The Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is responsible for providing administrative support to courts throughout the state of Washington and for maintaining the Washington State Courts Web site located at http://www.courts.wa.gov, but does not provide legal advice.
However, there are several Web sites that can offer assistance:
For help with research, please visit the Washington State Law Library's Web site. At this site, you will find links for beginning your legal research and contact information for requesting research assistance.
For legal advice, additional resources are available from the following Web sites:
- CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral service).
CLEAR is Northwest Justice Project's toll-free telephone service for eligible low-income people to obtain free legal assistance with civil legal problems. Clients in need of interpreter services in order to access legal services through NJP are entitled to those services.
- Columbia Legal Services (CLS)
A not for profit organization employing lawyers and legal workers who provide legal assistance to low-income and special needs people and organizations in Washington.
- DSHS (Washington State Department of Social and Health Services)
Division of Child Support and Resource Center.
- Courthouse Facilitators page of the Washington Courts Web site.
A courthouse facilitator is an individual who assists self represented parties with their family law cases in superior court.
- The Washington State Court Forms page of the Washington Courts Web site.
Contains links to forms and additional self-help resources.
- Law for WA
The mission of the lawforwa.org Web site is to give the people of Washington State easy access to information on the law, the courts, the government, and civic rights and responsibilities.
- Seattle-King County Young Lawyers Division (YLD)
YLD provides professional development opportunities and information resources to lawyers who have been in the profession for five years or less or who are 36 years old and under. YLD also delivers law-related services to the general public, including community education and information as well as advice and consultation through the Neighborhood Legal Clinics.
- Washington LawHelp
Provides links to self-help and legal aid in the fields of:
- Family Law
- Consumer & Debt
- Government Benefits
- Aging/Elder Law
- Civil Rights
- Criminal, Housing
- Domestic Violence & Antiharassment
- Health, Youth Law & Education
- Employment/Farm Worker Rights
- Native American Issues
- Other legal information
- Washington State Bar Association
Provides links to additional legal resources, including:
- Lawyer Directory
- Find Legal Help
- Access to Justice
- News Releases
- Online Resources for the Public
- Moderate Means Program