Washington

Effective Date: N/A
State:
Washington
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: N/A
Status: N/A
Time Standards: Washington has no case processing time standards for the appellate court system.
  Washington Board for Judicial Administration– Court Management Council Advisory Case Processing Time Standards for the General and Limited Jurisdiction Trial Courts of Washington State

Effective Date: May 1992, Revised 1997
State:
Washington
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: Board for Judicial Administration
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards:

Superior Court:
(filing to resolution)

90% within 12 months
98% within 18 months
100% within 24 months  

Limited Jurisdiction:
(filing to resolution)
90% within 3 months
98% within 6 months
100% within 9 months  

Small Claims:

(filing to resolution)
90% within  1.5 months
98% within 2 months
100% within 4 months
 

Effective Date: May 1992; revised 1997
State:
Washington
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Board for Judicial Administration
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Felony:
(filing to resolution)
90% within 4 months
98% within 6 months
100% within 9 months  

Misdemeanor:

(filing to resolution)
90% within 3 months
98% within 6 months
100% within 9 months
 

Effective Date: May 1992; revised 1997
State:
Washington
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Domestic
Implementing Authority: Board for Judicial Administration and Court Management Council
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: General:
(filing to resolution)
90% within 10 months
98% within 14 months
100% within 18 months  
 

Effective Date: May 1992; revised 1997
State:
Washington
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Juvenile
Implementing Authority: Board for Judicial Administration and Court Management Council
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Juvenile Offender:
(filing to resolution)
90% within 4 months
98% within 6 months
100% within 9 months
 

Effective Date: May 1992; revised 1997
State:
Washington
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Misc
Implementing Authority: Board for Judicial Administration and Court Management Council
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: RALJ (Appeals from Lower Courts to General)
90% within 4 months
98% within 5 months
100% within 6 months
 

Effective Date: May 1992; revised 1997
State:
Washington
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Probate
Implementing Authority: Board for Judicial Administration
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: General:
(filing to resolution)
90% within 8 months
98% within 18 months
100% within 36 months
 

Monitoring Information: Washington documents court performance relevant to superior court time standards by producing computer-generated reports from case data that courts enter into the statewide computer system during their routine processing of cases.. Monthly reports and on-demand reports are available for generation by clerks and administration in superior courts, as well as by the AOC staff. Calendar year reports are published.

Case processing time standards reports are available to the public through the annual report and court publications
Notes: Voluntary trial court standards are available in the court rules book.

The trial court standards, though advisory, are measured and published for all superior (general jurisdiction) courts.