In Washington, there are limited jurisdiction courts, general jurisdiction trial courts, and appellate courts. The latter consist of the Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court.
Limited jurisdiction courts include Municipal Courts and District Courts. Municipal Courts handle misdemeanors and municipal traffic & ordinance violations for cities and towns. District Courts have county jurisdiction and are responsible for infractions, traffic violations, misdemeanors, small claims, and civil cases up to $75,000.
The Superior Court is the court of general jurisdiction. It handles civil, felony, domestic relations, and juvenile cases, and appeals. Washington is divided into 29 Superior Court judicial districts, each with a Superior Court.
Washington court records are accessible by several search methods. Use the resources below.
Washington PACER United States District Court Records
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|Court Records | Superior, District, Municipal, Appellate |
Use this Washington Courts service to search statewide for Superior, District, Municipal, and Appellate criminal, civil, domestic, juvenile, and probate court filings.
|Criminal Records Statewide Pay Site|
Use Search Systems Premium to search statewide in Washington for court felony and misdemeanor convictions, corrections records, and sex offenders.
|Court Directory |
Search for individuals and courts in the Washington State Supreme, Appeals, County, & tribal court system.
|Court Dockets | Supreme Court |
Washington Supreme Court Docket and Oral Argument Calendar.
|Court Opinions | Supreme Court & Court of Appeals |
Washington State Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Slip decisions since February 22, 2013.
|Court Records | Adult Protection Orders |
Use this Washington Administrative Office Of The Courts service to search their Licensed Health Facility database for persons who have active Washington Adult Protection orders.
|Court Records | Frontier Justice 1853-1889 |
Select "Frontier Justice" in the record series menu to use this Washington Secretary of State Digital Archives service to search for Frontier Justice court records and cases filed between 1853 and 1889.
|Court Records | PACER U.S. District Washington |
Go here for U.S. District Court of Washington Federal civil, criminal, and bankruptcy court records. Great system, easily searched, and if the case is recent there's a chance that court documents and dockets will be available online
|Criminal Histories Pay Site|
Request, view, and print Washington criminal history conviction records from the Washington State Patrol.
|Judgments, Tax Liens, Bankruptcies Pay Site|
Use our Search Systems Premium database to search Washington statewide or the United States nationwide for tax liens, bankruptcies, and judgments. $5.00 per search. Immediate results.
|King County | District Court Records |
King County District Court criminal and civil court records. Registration required.
|Pierce County | Superior Court Records |
Pierce County Superior Court case records from the Legal Information Network Exchange (LINX) system.
|Protective Orders |
Search for protective orders in Washington by case number and respondent name and county of issuance.
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