Serving Southwest Washington Residents
In This Issue
January 2020
As we move into 2020, we have some information that we want to share with you. Thank you for being a supporter to CMS! 
Clark County Small Claims Update

Several legislative bills passed in 2019 that had impact on small claim case filing. 2SHB 1048 increased the filing fee for small claims cases which still allows for counties to assess a dispute resolution fee. The current small claims filing fee for Clark County District Court is now $50.00. This update also created a change in the way small claims judgments are processed, to assist parties in recovering judgments. Once a judgment is entered in the small claims case, the judgment is immediately transcribed to the civil docket and a certified copy provided to the prevailing party at no additional cost. This assists the prevailing party in immediately having the civil case number and certified copy which they need in order to move forward with collection actions on their judgment.
 
SSB 5621 increased the jurisdiction amount on small claims actions. This bill raises the jurisdiction amount of small claims from the previous $5,000 to $10,000 when the case is brought by a human being. The jurisdiction limit for all other small claims actions remains at $5,000.


Community Mediation Services Information

Washington State Statute for DRCs
21 nonprofit Dispute Resolution Centers (DRCs) statewide provide accessible services to all Washington residents as established by the Washington State Legislature and in collaboration with local communities. RCW 7.75 established DRCs in 1984 and set the following Legislative intent:  Read Statute Here

1. The legislature finds and declares that:

A dispute resolution center established under this chapter shall provide dispute resolution services either without charge to the participants or for a fee which is based on the participant's ability to pay.

CMS Sliding Scale Fee Schedule


  • Our fees range from $25.00 to $250.00 based on household income.
  • 2019 Mediation Settlement Rate was 82%
  • 938 residents received conflict coaching & information & referral services
  • 21,354 residents received conflict resolving information through online and in person presentations and outreach efforts
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Sincerely,

Your Community Mediation Services Staff & Board

Community Mediation Services | info@mediationclarkcounty.org|
 303 East 16th Street
Vancouver, WA 98663