If you do not deliver a written response to an eviction summons and complaint for unlawful detainer on time, or if you do not appear at a show cause hearing, then a final judgment may be entered against you and a writ of restitution may be issued. If the eviction summons required that you pay rent money into the court or file a certification by the deadline, and you did neither, a writ of restitution may also be issued. A writ of restitution directs the sheriff to physically remove you and your personal possessions from the property you are renting. This is called “enforcing the writ.” A judgment states the amount of money you owe your landlord. The money owed may be collected by garnishing your wages or bank accounts, or by seizing your personal property and having it auctioned. If you receive a judgment or a writ of restitution and you believe you had a good reason for not responding to the eviction summons or appearing at the show cause hearing, you may ask the court to vacate (or withdraw) the judgment and stay (or temporarily stop) the eviction. If the court agrees that you may have had good reasons for not responding or appearing, enforcement of the writ of restitution may be stayed or postponed until a hearing on your motion to vacate the judgment is held.
This packet contains both instructions and forms for vacating a civil judgment in Washington State. A motion to vacate is a request to the court to withdraw a previous order or judgment it has entered. The request has to be based on one of the specific reasons set forth in Superior Court Civil Rule 60. A Motion to Vacate may be filed in Superior Court or in a court of limited jurisdiction such as district court. Generally, a Motion to Vacate will be granted if you are able to convince the court that you did not have a fair opportunity to present your case. If you had such an opportunity, then you should not file a Motion to Vacate as it is not a way to ask the court to change its mind or reconsider the evidence or law.
From washingtonlawhelp.org: if you’re going to an evidentiary hearing or trial and you need to make sure that a witness shows up, or that someone brings documents or other items, you can have the person served with a subpoena issued by the court clerk. For the attendance of a person, use a subpoena. To require a person to bring documents or other items, use a subpoena duces tecum.
This guide provides detailed instructions for requesting the help of a guardian ad litem in a family law case and includes sample forms for doing so.
The Risk Management Division (RMD) of the Washington State Office of Financial Management is required by RCW Chapter 4.92 to receive and process citizen’s standard tort claims against Washington State. The Self-Insurance Liability Program (SLIP) sets agency premiums and pays approved claims filed against state agencies. RMD objectively determines the state’s liability for claimed injuries. It fairly compensates claimants for damages when liability is supported, and denies claims when liability is unsupported.
This link leads to a PDF document from LegalVoice describing the situations when you should consider consulting a lawyer and how to go about finding one. It includes links to the King County Office of Public Defense, the Washington State Bar Association, a handful of County bar associations and CLEAR, our State’s low-income legal aid service.
This page from the Western District of Washington Federal Court’s website contains links to common forms for initiating a federal lawsuit as well as their Pro Se Guide.
This link leads to the portion of the Northwest Justice Project’s YouTube channel dealing with tax issues for H-2A workers and includes videos in English and Spanish.
This link points to a guide written by the ACLU discussing the various sources for criminal history information in Washington State and how to understand and correct these reports.
This link leads to the portion of the Northwest Justice Project’s YouTube channel dealing with foreclosure prevention and mediation and includes videos in English and Spanish.