Court Records

Most court case records and documents are public records and are available for viewing at no cost in the Clerk’s Office during business hours.  Court case records that are not open to public inspection include statutorily confidential, sealed by court order, or otherwise restricted by state and/or local court rule.  Court records are not subject to the Public Disclosure Act.


Viewing documents and case information in the Clerk’s Office during business hours is cost free.  To learn the cost to obtain document copies, recordings and special processing, view the Fee Schedule.


Sealed records access requires court approval and proof of identification.  Be sure to bring valid picture ID if you have a court order or legal authorization to access a sealed case or sealed document.


We do not take requests for printed or recorded court records over the phone. They must be ordered online, requested by mail or in person.

Online:

Copies of publicly available court documents filed with our office may be obtained electronically through the Washington State Digital Archives website or through the Odyssey Portal which is an annual fee-based subscription service to the Clerk’s Electronic Court Records Management System.

Domestic court records prior to 2004 and Juvenile Offender cases are not publicly available via Washington State Digital Archives.

Please click here to learn more about these two options for electronic access to select publicly available court records.

In Person:

The public access area located at the Clerk’s office in Room M-206 offers customers the option to view publicly available court records for free.  To print documents, there is a charge of $.25 per page for regular copies.  Certified copies of documents cost $5.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page.  Records requests can also be saved onto a CD, rather than printing.  The cost for this option is $20 for the CD and then $.25 per page and a mailing fee of $2.50 per CD. 

We accept payment via debit/credit card (with valid photo ID), cash, cashier’s check or money order. Personal checks are not accepted.

By Mail:

Please mail a completed Copy Request Form to the Clerk’s Office specifying the case information and documents that you want to purchase.  Make sure to include a daytime phone number and/or email address where we can contact you if we have any questions and a self-addressed stamped envelope to return the documents in.    

The cost for printed documents is $.25 per page for regular copies.  Certified copies of documents cost $5.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page.  Records requests can also be saved onto a CD, rather than printing.  The cost for this option is $20 for a CD and then $.25 per page and a mailing fee of $2.50 per CD. 

If you do not know the number of pages/documents for your request, please contact the Clerk’s Customer Service division at contact.clerk@snoco.org or 425-388-3466.   

When requesting copies by mail, you must include the case number and party information.  Payment in the form of a cashier’s check or money order payable to Snohomish County Clerk (personal checks are not accepted) and a self-addressed stamped envelope sufficient to cover the return postage of the requested documents must also be included with the request.   

Requests will be mailed out once payment has been received in full.

CDs of Recorded Hearings:

Court hearings may be reported by a traditional court reporter or recorded electronically.  The court minutes for the hearing will indicate the method of reporting or recording.   

If a court reporter was present at the court hearing, the court reporter is the only person available to prepare a verbatim transcript of the reported proceeding.  To obtain a transcript from a court reporter, contact Superior Court Administration.   

To request a copy of a hearing that was recorded, please complete the Recorded Hearing Request Form.  The completed form can be mailed in with the appropriate payment in the form of a cashier’s check or money order payable to Snohomish County Clerk (personal checks are not accepted) or you can bring the completed form to the Clerk’s Office, located in Room M-206.   

Efforts will be made to have these requests available within 10 business days from the date received.  The expense of searching for and duplicating the applicable proceeding is $25 per request pursuant to RCW 36.18.016(13).  Completed requests can be picked up in the Clerk’s Office or mailed back to the requestor for an additional fee of $2.50 per CD.