Effective July 12, 2021, jury selection and trials are back in the courthouse. If you have any questions related to jury service please click here.
Jury Selection Process
Yakima County Superior Court has modified its jury selection process to accommodate the Governor's most recent proclamation on 8/18/21 regarding masks. As the COVID-19 virus continues to move through our County, Superior Court is committed to taking additional precautions to help protect all jurors during their service.
To view our Jury Assembly and Selection Process, click here.
All potential jurors regardless of vaccination status are required to wear a mask during their jury service.
All individuals attending jury selection will be asked health screening questions and have their temperature checked upon arrival to the third floor of the courthouse. All jury selection is performed in person at the courthouse.
If you have any questions about your jury service, please contact the Jury Administration Office at 509-574-1450.
Superior Court Dockets
There are no longer capacity limits to the courtrooms. Live streaming will cease on July 12, 2021 for all dockets except for the Jail Courtroom 1 and the Domestic docket.
Facts About Superior Court
- The State of Washington’s 39 counties are divided into 31 judicial districts.
- Superior Court Judges are elected in each district to a 4-year term by popular vote on a nonpartisan ballot.
- Because there is no limit on the types of civil or criminal cases heard, Superior Courts are referred to as general jurisdiction courts.
- Superior Courts are the only trial courts of general jurisdiction in the state and are courts of record.
- Superior Courts have jurisdiction over appeals from District Courts, Municipal Courts and decisions made by state administrative agencies.
- An appeal from a final decision of a Superior Court generally is heard by the Court of Appeals. However, in some cases such as death penalty cases, appeals are sent directly to the Supreme Court.
- Juvenile Court is a division of Superior Court established by law to deal with youths under the age of 18 who commit offenses or who are dependent (abused or neglected).
Yakima County Superior Court
- Yakima County Superior Court has 8 full-time elected Judges as authorized by law.
- The Court has 3 appointed Court Commissioners to address additional workloads at multiple court facilities.
- The Court Administrator’s Office provides for judicial scheduling and assignments and the budget matters of the Court.
- The County Clerk’s Office is separate from Superior Court and processes court fines, and restitution, court records and data dissemination, and provides clerk staff for the Superior Court courtrooms. The Clerk’s Office has many other functions by law.
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