HOW TO FILE PAPER DOCUMENTS:




FILE ELECTRONICALLY:
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Filing hours for court documents are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST, excluding court holidays. Any paper or electronic documents received outside of these filing hours will be considered received and filed at the beginning of the next business day.

NOTE:
1) Proposed orders received through e-filing will be rejected.
2) The Clerk does not accept Ex Parte via e-filing; they must be submitted in paper form. 
3) We cannot accept filings via e-mail.


eFile & Serve Filing Fees
There are no fees for using eFile & Serve. The only fees that users will encounter are statutory filing fees and an eCommerce transaction fee which shall be applied for each electronic payment (2.89% of total fees for credit and debit cards). 


Judicial Bench/Working Copies
Judicial copies will continue to be required in paper form and presented pursuant to LCR 5 unless directed otherwise by Superior Court.


Registration
To register, select eFile WA and review additional e-filing information, training videos, manuals, and FAQ's.  If you haven't completed a training webinar, it is strongly recommended you review the "Information for Filers" section on the registration page. 


Training
Tyler Technologies offers online training videos, webinars, and written documentation on how to electronically file documents using eFile & Serve. This training material is free and can be accessed at the link found here: eFile and Serve Cloud Knowledge Base. For access to a pre-recorded training videos/info, click on the link: eFileWA | Court E-Filing Solution for Washington (efileus.com)


E-filing Support & Assistance
eFS is hosted by Tyler Technologies, which provides customer support to users; court staff have a limited ability to assist with technical e-filing questions and problems.  
If you experience a problem with e-filing or registration due to technical issues with the application, please contact EFS Support:

Email: efiling.support@tylertech.com
Phone: 800-297-5377
Tyler support hours are 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. CST, excluding Tyler Technologies holidays.
For questions related to the e-filing application, technical or registration issues, please visit Tyler Technologies FAQ page

FILE IN PERSON:

Visit us in-person at the Montesano Courthouse

County Clerk's Office
102 W. Broadway Ave, Room 203 (second floor)
Montesano, WA 98563



FILE BY MAIL:

Clerk of the Superior Court
Grays Harbor County
102 W. Broadway Ave, Room 203
Montesano, WA 98563




HOW TO FILE EXHIBITS - Pursuant to LCR 79(d):

(1)  Submission of Exhibits. The parties shall provide two sets of all exhibits at least two business days prior to trial. The original set shall go to the Clerk and a bench copy to Court Administration, in two separate notebooks, packets, or binders. The Court recognizes that exhibits used in rebuttal or for impeachment purposes may be supplemented during trial. In such event, working copies for the Court and the opposing parties shall be made available as practicable.

(2)  Numbering of Exhibits. Counsel shall arrange with the Clerk for the marking of all exhibits at least two business days prior to trial. Plaintiff or Petitioner’s exhibits shall be numbered 1-200. Defendant or Respondent’s exhibits shall be numbered 201-400. In cases with more than two parties or with more voluminous exhibits, the parties shall work with the Clerk prior to submitting exhibits to verify numbering of their proposed exhibits.

(3)  Exhibits. When an exhibit is marked for identification it becomes part of the Court record and, except when used in the courtroom or on appeal, shall not be removed from the Clerk's custody without a Court order. After 30 days' written notice to all parties of record following final disposition of a civil or family law case, the Court may order the Clerk to destroy or dispose of physical evidence unless good cause is shown why it should be preserved.

[Amended April 21, 2022, Amended September 1, 2022]



HOW TO FILE AUDIO/VIDEO EVIDENCE:

The Clerk will NOT accept a CD/DVD or USB for filing in the Court file.

If you have audio/video evidence (i.e., either a CD, a DVD, or a USB device) you would like the court to consider during your case, the following applies:

  1. Audio/video evidence is NOT to be presented during a Motion Calendar Docket that normally occurs on Mondays.
  2. If you believe the alleged audio/video evidence that you have needs to be seen/heard by the Court, you will need to ask the Court for a special setting for another date and time where testimony and evidence can be presented. At the time of the special set hearing, you will need to prepare as follows:
  1. Have 3 copies of the CD/DVD; and
  2. Provide the opposing party with a copy of the CD/DVD; then
  3. Two business days prior to your special set hearing, go to the Court Clerk’s office to have them mark a copy of the CD/DVD (a USB flash drive is not permitted) containing the alleged audio/video evidence as an Exhibit (the Clerk will keep that copy as a pre-marked proposed exhibit for the upcoming hearing); then
  4. Appear at your hearing and bring your copy of the CD/DVD containing the alleged evidence to the hearing along with the equipment necessary to play/view it in open court during the hearing; and

Please Note: Court Administration does NOT accept judges' bench copies via a CD/DVD or USB flash drive. The Court cannot safely review the material without possibly exposing the County Network to viruses.




QUESTIONS ABOUT APPEALS:
Contact: Chief Deputy Clerk, Estrada
superiorcourtappeal@graysharbor.us





GH Self-Help Office for Family Law:
Julie Wade
(360) 249-8174