Skip to main content

Washington State Court Opinions & Related Sources

A guide to online and print sources of Washington State court opinions, rules, forms, and jury instructions

About Court Opinions

Only the written opinions of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals are routinely available. Decisions of the lower (trial) courts are not generally published or distributed. Note: An exception to the rule is a Lexis Advance database of more than 600 Superior Court opinions from 2005 to present.

When searching online sources, use words and phrases you would expect a judge to have used.

Free Online Sources

Using Google Scholar to Search for Washington State Court Opinions

Commercial Online Sources

Nexis Uni is a UW Restricted database. Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and WestlawNext are available to users with individual passwords. For more information, see Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext.

Print Sources

Official Reports

The official reports are published under the authority of the State of Washington.

Unofficial Reports

Unofficial reports are published by a commercial vendor, Thomson-Reuters (formerly, West Publishing). They contain all Washington Supreme Court decisions and most--but not all--Washington Court of Appeals decisions.