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Yakima County Superior Court
 
Scroll to bottom for judge/staff info, salaries
Email formula for all county staff: first name + first surname letter @co.wa.us, no spaces, all lower case, e.g., John Smith=mailto:johns@co.yakima.wa.us
County Toll Free No: (800) 572-7354
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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.
 
Yakima County Superior Court
Yakima County Courthouse, 128 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901
Gen. Info: (509) 574-2704 •
 
Yakima County Superior Court Judges (509) 574-2710 (all of 'em)
Four-year terms of office
 
Department #1
Susan Hahn (wife of Atty. Victor Lara)
216 S 32nd Ave, Yakima 98902
1/2001 to 12/2004
 
Department #2
Jim Hutton
2102 W Yakima Ave, Yakima 98902
1/2001 to 12/2004
 
Department #3
James F. Gavin
5305 Glacier Way, Yakima 98908
1/2001 to 12/2004
 
Department #4
Heather Van Nuys
1603 S 16th Ave, Yakima 98902
1/2001 to 12/2004
 
Department #5
Robert Hackett
805 Country Club Dr, Yakima 98901
1/2001 to 12/2004
 
Department #6
Michael W. Leavitt
107 N 13th St, Selah 98942
1/2001 to 12/2004
 
 
Department #7
Michael E. Schwab
8004 Englewood Crest Dr, Yakima 98908
1/2001 to 12/2004
 
Department #8
C. James Lust
2904 Canterbury Ln, Yakima 98902
1/2001 to 12/2004
 
 
q Court Commissioners
Lani-Kai Swanhart
Robert Inouye

JURY INFO
 
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Washington FIJA: (509) 967-5317
FIJA: 1-800-TEL-JURY
 
Yakima County Superior Court staff, their positions and salaries...
Note: 1/2 judge's salary paid by county; 1/2 by the state
A
Susan Drougas, Court Reporter, $47,784
Joan Anderson, Court Reporter $47,784
B
Daniel Brown, Law Clerk, $51,000
E
Sara Erickson, Court Interpreter, $30,384
Maria Espinoza, Office Spec., $27,864
F
Nichole Forrest, Court Reporter, $41,220
G
Pauline Garcia, Program Rep. $29,652
Francis Gavin, Sup. Ct. Judge, $100,996
H
Robert Hackett Jr., Sup. Ct. Judge, $100,996
Susan Hahn, Sup. Ct. Judge, $100,996
Gloria Hintze, Admin. Sup., $40,752
James Hutton, Sup. Ct. Judge, $100,996
I
Robert Inouye, Court Commissioner $90,896
L
Lynn Laurent, Office Spec., $15,678
Michael Levitt, Sup. Ct. Judge, $100,996
Jesus Lemos Jr., Interpreter $35,412
James Lust, Sup. Ct. Judge, $100,996
M
 
N
Jori Nelson, Court Reporter, $38,856
P
Connie Parkinson, Office Spec., $32,292
S
Michael Schwab, Sup. Ct. Judge, $100,996
Lani-Kai Swanhart, Court Commissioner $90,896
V
Patricia Valero, Court Reporter, $43,728
Heather VanNuys, Sup. Ct. Judge, $100,996
W
Lynette Walters, Court Reporter, $47,784
Linda Wauzynski, Office Spec. $27,864

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