Reports, Updates, Information

OCLA Notice of Funding Availability — Civil Legal Aid for Domestic Violence Survivors On/Near Rural Indian Reservations

The Office of Civil Legal Aid announces a Notice of Funding Availability for civil legal aid services for victims and survivors of domestic violence residing on or near rural Indian Reservations. OCLA will issue up to two (2) three-year contracts.  Priority will be given to proposals from tribal governments and affiliated organizations and non-profit legal aid providers working in concert with tribal governments and affiliated organizations.  Additional priority will be given to proposals that  (a) prioritize services to and collaboration with reservation and near reservation-based non-profit or civil legal system organizations that serve indigenous domestic violence survivors, (b) serve or support members of communities with high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW), (c) provide services to on-near reservation survivors who are at greatest risk of lethality due to domestic violence and who experience disparate lack of access to existing legal aid and related services.  A total of $400,000 is available for each fiscal year ($1.2 million through June 30, 2025). 

Proposals are due by June 30, 2022 and should be forwarded electronically to ocla@ocla.wa.gov

The Notice of Funding Availability is found at NOFA for On-Near Reservation Services to Domestic Violence Survivors

On-Near Reservation NOFA Budget Worksheet

OCLA Notice of Funding Availability — Civil Legal Aid for Survivors of Domestic Violence

The Office of Civil Legal Aid announces a Notice of Funding Availability for civil legal aid services for victims and survivors of domestic violence.  Priority will be given to proposals that target and prioritize services to and collaboration with community-based, non-profit, or legal system organizations that serve those who (a) identify as members of communities that disproportionately experience high rates domestic violence, (b) are at greatest risk of lethality due to domestic violence, and (c) experience disparate lack of access to existing legal aid and related services due to race/ethnicity, culture, language, immigration status, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, or other barriers.

The Notice of Funding Availability is found at Notice of Funding Availability — Civil Legal Aid for Domestic Violence Survivors 

Budget Worksheet Civil Legal Aid NOFA

Proposals are due June 13, 2022.

OCLA NOFA for Pre-Commencement (RTC) Legal Aid Services

The Office of Civil Legal Aid announces a Notice of Funding Availability for civil legal aid services to  low-income tenants threatened with eviction but against whom an unlawful detainer proceeding has not yet been commenced.  The NOFA prioritizes services targeted to tenants who (a) identify as members of communities that disproportionately experience high rates of eviction (formal and informal), (b) are at greatest risk of eviction, and (c) experience disparate lack of access to existing legal aid and related services due to race/ethnicity, culture, language, immigration status, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, or other barriers.  Priority will be given to proposals designed to reduce or prevent unlawful detainer default rates (including ‘self- or landlord-coerced evictions’).

Read the NOFA at Pre-RTC Eviction Defense NOFA Final.  Proposals are due May 23, 2022.  This is funding for FY 2023 only.

Generic Budget Worksheet

OCLA Press Release Re Certification of Initial RTC Counties– 10-6-21 FINAL

On July 15, 2021, OCLA released the Implementation Plan for the nation’s first statewide law establishing a right to appointment counsel for indigent tenants in unlawful detainer proceedings.  The right to counsel program (RTC Program) was established by Senate Bill 5160 in the 2021 legislative session.  Administration of the program was assigned to OCLA.RTC Contracted Programs and 

OCLA Implementation Plan – Right to Counsel for Indigent Tenants

OCLA RTC Contracted Programs By County 12-13-21

OCLA RTC Implementation Memos to Superior Court Judges Association, Clerks, and Court Administrators

Memo No. 10.1
Memo No. 10
Memo No. 9
Memo No. 8
Memo No. 7
Memo No. 6
Memo No. 5
Memo No. 4
Memo No. 3
Memo No. 2
Memo No. 1

FY 22-23 Office of Civil Legal Aid — COVID-19 Legal Aid Program

The Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) announces the availability of $1.5 million in funding for an 18-month Pandemic Educational Legal Assistance Program.  The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is below.

NOFA for Pandemic Educational Legal Assistance Final 10-11-21

The Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) announces the availability of $2.75 million in funding for an 18-month Pandemic Civil Legal Aid Program.  The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is below.

NOFA for Pandemic Legal Assistance — 10-18-21

A19 Budget Reporting Form — Pandemic Legal Aid Program

What People Are Saying About The Need for Emergency COVID-19 Civil Legal Aid

What People Are Saying — 1 Pager

Former Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst and Mariners General Counsel Fred RiveraThe Seattle Times (April 14, 2020)

Former Attorney General Rob McKenna and Former Access to Justice Board Chair Salvador MungiaThe Tacoma News Tribune (June 14, 2020)

Senator Ann Rivers and Representative Monica StonierThe Columbian (August 30, 2020)

Washington State Supreme Court Justice (and former Chief Justice) Debra Stephens and Access to Justice Board Chair Francis AdewaleThe Spokesman-Review (January 20, 2021)

COVID-19 Emergency Civil Legal Aid Program

January 2021 Report to Legislature on OCLA’s Emergency COVID-19 Civil Legal Aid Program

COVID-19 Emergency Civil Legal Aid Program Interim Report 9-2020

OCLA Videos

“… And Justice For All

Watch the trailer and full video to see how civil legal aid solves problems, gives hope and redeems lives one person at a time.

“… One Person at a Time:  Tarra Simmons”

Watch this video of a former civil legal aid client telling how civil legal aid changed her life.

“Civil Legal Aid:  The Business Case”

Watch this video of Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, explaining why businesses care about civil legal aid and justice for all.

2016 Civil Justice Reinvestment Plan

2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update Related Materials:

2016 Statewide Civil Legal Aid to Crime Victims Program

Family Law Automated Forms Assembly System (Technology Assisted Forms)

TAF Project Plan – Summary

TAF Project Timeline

2003 Civil Legal Needs Study


The Office of Civil Legal Aid is required to report biennially on the status of access to the civil justice system for low-income people eligible for state-funded legal aid.

2011 Biennial Report on the Status of Access to the Civil Justice System for Low-Income People Eligible for State-Funded Civil Legal Aid

2009 Biennial Report on the Status of Access to the Civil Justice System for Low Income People Eligible for State-Funded Civil Legal Aid


Here Are Some Other Places to Find Information About Civil Legal Aid and Related Services

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