District Court

Emergency Administrative Order Regarding Cowlitz County District Court

The Hall of Justice hours have been changed to 9:00am to 3:00pm daily. District Court will still be open 8:30am – 5:00pm and can be reached by phone at 360-577-3073.


UPDATE 6/1/2020

Due to rapidly changing circumstances around COVID-19, Cowlitz County District Court has substantially curtailed court operations. All previously scheduled hearings are continued until after July 1, 2020. There are exceptions for in-custody and mandatory criminal matters. 

The court is rescheduling hearings and advising parties by mail. Make sure that the court has your most current mailing address. Please contact District Court at 360-577-3073 to update your address and telephone number.

If you have an attorney in your case make sure to keep in contact with them for future hearings.

The court is still accepting petitions for protection from unlawful harassment. You can obtain the forms at District Court or here.

While in court you will be required to maintain social distancing and wear a face mask. You will be provided a disposable mask if you do not have one available.

Courtroom capacity will be very limited to maintain social distancing. Courtrooms may not have seats available for spectators.

Cowlitz County District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. The court hears criminal, civil, traffic infraction, and miscellaneous cases filed by:

  • Washington State Patrol
  • Cowlitz County Sheriff
  • Cowlitz County Humane Society
  • Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • State Department of Fish and Wildlife

In addition to these cases the cities of Longview, Kelso, Kalama, Woodland, and Castle Rock contract with the District Court to have their cases heard.

District Court clerks are not allowed to give you any legal advice. This includes: what to say in court, how to file civil forms, what plea to make on a charge, or change any order from a judge.

About the Judges

District Court judges are elected to four-year terms and, in addition to hearing cases, they are authorized to perform civil marriage ceremonies.

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