You must appear in person at the Clerk’s Office to obtain copies of sealed court documents or sealed proceedings. Bring valid government issued photo ID to verify your identity. If you are not authorized by statute or court order you will not be able to view the case of obtain copies.
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If you do not have your case number, you can perform a self-search by going to the Washington Courts website for cases filed July 1979 to present. Or, you can pay the Clerk’s Office a $30 research fee, fill out the Research Request and the clerk will search for you case information.
You will need to provide us with the case type (Civil, Criminal, Domestic, Probate, etc), the party names (John Smith, Jane Doe), and approximate year of filing.
Please note that a case may have been filed in a year or more prior to any orders signed. For example, if you are searching for a divorce case (Domestic) and it was finalized in 1968 it may have been filed in 1967 or earlier. Checking multiple years before and after may increase your success in finding the case information.
These fees are in accordance with RCW 36.18.016(11) and 36.18.016(4).