Many courts in Washington State need a refresher on open records rights

From The News Tribune

Location seems to be a key factor in determining whether citizens can successfully obtain public records they’re entitled to by state law. At least that what News Tribune reporter Sean Robinson discovered when he requested public documents regarding cases adjudicated in 22 district and municipal courts in the South Sound.


Six municipal courts wouldn’t hand over case documents: Lakewood, Fircrest, Sumner, Yelm, Eatonville and Wilkeson. Other courts told him to make an appointment for a later date (Thurston County District Court and municipal courts in Auburn, Milton and Bonney Lake), or they removed significant portions of records (municipal courts in Orting, Roy, Steilacoom and Ruston).