What is the cost of obtaining or viewing administrative records?

GR 31.1(h)(2) allows the court to recoup its cost for copying and scanning records. If extensive research (more than one hour) is required to respond to your request, there will be charges for the time involved at $30 per hour. GR 31.1(h)(4). You will be required to pay the fees in advance of research and prior to the copies being given to you. If you do not pay the amount due for records, you will not be able to obtain additional records until that debt is paid.

Fee Structure for Administrative Records (pursuant to GR 31.1, RCW 3.62.060):

  • Staff Research Time: $30 per hour beyond the first hour
  • Copies: $0.50 per page
  • Printing of a document in an electronic format: $0.25 per page
  • Documents on CD: Additional $20
  • Mailing of documents / CD: Minimum of $5 - cost depends on request.
  • Viewing of Records: No cost (except for any staff research time to compile request.)

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1. Does the Public Records Act apply to the Judicial Branch?
2. What is the purpose of Rule GR 31.1?
3. What judicial administrative records in Washington State are available to the public?
4. Why are some records not available to the public?
5. If a record is available to the public, why may portions of the record be blocked out (redacted)?
6. How long are administrative public records kept?
7. How do I request a record?
8. What is the Municipal Court's process for responding to the request?
9. What if I disagree with the decision of the Public Records Officer?
10. Can I view public administrative records in-person?
11. How can I get paper copies of records?
12. What is the cost of obtaining or viewing administrative records?
13. Does the public records officer keep track of requests for administrative public records?
14. Is the court responsible for what happens when other people use information they received from an administrative public record?