Media Release from the Superior Court Clerk’s Office
May 18, 2020
Kimberly Allen, Grant County Clerk,
has the following information regarding limited
access to the Clerk’s Office in response to the
Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020,
the Clerk’s Office will be closed to the public in
the morning only. The Clerk’s Office will remain
open to the public during regular hours each
afternoon to accommodate new case filings, document
filings, and emergency court hearings.
Domestic Violence Court: All parties
involved in a Tuesday morning Domestic Violence
hearing will be provided a copy of the court’s order
immediately following their hearing in the courtroom
(please wait in the courtroom to accept your copy).
If you appear via Webex or phone, please call the
Clerk’s office to make arrangements to get your
For all other matters: The public is
able to do most of their business with the Clerk’s
office either via regular mail, online, or by phone
and skip a trip to the courthouse. Contact
information for the Clerk’s office is listed below.
The Clerk’s office is happy to answer
your questions by phone. Please call us:
General questions ext. 2800
Court Facilitator/Domestic Violence
Help ext. 2810
Accounting ext. 2838
Financial Collector/LFO Help ext.
Records/Exhibits ext. 2865
Jury Duty ext. 4179 (Superior Court)
Mail payments or new filings to:
Grant County Clerk’s Office
PO. Box 37
Ephrata, WA 98823
Please help us minimize
person-to-person contact in an effort to slow the
spread of COVID-19 by following these new
guidelines. We are following directions from the
Health District, CDC, orders given by the Supreme
Court and orders from the Superior Court Judges.
Dockets/Hearings/Trials: See details
for Superior Court and its orders at the Grant
County website or
courts.wa.gov (under “Emergency Modifications to
Operations and Court Closures” – scroll to Grant
Superior Court and click on links to the
Administrative Orders that have been entered).
Jury Duty: Both Grant County
District Court and Superior Court have postponed all
jury trials until July 6, 2020. Jurors do not need
to report until further notice.
The Court Facilitator in the Clerk’s
Office will no longer be making face-to-face
appointments until further notice. To reach the
facilitator, please call or e-mail Shea at
509-754-2011 ext. 2810 or
Update on Passports:
Renewals: If you need to renew your
passport, you can do that yourself online. Routine
service may be delayed. The form, instructions, and
fees are all available at:
Emergency (Life/Death Emergency): If
you have a life or death emergency and need to go to
the Passport Services Office directly to obtain a
passport, you must call 1-877-487-2778 to discuss
your emergency and get guidance.
New Applications: Unless you have
immediate travel plans, we ask that you delay
applying for a new passport. For those who must
travel and obtain a new passport, you will need to
apply in person. Forms and other information are
available on the website listed above. Routine
service may be delayed.
Expedited Service: No expedited
services will be available to customers applying
after March 19 and routine service may be delayed.
Passport Services will honor expedited service for
customers who applied before March 18 (passport
should be delivered within 2-3 weeks of
Updates: Go to
www.travel.state.gov for the latest
Access to Judges: Law enforcement
and attorneys needing access to judges should make
arrangements via the Court Administrator’s office by
calling ahead first at 509-754-2011 ext. 4144 or
ext. 4178. You are encouraged to send ex parte
orders via the mail (no fee at this time). The
courtesy phone inside the Clerk’s office is not
available at this time.
Ex Parte Fees Temporarily Waived:
Parties are encouraged to mail in agreed orders for
ex parte entry via the mail. In order to encourage
mailing of ex parte orders, the fee has been waived
temporarily. The ex parte fee is only waived for
orders sent via the mail.
In keeping with suggested guidelines,
the Clerk’s Office is closed to the public from 8:00
a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We will continue opening to the
public in the afternoons from 1:00-4:30 p.m. as
usual for filing new cases, pleadings and
accommodating court hearings.
Please follow posted directions,
stand 6 feet away from anyone else, wash your hands,
and avoid public areas unless it is absolutely
necessary to do so. The Health District is also
recommending that you wear a mask when entering
public areas - - such as the courthouse.
Customers who are visibly ill may be
asked to leave and connect with us in an alternative
way or come back when you are well. Documents
coming in over the counter will be held for one day
before processing to allow for any virus
contamination to die.
Please be patient as we serve you and