Documents Maintained by Clerk

Access to Public Records

All cases and documents filed since January 1, 1996, are available as computer images. They are available for viewing on-line or on the public access terminal located at the Clerk's Office on the 5th floor. Cases not available on-line are available for viewing on microfiche or the computer at the Clerk's Office.

1900 to present available on-line.
Civil / Domestic Violence
1900 to present available on-line.
1900 to present available on-line.
Probate / Guardianship
1900 to present available on-line.
Adoptions / Paternity
Viewing restricted by statute.
Mental Illness / Alcohol
Viewing restricted by statute.
Juvenile Dependency
Viewing restricted by statute.
Juvenile Offenders
1900 to present available on-line.
Most cases available on-line.

Documents on line

RCW 36.18

a.) The fee for preparing, copying or certifying any instrument on file of record filed in the Clerk's Office is $5.00 for the first page, and $1.00 for each additional page, per document, certified with or without seal. Documents cannot be separated or partially copied.

b.) For searching records for which a written report is issued, there shall be a fee of $30.00 per hour or portion of an hour.

Additional fees will be charged for providing noncertified copies by fax or e-mail.
Note: There is no fee for viewing documents at the courthouse.

RCW 40.16.010 Injury to Public Records

Every person who shall willfully and unlawfully remove, alter, mutilate, destroy, conceal, or obliterate a record, map, book, paper, document, or other thing filed or deposited in a public office, or with any public officer, by authority of the law shall be punished by imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not more than five years, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by both.

Public Records Act does not apply to Judicial Records

Note: The application of the public records statute to judicial records was resolved by Nast v. Michaels, 107 Wn.2d 300 (1986). The Court held that the statute did not apply to judicial records (case files) held by the county clerk. Disclosure of judicial records is governed by a limited common law right of access as determined by the court on a case by case basis.


RCW 26.33.330 Records Sealed- inspection only on court order.
(1) All records of any proceeding under this chapter shall be sealed and shall not be thereafter opened to inspection by any person except under order of the court for good cause shown, or except by using the procedure described in RCW 26.33.343 (relating to confidential intermediaries). In determining whether good cause exists, the court shall consider any certified statement on file with the Department of Health as provided in RCW 26.33.347 (desire to be contacted).

(2) The state registrar of vital statistics may charge a reasonable fee for the review of any of its sealed records.


RCW 26.26.200 - Confidentiality.
Notwithstanding any other rule of law concerning public hearings and records, any hearing or trial held under this chapter shall be held in closed court without admittance of any person other than those necessary to the action or proceeding or for the orderly administration of justice. All papers and records, other than the final judgment and matters relating to the enforcement of the final judgment pertaining to the action or proceeding whether part of the permanent record of the court or of a file in the Department of Social and Health Services, are subject to inspection by a nonparty only upon an order of the court for good cause shown following reasonable notice to all parties of the hearing where such order is to be sought.

Explanatory Note: Under the statute all papers and other records are confidential except the decree itself. The decree is a matter of public record.

Mental Illness

71.05.390 - Confidential information and records- Disclosure.
Except as provided in this section, the fact of admission and all information and records compiled, obtained, or maintained in the course of providing services to either voluntary or involuntary recipients of services at public or private agencies shall be confidential...

Juvenile Dependency

RCW 13.50.100 - Records not relating to commission of juvenile offenses - Maintenance and access - Disclosure
Records covered by this section shall be confidential and shall be released only pursuant to this section and RCW 13.50.010.