Superior Court Clerk's Office Overview
Oficina del Secretario del Tribunal Superior - Información general
The King County Department of Judicial Administration (DJA), more commonly known as the Superior Court Clerk's Office, serves as the record keeper and a customer service provider for the King County Superior Court.
The Clerk’s Office is responsible for maintaining and managing access to the official superior court case records, dating back to 1854. Case records are, with some exceptions, public records and available for general viewing. The only records that are not subject to public inspection are those sealed by court order, protected by court rule or by law.
The Clerk’s Office also manages receipt, disbursement and accounting of all fees, fines and payments made in superior court cases. Included are the court ordered payments on criminal and juvenile offender cases collected by the Clerk’s Legal Financial Obligations Collection program.
Other specialized Clerk’s Office service delivery programs are: assisting the public by means of the Clerk’s Protection Order Office; providing safe storage of wills via the Will Repository; facilitating online and in-person access to court records and requests for document copies; and enabling electronic filing and submission of electronic judicial working copies. In addition, a clerk is required to be present at every Superior Court hearing.
Clerk’s staff manage nationally recognized programs: the Adult Drug Diversion Court, a pre-adjudication program that provides eligible defendants the opportunity to receive drug treatment in lieu of incarceration; Step-Up, a domestic violence counseling program for teens that have been violent with family members; and, the Electronic Court Records (ECR) Program, an enterprise wide technology system that provides the electronic document filing, management, storage, retrieval and viewing solution for the court, clerk’s office staff, the public, and law, safety and justice partner agencies.
Clerk’s Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am -12:15 pm and 1:15 pm – 4:30 pm (limited services 12:15 – 1:15 pm), except legal holidays: www.kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/hours
Clerk’s Customer Service: Staff are available to assist customers at any office counter, by phone (206-296-9300 TTY: 206-296-0100) or via email: DJA.CustomerServiceEmail@KingCounty.gov. For questions about the Clerk’s electronic applications contact the eServices Help Desk: 206-477-3000 or eServices@kingcounty.gov.
Case Number Look-up: If the case number is unknown, the Washington Courts website provides an online case number and person search: dw.courts.wa.gov/.
Court Forms: Forms and documents are available online: www.kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/forms.
Fee Schedule: Clerk’s Office fees are mandated by law or court rule and must be paid in advance. To learn about fee waivers or reduction of costs, visit: www.kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/Fees.
E-Filing: Electronic filing of most documents into Superior Court cases is mandatory for attorneys (see KCLGR 30). To learn more about e-filing visit: www.kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/documents/efiling.