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Benton County District Court
620 Market Street
Benton County District Court also handles municipal court functions for Kennewick, Prosser, Richland, and West Richland.
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Benton County Domestic Violence Orders
View detailed information about the four types of court orders that are available to victims of domestic violence, including protection orders, restraining orders, anti-harassment orders, and no-contact orders.
Benton & Franklin Counties Domestic Violence Help
Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties provides 24-hour crisis line, shelter, transitional housing, protection order clinics, referrals, and information for victims of domestic violence in Benton and Franklin counties. Links to additional online and print resources are included.
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Crime Victims' Compensation
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Domestic Violence Information
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Domestic Violence Resources
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers statewide information and assistance to victims of domestic violence.
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Legal Voice provides information, resources, and publications focusing on women's legal rights, including family law, health and reproductive rights, discrimination, and gender-based violence.
View and download guides for self-represented parties in Superior Court civil proceedings, District Court, and Municipal Courts, available in English and Spanish. Additional resources are provided as well.
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Self-Help Resources and Links
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The Washington Office of the Attorney General offers information about fraudulent schemes targeting seniors, abuse of vulnerable adults, and end of life guidance.
State Court Guide
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Benton County Public Defender
View information about the Benton County Office of Public Defense, which provides free legal representation to indigent defendants facing possible incarceration or civil mental health commitment, and indigent parents and juveniles in some juvenile court proceedings. Eligibility criteria, complaint procedure, and additional assistance is provided.
Free Civil Legal Help
Northwest Justice Project provides free civil legal assistance to income-eligible parties, information about types of cases handled, and video information about various legal topics. Applications are taken by telephone or online form submission.
Public Defender Offices
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Complaints About Judges
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