A small claims case may be filed in Jefferson County if that is the defendant's residence, or in the case of a traffic accident, or an unlawfully issued check, if the accident occurred or the check was issued in Jefferson County. The State of Washington may not be sued in Small Claims Court. A Notice of Small Claim form is provided by the Court. The clerk will assist with this procedure, but the clerk is prohibited by law from giving legal advice. At the time of filing, the plaintiff must pay a filing fee of $50 in Jefferson County. The plaintiff is then given an appearance date and a copy of the claim form to be served upon the defendant. It is the responsibility of the plaintiff to accurately identify the defendant (either as an individual, a corporation, or as an individual or a corporation doing business under another name), provide a proper address (for the defendant) and, if possible, provide the defendant’s telephone number.