How do I request a fee waiver (in forma pauperis)? What does in forma pauperis mean?

To request a fee waiver, a motion usually needs to be filed with the court in which the fee waiver is sought. The wording and format of the motion depends on the type of fee and on the court where your action is being brought. You should contact that court for more specific information. Contact information for all the courts in Washington State is located on the Washington Courts Web site Court Directory page.

In forma pauperis is a Latin phrase meaning literally "in the manner of a pauper." The legal definition of in forma pauperis is "in the manner of an indigent who is permitted to disregard filing fees and courts costs." Example: When suing, a poor person is generally entitled to proceed in forma pauperis. [Black's Law Dictionary, Eighth Edition, 2004].

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