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.
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
Search Washington District Court, Municipal Court, and Traffic Violations Bureau upcoming court dates by name and court. Search results include case number, participant name and type, case type, and appearance time and location.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Legal Opinions
Search Washington Attorney General legal opinions from 1949 to present by keyword or subject, or view an index of opinions from 1975 to present.
Self help, legal research, general information
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.
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.
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.
King County District Court Infractions
View information about traffic and non-traffic infractions in King County District Court, including responding to a ticket, payment, mitigation and contested hearings, and deferrals. Links to information about criminal tickets, re-licensing, online payments, and warrants are in the left column.
King County District Court Name Changes
View information about name changes in King County District Court, including filing and hearing schedules by courhouse, with links to procedures and petition forms.
King County District Court Small Claims
View information about small claims cases in King County District Court, including who can sue and be sued, trial procedure, and appeals. Links to procedural instructions and a glossary of terms are in the left column; links to forms are in the right column.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
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 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.
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.
Online fine payments