District Court-COVID Update 04-15-20
Superior Court-COVID Update 04-15-20
Walla Walla County Superior Court has issued the following order with regard to civil matters:
All civil hearings, including family law, child support, estate and guardianship matters will be stricken and will be reset after April 24, 2020, except as noted below:
- The Court will address emergent matters on a case by case basis. If an emergency hearing is deemed necessary, it will be heard telephonically and/or specially set by court administration.
- Final dissolution matters requiring testimony will be stricken and reset after April 24, 2020. As an alternative to testimony, parties may submit an appropriate declaration or affidavit, and fmal orders will be entered immediately. Similarly, final dissolutions based on default by the other party will be entered immediately upon ex parte motion.
- Ex parte orders granted will be set for hearing after April 24, 2020.
- Through April 24, 2020, the Court may issue decisions on pending motions without oral argument.
Walla Walla County District Court has issued the following for civil matters:
Because of the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, the Walla Walla County Courthouse hours will be from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Counsel and family members may access the courthouse at 8:30 a.m. through the back door by the men’s restroom. All previous provisions of the Walla Walla County Superior Court Amended Emergency Order 20-2 will remain in place.
- All civil jury trials are suspended until after April 24.
- All non-emergency civil matters shall be continued until after April 24.
- All emergency matters that must be heard before April 24 must be heard by phone, video conference or other means that do not require in-person attendance, unless impossible.
- Courts may enter ex parte no-contact orders but only in very limited circumstances.