March 24, 2020 – Update from Superior Court regarding COVID-19 Response Activities

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Mason County Superior Court is committed to protecting the safety and security of our community while performing our Constitutional duties.

The Court is open but has significantly modified and reduced operations. All hearings will be conducted by video, telephone or other means that does not require in-person attendance, unless impossible. For criminal, juvenile offender and dependency cases, contact your lawyer first to learn if your telephonic appearance is required.

Criminal Dockets. Instead of the Monday and Tuesday Criminal Dockets, there is a daily telephonic Criminal Docket which includes Criminal Identification hearings as well as other criminal matters brought before the Court at the request of either party. The daily criminal docket is held at 1:30 p.m. each weekday, except Thursday when it is held at 2:00 p.m.

Civil/Guardianship/Probate/Adoption/Domestic and Nonparent Custody Dockets. There are no regularly scheduled dockets through April 24, 2020, for Civil/Guardianship/Probate/Adoption/Domestic and Nonparent Custody matters. All matters that were scheduled on these dockets from March 18 through April 24, 2020, have been or will be continued to a date after April 24, 2020. However, the Court may hear contested emergency matters in these areas upon prior Court approval, based upon an appropriate ex parte motion by any party. If the motion is granted, the hearing time for the emergent matter will be established in the Order. The form of motion requesting a hearing on an emergency basis is available on the Superior Court website (Only for use during COVID-19 altered / reduced court operations). All hearings will be telephonic.

Agreed Orders. All agreed orders can be submitted for ex parte approval.

Temporary Restraining Orders/Protection Orders. All requests for Ex Parte Temporary Restraining Orders and Protection Orders will continue to be reviewed ex parte by the Court. Upon review, the Court may require the moving/petitioning party to appear telephonically on the record on the next scheduled ex parte docket (M-TH at 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Fri 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.). All follow up hearings will be telephonic with dates and times set by the Court Order.

Original documents. Original documents for your court case must be filed with the Clerk’s Office. Information on how to file documents is available at the Clerk’s Office website at co.mason.wa.us/clerk or by telephone to 360-427-9670 ext. 346.

Bench Copies. Bench copies for upcoming hearings can be left in drop boxes on the 1st and 2nd floor, or emailed to benchcopies@co.mason.wa.us. The document(s) must be clearly marked as “bench copies” and include the date of the hearing.

Zoom Telephonic Appearances. Telephonic appearances may be grouped together by the type of Court Docket utilizing a telephonic/computerized meeting service called Zoom. All Therapeutic Court Criminal Docket appearances will be accessed through the Zoom App, other matters will be assigned through Court Administration. In all matters where the parties are required to join a Zoom Meeting, they are to access the Zoom service ten minutes before the docket is scheduled to begin. The Parties are to remain in the Zoom Meeting until their matter is heard by the Court. To find further instructions on accessing a Zoom hearing, please access the link “To Join a Zoom Meeting”.

Individualized Telephonic Appearances. Parties may be directed to contact Court Administration to be transferred to the Courtroom for a particular hearing. In such circumstances, contact Court Administration at (360) 427-9670 at ext. 348.

Jurors: All Mason County Superior Court jury trials are suspended through April 24, 2020. If you have received a Summons for a date before then, your service is complete and you are excused.

Family Law Facilitator: There are no in-person appointments. All appointments will be by telephone or email. The facilitator can be reached by telephone at 360-427-7775 or by email to facilitator@co.mason.wa.us.

Therapeutic Court: There are no in-person appointments. All appointments and intakes will be by telephone. Therapeutic Court staff can be reached at 360-427-9670 – Renee ext. 296; Sam ext. 215, Susan ext. 295.

Superior Court Administration: Staff are working and available by telephone or email; however, the office is closed to the public at this time. For more information, please check the Superior Court website at co.mason.wa.us/superior-court.

 

 

Mason County Superior Court is a trial court of general jurisdiction having original and appellate jurisdiction as authorized by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Washington.

Superior Court judges and court commissioners hear felony and other criminal matters, civil matters, domestic relations matters, guardianship and probate matters, juvenile matters as well as child dependency cases, and appeals from lower courts (Mason County District Court and Shelton Municipal Court), and appeals from state administrative agencies.

Mission

To serve the public by administering justice and resolving disputes under the law, thereby protecting the rights and liberties guaranteed by the constitutions and laws of the State of Washington and the United States.

Mason County Superior Court (Court Administration)
419 N 4th Street
P.O. Box X
Shelton, WA  98584
(360) 427-9670 extension 348

 

Clerk of Court:
419 N 4th St
PO BOX 340
Shelton WA 98584

(360) 427-9670 extension 346