Frequently Asked Questions

The questions and answers found here are legal information. They are not intended to be legal advice. If you need legal advice you should register on the site and submit a ticket on our Contact a Whatcom County Attorney page. For more information about that program just follow this link. Remember, there is no substitute for the knowledge and experience of a professional attorney.

Anti-Harassment

Legal Advice
The District Court staff is not permitted, by law, to give legal advice. The staff cannot help you complete your paperwork. Please consult with one of the community resources noted below or an attorney for assistance.

Superior Court
If you think that your case should be processed through Superior Court, contact:
Office of Assigned Counsel / Court Services
Whatcom County Courthouse
311 Grand Avenue
3rd Floor
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-676-6803

Shelters

If your case involves domestic violence or sexual assault, and you are not in, or in need of, shelter, call this agency first:
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
1407 Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-715-1563 or 877-715-1563 (24-Hour Hotline)
Phone: 360-671-5714 (business Line)

Other Agencies
Other agencies that may be able to assist you:
Whatcom County Law Library
311 Grand Avenue
Basement
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-676-6556
Library staff can assist in using legal research materials but cannot help with completing paperwork nor provide legal advice. Open part-time; call ahead for current schedule.

Northwest Justice Project
Project Safer
Phone: 888-201-1014 (CLEAR line)
You must call the CLEAR line to be screened for services

Information source: Whatcom County District Court website
Updated: 03-18-2016

Go to the Washington State Patrol website and set up your own WATCH account.  You will need a credit card.

http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/chrequests.htm

Once your account is set up, you can order someone’s Washington criminal history.  You will need to know their first/last name, gender and DOB.  You can also enter their middle name/initial and possibly the last 4 digits of their social security if you have them.

Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com

Follow this link and you will find a complete set of forms with detailed instructions on how to complete them.

Category: Anti-Harassment

Bankruptcy

Categories: Bankruptcy, Credit

Child Support

DSHS has a handy tool for estimating the amount of child support which should be paid. However, it only provides an estimate and not a firm number. There are a several factors which come into play in arriving at an actual amount.

You’ll need to know four things to use the estimator.

Once you have this information just follow this link to use it.

Posted May 11, 2016 by
Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com

Court Records

Follow this link for a complete set of instructions and forms used to vacate certain types of criminal records.

Follow this link for a complete set of forms used to vacate or seal court records.

Courts

Legal Advice
The District Court staff is not permitted, by law, to give legal advice. The staff cannot help you complete your paperwork. Please consult with one of the community resources noted below or an attorney for assistance.

Superior Court
If you think that your case should be processed through Superior Court, contact:
Office of Assigned Counsel / Court Services
Whatcom County Courthouse
311 Grand Avenue
3rd Floor
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-676-6803

Shelters

If your case involves domestic violence or sexual assault, and you are not in, or in need of, shelter, call this agency first:
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
1407 Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-715-1563 or 877-715-1563 (24-Hour Hotline)
Phone: 360-671-5714 (business Line)

Other Agencies
Other agencies that may be able to assist you:
Whatcom County Law Library
311 Grand Avenue
Basement
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-676-6556
Library staff can assist in using legal research materials but cannot help with completing paperwork nor provide legal advice. Open part-time; call ahead for current schedule.

Northwest Justice Project
Project Safer
Phone: 888-201-1014 (CLEAR line)
You must call the CLEAR line to be screened for services

Information source: Whatcom County District Court website
Updated: 03-18-2016

Go to Washington Administrator of Courts Website by following this link: http://dw.courts.wa.gov/index.cfm?fa=home.home

Click on “Find My Court Date,” accept the disclaimer, select the court, and enter your first and last names.  You must hit the “Submit” button for it to work, it won’t work if you only hit the enter/return key.

Posted May 11, 2016 by
Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com

Follow this link for a complete set of instructions and forms used to vacate certain types of criminal records.

