Searching Case Records
Criminal History Records
View instructions for obtaining a criminal history record (background check) from the Washington State Patrol, online or by printed form. Fees apply.
King County Superior Court Documents
View instructions for obtaining King County Superior Court documents by online records request form, online search of certain cases since 2004, and mail and in-person requests. Fees apply; registration is required for online access. See links in the left column for information about viewing archival (microfiche) court records online, and ordering copies of hearings.
Superior, District, and Municipal Court Case Information and Dockets
Search Washington Superior, District, and Municipal Court case information and dockets by various criteria. This is a paid subscription service that requires registration and a set-up fee.
Superior, District, and Municipal Court Case Records
Under "Search for a case" click "Case Search Options" to search Washington Superior, District, and Municipal Court case records by name, court, case type, and year filed; or by case number and court. Under "Search for a person" click "Name Search" to search all courts by person name only; click "Licensed Health Facility Search to view an alphabetical list of people with active Vulnerable Adult Protection Orders with their associated case number and court.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
King County Superior Court Calendars
View King County Superior Court daily, civil standby, and criminal calendars, and calendars specific to the King County Courthouse, Juvenile Courthouse, and Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Legal Opinions
Search Washington Attorney General legal opinions from 1949 to present by keyword, year, or topic; or view an index of opinions from 1975 to present.
King County Superior Court Opinions
View and download selected recent King County Superior Court opinions by case name, judge, and date.
Self help, legal research, general information
Child Support Information
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services offers information about child support payments, applications, parent rights, eligibility, and direct deposit signup.
Child Support Services
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services offers information and services related to child support, including making, changing or enforcing a child support order; paternity establishment; custody and visitation; payment; forms; information for employers. A link to frequently asked questions is at the top of the page.
The Washington Attorney General's Office offers information about consumer issues such as fraud, scams, disputes with companies, mediation and arbitration, court procedure, worker rights, and complaint filing; and links to other agencies for resolution of specific issues.
Court and Legal Answers
The Washington eService Center offers a searchable database of answers to questions about the court system, procedure, records, research resources, legal assistance and other law-related subjects.
Court Resources, Publications, and Reports
View and download publications and reports by the Washington court system on various legal topics, such as family law, DUI, and small claims.
View statewide court rules and Superior, District, and Municipal Court local rules.
Crime Victims' Compensation
View information about Washington's Crime Victims Compensation Program, which can provide financial compensation for victims of violent crime who have suffered bodily injury or severe emotional distress. Links to forms and publications are included.
Criminal Record Sealing and Destruction
View a guide to sealing and destruction of court records, vacating convictions, and deleting criminal history records in Washington courts.
Dispute Resolution Resources
View information about Washington State Dispute Resolution Centers, which provide mediation services to help parties resolve disputes without going to court.
Domestic Violence Information
View information about legal protection from domestic violence, harassment, and abuse, including types of protection orders; the protection order process; safety planning; guidelines for protection orders; and address confidentiality. Links are under "Helpful Information" in the left column.
Domestic Violence Resources
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers information about domestic violence, a list of hotlines and local programs and their websites, what to expect if you call a program or go to a shelter, and links to resources, and links to additional problem-solving resources. The "Resources" link on the right side of the menu bar provides links to many more domestic violence resources.
Foreclosure Information and Mediation
View information and resources for Washington homeowners facing foreclosure, including counseling, loan modification programs, and property tax deferral. A link to the Washington Foreclosure Mediation Program, which can help homeowners and lenders negotiate and agreement, is in the right column.
King County Adult Drug Court
View information about the King County Adult Drug Diversion Court program, which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse problems. Eligibility criteria and forms are included.
King County Domestic Violence Information
View information about domestic violence, types of protection orders and how to obtain one, and available community resources for victims, abusers, and interested parties.
King County Eviction Procedure
The King County Sheriff offers information about the eviction process, with instructions for landlords and links to forms and an instruction sheet.
King County Family Support Information
The King County Prosecutor's Office Family Support Division offers information about paternity establishment, parenting plans, modification of child support, divorce/dissolution, and employment and training assistance.
