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In accordance with GR 7, the King County Superior Court has adopted emergency changes to LGR 31. The emergency rule can be found here.

   (d) Access.
        (2) On-line document review through the Clerk’s electronic records system outside of the clerk’s office and outside of King County’s wide area network shall be restricted to cases filed November 1, 2004 and forward and shall be limited to the following case types:
            (i) All criminal cases, defined as those categorized with a number 1 as the third digit of the case number;
            (ii) All civil cases, defined as those categorized with a number 2 as the third digit of the case number, with the exceptions of petitions for domestic violence protection orders and petitions for antiharassment protection orders;
            (iii) All probate cases, defined as those cases categorized with a number 4 as the third digit of the case number, except for guardianship cases.
            (iv) Final parenting plans, decrees, and child support orders in cases filed under RCW 26.09, 26.10, and 26.26.130(7)(b).
            (v) Miscellaneous public records kept by the clerk and categorized with a 0 as the third digit of the case number.
    (f) Distribution of Court Records Not Publicly Accessible
        (2) Investigations by the Judicial Conduct Commission: Access to Sealed Files and Documents
            (A) Confidential Use: Upon request, the clerk of the court shall provide copies of or otherwise describe the contents of sealed files to a representative of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, who is conducting a confidential investigation pursuant to Wa Const. Art. IV sec.31.
            (B) Public Use:  No materials in a sealed file may be made public, unless the Commission has first obtained an order pursuant to GR 15 and LCR 79(d)(5).  Motions to obtain such an order shall be made to the Presiding Judge.

Official Comment

    1. Procedures, terms and conditions for on-line access are available in the clerk’s office and online at

[Adopted effective November 5, 2004; amended September 1, 2005; February 23, 2006; September 1, 2015; September 1, 2016; September 1, 2018, September 1, 2019; September 1, 2020.]