The Bellingham Municipal Court has jurisdiction over parking infractions allegedly committed in the City of Bellingham in violation of the Bellingham Municipal Code.  These non-criminal violations are punishable by a fine in a presumptive amount set by City Council.  Special rules govern infraction hearings, and procedures are different from criminal cases.You must respond to the notice of infraction within fifteen (15) days from the date it was issued.  A mailed response must be postmarked no later than midnight on the day the response is due.

Choices available:

If you receive an infraction, you have three options:

  1. Pay your ticket without a court hearing. If you choose to pay your ticket without requesting a court hearing, simply pay the ticket amount online, in person at the clerk’s window, or by mail.  Pay within 15 days of issue date to avoid additional late fees.
  2. Mitigation Hearing. Request within 15 days of issue date.  In a mitigation hearing, you admit that you committed the violation, but ask the judge to reduce your ticket based upon mitigating circumstances. A mitigation hearing is an informal hearing where you may explain the circumstances of your case to the judge, who considers your explanation and may review your driving record in setting an appropriate fine.  There is no appeal from a mitigation hearing.
  3. Contested Hearing.Request within 15 days of issue date.  In a contested hearing, you do not admit you committed the violation. The City bears the burden of establishing, by a preponderance of the evidence, that you committed the violation. The City meets this burden if the judge, after hearing all of the evidence, determines that it is more likely than not that the violation was committed. A defendant in a contested hearing has the right to the assistance of an attorney at the defendant’s own expense, the right to present evidence and examine witnesses in court, the right to request a witness list and copy of the officer’s sworn statement from the City Attorney’s Office (which must be requested in writing at least 14 days before the hearing; the City should provide you with these materials at least 7 days before the hearing), and the right to subpoena witnesses, including the officer who issued the citation (if you wish to subpoena witnesses, you must apply to the Court in person at least 14 days prior to the hearing; witnesses should be served at least 7 days prior to the hearing). If no witness is requested, the judge will read the officer’s sworn statement and then consider any testimony and/or evidence presented by the defense before deciding the case. If the City prevails, you may appeal the Court’s determination to the Superior Court upon payment of the Superior Court filing fee.

Failure to Appear or Pay Fines:

Failure to respond in a timely manner to a citation or failure to appear in Court for a scheduled hearing will result in a finding that the infraction was committed, and imposition of the fine amount listed on the citation including late fees based on ticket issue date.  There will be no further hearings.  Additionally, your unpaid debt will be referred to a collection agency and may adversely affect your credit rating.

Updated 05/07/2016

Categories: Courts, Parking Tickets

This link will take you to a great document which explains a debtor’s rights in a lawsuit.

About the Court
The Whatcom County District Court consists of 2 Judges, elected for 4 years, 1 appointed Commissioner, and professional and paraprofessional staff. The court hears criminal, civil, infraction and miscellaneous cases.

Criminal Cases
Criminal misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Criminal gross misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Some examples of criminal cases heard by the court are:

  • Assault (Including Domestic Violence)
  • Driving While License Suspended
  • DUI
  • Theft and Miscellaneous Property Crimes

Civil Cases
Civil cases including both general civil actions and small claims actions. General civil actions with damage claims in the maximum amount of $100,000. The court does not hear cases involving title to or possession of real property. Small claims actions with money claims in the maximum amount of $5,000. The small claims court may only grant a judgment for monetary damages. The court may not order the other party to return property or do any action except the payment of money.

Infractions
Infractions including traffic and code violations.

Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous proceedings including:

  • Anti-harassment Petitions
  • Domestic Violence Petitions
  • Name Change Petitions
  • Vehicle Impound Hearings

Information source: Whatcom County District Court website
Updated here: 03-25-2016

Categories: Courts, Miscellaneous

All civil filing fees are cash, money order or cashier check. No personal checks are allowed; however, business and practicing attorney checks are acceptable.

Fees

  • Civil filing: $83
  • Small Claims: $29
  • Counterclaim: Civil $83
  • Small Claims $29
  • Writ of Garnishment $12
  • Supplemental $20
  • Jury Demand $125
  • Ex parte fee $15
  • Impounds/ Dangerous Dog $83
  • AH Protection Orders $83
  • CD’s $10
  • Name Changes $166

Appeal Fees

  • Filing fee: $230
  • Prep fee $40
  • Transcript $20

Civil Motions
Civil Motions are heard every Friday @ 1:30p.m. Aside from DV, antiharassment/Stalking and Sexual Assault Protection Order Petitions, any civil motions may be calendared for hearing, including defaults judgments, supplemental proceedings, summary judgments, exparte motions.

