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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Cowlitz County Superior Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Cowlitz County, Washington, and resources applicable to all courts in Washington.
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Criminal History Records
View instructions for obtaining a criminal history record (background check) from the Washington State Patrol, online or by printed form. Fees apply.
Superior, District, and Municipal Court Case Information and Dockets
Search Washington Superior, District, and Municipal Court case information and dockets by various criteria. This is a paid subscription service that requires registration and a set-up fee.
Superior, District, and Municipal Court Case Records
Under "Search for a case" click "Case Search Options" to search Washington Superior, District, and Municipal Court case records by name, court, case type, and year filed; or by case number and court. Under "Search for a person" click "Name Search" to search all courts by person name only; click "Licensed Health Facility Search" to view an alphabetical list of people with active Vulnerable Adult Protection Orders with their associated case number and court.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Cowlitz County Superior Court Schedules
View weekly schedules of civil/domestic, criminal felony, and ex parte hearing types in Cowlitz County Superior Court.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Legal Opinions
Search Washington Attorney General legal opinions from 1949 to present by keyword, year, or topic. Links to pending opinions are also available.
Forms and related information
Cowlitz County Superior Court Forms and Checklists
View and download Cowlitz County Superior Court forms, including fee waivers and records requests, and links to checklists for family law actions, including preparation for non-parental custody and modifications of parenting plans.
Cowlitz County Superior Court Forms
Search Cowlitz County Superior Court forms by category and keyword. Links to forms by category are in the right column.
View and download forms for use in Washington courts. Browse forms by category, or view a list of all forms. Links are provided to instructions, forms in additional languages, and available legal assistance.
Online Self-Help Forms
Complete Washington court forms using an interactive interview process. Completed forms can be saved and printed.
Self help, legal research, general information
Cowlitz County Courthouse Facilitator
The Cowlitz County Courthouse Facilitator provides assistance to self-represented parties in family law cases, including selection and completion of forms, explanation of legal terms and court procedure, child support calculation, and referrals.
Cowlitz County Superior Court Family Law Mediation and Settlement Conferences
View information about family law mediation and settlement conferences in Cowlitz County Superior Court, which can help parties resolve disputes in family law cases.
Cowlitz County Superior Court Telephonic Court Appearances
View information about Cowlitz County Superior Court CourtCall, which allows parties and attorneys to appear by telephone on selected civil motion dockets. This is a paid service; fee waiver request forms are provided.
Cowlitz County Domestic Violence Information
View information about anti-harassment, no-contact, protection, and restraining orders; and links to domestic violence resources in Cowlitz County.
Cowlitz County Superior Court Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about procedures in Cowlitz County Superior Court by category.
Cowlitz County Superior Court Therapeutic Courts
View information about Cowlitz County therapeutic courts including Adult Drug Court, HOPE Court for parents with substance abuse problems, SAFE Court juvenile drug court, and Mental Health Court. These programs can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders.
Child Support Information
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services offers information about parental rights, child support payments, applications, eligibility, and direct deposit signup.
Child Support Services
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services offers information and services related to child support, including making, changing or enforcing a child support order; paternity establishment; custody and visitation; payment; forms; and information for employers. A link to frequently asked questions is at the top of the page.
Foreclosure Information and Mediation
View information and resources for Washington homeowners facing foreclosure, including counseling, loan modification programs, and property tax deferral. A link to the Washington Foreclosure Mediation Program, which can help homeowners and lenders negotiate and agreement, is in the right column.
View information about probate in Washington, including probate instructions, information for heirs and beneficiaries, forms, procedure, probate avoidance, and wills.
View statewide court rules and Superior, District, and Municipal Court local rules.
Crime Victims' Compensation
View information about Washington's Crime Victims Compensation Program, which can provide financial compensation for victims of violent crime who have suffered bodily injury and/or severe emotional distress. Links to forms and publications are included.
Criminal Record Sealing and Destruction
View a guide to sealing and destroying court records, vacating convictions, and deleting criminal history records in Washington courts.
