Unlawful Detainers/Evictions

Eviction is considered a "civil litigation" and is referred to as an "Unlawful Detainer Action" by the Court.

Eviction Resolution Program (ERP) is mandatory in Yakima Superior Court as of July 2021.  Check here for more information you need to be aware of.

There are many resources for both Landlords / Property Owners, as well as Renters / Tenants.  Legal aid is available at the below resources. 
Each new case filed will require the Unlawful Detainer Check List (PDF).  This is the only form the Clerk's Office can provide for these matters.  The Clerk's staff cannot assist you or give legal advice. It is advisable you contact one of the many resources provided at the above web pages..

It is your responsibility to check the Revised Code of Washington and General Rules (GRs) to ensure proper legal procedures.

Your completed Forms:

Your finished forms must be completed neatly. You may type them, or print them using black ink. Only documents with original, inked signatures can be filed in the clerk's office or provided for a Judge's signature. Remember if we can't read it, no one can. This may cause you frustration after your case is completed and you need to refer back to your documents.

Scheduling & Confirming

For scheduling (and confirming) Court hearings you will need to consult the Court Administrator's Office.

After Starting the Case

Once your matter is filed, Local Court Rule (LCR7) (PDF) requires your motions and other papers to be filed with the Clerk at least 5 days prior to the day you (the moving party) desire the matter to be heard in court.

If preparing and filing your own documents please see the Format Guidelines (PDF) to ensure your documents comply with Court requirements. You must also comply with GR 14 and GR 31.