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Access to Public Records

 
 

Court/Case Record Request

Access to Court (or Case) Records.  Access to court/case records is governed by the following Court General Rules (GR):

To request court/case records, fill out a Court Records Request form and

  • Deliver the completed form to the District Court located at:
    Mason County District Court
    419 N. 4th St
    Shelton, WA.  98584

After the Court Records Request form is received, a clerk will review the request to determine access to the records and the copy costs* (if any).  You will be contacted as soon as possible.
NOTE:  Payment must be received prior to copies being provided.

*Please refer to the Fee Schedule for copy costs

 

Administrative Record Request

Administrative Records – General Right of Access.

Court and judicial agency administrative records are accessible to the public unless access is exempted or prohibited under GR 31.1, other court rules, federal statutes, state statutes, court orders, or case law.

Information and instructions for requesting administrative records are located in the Mason County District Court Access to Administrative Records Policy.  Any person wishing to inspect or purchase copies of administrative records of the Mason County District Court should make a request in writing on the Administrative Records Request form.  The Public Records Officer (PRO) will respond within five (5) working days from receipt of the request.  If the PRO does not respond within five (5) working days, please contact the District Court to determine the reason for the failure to respond.

 

Records exempt from disclosure

hat   a record is exempt form disclosure and should be withheld, the PRO will state the specific exemption.  If only a portion of a record is exempt from disclosure, but the remainder is not exempt, the PRO will redact the exempt portions, provide the non-exempt portions, and indicate to the requestor why portions of the record are being redacted.

Exemptions.

  1. General Rule 31.1 and other court rules/statutes provide that a number of types of documents are exempt from public inspection and copying.  In addition, documents are exempt from disclosure if any “other statute” exempts or prohibits disclosure.  Requestors should be aware of those exemptions, outside GR 31.1, that restrict the availability of some documents held by District Court for inspection and copying.
  2. District Court is prohibited by General Rule and statute from disclosing list of individuals for commercial purposes.
 

Request for Review of Records Officer’s Decision.

Under GR 31.1., the requester may appeal the decision of the public records officer within 90 calendar days.  To initiate a review, please complete a Request for Review of Records Officer’s Decision form and send the request electronically to DistrictCourt@co.mason.wa.us – attn. Public Records Officer, or by US mail to Patsy Robinson, Mason County District Court, PO Box “O”, Shelton, WA.  98584
An internal review will be held within five (5) business days of the date the request is received.