(The Clerk's staff does not know the answer to all questions about court rules, procedures and practices. They have been instructed not to answer questions if they do not know the correct answer)
Clerk's staff can provide:
Clerk's staff cannot give legal advice according to the laws of the State of Washington.
COURTROOM PROCEDURES AND PROTOCOL
- Staff cannot give advice about whether a case should be filed, or what action should be taken.
- Staff cannot fill out people's forms; tell them what forms to use or what words to put on a form.
- Staff cannot advise people what to say in court.
- Staff cannot speculate on what decision the judge might make.
- Staff must remain impartial. They do not take sides in any matter coming before the court.
- Staff cannot recommend an attorney to anyone.
- Arrive at the Courthouse 15 minutes early so that you can locate the proper courtroom. The list of cases is usually posted in the hallway by the main courtroom. If you cannot find your case, ask in the Clerk's Office.
- Dress appropriately. No hats are allowed in the courtroom.
- Food or drinks are not allowed.
- Weapons of any kind are not allowed in the courthouse.
- The courtroom is not an appropriate place for children. Please arrange for someone to watch them while you are in court.
- Review your paperwork before your hearing. Make sure it is all in order. The Clerk's office cannot help you with this.
- Be courteous and respectful at all times with the Court.