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Spokane County Courthouse, Room 300
1116 West Broadway Avenue
Spokane, WA 99260
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the County Clerk's Office (Clerk of the Superior Court) and what hours is it open?
How do I get information about a case? For example - Can you tell me if a person has any cases filed against them, or me? OR - Can you tell me the status of or what happened in a case? OR - Can I look at a case file?
Can I take a court file out of the Clerk's office to copy it?
What does it cost to file a law suit in the Superior Court?
Where do I file court documents?
How do I obtain copies of documents from a court file?
How do I do a court record search?
Why are some cases confidential or sealed?
Do I need an attorney to do my legal work?
How do I present my documents to the court?
What is the date, time and/or place of my court hearing?
How and where do I set a court date?

Where is the County Clerk's Office (Clerk of the Superior Court) and what hours is it open?

The County Clerk's Office (Clerk of the Superior Court) is located in Room 300, County Courthouse at 1116 W Broadway Ave., Spokane WA 99201. The office is open from 8:30 - 12:00 Noon and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays.

Telephone hours are:
8:30 - 12:00 Noon and 1:00 - 4:00 PM
(509) 477-2211

The archive and juvenile offices are open:
8:30 - 12:00 Noon and 1:00 - 4:00 PM

How do I get information about a case? For example - Can you tell me if a person has any cases filed against them, or me? OR - Can you tell me the status of or what happened in a case? OR - Can I look at a case file?

View Records Maintained by the Clerk

In Person

The County Clerk's Office may provide information about any Superior Court case that is public, and not confidential or sealed by court order, in person during business hours (8:30 - 12:00 Noon and 1:00 - 4:00, Monday - Friday). Public files may be viewed in the office - they may not be removed.

By Telephone

Limited information is available by telephoning the County Clerk's Office (509-477-2211) for public cases only. No information can be provided over the telephone for confidential or sealed cases. In older cases, if the case is on microfilm, we will take your information and a daytime telephone number where we can contact you or direct your call to the Archives division of the Clerk's Office.

By Mail

You may mail a request for information to: Spokane County Clerk's Office, Room 300, County Courthouse, 1116 W Broadway Ave., Spokane WA 99021-0090. Include in your letter as much information as you have about the case, for example - party names, date of filing, etc., and what (if any) documents you would like a copy of. If you are requesting information about a confidential or sealed case, you will need to provide proper identification depending on access requirements. Some confidential and sealed cases may not be accessible at all without first obtaining a court order.

Fees

There is a $30.00 fee for searching records plus the copy charge, if copies are requested. Certified copies (with seal) cost $5.00 for the first page of the document and $1.00 for each additional page. Non-certified copies cost $.25 cents per page. These fees are in accordance with RCW 36.18.016.

Can I take a court file out of the Clerk's office to copy it?

The public may not remove a court file from the Clerk's Office.   Files may be withdrawn to be taken to a courtroom or the Bar Assoc. Office by the following persons on giving a written receipt:  judges, court commissioners, deputy clerks, bailiffs, official court reporters, judicial assistants, court administrator's office, court facilitator staff, representatives from bail and/or bonding companies, attorneys, paralegals registered under LCR 54(e)(3), APR 9 legal interns, guardians ad litem and representatives of adoption agencies.

What does it cost to file a law suit in the Superior Court?

The filing fees for Superior Court matters are established by the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and vary based on the type of case being filed. These fees are in accordance with RCW 36.18.016. Filing fees must be paid by cash, money order, cashiers check or an attorney trust account check. The clerk does not accept debit or credit cards. For a listing of filing fees refer to the Clerk fees list.

Where do I file court documents?

Documents for Superior Court cases may be filed in person at the County Clerk's Office or by mailing them to: Spokane County Clerk's Office, Room 300, County Courthouse, 1116 W Broadway Ave., Spokane WA 99260-0090. Be sure each document contains the Superior Court case number, full title of the case, and complies with court rules, form and pleading standards (GR 14, RCW 26.18.220). For documents that require a fee you must enclose the appropriate amount. If you are filing a new case, you must also file a Clerk Indexing Sheet.

How do I obtain copies of documents from a court file?

Copies In Person - Copies of documents filed in Superior Court cases may be obtained from the County Clerk's Office in person during business hours (8:30-12:00 Noon and 1:00-4:00, Monday - Friday). Certified copies (with seal) cost $5.00 for the first page of the document and $1.00 for each additional page. Non-certified copies cost $.25 cents per page, unless from Microfilm - $.50 cents per page.