King County Law Library
View information about the Public Law Library of King County, including locations, hours, available services, an online catalog, an "ask us" service by e-mail or online chat, legal clinics, classes, research guides, and links to an extensive collection of online resources arranged by jurisdiction and legal topic.
King County Legal Information and Online Resources
The King County Bar Association offers an extensive list of links to legal information and online resources for a variety of legal issues, including King County resources, legal research sites, and other legal materials.
King County Superior Court Civil Protection Orders
View information about domestic violence, antiharassment, sexual assault, and vulnerable adult protection orders in King County Superior Court, including descriptions of the different orders, filing instructions, and links to forms.
King County Superior Court Electronic Filing
View information and instructions for electronic filing of forms and documents in King County Superior Court, which is mandatory for attorneys and optional for self-represented parties.
King County Superior Court Family Law Information
View information about Family Court actions in King County Superior Court, including Family Court Services which provides family law orientation for parties without attorneys, parent seminars, parenting plan evaluations, p mediation, domestic violence assessments, and adoption services; the Family Law Facilitator Program which assists self-represented parties with case filing, form selection and review, explanation of court procedure, referrals, and links to additional resources; and Family Law Settlement Conferences.
King County Superior Court Information for Self-Represented Parties
View and download a handbook, and watch a video, on how to represent yourself in court in King County Superior Court. Links are in the middle of the page under the "GENERAL" heading. Links to additional resources and information about the court are also available on this page.
King County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration
View information about mandatory arbitration in some King County Superior Court civil cases involving money damages of no more than $50,000, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Links to rules and forms are included.
King County Victim Help
The King County Prosecutor's Office offers information about resources and services available to crime victims, victims' compensation, case status notification, and restitution. Links to information about victims' rights are in the left column.
King County Will Repository
View information about the King County Will Repository, a safe place to store your will in the Superior Court Clerk's Office. Links to forms are included. A nominal fee is required.
Legal Information and Self Help Resources
View legal information and resources by topic, including family law, child support, housing, consumer, protection from abuse, benefits, elder law, youth law, health, employment, immigration, civil rights, veterans, Native Americans, criminal, and more.
Legal Information for Women
Legal Voice provides self-help legal publications designed specifically for women in areas including family law, violence against women, consumer, employment, court procedure, LGBT rights, criminal law, civil rights, health, and estate planning.
Legal Information Publications
The Washington State Bar Association offers downloadable publications on various legal topics including alternatives to court, consulting a lawyer, legal fees, financial protection for clients, criminal law, divorce, landlord-tenant, probate, wills, trusts, and signing of documents.
Motor Vehicle Information
The Washington State Department of Licensing offers information about driver's licenses, registration, records, suspension, and reinstatement.
View information about probate in Washington, including probate instructions, information for heirs and beneficiaries, forms, procedure, probate avoidance, and wills.
Seattle Landlord-Tenant Information
View information about Seattle landlord-tenant matters, including eviction procedures and owner and tenant rights.
View and download guides for self-represented parties in Superior Court civil proceedings, District Court, and Municipal Court, in English and Spanish. View information about Courthouse Facilitators, who provide assistance to self-represented parties in Superior Court family law cases.
Self-Help Resources and Links
View information about Washington courts and related resources, including an index of available self-help pages on the state courts website, domestic violence resources, an introduction to small claims court, a glossary of legal terms, a citizen's guide to the state court system, a brochure about court records access, and a search for certified court interpreters.
The Washington Attorney General's Office offers information about senior fraud, death certificates and other issues regarding death, abuse of vulnerable adults, and filing Medicaid fraud complaints.
State Court Guide
View a guide to Washington courts, types of cases, procedures, and judicial discipline; download the guide in English or Spanish.
State Law Library
View information about the Washington State Law Library, including location, hours, an online catalog, available materials and services, an online Ask a Librarian feature, and links to online legal research resources.
Search the Revised Code of Washington by keyword or citation, or browse the table of contents codes by title, chapter, and section.
