District Court opening Monday with new hours

PROSSER -- Benton County District Court business in Prosser will have a new schedule but no reduction in services starting Monday.

The new year at the courthouse will see District Court office hours from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional hours of 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Court hearings will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, said Jacki Lahtinen, court administrator.

The District Court previously had announced the closure of its Prosser office, except for city of Prosser cases, because of budgetary constraints.

But a restructuring of court dockets, modifying staff duties and adjusting budget allocations allowed the court to keep the Prosser office open without any reduction of service hours to the public.