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King County Superior Court Clerk's $15 "Faulty Document Fee"



The King County Clerk's Office receives some 8,000 documents for filing daily, amounting to approximately 40,000 pages.  Several years ago, it determined it needed to reduce the physical volume of information it is required to store and instituted a program of:

Most documents for cases filed in King County since 2000 are now scanned and available only electronically --- on the Electronic Court Record ("ECR") system through the ECR computers located throughout the Courthouse.


The Clerk's Office instituted a set of new rules allowing documents to be efficiently scanned and filed.  To encourage compliance with the new rules, it also instituted the assessment of a $15 Extra Handling / Faulty Document Fee for documents not in compliance.  KCC 4.71.100  Common reasons for the $15 assessment in probate cases are as follows:

In general, if you:

Documents whose noncompliance is solely due to GR14 will be filed but the $15 fee will be assessed.



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