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Major Washington courts that have kept records of genealogical value were established as follows:  
 
Major Washington courts that have kept records of genealogical value were established as follows:  
  
'''Probate Courts'''
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'''Probate Courts'''  
  
 
Probate courts were the primary courts for probate matters until 1891, when this responsibility was assumed by the superior courts. In some areas, the probate court had concurrent civil and criminal jurisdiction with the district courts.  
 
Probate courts were the primary courts for probate matters until 1891, when this responsibility was assumed by the superior courts. In some areas, the probate court had concurrent civil and criminal jurisdiction with the district courts.  
  
'''Superior courts'''
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'''Superior courts'''  
  
 
Superior courts have had county wide jurisdiction over criminal cases and major civil cases, juvenile matters, and probate matters.  
 
Superior courts have had county wide jurisdiction over criminal cases and major civil cases, juvenile matters, and probate matters.  
  
'''District courts'''
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'''District courts'''  
  
 
District Courts have district wide jurisdiction with the superior courts over misdemeanors, preliminary hearings for felony cases, and minor civil cases.  
 
District Courts have district wide jurisdiction with the superior courts over misdemeanors, preliminary hearings for felony cases, and minor civil cases.  
  
 
The Washington State Archives has online guides to the  
 
The Washington State Archives has online guides to the  
*[http://sos.wa.gov/archives/FrontierJusticeGuidestotheDistrictCourt.aspx
 
district court records] of Washington Territory.
 
  
'''Supreme Court'''
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*[http://sos.wa.gov/archives/FrontierJusticeGuidestotheDistrictCourt.aspx district court records] of Washington Territory.
  
The Supreme court has statewide appellate jurisdiction. 
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'''Supreme Court'''
  
'''Availability'''
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The Supreme court has statewide appellate jurisdiction.
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'''Availability'''  
  
 
The Family History Library does not have copies of Washington court records. They are available at the county courthouses, or some courts have transferred their records to the Washington State Archives.  
 
The Family History Library does not have copies of Washington court records. They are available at the county courthouses, or some courts have transferred their records to the Washington State Archives.  
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*[http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/ Washington State Archives]
 
*[http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/ Washington State Archives]
  
 
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{{Washington|Washington}}  
 
  
 
[[Category:Washington|Court]]
 
[[Category:Washington|Court]]

Revision as of 20:18, 6 July 2012

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Major Washington courts that have kept records of genealogical value were established as follows:

Probate Courts

Probate courts were the primary courts for probate matters until 1891, when this responsibility was assumed by the superior courts. In some areas, the probate court had concurrent civil and criminal jurisdiction with the district courts.

Superior courts

Superior courts have had county wide jurisdiction over criminal cases and major civil cases, juvenile matters, and probate matters.

District courts

District Courts have district wide jurisdiction with the superior courts over misdemeanors, preliminary hearings for felony cases, and minor civil cases.

The Washington State Archives has online guides to the

Supreme Court

The Supreme court has statewide appellate jurisdiction.

Availability

The Family History Library does not have copies of Washington court records. They are available at the county courthouses, or some courts have transferred their records to the Washington State Archives.