How Court Clerks Can Assist You

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Court Clerks can:

•Tell you the status of a specific case.

•Provide the court file on a specific case for you to review, although legal restrictions protect certain information from public disclosure.  Information that is not subject to public disclosure (such as confidential personal information or medical records) will not be provided.   

•Give you general information on court rules, procedures and practices, and deadlines and due dates.

•Provide court-approved or required forms or advise you where the forms can be found. There may be a charge for some forms. Forms are not available for all legal proceedings.

•Provide court schedules and information on how to get matters scheduled.

•Provide contact information for the public defender and other agencies that may assist you. 

Court Clerks cannot:

• Give you legal advice.

•Advise you about whether you should file a case or whether you should take any particular action in a case.

•Tell you what words to put in a form.

•Tell you what to say in court.

•Tell you what decision the judge will make or what sentence the judge will impose.

•Comment about any participants in a case. 

•Change an order signed by a judge.

•Let you talk to a judge outside of court. 

Court Clerks can provide general information about the court but cannot provide legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney. If you are charged with a crime in SeaTac and you do not have an attorney, you may apply for a public defender or visit the Washington State Bar Association for the name of an attorney practicing in this area.