Washington Civil Rule 78: ClerksAn important component of the court system is the Clerk’s office. The Clerk’s office provides support to the local court system.  The Benton County Clerk’s office and Franklin County Clerk’s Office indicate the following ways they support our local judiciary:

  • Manage and safely keep court documents, records, and case files
  • Provide calendars and dockets for hearings and trials
  • Issue writs and bench warrants
  • Handle financial transactions permitted by law – which may include trust funds
  • Process passport applications
  • Other responsibilities delegated to the Clerk’s office by statute or other rules*

The local clerks’ offices serving Benton and Franklin Counties contact information is as follows:

Benton County

Phones: Kennewick: 509-735-8388

Prosser: 509-786-5624


Benton County Justice Center

7122 W Okanogan Place Bldg-A

Kennewick, WA 99336-7665

Prosser Courthouse

620 Market Street

Prosser, WA   99350-1300

Franklin County

Phone : 509-545-3525


Franklin County Clerk

Room B306

1016 N 4th Avenue

Pasco, WA 99301

For more information regarding the resources and information, the clerk’s office may be able to assist you with visit their websites at:

Benton County Clerk:  https://www.co.benton.wa.us/pview.aspx?id=703

Franklin County Clerk: http://www.co.franklin.wa.us/clerk/index.php

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Washington Civil Rule 78: Clerks

(a)  Powers and duties of clerks.  [Reserved. See RCW 2.32.050.]

(b)  Office hours.  The clerk’s office with the clerk or a deputy in attendance shall be open during business hours on all days except Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays.

(c)  Orders by clerk.  All motions and applications in the clerk’s office for issuing mesne process, for issuing final process to enforce and execute judgments, and for other proceedings which do not require allowance or order of the court are grantable of course by the clerk; but the clerk’s action may be suspended or altered or rescinded by the court upon cause shown.

(d)  Filing of depositions.  Upon the filing of a deposition transcript in any case pursuant to rule 5(i), the clerk shall forthwith endorse the date of the filing upon the envelope, and shall enter the same upon the case history docket.

(e)  Entry of judgments and costs.  The clerk shall enter judgment or decree pursuant to the provisions of rule 58 and the same shall then be entered for the sum found due or the relief awarded, with costs and disbursements, if any, to be taxed. Entry of judgment shall not be delayed for the taxing of costs. If no cost bill is filed by the party to whom costs are awarded within 10 days after the entry of the judgment or decree, the clerk shall proceed to tax the following costs and disbursements, namely:

(1)  The statutory attorney fee;

(2)  The clerk’s fee; and

(3)  The sheriff’s fee.

If a cost bill is filed, the clerk shall enter as the amount to be recovered the amount claimed in such cost bill, and no motion to retax costs shall be considered unless the same be filed within 6 days after the filing of the cost bill.

For purposes of this subsection (e), “cost bill” also includes an affidavit detailing disbursements.

(f)  Bonds.  The clerk shall at once upon the filing of a bond (except bond for costs) enter the same at large upon the journal. The clerk shall endorse upon every affidavit or undertaking filed to procure a writ of attachment, the day, hour, and minute of filing thereof.

* See https://www.co.benton.wa.us/pview.aspx?id=703 and http://www.co.franklin.wa.us/clerk/index.php

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