The Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid
“The provision of civil legal aid services to indigent persons is an important component of the state’s responsibility to provide for the proper and effective administration of civil and criminal justice” RCW 2.53.005
The Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) is an independent judicial branch agency. It is responsible for administration and oversight of state funds that are appropriated by the Legislature to provide civil (not criminal) legal aid services to low income people in Washington State.
If you are low income and need help with a civil legal problem, please click here.
OCLA funds and oversees four main programs: (1) a general civil legal aid program; (2) a program providing civil legal aid to victims of crime; (3) a program providing stated interest legal representation for children in dependency cases; and (4) eviction defense programs including (a) a right to counsel (RTC) program for tenants in judicial eviction proceedings, and (b) a program to provide information, education, outreach, advice, and representation for tenants threatened with eviction but who are not yet involved in court proceedings. For more information on these programs, click here.
The activities of the Office of Civil Legal Aid are overseen by an 11-member bipartisan Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee.
The Office of Civil Legal Aid ensures that state-appropriated civil legal aid funding is used for the purposes for which it has been appropriated and that the services provided are delivered efficiently, effectively and consistently throughout the state. The OCLA monitors the activities of state-funded legal aid providers and ensures fiscal accountability and compliance with the statute governing the use of state-appropriated civil legal aid funding.
If you have questions about the Office of Civil Legal Aid or the services funded through it, please feel free to contact us.
There are no current position vacancies at OCLA.
Other Important Information
The Office of Civil Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer. OCLA EEO POLICY.
Judicial Branch Whistleblower Protection Applies to Office of Civil Legal Aid
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