SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2766






                        52nd Legislature

                      1992 Regular Session

Passed by the House March 8, 1992

  Yeas 90   Nays 0




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate March 5, 1992

  Yeas 45   Nays 2



I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2766 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




President of the Senate

                               Chief Clerk



Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.





Governor of the State of Washington

                        Secretary of State

                       State of Washington



                            SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2766



                             AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


                     Passed Legislature - 1992 Regular Session


State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1992 Regular Session


By House Committee on Local Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Rayburn, Nealey, Riley, Edmondson, Paris and Basich)


Read first time 02/07/92.  Increasing official fees for a sheriff's services.

     AN ACT Relating to sheriffs' fees and costs; and amending RCW 36.18.040.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 36.18.040 and 1981 c 194 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

     (1) Sheriffs shall collect the following fees for their official services:

     (a) For service of each summons and complaint, notice and complaint, summons and petition, and notice of small claim on ((each defendant, besides mileage, six dollars)) one defendant at any location, ten dollars, and on two or more defendants at the same residence, twelve dollars, besides mileage;

     (b) For making a return, besides mileage actually traveled, ((five)) seven dollars;

     (c) For levying each writ of attachment or writ of execution upon real or personal property, besides mileage, ((fifteen)) thirty dollars per hour;

     (d) For filing copy of writ of attachment or writ of execution with auditor, ((five)) ten dollars plus auditor's filing fee;

     (e) For serving writ of possession or restitution without aid of the county, besides mileage, ((fifteen)) twenty-five dollars;

     (f) For serving writ of possession or restitution with aid of the county, besides mileage, ((twenty-five)) forty dollars plus ((fifteen)) thirty dollars for each hour after one hour;

     ((For summoning each juror, besides mileage, five dollars;))

     (g) For serving an arrest warrant in any action or proceeding, besides mileage, ((fifteen)) thirty dollars;

     (h) For executing any other writ or process in a civil action or proceeding, besides mileage, ((fifteen)) thirty dollars per hour;

     (i) For each mile actually and necessarily traveled ((by him)) in going to or returning from any place of service, or attempted service, ((twenty-five)) thirty-five cents;

     (j) For making a deed to lands sold upon execution or order of sale or other decree of court, to be paid by the purchaser, ((twenty)) thirty dollars;

     (k) For making copies of papers when sufficient copies are not furnished, one dollar for first page and fifty cents per each additional page;

     (l) For the service of any other document and supporting papers for which no other fee is provided for herein, ((six)) twelve dollars;

     (m) For posting a notice of sale, or postponement, ((five)) ten dollars besides mileage;

     (n) For certificate or bill of sale of property, or certificate of redemption, ((twenty)) thirty dollars;

     (o) For conducting a sale of property(([,] fifteen)), thirty dollars per hour spent at a sheriff's sale;

     (p) For notarizing documents, five dollars for each document;

     (q) For fingerprinting for noncriminal purposes, ten dollars for each person for up to two sets, three dollars for each additional set;

     (r) For mailing required by statute, whether regular, certified, or registered, the actual cost of postage;

     (s) For an internal criminal history records check, ten dollars;

     (t) For the reproduction of audio, visual, or photographic material, to include magnetic microfilming, the actual cost including personnel time.

     (2) Fees allowable under this section may be recovered by the prevailing party incurring the same as court costs.  Nothing contained in this section permits the expenditure of public funds to defray costs of private litigation.  Such costs shall be borne by the party seeking action by the sheriff, and may be recovered from the proceeds of any subsequent judicial sale, or may be added to any judgment upon proper application to the court entering the judgment.

     (3) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, a county legislative authority may set the amounts of fees that shall be collected by the sheriff under subsection (1) of this section to cover the costs of administration and operation.