Copies By Mail - Copies of documents may be requested by mail addressed to the Spokane County Clerks Office, Room 300, County Courthouse, 1116 W Broadway Ave., Spokane WA 99021-0090. You must enclose the appropriate fee for copies and a self-addressed, stamped envelope of sufficient size, with enough postage for your copies.

Fees - You may telephone the County Clerk's Office (509-477-2211) during office hours to find out the number of pages for each document and the exact fee, prior to requesting copies. The clerk does not accept debit or credit cards. These fees are in accordance with RCW 36.18.016.

How do I do a court record search?

Search in Person - You may ask the County Clerk's Office to do a search for Superior Court cases in person during business hours (8:30-12:00 Noon and 1:00-4:00, Monday - Friday).

Search by Telephone - Limited search information is available by telephoning the County Clerk's Office (509-477-2211) during office hours. No information can be provided over the telephone for confidential or sealed cases. In older cases, if the case is on microfilm, we will take your search information and a daytime telephone number where we can contact you after the search.

Search by Mail - You may mail a search request to: Spokane County Clerk's Office, Room 300, County Courthouse, 1116 W Broadway Ave., Spokane WA 99021-0090. Include in your letter as much information as you have about the case, i.e., party names, date of filing, etc., and what (if any) documents you would like a copy of. If you are requesting information about a confidential or sealed case, you will need to provide proper identification depending on access requirements. Some confidential and sealed cases may not be accessible at all without first obtaining a court order.

Fees - There is a $30.00 fee for searching records plus the copy charge, if copies are requested. Certified copies (with seal) cost $5.00 for the first page of the document and $1.00 for each additional page. Non-certified copies cost $.50 cents per page. These fees are in accordance with RCW 36.18.016.

Why are some cases confidential or sealed?

Most Superior Court cases are open to the public. However, a matter may have been sealed by a court order or is a confidential matter by the type of case, such as an adoption. Rules governing confidential or sealed cases and documents are very specific as to who may or may not have access. If you have a question in this area, contact the Clerk's Office and you will be provided information regarding documents or cases that are restricted from access.

Do I need an attorney to do my legal work?

It is not required to obtain an attorney to file legal documents. However, if you should choose to proceed pro se (represent yourself) you will be held to the same standards by the court as an attorney. Most family law forms are available for sale at the Spokane County Bar Association office or are available on-line at the Spokane County Superior Court website or at the Washington State Court Internet Site: www.courts.wa.gov.

Family Court Facilitator - The Family Court Facilitator program was established in Spokane County to provide assistance to citizens who choose to or who cannot afford an attorney to represent them in matters dealing with divorce (dissolution), custody, child support, paternity or non-parental (third party/grandparent) custody matters.

How do I present my documents to the court?

You must present your documents to the court in person. You cannot have a family member or friend appear for you - only an attorney may represent another person in court. Each case type has specific noting documents to schedule a hearing. If a case has been assigned to a judge, you will need to contact the Judicial Assistant for that court as to court availability. If you do not know how to set a hearing in a family law case, you should contact the Family Court Facilitator.

LCR 54 (e)(2) Out-of-County Counsel. Counsel outside of Spokane County may present routine ex parte or stipulated matters based on the record in the file by mail addressed to the county clerk. The presentation fee must accompany the original pleadings. Self-addressed, stamped envelopes shall be provided for return of any conformed materials and/or rejected orders.

Ex Parte Presentation Fee - The current fee for the clerk to present documents to Ex Parte for out-of-county counsel is $30.00. You must enclose any copies you want conformed and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for their return. If the clerk is requested to prepare copies, the appropriate fee must be enclosed (certified or not certified).

What is the date, time and/or place of my court hearing?

Information regarding hearings in Superior Court is available by calling the County Clerk's Office at (509) 477-2211 or the Superior Court Administrator at (509) 477-5790. You can also access calendars on the Superior Court website and District Court website.

How and where do I set a court date?

A court date for a Superior Court case is set by filing the proper Calendar Note with the County Clerk's Office. Calendar Notes are a county specific form and you should be sure to use the Spokane County forms to ensure that you are scheduled on the proper calendar. If you have questions, you should contact the specific court coordinator at the Superior Court Administrator's Office or the assigned judge's Judicial Assistant or District Court.

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