Civil Trials
Trials are heard on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. Non Jury or Jury trials expecting to be one full day or more will need to set a trial setting hearing on the Friday motion calendar. Trial dates less than one full day (for example, brief debt collection cases) can be obtained by calling the civil coordinator at (360) 778-5408 Trial dates for Judges Grant and Elich must be confirmed by noon the Friday of the week before the scheduled trial date.

Small Claims
Small claims are heard every Thursday @ 9:00 a.m. Motions for reconsideration, new trial, to vacate a default, removal, to allow appearance of counsel, etc. which relate to a small claims matters are also heard on that Thursday morning calendar (unless otherwise authorized to be heard at a different time and date by order of the court.) Please note that mediators from the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center are usually available each Thursday Small Claims session to provide free mediation services, if both parties agree. If mediation fails, there is often still time available to have a Small Claims trial conducted the same morning. Additional information concerning mediation can be obtained at http://www.whatcomdrc.org/

Information Source: Whatcom County District Court website
Updated: 03-25-2016

Category: Courts
Types of Cases Superior Court handles:
  • Adult Felonies
  • Civil cases – (includes cases involving real property and/or claims in excess of $35,000)
  • Divorce/Child Custody/Child Support matters
  • Probate/guardianships
  • Paternity actions
  • Adoptions
  • Juvenile cases
  • Mental Illness cases

Information source: Whatcom County Superior Court website
Updated: 03-25-2016

Categories: Courts, Miscellaneous

Follow this link for a complete set of forms used to vacate or seal court records.

Credit

Categories: Bankruptcy, Credit

This link will take you to a great document which explains a debtor’s rights in a lawsuit.

Crime and Punishment

Follow this link for complete instructions and forms for sealing juvenile records. Be sure to read page 27 where it mentions Whatcom County.

Go to Washington Administrator of Courts Website by following this link: http://dw.courts.wa.gov/index.cfm?fa=home.home

Click on “Find My Court Date,” accept the disclaimer, select the court, and enter your first and last names.  You must hit the “Submit” button for it to work, it won’t work if you only hit the enter/return key.

Posted May 11, 2016 by
Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com

Follow this link for a complete set of instructions and forms used to vacate certain types of criminal records.

Go to the Washington State Patrol website and set up your own WATCH account.  You will need a credit card.

http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/chrequests.htm

Once your account is set up, you can order someone’s Washington criminal history.  You will need to know their first/last name, gender and DOB.  You can also enter their middle name/initial and possibly the last 4 digits of their social security if you have them.

Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com

Follow this link for a complete set of forms used to vacate or seal court records.

Debt Collection - Debtor

This link will take you to a great document which explains a debtor’s rights in a lawsuit.

Follow this link for detailed information and forms which may let you protect some of your property from creditors.

Estate Planning

Family Law

Category: Family Law
Category: Family Law
Category: Family Law

Go to the Washington State Patrol website and set up your own WATCH account.  You will need a credit card.

http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/chrequests.htm

Once your account is set up, you can order someone’s Washington criminal history.  You will need to know their first/last name, gender and DOB.  You can also enter their middle name/initial and possibly the last 4 digits of their social security if you have them.

Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com

DSHS has a handy tool for estimating the amount of child support which should be paid. However, it only provides an estimate and not a firm number. There are a several factors which come into play in arriving at an actual amount.

You’ll need to know four things to use the estimator.

Once you have this information just follow this link to use it.

Posted May 11, 2016 by
Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com

Category: Family Law
Category: Family Law
Category: Family Law
Category: Family Law

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Category: Family Law

There are four basic types of protection orders available. They are:

  • Protection Orders
  • No Contact Orders
  • Restraining Orders, and;
  • Anti-Harassment Orders

There is a great description of them in a pdf located here. It describes exactly what each type of order does, how it is obtained, what happens if it is violated, and much more.

