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Washington State Courts
A Guide to Washington State Courts
PDF guidebook and general explainer of the State court system. Available in Spanish.
Washington State Superior Courts with Websites
List of all Superior Courts in Washington State that has an accompanying website. Not all Superior Courts in Washington has a website.
Washington State Court Directories
Contact information for Washington State Courts and organizations related to Official Court Business, including Tribal Courts; Superior, Juvenile, District & Municipal Courts; Administrative Offices; Certified Court Interpreter Directory; Certified Professional Guardians; Courthouse Facilitators; Dispute Resolution Centers; Drug Courts & Other Therapeutic Courts; Public Defender Offices; and guide to locating courts.
The Courts of Washington
Directory to Washington State Appellate & Trial Courts' websites.
Washington Style Guide
The Twentieth Edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is the basic citation resource for Washington appellate court opinions, except as set forth in the Style Sheet.
Washington Appellate Court Resources
Washington Supreme Court
Washington State Supreme Court main page. Research information about the Court, docket, the Justices, Clerk's Office, and other resources.
Washington Supreme Court Annual Caseload Reports
Look at court case activity, history, and trends. Also provided are archive reports and a helpful glossary.
Caseload information (both current and archival) for Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior Court, and Courts of Limited Jurisdictions. Also provided are Trial Court Staffing and Judicial Needs Estimates.
Washington Case Reporters
Washington cases are reported in the following reporters:
Supreme Court: Washington Reports, Washington Reports 2d.
Court of Appeals: Washington Appellate Reports
When citing Washington cases to Washington courts, follow the Reporter of Decisions Style Sheet, which uses different abbreviations for Washington court reports:
- Washington Reports = Wash.
- Washington Reports, 2d = Wn.2d
- Washington Appellate Reports = Wn. App.
The Washington Courts website has searchable docket information for municipal, district, superior and appellate court cases. These dockets do not allow you to access the complete court file or pleadings but are a good tool for initial research. To obtain a court file, contact the clerk of the relevant court.
If your case is in Seattle Municipal Court, check their court records database for more detailed information. You can look cases up by Attorney, Defendant, Case Number or Citation Number. This is also a good source to check when you are doing a criminal background check.
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions
You can access the Washington Pattern Jury Instructions (civil and criminal) through subscription databases, or for free.
Westlaw and Lexis have some Washington state court briefs, but before you pay for a brief, check to see if it is available for free at the Washington State Courts website.
Washington Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions