Attorney in Seattle, WA
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Matthew Marsh
Washington State Records
800 Fifth Avenue   
Suite 4100   
SeattleWA 98104
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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.
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Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Legal Services
 Abuse (Child, Domestic, Sexual)
 Agencies & Administration
 Auto (Speeding, Traffic)
 Auto (Accidents, Insurance)
 Banking (Business, Mortgage)
 Bankruptcy
 Business Law
 Children (Custody, Support)
 Class Actions (Drugs, Products)
 Commercial Law and Contracts
 Commercial Real Estate
 Commerical Litigation
 Construction (Accidents, Disputes)
 Contract Disputes
 COVID-19-Related Legal Help
 Credit (Collections, Rights)
 Criminal Law
 Discrimination/Harassment
 Divorce
 Eminent Domain/Condemnation
 Employment Law
 Entertainment & Media
 Environmental Law/Zoning
 Family Law
 Financing & Taxes
 Health Care & Insurance
 Injuries & Accidents
 Insurance
 Investments (Securities, IPOs)
 Juveniles
 Landlord/Tenant
 Medical Malpractice
 Motor Vehicle Accidents
 Negligence
 Malpractice - Professional
 Mediation
 Online / Video Legal Consultation
 Parents (Elder Law, Medicare, SSI)
 Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks
 Pay and Benefits
 Personal Injury
 Probate & Contested Wills
 Product Liability
 Real Estate/Property
 Social Security
 Taxes
 Transportation
 Unions
 Immigration, Visas, Citizenship, Deportation
 White Collar Crime
 Workers' Compensation
 Wrongful Death
 Wrongful Termination
Licenses/Certifications
 Board Certified in Civil Trial Law (NBLSC)
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