Submitted April 12, 2016 by
Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com

Domestic (Family Law) Forms

Instructions & Local Court Rules

Local Forms

Motions & Hearings – Please see WCSPR 94.05

Categories: Family Law, Forms

Forms

FL Divorce 200 Summons: Notice About a Marriage or Domestic Partnership 05/2016
FL Divorce 201 Petition for Divorce (Dissolution) 05/2016
FL All Family 001 Confidential Information 05/2016
FL All Family 002 Attachment to Confidential Information (Additional Parties or Children) 05/2016
DOH 422-027 Certificate of Dissolution, Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage, or Legal Separation 03/2015
FL All Family 101 Proof of Personal Service 05/2016
FL All Family 119 Agreement to Join Petition (Joinder) 05/2016
FL All Family 117 Service Accepted 05/2016
Category: Forms

Adoption Forms

Adoption Request Form

Category: Forms

Domestic (Family Law) Forms

Instructions & Local Court Rules

Local Forms

Motions & Hearings – Please see WCSPR 94.05

Categories: Family Law, Forms

Juvenile Crime

Follow this link for complete instructions and forms for sealing juvenile records. Be sure to read page 27 where it mentions Whatcom County.

Landlord Tenant

Category: Landlord Tenant

Go to the Washington State Patrol website and set up your own WATCH account.  You will need a credit card.

http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/chrequests.htm

Once your account is set up, you can order someone’s Washington criminal history.  You will need to know their first/last name, gender and DOB.  You can also enter their middle name/initial and possibly the last 4 digits of their social security if you have them.

Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com

Category: Landlord Tenant
Category: Landlord Tenant

Legal Help

For criminal matters contact the Whatcom County Public Defenders Office.

215 N. Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-778-5640
360-778-5641 fax
Website
Hours of operation – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


For civil matters there are a number of resources.

Street Law – This is a great program operated by LAW Advocates. It is a free, drop-in, legal advice clinic where people can ask questions and get legal advice in one-on-one consultations with volunteer lawyers. Demand for this clinic is high, so we recommend that attendees arrive on time to ensure being seen by an attorney. Click here to see the LAW Advocates calendar for upcoming Street Law sessions.

Miscellaneous

A driving record is usually referred to as a driving abstract. When would you need your driving abstract?  If you volunteered at your child’s school to drive the school van on a field trip.  The school wants a copy of your driving abstract to make sure you’re a safe driver.

Here’s the link to the Department of Licensing I use:

  • to check the status of a driver license
  • to learn how to reinstate your license
  • to purchase your own driving record (a/k/a Driving Abstract):

http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/checkstatus.html

The driving abstract includes convictions, violations, collisions, suspensions, revocations, and disqualifications. It is easy to obtain your own record but there are strict rules about obtaining someone else’s record.

Posted May 11, 2016
Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com

Category: Miscellaneous

Watch our video on how to complete the Petition for Name Change.

Petition for Name Change (PDF)

NOTE: The form contains fillable fields which allow you to complete the form on your screen. If you can’t see the fields then you may need to use a different browser or save the file to your device or print the form and fill it out by hand.

Where & When to File
A person desiring to change his or her name or that of a child or ward may file a petition in the judicial district in which he or she resides. The petition must be filed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays). Hearings are held in open court Fridays at 1:30 p.m.

How to File
A petitioner must fill out a Petition for Name Change (PDF). The petitioner must appear in court for the hearing. The name cannot be changed by mail. Bring picture ID with you for your hearing. If you are requesting a name change for a minor child, it is suggested that you bring the following information:

  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate and social security card
  • An affidavit signed by both the child’s legal parents agreeing and consenting to the name change; or, alternatively, information or documentation showing the measures you have taken to notify the other parent of the requested change and the date and time of the hearing
  • Picture ID for yourself, and for your child (if available, e.g. school ID card)

It is suggested that minors age 10 and above be present at the court hearing. A separate petition must be filed for each name changed. Each petition filed will be charged a filing fee of $166.00.

