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Washington Legal Research Guide: State Courts

A guide covering the primary law and secondary sources necessary for conducting legal research in the state of Washington


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Washington State Courts Cases & Briefs - Free Sources

Subscription Databases for Washington Case Law

The L&C Law School community has a number of subscription database options for accessing Washington case law.

Both Fastcase and LLMC Digital are provided for free to the L&C Law School community without a password. Just click on the links below for both on and off-campus access.

Individual passwords are required for Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law. Passwords are distributed to new students at the beginning of the school year. Questions? Ask a reference librarian

Google Scholar for Washington Cases

Google ScholarGoogle Scholar provides access to Washington cases from 1950, updated within a month.  

To access Washington or other state and federal jurisdictions, go to Google Scholar ( and select "case law," followed by "select courts."   

Google Scholar embeds clickable citation links within the case law and the "How Cited" tab allows one to research prior case law and the subsequent citations to the court decision.  

Trial Court Dockets and Documents

Washington Trial Court Orders

To view just Washington trial court orders, use the following links:

Washington Supreme Court Orders

Washington State Court Briefs - Subscription Databases

Washington State Courts Helpful Information

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