Notice to Filers About Case Info
Any document filed with the court should not include sensitive information, unless such inclusion is necessary and relevant to the case or is ordered by the court. Any personal information not otherwise protected by statute or court rule will be made available at the courthouse and may also be available in a local court’s website.
Access to Family Law and Guardianship Case documents is governed by the general court rule GR 22 - Access to Family Law And Guardianship Court Records. Types of cases covered under GR 22 are:
.. Guardianship - Chapter 11.88 RCW
.. Limited Guardianship - Chapter 11.92 RCW
.. Dissolutions/Legal Separation s- Chapter 26.09 RCW
.. Nonparental Actions for Child Custody - Chapter 26.10 RCW
.. Family Court - Chapter 26.12 RCW
.. Child Support Enforcement - Chapter 26.18 RCW
.. Uniform Interstate Family Support Act - Chapter 26.21 RCW
.. State Support Registry - Chapter 26.23 RCW
.. Uniform Parentage Act - Chapter 26.26 RCW
.. Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act - Chapter 26.27 RCW
.. Domestic Violence Prevention - Chapter 26.50 RCW
.. Foreign Protection Order Full Faith And Credit Act - Chapter 26.52 RCW
.. Uniform Veterans' Guardianship Act - Chapter 73.36 RCW
.. Abuse of Vulnerable Adults - Chapter 74.34 RCW
In Family Law and Guardianship Cases, income tax returns, W-2s and schedules, wage stubs, credit card statements, financial institution statements, check registers, loan application documents, retirement plan orders and other financial information sealed by court order should be filed under the Sealed Financial Source Documents Cover Sheet. Anyone filing a document should remove or omit (leave out) social security numbers, financial account numbers, and driver’s license numbers on all other documents, except the Confidential Information Form and Addendums, Notice of Intent to Relocate, Vital Statistics Form, Law Enforcement Information Form, Foreign Protection Order Information Form, unless otherwise ordered by the court.
Any record, report, or correspondence that contains health information that (1) relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health condition of an individual including past, present or future payments for health or (2) involves genetic parentage testing are considered "Personal Health Care Records". Personal Health Care Records shall be submitted to the clerk under a cover sheet designated "Sealed Personal Health Care Records".
Documents that are intended as reports to the court in Family and Guardianship Cases including parenting evaluations, domestic violence assessment reports, risk assessment reports, CPS summary reports, sexual abuse evaluations, reports of a guardian ad litem or court appointed special advocate, shall be filed as two separate documents, one public and one sealed. The public portion will be placed in the court file and available for public inspection. The sealed document shall be filed with a coversheet designated: "Sealed Confidential Report." The sealed portion may not be placed in the court file or used as an attachment or exhibit to any other document except under seal.
It is the sole responsibility of the person filing the documents (usually attorneys and the parties to a case) to be sure that all documents filed comply with the rules of the court requiring the filing of certain documents under the Sealed Financial Source Documents, Sealed Personal Health Care Records and Sealed Confidential Report Coversheets. The clerk will not review each document for compliance with these requirements.
By statute, the following types of case records are not open to the public:
.. Adoptions - RCW 26.33.330
.. Chemical Dependency Commitment - RCW 70.96A.150
.. Confidential Name Changes - RCW 4.24.130(5)
.. Grand Jury and Special Inquiry Judge - RCW 10.27.160
.. Juvenile Non-Offense - RCW 13.50.100
.. Juvenile Offender Records (other than official court file) - RCW 13.50.050
.. Mental Illness Commitment - RCW 71.05.620
.. Mental Illness Commitment of Minors - RCW 71.34.210
.. Paternity - RCW 26.26.610(2)
For all other types of cases, unless otherwise necessary or otherwise ordered by the court, persons filing documents with the court should not include, and if present shall remove or omit (leave out), the following personal identifiers from all documents:
.. Social Security Number. If the Social Security Number of an individual must be included in a document, only the last four digits of that number shall be used.
.. Financial Account Numbers. If financial account numbers are relevant, only the last four digits shall be included in the document.
.. Driver’s License Numbers. Driver’s license numbers are necessary on Notice of Infractions and Uniform Citations.
Attorneys are strongly urged to share this notice with all clients so that an informed decision about the inclusion of certain materials may be made. It is the sole responsibility of the filer to be sure that all documents filed comply with the rules of the court requiring removal or omission of personal identifiers. The clerk will not review each document for compliance with these requirements.