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County Council appoints Abigail Bartlett to open seat on District Court

James Smith and Todd George invited for second interviews for Department 3 seat

Vancouver, Wash. - The Clark County Council this week appointed Commissioner Abigail Bartlett to serve as District Court Judge in Department 6. Bartlett will fill the position previously held by Judge John P. Hagensen, who retired on June 30, 2021. 

Bartlett will have to run for election in 2022 in order to keep the seat. District Court judges serve four-year terms. All Clark County District Court judge positions will be up for election in 2022. 

The council had received several applications for the open seats in Department 6 and Department 3. Councilors selected four individuals for interviews held on July 20: Abigail Bartlett, James Smith, Todd George and Lisa Toth. 

The council invited Smith and George back for second interviews for the Department 3 seat, vacated by Judge Darvin Zimmerman's retirement on June 30. The virtual interviews are scheduled for noon on Monday, July 26, and will be open to the public. To listen to the interviews on WebEx, dial (408) 418-9388 and use the access code 1463 01 6262. 

Abigail Bartlett has served as Clark County District Court Commissioner since her appointment in July 2017. Prior to that, she was a Senior Deputy Prosecutor for the county's Prosecuting Attorney's Office. In that position, Bartlett served as Team Leader for the Juvenile Unit and later as the Unit Coordinator for the Elder Justice Center. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctor from Seattle University.

All councilors thanked those who applied and noted that all the applicants were very well qualified. 

"This was an impressive list of candidates," said County Chair Eileen Quiring O'Brien. "It was a pleasure to listen to everyone; we are in good hands."

July 16, 2021

Starting Monday, July 19th, masks are NOT required for fully vaccinated individuals or otherwise exempt. Under current State of Washington guidance and CDC recommendations, social distancing is no longer required in our facility. Court dockets are still operating virtually under emergency order GAO 2021-11.

Pretrial/Probation Services Division:
On July 19th, 2021 in person reporting for all probation and pretrial release clients will resume.  Probation Services hours will be expanded from 6:30am to 4:30pm to allow for more flexibility when reporting. All probation and pretrial release intakes will continue to be conducted over the phone.

Pretrial: clients placed on Pretrial Release will need to contact the Pretrial Services Release Unit within 24 hours @ 564-397-4414

Probation: Newly sentenced probation clients will receive a call from their Probation Officer within 7 days to complete an intake. 

Community Restitution Division (Work Crew): Work Crew has resumed at our Mabry facility.  Participants are still required to wear masks in the van regardless of vaccination status. 

General Administrative Order - GAO 2021-11 (PDF)

Mission and Vision of District Court

The mission of Clark County District Court is to serve the people of Clark County by delivering the highest quality of justice services and providing equal access to the court and its programs; and to treat all persons with fairness and respect.

The vision of Clark County District Court defines our standards for public service and operations, and the values we are continually refining:

Clark County District Court will:

  • Be sensitive and responsive to the needs of our diverse community;
  • Have a service-oriented approach;
  • Advocate for investment in the justice system of Clark County to preserve access to justice for all residents;
  • Utilize technology to increase access and convenience in using the Court’s services;
  • Ensure equal application of the judicial process to all cases, which are fairly decided based upon legally relevant factors.


Statement on Equality and Access to Justice (PDF)