Case Record Request

Case records include any document, information, exhibit any information in a case management system created or prepared by the court in relation to a judicial proceeding. Examples of court records are: pleadings, indices, calendars, dockets, orders, decrees, judgments, or minute entries in a courtroom proceeding.

Some categories of case records the public cannot access include:

  • Police reports
  • Mental illness commitment records
  • Alcohol and drug treatment commitment records
  • Court records sealed by judicial order

District Court’s retention schedule is as follows:

  • 3 years for closed criminal, civil and infraction cases
  • 10 years for domestic violence and driving while intoxicated-related cases
  • 10 years for open civil cases with judgments

*Once the retention period has passed, the cases are destroyed.

There are costs for copying and scanning records.  The court will charge a fee for the time it takes to complete the necessary research and prepare the records.

Fees for Court Records Requests:
Copies $0.25 per page
Certified copies $5.00 for the 1st page, $1.00 for each subsequent page, per document
Research fee $10.00

Court Records Requests can also be submitted by mail, email, fax or in person:

Benton County District Court
7122 West Okanogan Place, Bldg A
Kennewick WA 99336
Fax: 509.735.8476
Email:  [email protected]


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