Lawsuits are governed by state and local court rules. Court rules contain procedural and other information and apply to every case. See the Court rules page for more information.
What is a civil lawsuit?
A civil lawsuit involves a legal dispute between two or more parties. Civil law applies when a person, business, or agency sues another person, business, or agency.
Read more about civil court at LawHelp.org.
- Lawsuit Basics videos from the King County Law Library
- Preparing for Your Day in Court Handbook from the King County Bar Association
- Basic steps in a civil lawsuit from Lawyers.com
- Litigation and the steps in a civil case from the Legal Information Institute
- Self-Represented Persons in Superior Court Civil Proceedings from the Administrative Office of the Courts
- File a civil action in federal court without an attorney from the United States District Court - Western District of Washington
Self-help kit from the law library
The law library sells a Start a Civil Lawsuit in Superior Court self-help kit with forms and instructions to start a civil lawsuit in Superior Court against a person. It does not cover procedures after the initial filing and is not intended for District Court. Kits can be purchased at the library or online and mailed out.