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IMPORTANT COURTHOUSE INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19
Skagit County Superior Court is dedicated to providing the safest possible environment for its court users.  Face masks that adequately cover the nose and mouth must be worn in all of the Superior Court courtrooms. ADA requests will be considered and accommodated.  Distancing requirements are also in place throughout the building. 

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.  Superior Court and the Facilities Management Division of Skagit County are undertaking daily applications of disinfectant throughout the courthouse during the day and each evening.  Additionally hand sanitizer dispensers are located at various locations throughout the courthouse.

Emergency Administrative Order: 21-10, Signed 11/9/21
Emergency
Administrative Order: 21-4, Signed 7/23/21
Archived Orders can be found here.

INFORMATION FOR JURORS
Jury trials will resume the week of November 29, 2021

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.  Superior Court, in consultation with the health department, has remodeled a space to create a courtroom where physical distancing shall be observed at all times.  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

Brian L. Stiles, Judge
Department 1

Laura M. Riquelme, Judge
Department 2

Elizabeth Y. Neidzwski, Judge
Department 3

Thomas L. Verge, Judge
Department 4

Court Commissioners

James B. Dolan
Heather Shand

Superior & Juvenile Court Administrator

Lisa West

Court Manager

Michelle Cook

Court Facilitators

Darcy MacKenzie-Mehlhaff
Esme Romero

 


Daily Court Schedule

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Video and Telephonic Hearings
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Video Hearings FAQs
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Remote Appearance Etiquette
[Spanish]

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



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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)

 Do you need an interpreter?
English and Spanish
Language Access Plan
 

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205 W. Kincaid, Room 202
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 
Phone: (360) 416-1200