Superior Court Clerk's Office
NOTICE OF IMMEDIATE TEMPORARY CHANGES
TO WAHKIAKUM COUNTY CLERK’S OPERATIONS
Public Access to Court Proceedings
Click here to read July 10, 2020 Press Release
The Washington State Constitution requires all courts to provide public access to court proceedings.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to accommodate the requirement of social distancing, all court proceedings will be streamed live via YouTube.
Any other Court proceedings or hearing dates not scheduled on a regular Superior Court Docket day can be viewed here.
For any questions regarding a specific hearing date or time, please contact the County Clerk’s office at 360-795-3558
Office Hours: Staff will continue to be present and working behind closed doors during regular office hours as long as we are healthy. Working behind closed doors better ensures that we will be able to maintain an office presence in the future. Although closed doors present a challenge to all, that challenge is not as great as it would be should staff be forced to work from home due to exposure.
Please understand that we have suspended Notary Service. Passport applications and photos can be scheduled by appointment.
Courtroom: A clerk will be present at hearings to record the proceedings and process pleadings. Please help us protect the clerk’s health by remaining a distance of at least 6 feet from her desk area. Copies of orders processed will be emailed to parties upon request, if not accessible via an Odyssey subscription.
Filing by mail, e-mail and E-filing are highly encouraged and applicable fees must be paid, while fax is discouraged at this time. If emailing is not possible, you may call the Clerk’s Office to make specific arrangements to fax filings. Fees assessed for opening new cases that are electronically filed must be paid online. A drop box is available at the front door of the courthouse for hand-delivered filings. The drop box will be checked several times a day.
Email filings to: email@example.com
A reply email will be sent the same workday to confirm receipt of your filing.
Ex-Parte Orders: Ex Parte Orders will be accepted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If email is not possible, ex parte orders may be faxed after calling the Clerk’s Office to make arrangements to do so. Copies of signed orders will be returned via email. Ex Parte fee must be paid prior to presentation.
Payments: Make payments electronically through https://client.pointandpay.net/web/WahkiakumSCC
Check and money order payments may also be mailed or put them into the drop box outside the courthouse. Cash payments are discouraged, but will be accepted only in amounts that do not require change back.
Telephonic Appearances: The request form for telephonic appearances can be found at this link:
https://www.co.wahkiakum.wa.us/DocumentCenter/View/1379/Request-Form-to-Appear-by-Telephone Please complete and submit the form by email to email@example.com to schedule your telephonic appearance. The fee for telephonic appearances has been suspended through July 31, 2020.
Protection Orders: People seeking protection orders can access the documents online at https://www.courts.wa.gov/forms/ or by calling the Clerk’s Office. Alternatively, you may call The Charlotte House at (360) 795-6401; after hours, call (360) 795-6400. Their toll-free number is (866) 795-9381. Or you may call the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for assistance at (360) 795-3652.
Passports: Applications can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html. The Clerk’s Office will handle completed passport applications by appointment only. Please call (360) 795-3558 to schedule an appointment. PLEASE NOTE: Expedited applications are not being accepted by the Department of State, and the estimated time to receive a passport after submitting the application is 4 months.
If you have questions, concerns or feedback, please do call (360) 795-3558. We want to hear from you if we can do things better!
Kay Holland, Wahkiakum County Clerk
The County Clerk is an elected position. Under the Constitution of the State of Washington, the clerk has the title of “ex officio clerk of the court.” This requires the clerk’s presence at all court sessions for the purpose of establishing an independent record of each hearing (minutes) which are available to the public. The clerk must also be present at every court hearing or trial to receive and keep a record of all exhibits (evidence) entered by the parties.
The clerk serves a quasi-judicial function (to exercise discretion of judicial nature) for the issuance of court related orders. In this capacity, the clerk must review court documents for possible errors, perform acts required by law, and issue letters testamentary, warrants of arrest, orders of sale, writs of execution, garnishment, attachments, restitution and establish a record of judgments ordered by the court. The Clerk’s Office is responsible for keeping the permanent records of all cases filed in Superior Court, which include felony criminal, civil lawsuits, family law matters, probates and guardianships, and mental or alcohol commitment cases.
The goal of the Clerk’s Office is to protect the integrity and accuracy of the court records of Wahkiakum County Superior Court while serving the public and legal community in a courteous, professional, and expedient manner.
We collect and disburse monies for restitution, court costs, child support, trust accounts, garnishments and fees.
Jury management for Superior Court comes under the umbrella of the Clerk’s Office.