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 Superior Court Clerk’s office at 360-795-3558
Zoom/Telephonic Appearances: All Zoom or Telephone appearance requests must by approved by the Court Administrator prior to your Court hearing. The request form can be found here: Zoom/Telephone Hearing Request form . Please complete and submit the form to Rikki Thompson to request your remote 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 has resumed accepting Passport Applications in person. 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.