If you are seeking a sealed name change order under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, you must contact the Whatcom County Superior Court for filing information.

Filing Fees
Effective June 12, 2014, the filing fee is $166. We accept cash only. This is a non-refundable fee, which includes the fee to record the name change with the Whatcom County Auditor and an additional fee to provide you with 2 certified copies of the Name Change Order.

Note
This information applies to Whatcom County District Court. Details may have changed which have not been updated on this page. It is your responsibility to check the court’s website to assure the accuracy of this information. The court’s website is locate here.

Category: Miscellaneous

Watch our video on how to complete the Notice of Small Claim form.

Notice of Small Claim form

NOTE: The form contains fillable fields which allow you to complete the form on your screen. If you can’t see the fields then you may need to use a different browser or save the file to your device or print the form and fill it out by hand.

Any individual, business, partnership, or corporation (with a couple of exceptions) may bring a small claims suit for recovery of money only for an amount up to $5,000.

In general, the claim must be filed in the district court of the county in which the defendant(s) reside.

Category: Miscellaneous

About the Court
The Whatcom County District Court consists of 2 Judges, elected for 4 years, 1 appointed Commissioner, and professional and paraprofessional staff. The court hears criminal, civil, infraction and miscellaneous cases.

Criminal Cases
Criminal misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Criminal gross misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Some examples of criminal cases heard by the court are:

  • Assault (Including Domestic Violence)
  • Driving While License Suspended
  • DUI
  • Theft and Miscellaneous Property Crimes

Civil Cases
Civil cases including both general civil actions and small claims actions. General civil actions with damage claims in the maximum amount of $100,000. The court does not hear cases involving title to or possession of real property. Small claims actions with money claims in the maximum amount of $5,000. The small claims court may only grant a judgment for monetary damages. The court may not order the other party to return property or do any action except the payment of money.

Infractions
Infractions including traffic and code violations.

Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous proceedings including:

  • Anti-harassment Petitions
  • Domestic Violence Petitions
  • Name Change Petitions
  • Vehicle Impound Hearings

Information source: Whatcom County District Court website
Updated here: 03-25-2016

Categories: Courts, Miscellaneous
Types of Cases Superior Court handles:
  • Adult Felonies
  • Civil cases – (includes cases involving real property and/or claims in excess of $35,000)
  • Divorce/Child Custody/Child Support matters
  • Probate/guardianships
  • Paternity actions
  • Adoptions
  • Juvenile cases
  • Mental Illness cases

Information source: Whatcom County Superior Court website
Updated: 03-25-2016

Categories: Courts, Miscellaneous

For criminal matters contact the Whatcom County Public Defenders Office.

215 N. Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-778-5640
360-778-5641 fax
Website
Hours of operation – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


For civil matters there are a number of resources.

Street Law – This is a great program operated by LAW Advocates. It is a free, drop-in, legal advice clinic where people can ask questions and get legal advice in one-on-one consultations with volunteer lawyers. Demand for this clinic is high, so we recommend that attendees arrive on time to ensure being seen by an attorney. Click here to see the LAW Advocates calendar for upcoming Street Law sessions.

Follow this link for a complete set of forms used to vacate or seal court records.

Parking Tickets

The Bellingham Municipal Court has jurisdiction over parking infractions allegedly committed in the City of Bellingham in violation of the Bellingham Municipal Code.  These non-criminal violations are punishable by a fine in a presumptive amount set by City Council.  Special rules govern infraction hearings, and procedures are different from criminal cases.You must respond to the notice of infraction within fifteen (15) days from the date it was issued.  A mailed response must be postmarked no later than midnight on the day the response is due.

