The District Court Administration lobby will be closed from 12:00-1:00pm through December 31, 2021.
FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED
You are required to wear a face covering while in the Clark
County Courthouse, Juvenile Courthouse, and Family Law
Annex per District Court GAO 2021-12 and Superior Court
GO 2021-05. If you do not have a mask, one will be
provided at entry to the building.
County Council appoints James Smith to open seat on District Court
Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council this week appointed James Smith to serve as District Court Judge in Department 3. Smith will fill the position previously held by Judge Darvin Zimmerman who retired on June 30, 2021.
Smith 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.
James Smith currently serves as Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. In that capacity, Smith was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit for more than four years. He currently is the team leader for the Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center. Prior to joining Clark County, Smith was the Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Cowlitz County. James Smith earned a bachelor’s in sociology and Juris Doctor from Mississippi State University.
All councilors thanked everyone who participated and noted they were exceptionally well qualified.
“We had some very wonderfully candidates,” said Council Chair Eileen Quiring O’Brien. “We are blessed in Clark County to have such great choices. I think James Smith will do an exceptional job on the bench.”
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."
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.
MARCH 25, 2021