitutional mandate of providing access to the courts and at the same time makin...
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Temporary Jury Trial Suspension through August, 2021

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Since March of 2020, Cowlitz County has been challenged in an unprecedented way as the COVID-19 pandemic has raced across our community. Fear, concern, and disruption has touched us all.The Courts have been no exception to this struggle as we grapple with the constitutional mandate of providing access to the courts and at the same time making sure ...
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In Person / Hybrid Dockets - Effective August 2, 2021

TO: Court Stakeholders FROM: Honorable Gary B. Bashor, Presiding Judge DATE: July 27, 2021 RE :In Person / Hybrid Dockets – Effective August 2, 2021 In our continued effort to get back to normal, we are beginning to take substantive steps forward to move more hearings to in-person. All of these decisions are contingent on current infection rates in...
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Friday Emergency Court Schedule

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Sometime Thursday (7/15) afternoon, the Court lost access to our electronic court files due to a Statewide Network problem. Today we learned that the lines are in the process of being repaired, however we do not at this time have an ETA for operability. We will ONLY be conducting criminal and juvenile first appearances, involuntary treatment hearin...
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COVID Masking Update for Courts

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 On June 30, 2021, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee made a decision to lift many of the public health mitigation strategies as the State of Washington moves closer to being fully re-opened. Cowlitz County's most recent two-week COVID-19 case incidence rate is 174 cases/100,000 population.51 percent of Cowlitz County residents 16 years...
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