In an effort to try and help clear a backlog of Superior Court cases, the Cowlitz County Commissioners are turning to the District Court judges for an assist. In an agreement approved yesterday, District Court judges will preside over Superior Court cases two days per week, with assistance from an additional court clerk that will be hired. County Clerk Bev Little is also agreeing to provide additional assistance with cross-training, jury selection assistance and collections processing. Administrative rules from the State Supreme Court allow for this type of arrangement. The County Commissioners say that this is the kind of creative solution that will help improve the situation in the courtrooms, as the Commissioners still work to cut $4 million from the upcoming budget. It’s estimated that the additional clerk will cost about $70,000.