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IMPORTANT COURTHOUSE INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19

In accordance with the relaxation of mask mandates, face masks are optional in Skagit County Superior Court except in the circumstances listed below:

MASKS ARE REQUIRED WHEN:

  • Specifically ordered by the court.
  • Inside the courtrooms at healthcare facilities for Involuntary Treatment proceedings.
  • Inside the courtroom at the Skagit County Community Justice Center.

Anyone who is sick or who has had close contact with a person diagnosed with or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 is ordered to remain home and attend their hearing remotely through phone and/or video.  Additional requirements for people who have had a positive test or exposure to COVID-19 within the past ten days are detailed in the below administrative order.

Face masks are available upon request to anyone entering the offices or courtrooms of Superior Court.

Emergency Administrative Order: 22-3, Signed 3/11/22
Archived Orders can be found here.


2022-2023 PROPOSED LOCAL COURT RULES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
The comment period on these rules is open through June 17, 2022.

Current Local Court Rules


INFORMATION FOR JURORS

The Court takes your health and safety very seriously.  If any prospective juror falls into a high-risk category for COVID-19 and wishes to be excused from jury service, that request should be made on the Jury Questionnaire and returned to the Court.  Distancing is currently observed, although may be relaxed as public health concerns abate.  Face masks will be provided for each day of a juror’s service.  Hand sanitizer is also available throughout the courtroom. Additional information on your jury service is available here.

TO ATTORNEYS AND LITIGANTS

Other than limited criminal and juvenile offender hearings, all court appearances will take place over the video and/or phone.  Please refer to the Daily Calendar for information on how to access your hearing.  The Clerk’s Office has established emergency procedures for filing documents for your court hearings that can be found here.  Additional information about attending hearings through video or over the phone available on the column to the right of this notice.  Please see our most current emergency order (available at the top of this website) for the most updated information on court procedures.


Mission Statement

The mission of Skagit County Superior Court is to deliver fair, prompt, and understandable resolutions of legal disputes. We will provide equal access to justice and treat participants professionally, impartially and respectfully.

Superior Court Handles the Following Cases:

Felony Criminal
Civil
Dissolution and Custody
Juvenile Court Proceeding
Paternity Cases/Adoption Matters
Probates
Mental Commitment Proceedings

Judges

Judge Brian L. Stiles
Judge Laura M. Riquelme
Judge Thomas L. Verge
Judge Elizabeth Y. Neidzwski

Court Commissioners

Commissioner Heather Shand
Commissioner Mary Ryan
Commissioner James Dolan

Superior Court Administrator

Michelle Cook

Juvenile Court Administrator

Michael Johnson

Court Manager

Katharine Davies

Court Facilitators

Darcy MacKenzie-Mehlhaff
Esme Romero

 


Daily Court Schedule

Weekly Court Schedule

Video and Telephonic Hearings
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Video Hearings FAQs
[Spanish]

Remote Appearance Etiquette
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Jury Trial Protocols

In-Person and Hybrid Trial Protocols and Procedures

Bench Trial Protocols
Remote Proceeding
Pre-Trial Conference Summary


Exhibit Notebook Certification

Protocols

COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR FAMILIES


LOCAL COURT RULES

Effective
September 1, 2021
Changes only



ACCESS AND INCLUSION

Name and Pronoun Notification

Interpreter Requests
and Access

Americans with
Disabilities Act

Free and Low-Cost Resources





 

All court records and documents are maintained in the Skagit County Clerk's Office.
Please call that office directly at (360) 416-1800 for all related inquiries about the court file.
 
Jury Trial Protocols
Bench Trial Protocols
Remote Proceeding
Pre-Trial Conference Summary


Exhibit Notebook Certification

Protocols
COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR FAMILIES

LOCAL COURT RULES
Effective
September 1, 2020
Changes only

Skagit County Emergency
Local Court Rule

(Posted 1/12/21)

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English and Spanish
Language Access Plan
 

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Mount Vernon, WA 98273 
Phone: (360) 416-1200