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Thurston County District Court
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building 3
Thurston County District Court also handles municipal court functions for Lacey, Rainier, and Tumwater, except for traffic violations handled by Lacey Violations Bureau or Tumwater Violations Division.
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Online Court Resources
Resources for the for the Thurston County District Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Thurston County, Washington, and resources applicable to all courts in Washington.
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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.
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
District and Municipal Court Dates
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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.
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.
Online fine payments
Self help, legal research, general information
Thurston County Superior Court Protection Orders
View information about domestic violence, sexual assault, anti-harassment, stalking, and vulnerable adult/elder protection orders in Thurston County, including explanations of the types of orders and how to get them.
Thurston County Mediation
The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County provides mediation services that can help parties resolve disputes without going to court.
Thurston County District Court Veterans Court
View information about Thurston County Veterans Court, a program of District Court that can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some veterans with substance abuse or mental health problems.
Thurston County District Court Small Claims
View information about small claims cases in Thurston County District Court, including who can sue and be sued, how to start a case, settlement, mediation, trial procedure, and collecting a judgment. A sample claim form is provided.
Thurston County District Court Traffic Infractions and Deferrals
View information on traffic infractions in Thurston County District Court, including how to respond, contested and mitigation hearings, driving records, insurance tickets, payments, failure to appear, and deferrals including how to request a deferral and a link to the request form.
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.
Dispute Resolution Resources
View information about Washington State Dispute Resolution Centers, which provide mediation services to help parties resolve disputes without going to court.
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.
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.
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.
View statewide court rules and Superior, District, and Municipal Court local rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Motor Vehicle Information
The Washington State Department of Licensing offers information about driver's licenses, registration, records, suspension, and reinstatement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Thurston County Victim Help
The Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Victim Advocates provide crime victims with information about protective orders and domestic violence, explanation of the court process, court accompaniment, case status notification, referrals, and assistance with victim impact statements, victims' compensation applications, return of property, and restitution.
Thurston County Lawyers
Search a directory of Thurston County Bar Association members by area of practice, view the entire directory, and view lawyers who will work pro bono.
Thurston County Assigned Counsel
The Thurston County Office of Assigned Counsel provides free legal representation to indigent defendants facing possible incarceration, indigent parties facing civil mental health commitments, and indigent parents and juveniles in some juvenile court proceedings.
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.
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.
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.
Free and Low-Cost Legal Assistance
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Complaints About Lawyers
View instructions for filing a complaint against a Washington lawyer. Complaints may be filed online or by downloadable form.
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.
Search the Washington State Bar Association directory of member attorneys by name, city, status, area of practice, and languages spoken.