Updated: May 13
At our law firm, we are committed to providing valuable information and insights to our clients and readers. In our continued effort to serve the community, we are continuing our blog series focused on debt collection practices in various counties across Washington State. While the law itself does not change from county to county, certain practices and procedures may vary. In this series, we will explore these differences. This entry is concerned with Snohomish County.
Snohomish County Court Basics
Snohomish County is the third most populous county in Washington State. It is known for being the location of Boeing's Everett Factory.
Snohomish County has several court divisions in it to accommodate its large size and population.
Superior Courts (website)
Snohomish - Everett Division:
3000 Rockefeller Ave, MS 502 Everett, WA 98201-4046
Snohomish - South Division
20520 68th Ave W
Lynwood, WA 98036
Costs on garnishment are in line with the State. Specifically, $30 for ex parte presentation and $20 for issuance. All writs and ex parte presentation are done via mail only.
Snohomish Superior Court has an online confirmation hearing window of 24 hours that varies by the type of motion being scheduled. There is also a phone confirmation option.
Snohomish Cascade Division
415 E Burke Ave.
Arlington, WA 98223
Snohomish Everett Division
3000 Rockefeller Ave, MS 508 Everett, WA 98201-4046
Snohomish South Division
20520 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Snohomish Evergreen Division
14414 179th Ave SE
Monroe, WA 98272-0625
Like superior court the district courts of Snohomish County are all paper based for ex parte presentations and writs. Also, the courts charge the standard $20 presentation and $12 writ fees for district courts.
Thoughts from a practitioner
When it comes to debt collection matters in Snohomish County, both the Snohomish County Superior Court and the Snohomish County District Courts have a number of experienced judges who are adept at handling these cases. Despite being paper filing courts, these courts tend to move quickly, with a typical turnaround time of around the same day after filing for a writ or garnishment. If there are any mistakes on the application, the court clerks are usually helpful in identifying the issue and returning the paperwork for correction.
One aspect worth mentioning of the judges in these courts is that they do not appear to show bias towards either creditors or debtors. Instead, they focus on the evidence presented and make fair judgments accordingly. Additionally, they do not argue the case for parties who do not appear in court themselves, meaning that if a creditor or debtor does not show up, the court will generally grant the relief sought by the party that did appear. Overall, the courts in Snohomish County are known for their efficiency and fairness in handling debt collection matters.
Wrapping it up
Understanding the nuances of debt collection practices in Snohomish County is essential for those navigating the legal system. Stay tuned for more insights and information in our county-by-county debt collection series. In the meantime, please reach out to us for any of your debt collection needs.