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Posted:: 02/09/17 -- Article

We have launched the next generation of our website at PLLKC2.ORG.  It's leaner, meaner and mobile-friendly.  The current site will disappear soon so please bookmark the new site.  We would also appreciate any feedback you have about the new site so feel free to follow the survey link on the banner and let us know what you do and don't like.

Posted:: 12/05/16 -- Article

Legal Voice has updated the Handbook for Washington Seniors: Legal Rights and Resources for 2016 into 2017. The Handbook is a quick-reference guide covering legal rights, health care, housing, etc. The Handbook answers common questions about the issues seniors are likely to face. The Handbook may also be helpful to the family and caregivers of seniors. You can find a digital copy of this...

Posted:: 08/08/16

Washington Digital Newspapers at the Washington State Library has a new website! And it’s mobile friendly! New features include:

  • “One hundred years ago…” front pages from Washington newspapers
  • Links to WSL’s microfilm collections for a full list of titles, publication histories, and essays about the newspapers’ influence on their communities
  • ...
Posted:: 08/08/16 -- Article

Beginning September 1 of 2016, Washington courts may choose to consider unpublished opinions of the Court of Appeals.  While such opinions would still be nonbinding, amendments to GR 14.1 would allow them to be "accorded such persuasive value as the court...

Posted:: 08/05/16 -- Article

On June 9, 2016 Engrossed Senate Bill 6413 was enacted. This bill creates a procedure called "Order of Limited Dissemination" which would prevent tenant screening companies from disclosing an eviction on their report. A judge may sign your order if:

  1. You were...
Posted:: 07/26/16

The Northwest Consumer Law Center, in partnership with the Federal Bar Association, launched a new Pro Se Bankruptcy Clinic at the Federal Courthouse. The clinic is a free walk-in clinic where experienced bankruptcy lawyers will help pro se individuals:

  • Look...
Posted:: 07/14/16 -- Article

Our State Supreme Court recently appointed Deputy Clerk Susan Carlson as our State's first female Supreme Court Clerk, replacing retired Clerk Ron Carpenter.  The following is excerpted from the Supreme Court's offical announcement:"The Washington Supreme Court's nine justices have appointed the state's first female Supreme Court Clerk in Washington State history. Deputy Clerk Susan Carlson,...

Posted:: 06/28/16 -- Article

A video from Washington's judicial branch challenges some mistaken ideas about how courts work by using real person-on-the-street interviews and responses from judges and justices. The video was produced by the Public Trust & Confidence Committee of the Board for Judicial Administration (BJA) in partnership with Washington's public affairs station, TVW, with financial support provided by...

Posted:: 05/17/16 -- Web Link

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington has updated their information on the restoration of voting rights for those that have been convicted of felonies as an adult. The page includes answers to many important questions such as...

Posted:: 04/21/16 -- Article

The Rita R. Dermody Legal Help Center is now open for its full schedule.  Named in honor of retired Director Rita R. Dermody, the Legal Help Center (LHC) will operate on the following days:

In the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle:

Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings

Posted:: 04/13/16 -- Article

The WSBA Access to Justice Board in parthernship the the Administrative Office of the Courts worked together to create forms for family law cases that use simpler language that is easier to understand for nonlawyers. The hope is that these new forms create less confusion and remove some of the anxiety of filling out the forms for self-represented people.The new forms will be availbe to use as...

Posted:: 03/29/16 -- Web Link

This link leads to a guide written by the Northwest Justice Project on the WashingtonLawHelp website.  The guide describes what can and cannot be done to remove the record of any eviction from your court record.  It answers several key questions including:

Posted:: 03/22/16 -- Article

The Seattle/King County/Snohomish County YWCA, through its campaign "Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women", sponsors a domestic violence legal advocacy program which provides assistance with issues like obtaining a protection order, completing a parenting plan, starting a divorce process, etc.  The assistance is free of charge.  For more information contact Maria at (206) 683-8277.

Posted:: 01/28/16 -- Article

Washington's Reporter of Decisions has just announced that a new website makes Washington Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions available for free.  The Washington State Judicial Opinions Website contains the text of the published appellate opinions dating back to territorial days.  Click here for the site.  For...

Posted:: 01/14/16

United Way of King County partners with many organizations in the Seattle area to provide people with free help in preparing their personal income tax forms.  Here is a link to a page that shows all the places where this help is available:  United Way of King County Tax Help

Seattle Public Library partners with...

Posted:: 01/11/16 -- Class

This 60-minute class discusses sources of and strategies for researching Washington State legislative history information.

Posted:: 01/05/16 -- Web Link

This link points to a portion of the King County Superior Court Clerk's Office web site describing how to appeal the results of unfavorable hearing about a Good to Go toll penalty.

Posted:: 11/10/15 -- Web Link

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.

Posted:: 10/06/15 -- Article

When the Governor signed into law Substitute Senate Bill 5538, now designated Chapter 264 of the Laws of 2015, he made it a bit easier for the survivors of someone who was living alone in rental property to manage some of their affairs after they died. ...

Posted:: 09/14/15 -- Web Link

This link leads to the portion of the King County District Court web site where you can choose to mitigate traffic and parking tickets from that court online.  This only covers requests for mitigation or deferred findings.  It does not apply to contested hearings.


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