Choices available:

If you receive an infraction, you have three options:

  1. Pay your ticket without a court hearing. If you choose to pay your ticket without requesting a court hearing, simply pay the ticket amount online, in person at the clerk’s window, or by mail.  Pay within 15 days of issue date to avoid additional late fees.
  2. Mitigation Hearing. Request within 15 days of issue date.  In a mitigation hearing, you admit that you committed the violation, but ask the judge to reduce your ticket based upon mitigating circumstances. A mitigation hearing is an informal hearing where you may explain the circumstances of your case to the judge, who considers your explanation and may review your driving record in setting an appropriate fine.  There is no appeal from a mitigation hearing.
  3. Contested Hearing.Request within 15 days of issue date.  In a contested hearing, you do not admit you committed the violation. The City bears the burden of establishing, by a preponderance of the evidence, that you committed the violation. The City meets this burden if the judge, after hearing all of the evidence, determines that it is more likely than not that the violation was committed. A defendant in a contested hearing has the right to the assistance of an attorney at the defendant’s own expense, the right to present evidence and examine witnesses in court, the right to request a witness list and copy of the officer’s sworn statement from the City Attorney’s Office (which must be requested in writing at least 14 days before the hearing; the City should provide you with these materials at least 7 days before the hearing), and the right to subpoena witnesses, including the officer who issued the citation (if you wish to subpoena witnesses, you must apply to the Court in person at least 14 days prior to the hearing; witnesses should be served at least 7 days prior to the hearing). If no witness is requested, the judge will read the officer’s sworn statement and then consider any testimony and/or evidence presented by the defense before deciding the case. If the City prevails, you may appeal the Court’s determination to the Superior Court upon payment of the Superior Court filing fee.

Failure to Appear or Pay Fines:

Failure to respond in a timely manner to a citation or failure to appear in Court for a scheduled hearing will result in a finding that the infraction was committed, and imposition of the fine amount listed on the citation including late fees based on ticket issue date.  There will be no further hearings.  Additionally, your unpaid debt will be referred to a collection agency and may adversely affect your credit rating.

Updated 05/07/2016

Categories: Courts, Parking Tickets

Protection Orders

Legal Advice
The District Court staff is not permitted, by law, to give legal advice. The staff cannot help you complete your paperwork. Please consult with one of the community resources noted below or an attorney for assistance.

Superior Court
If you think that your case should be processed through Superior Court, contact:
Office of Assigned Counsel / Court Services
Whatcom County Courthouse
311 Grand Avenue
3rd Floor
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-676-6803

Shelters

If your case involves domestic violence or sexual assault, and you are not in, or in need of, shelter, call this agency first:
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
1407 Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-715-1563 or 877-715-1563 (24-Hour Hotline)
Phone: 360-671-5714 (business Line)

Other Agencies
Other agencies that may be able to assist you:
Whatcom County Law Library
311 Grand Avenue
Basement
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-676-6556
Library staff can assist in using legal research materials but cannot help with completing paperwork nor provide legal advice. Open part-time; call ahead for current schedule.

Northwest Justice Project
Project Safer
Phone: 888-201-1014 (CLEAR line)
You must call the CLEAR line to be screened for services

Information source: Whatcom County District Court website
Updated: 03-18-2016

Go to the Washington State Patrol website and set up your own WATCH account.  You will need a credit card.

http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/chrequests.htm

Once your account is set up, you can order someone’s Washington criminal history.  You will need to know their first/last name, gender and DOB.  You can also enter their middle name/initial and possibly the last 4 digits of their social security if you have them.

Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com

There are four basic types of protection orders available. They are:

  • Protection Orders
  • No Contact Orders
  • Restraining Orders, and;
  • Anti-Harassment Orders

There is a great description of them in a pdf located here. It describes exactly what each type of order does, how it is obtained, what happens if it is violated, and much more.

Submitted April 12, 2016 by
Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com

Traffic and Driving

Go to Washington Administrator of Courts Website by following this link: http://dw.courts.wa.gov/index.cfm?fa=home.home

Click on “Find My Court Date,” accept the disclaimer, select the court, and enter your first and last names.  You must hit the “Submit” button for it to work, it won’t work if you only hit the enter/return key.

Posted May 11, 2016 by
Kathleen J. Marshall, PLLC
119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 310
Bellingham, WA  98225-4447
Telephone:        (360) 676-0355
Toll Free Fax:    (888) 880-8310
Email:               Kathy@KJMarshallLaw.com