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Matthew Marsh

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Why Washington Court Records are Available to the Public?

In 1972, the Washington State Legislature passed a law named the Washington Public Records Act. This law enables the last changes in 2010 and aims to make sure disclosure of court records and other public records to the public.
What Court Records Access Means To You?

The law is similar to the Washington Open Meeting Law which legislates the methods by which public meetings are held. The Washington Public Records Act intent is that all records maintained by state and local government entities be available for public access and copying.
Accountability to the Public

When the legislature enacted Washington Public Records Act, it expressively declared that access to information about the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state, Public Records Act. Indeed, in Washington, access to the government and court records, in particular, a fundamental interest in citizenship and has emphasized that maxim disclosure of the conduct of governmental operations promoted by the act. By promoting prompt public access to government records, the Washington Public Records Act is to safeguard the government's accountability to the public.
How the Washington Court Process Functions?

Most cases in Washington courts begin in one of the 39 superior or trial courts in the state’s 39 counties.

The next level of judicial authority resides with the Court of Appeals. Most cases before the Court of Appeals involves the review of a superior court decision being contested by a party involved in the case.

The Supreme Court serves as the highest court in the state to check decisions of the Court of Appeals to settle important questions of law and to resolve conflicts among the Court of Appeals.
Some differences between Civil Court and Small Claims Court below
Practice Areas
 Legal Services  Discrimination/Harassment  Mediation
 Abuse (Child, Domestic, Sexual)  Divorce  Online / Video Legal Consultation
 Agencies & Administration  Eminent Domain/Condemnation  Parents (Elder Law, Medicare, SSI)
 Auto (Speeding, Traffic)  Employment Law  Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks
 Auto (Accidents, Insurance)  Entertainment & Media  Pay and Benefits
 Banking (Business, Mortgage)  Environmental Law/Zoning  Personal Injury
 Bankruptcy  Family Law  Probate & Contested Wills
 Business Law  Financing & Taxes  Product Liability
 Children (Custody, Support)  Health Care & Insurance  Real Estate/Property
 Class Actions (Drugs, Products)  Injuries & Accidents  Social Security
 Commercial Law and Contracts  Insurance  Taxes
 Commercial Real Estate  Investments (Securities, IPOs)  Transportation
 Commerical Litigation  Juveniles  Unions
 Construction (Accidents, Disputes)  Landlord/Tenant  Immigration, Visas, Citizenship, Deportation
 Contract Disputes  Medical Malpractice  White Collar Crime
 COVID-19-Related Legal Help  Motor Vehicle Accidents  Workers' Compensation
 Credit (Collections, Rights)  Negligence  Wrongful Death
 Criminal Law  Malpractice - Professional  Wrongful Termination
Certifications
 Board Certified in Civil Trial Law (NBLSC)
Free Consultation
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Location
800 Fifth Avenue
Suite 4100
SeattleWA 98104
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