Unlawful Detainers/Evictions

Eviction is considered a "civil litigation" and is referred to as an "Unlawful Detainer Action" by the Court.

The Washington State Courts do not have forms related to Landlord Tenant issues or Unlawful Detainer actions. The Clerk's Office does not either. The Clerk's staff cannot assist you or give legal advice. It is advisable you contact an attorney to assist you.

It is your responsibility to check the Revised Code of Washington and General Rules (GRs) to ensure proper legal procedures.

After Finishing the Forms

Your finished forms must be completed neatly. You may type them, or print them using black ink. Only documents with original, inked signatures can be filed in the clerk's office or provided for a Judge's signature. Remember if we can't read it, no one can. This may cause you frustration after your case is completed and you need to refer back to your documents.

Scheduling & Confirming

For scheduling (and confirming) Court hearings you will need to consult the Court Administrator's Office.

After Starting the Case

Once your matter is filed, Local Court Rule (LCR7) (PDF) requires your motions and other papers to be filed with the Clerk at least 5 days prior to the day you (the moving party) desire the matter to be heard in court.

If preparing and filing your own documents please see the Format Guidelines (PDF) to ensure your documents comply with Court requirements. You must also comply with GR 14 and GR 31.