Chapter 3.42
COUNTY CLERK’S FEES

Sections:

Article I. County Courthouse Facilitator Program Funding

3.42.010    Purpose.

3.42.020    Assessment of surcharge.

3.42.030    Collection of surcharge.

3.42.040    Payment of surcharge to county treasurer.

Article II. Electronic Access Fee

3.42.050    Definitions.

3.42.060    Assessment of access fee authorized.

3.42.070    Fee collection.

3.42.080    Contracting authority.

3.42.090    Establishment of fee.

3.42.100    Annual adjustment authorized.

Article III. Mandatory Arbitration Fees

3.42.110    Definitions.

3.42.120    Assessment of fees authorized.

3.42.130    Fee collection.

3.42.140    Annual adjustment authorized.

Article I. County Courthouse Facilitator Program Funding

3.42.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to authorize the clerk of the superior court of Jefferson County to assess an additional $10.00 surcharge on certain superior court cases filed under RCW Title 26 for the purpose of paying the expenses of the court facilitator program. A new $30.00 surcharge will also be added to all initial divorce, separation, and invalidity of marriage petitions. This surcharge will go into the state’s Domestic Violence Prevention Account, local domestic violence related service programs, and up to five percent into local court administration costs, as stipulated in revised RCW 36.18.016(2)(a). [Ord. 7-05 § 1; Ord. 1-01 § 1]

3.42.020 Assessment of surcharge.

Pursuant to RCW 26.12.240, the clerk of the superior court of Jefferson County is hereby authorized to assess a surcharge of $10.00 on superior court cases filed under RCW Title 26 except for those cases filed for domestic violence pursuant to Chapter 26.50 RCW et seq. [Ord. 1-01 § 2]

3.42.030 Collection of surcharge.

The clerk of the superior court of Jefferson County shall collect the surcharge in the same manner that other fees and charges are collected. [Ord. 1-01 § 3]

3.42.040 Payment of surcharge to county treasurer.

Upon collection, the clerk of the superior court of Jefferson County shall remit the surcharge to the Jefferson County treasurer on the first Monday of each month, who shall maintain a separate account as provided in RCW 26.12.240. [Ord. 1-01 § 4]

Article II. Electronic Access Fee

3.42.050 Definitions.

(1) “Clerk” means the Jefferson County clerk.

(2) “Electronic court records management system (ECRMS)” means the electronic records system used by superior courts in Washington or any replacement system. [Ord. 6-18 § 1 (App. A)]

3.42.060 Assessment of access fee authorized.

The clerk is authorized to assess a registration access fee on all natural persons electronically accessing superior court records; provided, however, that the clerk may not assess a registration access fee on employees of not-for-profit organizations or corporations whose primary purpose is to provide access to justice for the poor and infirm, courts of limited and general jurisdiction, or governmental agencies and departments accessing superior court records via electronic records system while in the performance of their official duties. [Ord. 6-18 § 1 (App. A)]

3.42.070 Fee collection.

The clerk shall adopt appropriate procedures for the collection of the annual registration access fee. [Ord. 6-18 § 1 (App. A)]

3.42.080 Contracting authority.

The clerk shall have the authority to approve and sign access agreements with natural persons desiring access to electronic superior court records. [Ord. 6-18 § 1 (App. A)]

3.42.090 Establishment of fee.

(1) The clerk shall charge an annual registration access fee of $25.00 per entity for initial access to the ECRMS.

(2) Subsequent expansion of access to view electronic images via a document management system may include an additional annual fee of up to $600.00 per annual registration based upon the costs of providing access to electronic images of superior court records and maintaining, enhancing, and operating said service. [Ord. 6-18 § 1 (App. A)]

3.42.100 Annual adjustment authorized.

The clerk may adjust annually either the registration access fee or the electronic image fee to reflect any changes in the costs of providing these services as determined by subsequent financial analysis and/or comparisons with other entities. The clerk’s fees in the Jefferson County Code Appendix shall be updated accordingly. [Ord. 6-18 § 1 (App. A)]

Article III. Mandatory Arbitration Fees1

3.42.110 Definitions.

(1) “Clerk” means the Jefferson County clerk.

(2) “RCW” means the Revised Code of Washington, as it now exists or as it may be amended in the future.

(3) Other words used in this article shall have the same meaning as used in the Jefferson County superior court local civil arbitration rules as they now exist or as they may be amended in the future. [Ord. 11-18 § 1 (App. 1)]

3.42.120 Assessment of fees authorized.

The clerk is authorized to require payment of a fee for:

(1) Filing a request for mandatory arbitration against the party filing a statement of arbitrability of up to the maximum amount authorized pursuant to RCW 36.18.016(25); and

(2) Filing a request for trial de novo of an arbitration award of up to the maximum amount authorized pursuant to RCW 36.18.016(26). [Ord. 11-18 § 1 (App. 1)]

3.42.130 Fee collection.

The clerk shall adopt appropriate procedures for the collection of the fees authorized by JCC 3.42.120. [Ord. 11-18 § 1 (App. 1)]

3.42.140 Annual adjustment authorized.

The clerk may annually adjust the fees authorized by JCC 3.42.120, provided such adjustments are consistent with RCW 36.18.016, as it now exists or may be amended in the future. [Ord. 11-18 § 1 (App. 1)]


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Code reviser’s note: Ord. 11-18 adds JCC 3.42.100 through 3.42.130. These sections have been editorially renumbered to avoid duplication of numbering.