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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Pierce County District Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Pierce 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 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
Pierce County District Court Calendars and Schedule
View the Pierce County District Court calendar for the current week, and the monthly schedule by hearing types.
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, year, or topic. Links to pending opinions are also available.
Forms and related information
Pierce County District Court Forms and Information
View and download forms for use in Pierce County District Court, including civil, criminal, infraction, name change, small claims, and toll violation. Links to additional online resources are provided.
View and download forms for use in Washington courts. Browse forms by category, or view a list of all forms. Links are provided to instructions, forms in additional languages, and available legal assistance.
Online Self-Help Forms
Complete Washington court forms using an interactive interview process. Completed forms can be saved and printed.
Online fine payments
Pay Pierce County District Court Fines
Pay Pierce County District Court fines online. A fee applies.
Self help, legal research, general information
Pierce County Criminal Procedure
The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office offers information about the criminal justice process.
Pierce County District Court Case Types and Procedures
View information about Pierce County District Court case types and procedures, including anti-harassment and stalking protection orders, small claims, misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, name changes, toll violations, traffic and non-traffic infractions, and vehicle impounds.
Pierce County District Court Glossary
View a glossary of legal terms from Pierce County District Court.
Pierce County District Court Online Services
View information about online infraction hearing requests and online case initiation interviews for anti-harassment, name change, and small claims cases in Pierce County District Court.
Pierce County District Court Services
View information about services provided by Pierce County District Court, including name changes, record requests, small claims filing, protection orders, infraction hearings and scheduling, payments, and how to quash a warrant.
Pierce County Domestic Violence Help
The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center provides victims of domestic violence with information, safety planning, housing, counseling, legal support, child support help, assistance with protection orders, and additional resources.
Pierce County Law Library
View information about the Pierce County Law Library, including location, hours, an online catalog, available materials and services, and links to additional online research resources.
Small Claims Court Information
View an introduction to small claims cases in Washington District Courts; download the brochure in English or Spanish.
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 and/or severe emotional distress. Links to forms and publications are included.
Criminal Record Sealing and Destruction
View a guide to sealing and destroying 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. Types of protection orders, the protection order process, safety planning, guidelines for protection orders, and address confidentiality are detailed. Links are under "Helpful Information" in the left column.
Domestic Violence Resources
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers statewide information and assistance to victims of domestic violence.
Legal Information for Women
Legal Voice provides information, resources, and publications focusing on women's legal rights, including family law, health and reproductive rights, discrimination, and gender-based violence.
View and download guides for self-represented parties in Superior Court civil proceedings, District Court, and Municipal Courts, available in English and Spanish. Additional resources are provided as well.
View information about therapeutic or problem solving 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.
The Washington Office of the Attorney General provides information about consumer issues such as fraud, scams, disputes with companies, mediation and arbitration, court procedure, worker rights, and complaint filings. Links to other agencies are provided 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 juvenile and family law, small claims, and court record access.
Legal Information and Self-Help Resources
View legal information and resources by topic, including family law, juvenile and elder law, criminal, consumer, health, housing, employment, Native Americans, immigration, civil rights, veterans, and more.
Motor Vehicle Information
The Washington State Department of Licensing offers information about driver licenses, registration, records, suspension, and reinstatement.
Self-Help Resources and Links
View information about Washington courts and related judicial resources, including an index of available self-help pages on the state courts website. Links to the certified court interpreter program, domestic violence resources, an introduction to Small Claims Court, a citizen's guide to the state court system, and a brochure about court records access are provided.
The Washington Office of the Attorney General offers information about fraudulent schemes targeting seniors, abuse of vulnerable adults, and end of life guidance.
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, and services, including an online catalog, available materials, 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.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Pierce County Lawyer Referral and Senior Services
The Pierce County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone, which includes an initial consultation for a nominal fee. Legal services for seniors at a reduced rate are also available, including wills, power of attorney, living wills, and community property agreements.
Pierce County Legal Help
The Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association's Volunteer Legal Services Program provides legal services and information for low-income residents, including legal advice clinics, landlord-tenant advice, and a foreclosure clinic. Links to additional resources and agencies are provided.
Pierce County Public Defender
View information about the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel, which 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.
Pierce County Victim/Witness Help
The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Victim Witness Assistance Services Unit provides crime victims and witnesses with information, case status notification, court accompaniment, referrals, and assistance with restitution, victims' compensation, and victim impact statements.
Civil Legal Aid Information and Resources
The Washington Office of Civil Legal Aid offers information about civil legal aid and links to providers for income-eligible residents.
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.
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.
Complaints About Judges
View instructions for filing a complaint about a Washington judge. Additional information is provided, including the link to file online and the complaint form.
Complaints About Lawyers
View instructions for filing a complaint against a Washington lawyer or requesting assistance to resolve a dispute with your lawyer. Complaints may be filed online or by downloadable form to be mailed in hard copy.
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.
Search the Washington State Bar Association directory of member attorneys by name, location, 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, and a Moderate Means Program that refers income-eligible parties to lawyers who offer reduced rates.