How does COVID-19 impact my court hearings?

The courts are working very hard to avoid having lots of people in a small place.  Many court hearings are occurring via Zoom and you can log on to the Zoom link for your court appearance.  For hearings in Cowlitz County Superior Court go to  and link to the icon for Zoom hearings.  You will log in to the time for your specific court hearing.  For hearings in District Court go to and follow directions to log on.  For hearings in juvenile court, log on at and open the tab in the left-hand corner to find your hearing.   When using Zoom, be sure that you are muted and only speak when your case is called.  

If you cannot use Zoom and must attend court in person, you will need to wear a facemask when at court.  Do not come to court if you are running a fever or have been recently exposed to someone with COVID.  Should that occur, you will need to call our office immediately!!

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1. Is my public defender a “real lawyer”?
2. Since you’re paid by the government, the same as prosecutors, aren’t you just working together?
3. Can I call or drop by the Cowlitz County Office of Public Defense for some quick legal advice?
4. What is an arraignment?
5. What is a pre-trial hearing?
6. What is a trial readiness hearing?
7. What happens in trial?
8. What happens in a sentencing hearing?
9. How does COVID-19 impact my court hearings?
10. How do I discuss my case with my attorney during COVID-19?
11. What is a bench warrant, and what can I do if I have one?
12. Why hasn’t my attorney gotten my case dropped?
13. What if I forgot my court date?
14. How do I get my record vacated/sealed?
15. If I have a problem with my court-appointed lawyer, how do I complain?
16. What can I do to help with my case?