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Benton County Superior Court

Superior Courts are the only trial courts of record with original and unlimited jurisdiction. No claim is too large for a Superior Court to hear. It can separate a child from his mother, pronounce the death sentence or create any other legal sentence necessary to resolve a dispute. Superior Courts also have exclusive jurisdiction over cases involving the title or possession of real property and all cases involving matters of probate, marriage and divorce. Superior Court records are public records; reporters peruse them daily. Washington's 39 counties are divided into 27 judicial districts. There is at least one Superior Court judge elected in each district for a four-year term.

Benton County: Superior Court
7320 W Quinault Ave
Kennewick, WA 99336-7665
 
Superior Court Judges
(Salary, other info to come)
 
Carolyn Allemang Brown, Judge   509-736-3071
WSBA Bar # 8702 Admit Date 10/27/1978
Address PO Box 3051, Pasco, WA 99302-3051
Status Judicial
Phone 509-783-1471
Fax-
 
Craig Jay Matheson, Judge 509-736-3071
WSBA Bar # 7208, Admit Date 11/3/1976
Address 7320 W Quinault Ave, Kennewick, WA 99336-7665
Status Judicial
Phone 509-735-8476
Fax-
 
Robert G. Swisher, Judge 509-736-3071
WSBA Bar # 6453 Admit Date 11/25/1975
Judge/ Benton Franklin Co Superior Ct
Address 7320 W Quinault Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336-7665
Status Judicial
Phone 509-736-3071
Fax 509-736-3057
 
Vic L. VanderSchoor, Judge 509-736-3071
WSBA Bar # 9624 Admit Date 11/8/1979
Law Firm Benton-Franklin Co Superior Ct
Address PO Box 3051 Pasco, WA 99302-3051
Status Judicial
Phone 509-736-3071
Fax 509-736-3057
 
Dennis D. Yule, Judge 509-736-3071
WSBA Bar # 3454, Admit Date 10/13/1967
Law Firm Benton Franklin Co Superior Ct
Address PO Box 3051 Pasco, WA 99302-3051
Status Judicial
Phone 509-736-3071
Fax-
 

Juvenile Court: In addition to its regular duties, the Superior Court (judges) also serve as the Juvenile Court and has exclusive and original jurisdiction for all cases having to do with delinquent or dependent children. In multiple judge courts, the judges decide among themselves who will hear the juvenile cases and then take turns serving in that capacity.

Court Commissioners (Job description)

Lonna K. Malone, Commissioner 509-783-2151

Jerri Potts, Commissioner 509-736-3071
Joseph R. Schneider, Commissioner 509-783-2151
 
Superior Court Administrator (Job description)
Patricia J. Austin,  Administrator 509-736-3071, 786-5617, FAX 736-3057
SUP. COURT ADMIN.:Status of trial dates, request transcript of court hearings for cases filed in Benton or Franklin Counties.
 
 

JURY INFO
 
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Note: Jurors: FIJA info is MUST reading if you are tapped for jury duty
Washington FIJA: (509) 967-5317
FIJA: 1-800-TEL-JURY
 

Benton County Superior Court staff name, position, annual salary, hourly salary
Note: 1/2 judge's salary paid by county; 1/2 by the state
 
ADAMS PATRICIA, COURT REPORTER--- 52680.00., 25.33
AINSWORTH JERRY, BAILIFF--- 26700.00, 12.84
AMMANN VIRGINIA , PART TIME OFFICE ---0.00, 11.01
AUSTIN PATRICIA, SUPERIOR COURT ADMINISTRATOR--- 49344.00, 23.72
BROWN CAROLYN, SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE ---60985.99, 29.32
CARPENTER PHILIP, BAILIFF ---0.00, 12.96
GILL JAMES, PART-TIME BAILIFF ---0.00, 15.59
HAWLEY PAMELA, PART TIME OFFICE--- 0.00, 11.69
HILLYARD DAVID, BAILIFF--- 28608.00, 13.75
ISLAS ILDA , ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT--- 35076.00, 16.86
KING JOSEPH, COURT REPORTER--- 52680.00, 25.33
KIRK KAREN , SUPERIOR COURT COORDINATOR ---41640.00, 20.02
LANG LISA , COURT REPORTER--- 52680.00, 25.33
MALONE LONNA , SUPERIOR COURT COMMISSIONER ---109774.80, 52.78
MATHESON CRAIG, SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE--- 60985.99, 29.32
MCLAUGHLIN JR JOHN, COURT REPORTER ---52680.00, 25.33
MUNOZ RENEE, COURT REPORTER--- 52680.00, 25.33