SENATE BILL 6283
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1992 Regular Session
By Senators McDonald, Niemi and Talmadge; by request of Governor Gardner
Read first time 01/23/92. Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.
AN ACT Relating to superior court fees; amending RCW 36.18.020; adding a new section to chapter 36.18 RCW; repealing RCW 36.18.025; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 36.18.020 and 1989 c 342 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
Clerks of superior courts shall collect the following fees for their official services:
The party filing the first or initial paper in any civil action, including an
action for restitution, or change of name, shall pay, at the time said paper is
filed, a fee of ((
seventy‑eight)) one hundred dollars
except in proceedings filed under RCW 26.50.030 or 49.60.227 where the
petitioner shall pay a filing fee of twenty dollars, or an unlawful detainer
action under chapter 59.18 or 59.20 RCW where the plaintiff shall pay a filing
fee of thirty dollars. If the defendant serves or files an answer to an
unlawful detainer complaint under chapter 59.18 or 59.20 RCW, the plaintiff
shall pay, prior to proceeding with the unlawful detainer action, an additional
forty‑eight dollars which shall be considered part of the filing fee.
The thirty dollar filing fee under this subsection for an unlawful detainer
action shall not include an order to show cause or any other order or judgment
except a default order or default judgment in an unlawful detainer action.
Any party, except a defendant in a criminal case, filing the first or initial
paper on an appeal from a court of limited jurisdiction or any party on any
civil appeal, shall pay, when said paper is filed, a fee of ((
one hundred dollars.
(3) The party filing a transcript or abstract of judgment or verdict from a United States court held in this state, or from the superior court of another county or from a district court in the county of issuance, shall pay at the time of filing, a fee of fifteen dollars.
(4) For the filing of a tax warrant by the department of revenue of the state of Washington, a fee of five dollars shall be paid.
(5) For the filing of a petition for modification of a decree of dissolution, a fee of twenty dollars shall be paid.
The party filing a demand for jury of six in a civil action, shall pay, at the
time of filing, a fee of ((
twenty‑five)) fifty dollars; if
the demand is for a jury of twelve the fee shall be (( fifty)) one
hundred dollars. If, after the party files a demand for a jury of six and
pays the required fee, any other party to the action requests a jury of twelve,
an additional (( twenty‑five)) fifty‑dollar fee will
be required of the party demanding the increased number of jurors.
(7) For filing any paper, not related to or a part of any proceeding, civil or criminal, or any probate matter, required or permitted to be filed in the clerk's office for which no other charge is provided by law, or for filing a petition, written agreement, or memorandum as provided in RCW 11.96.170, the clerk shall collect two dollars.
(8) For preparing, transcribing or certifying any instrument on file or of record in the clerk's office, with or without seal, for the first page or portion thereof, a fee of two dollars, and for each additional page or portion thereof, a fee of one dollar. For authenticating or exemplifying any instrument, a fee of one dollar for each additional seal affixed.
(9) For executing a certificate, with or without a seal, a fee of two dollars shall be charged.
(10) For each garnishee defendant named in an affidavit for garnishment and for each writ of attachment, a fee of five dollars shall be charged.
(11) For approving a bond, including justification thereon, in other than civil actions and probate proceedings, a fee of two dollars shall be charged.
In probate proceedings, the party instituting such proceedings, shall pay at
the time of filing the first paper therein, a fee of ((
one hundred dollars: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, A fee of two dollars shall be
charged for filing a will only, when no probate of the will is contemplated.
Except as provided for in subsection (13) of this section a fee of two dollars
shall be charged for filing a petition, written agreement, or memorandum as
provided in RCW 11.96.170.
For filing any petition to contest a will admitted to probate or a petition to
admit a will which has been rejected, or a petition objecting to a written
agreement or memorandum as provided in RCW 11.96.170, there shall be paid a fee
seventy‑eight)) one hundred dollars.
(14) For the issuance of each certificate of qualification and each certified copy of letters of administration, letters testamentary or letters of guardianship there shall be a fee of two dollars.
(15) For the preparation of a passport application there shall be a fee of four dollars.
(16) For searching records for which a written report is issued there shall be a fee of eight dollars per hour.
(17) Upon conviction or plea of guilty, upon failure to prosecute an appeal from a court of limited jurisdiction as provided by law, or upon affirmance of a conviction by a court of limited jurisdiction, a defendant in a criminal case shall be liable for a fee of seventy dollars.
(18) With the exception of demands for jury hereafter made and garnishments hereafter issued, civil actions and probate proceedings filed prior to midnight, July 1, 1972, shall be completed and governed by the fee schedule in effect as of January 1, 1972: PROVIDED, That no fee shall be assessed if an order of dismissal on the clerk's record be filed as provided by rule of the supreme court.
(19) No fee shall be collected when a petition for relinquishment of parental rights is filed pursuant to RCW 26.33.080 or for forms and instructional brochures provided under RCW 26.50.030.
Forty-seven percent of the money received from filing fees paid pursuant to this section shall be transmitted by the county treasurer each month to the state treasurer for deposit in the public safety and education account established under RCW 43.08.250.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 36.18 RCW to read as follows:
The court may waive the filing fees under RCW 36.18.020 (1) and (2) upon affidavit by a party that the party is unable to pay the fee due to financial hardship.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. RCW 36.18.025 and 1985 c 389 s 9, 1984 c 258 s 322, & 1972 ex.s. c 20 s 2 are each repealed.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect June 1, 1992.