WSR 10-06-110

RULES OF COURT

STATE SUPREME COURT


[ March 1, 2010 ]

AMENDMENT TO ORDER NO. 25700-A-946 TO NEW GR 35-CLERK'S FEES AND CHARGES )

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AMENDED ORDER

NO. 25700-A-949


The Access to Justice Board having recommended the adoption of the proposed New GR 35-Clerk's Fees and Charges, and the Court having approved the proposed new rule for publication by order dated February 12, 2010, with the comment period to end on May 31, 2010. The Court having further determined that the comment period should be extended;

Now, therefore, it is hereby

ORDERED:

(a) Comments are to be submitted to the Clerk of the Supreme Court by either U.S. Mail or Internet E-Mail by not later than August 31, 2010. Comments may be sent to the following addresses: P.O. Box 40929, Olympia, Washington 98504-0929, or Camilla.Faulk@courts.wa.gov. Comments submitted by e-mail message must be limited to 1500 words.

DATED at Olympia, Washington this 1st day of March, 2010.
For the Court

Madsen, C. J.
CHIEF JUSTICE


GR 9 COVER SHEET


GENERAL RULES (GR)


New Rule 35 - Clerk's Fees and Charges


Submitted by the Access to Justice Board





(C) Purpose

This rule is intended to promote broader access to justice for people lacking the financial means to pay initial filing fees and other litigation fees and charges. Fees and charges that prevent courts from considering meritorious cases effectively bar justice to the indigent. This rule is intended to ensure that only those fees and charges that have been specifically authorized by statute or the Supreme Court will be assessed as a prerequisite to access to the judicial process.


GENERAL RULES (GR)

[New Rule]

RULE 35. CLERK'S FEES AND CHARGES



Court clerks shall neither charge nor collect any fee or charge, except as authorized by statute or by the Supreme Court.

Reviser's note: The brackets and enclosed material in the text of the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office