View information about "therapeutic" or "problem solving" specialized court programs in Washington, including Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts, Family Treatment Court, DUI Court, Domestic Violence Court, Mental Health Court, and Veterans Treatment Court. These courts can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse and mental health problems.
King County Juvenile Court Dependency and Family Treatment Court
View information about juvenile dependency issues in King County Juvenile Court, including an explanation of the process; and Family Treatment Court for parents with substance abuse problems.
King County Juvenile Diversion
View information about King County juvenile diversion, which can result in dismissal of charges for some offenders who complete a program that may include restitution, community service, counseling, and educational classes. Links to detailed information and forms are provided.
King County Juvenile Drug Court
View information about the King County Juvenile Drug Court program, which can result in dismissed charges for some offenders with substance abuse problems.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Civil Legal Aid Information and Resources
The Washington Office of Civil Legal Aid offers information about civil legal aid and links to providers.
Complaints About Judges
View instructions for filing a complaint about a Washington judge. Links to the complaint form, records request form, and additional information are provided.
Complaints About Lawyers
View instructions for filing a complaint against a Washington lawyer. Complaints may be filed online or by downloadable form.
East King County Civil Legal Help and King County Domestic Violence Legal Help
The Eastside Legal Assistance Program provides free civil legal assistance and legal clinics to low-income residents of east and northeast King County, and free domestic violence legal assistance throughout King County.
East King County Lawyers
Search a directory of East King County Bar Association members by area of law or name, or view the complete membership directory in alphabetical order.
Free and Low-Cost Legal Assistance
Search a directory of organizations offering free and low-cost legal assistance by location and legal issue, or view the alphabetical directory. Links to the organizations are provided.
Free Civil Legal Help
Northwest Justice Project provides free civil legal assistance to income-eligible parties, information about types of cases handled, and video information about various legal topics. Applications are taken by telephone or online form submission.
Free Civil Legal Services Directory
View a directory of Washington organizations that provide free civil legal services, statewide and by county.
King County Free and Low-Cost Legal Help
The King County Bar Association's Pro Bono Services department offers free Neighborhood Legal Clinics and Volunteer Legal Services representation for low-income residents in civil cases. See links in the right column for details about these programs as well as programs for family law, housing, kinship care, and community resources. The Self Help Plus Program provides limited legal assistance in non-contested family law cases for a fee based on ability to pay.
King County Lawyer Referral
The King County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone, e-mail, or online request form.
King County Protection Order Help
The King County Protection Order Advocacy Program provides domestic violence victims with information about domestic violence protection orders, the process for obtaining an order, safety planning, and enforcement; assistance with forms and safety plans; hearing preparation and accompaniment; and referrals.
King County Public Defenders
View information about the King County Department of Public Defense, which provides free or low-cost legal representation to income-eligible individuals facing possible incarceration, involuntary mental health commitment, or loss of parental rights.
Search the Washington State Bar Association directory of member attorneys by name, city, status, area of practice, and languages spoken.
Lawyer Discipline Notices
Search the Washington State Bar Association database of lawyer discipline notices by name, keyword, action type, and effective date.
Lawyer Referral and Legal Assistance
The Washington State Bar Association offers links to lawyer referral services by county, information about organizations providing free and low-cost legal services, tips for finding a lost will, and a Moderate Means Program that refers income-eligible parties to lawyers who offer reduced rates.
Public Defender Offices
View a list of Washington public defender offices by county, with contact information and links to websites. Public Defenders provide free legal representation to indigent defendants facing possible incarceration, indigent parties facing civil mental health commitment, and indigent parents and juveniles in some juvenile court proceedings.
Forms and related information
View and download forms for use in Washington courts. Browse forms by category, or view a list of all forms. Links to instructions and additional information about forms, and King County family law forms in Spanish, are under "Related Links" in the right column.
Interactive Online Form Completion Assistance
Guided interviews assist the user to fill out Washington State court forms on selected legal topics, such as domestic violence and divorce.
King County Superior Court Forms
View and download King County Superior Court forms. General forms are on the main page; links to forms by case type are in the left column.