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Preparing for Your Day in Court

This link leads to a PDF handbook prepared by Sofia Salazar-Rubio and the honorable Mary I. Yu describing the typical court documents you need to understand as you prepare for your day in court.  It includes the following samples: a Complaint, an Answer, a Declaration, a Note for Motion and a Proposed Order.  It also includes a checklist for bringing your claim to court, instructions for completing a Motion and Order to Proceed In Forma Pauperis and a legal glossary.  The handbook is designed to be used in conjuction with the companion video “Your Day in Court”.

Northwest Justice Project

Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that provides free civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people and communities throughout Washington State.  Its mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities.

Neighborhood Legal Clinics

The King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics provide free 30-minute consultations with volunteer attorneys at 37 locations across King County. Attorneys determine whether the client has a legal problem, suggest possible options, and provide appropriate referrals. These attorneys will not represent you in court. NLC attorneys may not have expertise in all areas of the law, but they will make every attempt to answer questions accurately.

King County Superior Court Family Law Facilitators

The Family Law Facilitator Program at King County Superior Court provides information and referrals to family law litigants who are not represented by attorneys.  Litigants may meet with a facilitator on a walk-in basis (walk-ins are first come, first served, and sign-in will end 30 minutes prior to closing or once capacity is reached) or by pre-scheduled appointment (for document review or if an interpreter is required).

King County Hearing Examiner

The Hearing Examiner conducts hearings on certain types of land use applications and on appeals of county administrative orders and decisions. The Examiner issues formal decisions or makes recommendations to the King County Council on the matters heard.