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Spokane, WA 99260
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I don’t have an attorney and cannot afford one. I might go to Jail. Who can I call?

If you are facing the potential of jail time and would like legal representation, you may apply for a Public Defender at the Office of Pretrial Services on the 2nd floor of the Public Safety Building.

How do I find an attorney?

There are two handy references you may use; the telephone directory, and the online directory from the Washington State Bar Association.   No recommendations can be made.

How do I find an attorney - I cannot afford one?

If you would like legal representation, but you are not able to afford one, please contact C.L.E.A.R. (Northwest Justice Project – Coordinated Legal Education and Referral System) at 1-888-201-1014 or, if you are over 65 years of age, you may call 1-888-387-7111.

Where do I go to obtain court forms?

Family Law Court Forms are available online or at Washington State Court Forms.

Where can I obtain Washington State legal forms on-line?

Washington State legal forms are available at  Washington State Court Forms.

Where do I get my car tags renewed?

Car tags may be renewed online or at the Auditor’s Vehicle Licensing Division on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex.

How do I make payments for court imposed obligations I owe?

Contact the County Clerk's Office for the appropriate court for payment of fines.

How do I get my voting rights back?

Packets complete with instructions and forms are available online or at the Superior Court Administrator’s Office.

How do I get my gun rights back?

Packets complete with instructions and forms are available online or at the Superior Court Administrator’s Office.

How do I vacate my conviction?

Packets complete with instructions and forms are available online or at the Superior Court Administrator’s Office.

Where do I file a small claims ($5000 and under) action?

Lawsuits with disputed dollar amounts under $5,000 may be filed with District Court Small Claims on the second floor of the Broadway Center Building.

Where do I get a Domestic Violence (DV) protection order?

Protection orders where domestic relationship is involved or there are children in common, should begin in the County Clerk’s Office, Room 300 of the County Courthouse.

How do I lift a no-contact order?

To lift a no contact order that originated in a felony criminal file, a Superior Court Criminal Motion Form is required and can be picked up at the Court Administrator’s Office. Otherwise the Ex Parte department for the court where your order originated should be able to assist you.

Can I talk to the Judge directly if I am involved in a case?

Commonly, if you are involved in an active court case, all parties should be present for conversations before the Judge. You may wish to contact the Judicial Assistant or Judicial Secretary for procedural information or to schedule an appointment.

Where do I go to file an appeal from district or municipal court?

To file an appeal from a court of limited jurisdiction you will need to go to that court for the necessary forms and instructions for appealing to the Superior Court.

Where do I go to review a court file or to get copies of a court file?

To review a Superior Court file; please go to the County Clerk’s Office, Room 300 of the Courthouse. For Municipal or District Court files, contact the appropriate court.  For copies of court files, a small fee may apply.

How do I file documents into a Superior Court file?

Your original document that complies with GR 14 rules and has your case number on it may be deposited in the “file pleadings” box at the County Clerk’s Office, Room 300. You may wish to bring a photocopy to confirm for your records.

Where can I get a copy of the Local Court Rules?

You can view the Local Court Rules online or at the Spokane County Bar Association located on the 4th floor of the County Courthouse Annex.

Where do I get a marriage license?

Marriage licenses are available at the Auditor’s Office, Room 200 of the County Courthouse.

Can a Judge or Commissioner marry us?

Yes. To schedule your wedding ceremony with a Superior Court Judge or Court Commissioner, you may telephone them or contact them online directly.

Where can I get a name changed?

Name changes for adults are done through District Court. Forms for name changes for minors (under age 18) are available at the Spokane County Bar Office and then filed with the County Clerk’s Office.

Where do I get a birth certificate?

Birth certificates are available from the Spokane Regional Health District  or by calling 509-324-1522

Where do I get a copy of a death certificate?

Death certificates are available from the Spokane Regional Health District  or by calling 509-324-1522