Dispute Resolution Resources
View information about Washington State Dispute Resolution Centers, which provide mediation services to help parties resolve disputes without going to court.
Domestic Violence Information
View information about legal protection from domestic violence, harassment, and abuse. Types of protection orders, the protection order process, safety planning, guidelines for protection orders, and address confidentiality are detailed. Links are under "Helpful Information" in the left column.
Domestic Violence Resources
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers statewide information and assistance to victims of domestic violence.
Legal Information for Women
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.
View information about therapeutic or problem solving court programs in Washington, including Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts, Family Treatment Court, DUI Court, Domestic Violence Court, Mental Health Court, and Veterans Treatment Court. These courts can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse and mental health problems.
The Washington Office of the Attorney General provides information about consumer issues such as fraud, scams, disputes with companies, mediation and arbitration, court procedure, worker rights, and complaint filings. Links to other agencies are provided for resolution of specific issues.
Court and Legal Answers
The Washington eService Center offers a searchable database of answers to questions about the court system, procedure, records, research resources, legal assistance and other law-related subjects.
Court Resources, Publications, and Reports
View and download publications and reports by the Washington court system on various legal topics, such as juvenile and family law, small claims, and court record access.
Legal Information and Self-Help Resources
View legal information and resources by topic, including family law, juvenile and elder law, criminal, consumer, health, housing, employment, Native Americans, immigration, civil rights, veterans, and more.
Motor Vehicle Information
The Washington State Department of Licensing offers information about driver licenses, registration, records, suspension, and reinstatement.
Self-Help Resources and Links
View information about Washington courts and related judicial resources, including an index of available self-help pages on the state courts website. Links to the certified court interpreter program, domestic violence resources, an introduction to Small Claims Court, a citizen's guide to the state court system, and a brochure about court records access are provided.
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
View a guide to Washington courts, types of cases, procedures, and judicial discipline; download the guide in English or Spanish.
State Law Library
View information about the Washington State Law Library, including location, hours, and services, including an online catalog, available materials, an online "Ask a Librarian" feature, and links to online legal research resources.
Search the Revised Code of Washington by keyword or citation, or browse the table of contents codes by title, chapter, and section.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Cowlitz County Public Defenders
View information about the Cowlitz County Office of Public Defense, which provides free legal representation to indigent defendants facing possible incarceration, and in some juvenile cases.
Cowlitz County Victim Help
The Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney's Office provides crime victims with information about the court process and victims' rights, court accompaniment, case status notification, and restitution. An online restitution estimate form and a link to the Children's Advocacy and Justice Center are also provided.
Civil Legal Aid Information and Resources
The Washington Office of Civil Legal Aid offers information about civil legal aid and links to providers for income-eligible residents.
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
View a list of Washington public defender offices by county, with contact information and links to websites. Public Defenders provide free legal representation to indigent defendants facing possible incarceration, indigent parties facing civil mental health commitment, and indigent parents and juveniles in some juvenile court proceedings.
Complaints About Judges
View instructions for filing a complaint about a Washington judge. Additional information is provided, including the link to file online and the complaint form.
Complaints About Lawyers
View instructions for filing a complaint against a Washington lawyer or requesting assistance to resolve a dispute with your lawyer. Complaints may be filed online or by downloadable form to be mailed in hard copy.
Free and Low-Cost Legal Assistance
Search a directory of organizations offering free and low-cost legal assistance by location and legal issue, or view the alphabetical directory. Links to the organizations are provided.
Search the Washington State Bar Association directory of member attorneys by name, location, status, area of practice, and languages spoken.
Lawyer Discipline Notices
Search the Washington State Bar Association database of lawyer discipline notices by name, keyword, action type, and effective date.
Lawyer Referral and Legal Assistance
The Washington State Bar Association offers links to lawyer referral services by county, information about organizations providing free and low-cost legal services, and a Moderate Means Program that refers income-eligible parties to lawyers who offer reduced rates.