District Court

Per emergency order all hearings will be held by ZOOM.  Click  virtual courtroom access for more information and to attend your hearing.


 Check the Daily Calendar link to find the correct courtroom and then visit HERE for specific courtroom links and instructions for remote appearances.


If you wish to observe proceedings and are not a participant, use the links below.

Courtroom 4 Observation 

  Courtroom 5 Observation 

Courtroom 6 Observation

The links above will redirect you to our live stream on YouTube

          *Links are only active while court is in session*


Administrative Order No. 2020-3

Emergency Administrative Order 2020-2 Regarding Cowlitz County District Court

Emergency Administrative Order 2020-1 Regarding Cowlitz County District Court


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.

Contact the Court