Anyone filing documents with a court should not include sensitive information in any document filed with the court, unless such inclusion is necessary and relevant to the case or is otherwise 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.
Family Law Cases
Access to Family Law Case documents is governed by the general court rule GR22 Access to Family Law Cases.
Types of Cases Covered Under GR 22
|Type of Case||Chapter Reference|
Chapter 26.09 RCW
Nonparental Actions for Child Custody
Chapter 26.10 RCW
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
In Family Law Cases, income tax returns, W-2s and schedules, wage stubs, credit card statements, financial institution statements, check registers, 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.
Closed Case Records
By statute, the following types of case records are not open to the public:
|Type of Case||Reference|
Chemical Dependency Commitment
Confidential Name Changes
Grand Jury and Special Inquiry Judge
Juvenile Offender Records (other than official court file)
Mental Illness Commitment
Mental Illness Commitment of Minors
Submitting Confidential Information
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:
- Driver's License Numbers: Driver's license numbers are necessary on Notice of Infractions and Uniform Citations.
- Financial Account Numbers: If financial account numbers are relevant, only the last four digits shall be included in the document.
- Names of Minor Children: If the involvement of a minor child must be mentioned, only that child's initials shall be used, unless otherwise necessary. The full names of minor children on documents are necessary when they are a party to the action, subject of the action, and changing a name.
- 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.
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.