The Washington Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is in the midst of replacing its case management system (SCOMIS) with Odyssey software supplied by Tyler Technologies. The Odyssey system is now providing a two-tiered access system to case dockets from nine counties. See the Odyssey section below for details.
For many years the AOC's Judicial Information System's subscription service called JIS-Link has provided access to detailed case docket data for all counties and court levels. One may search a single county or statewide for criminal searches. Searching for civil records is a single county only search.
JIS-Link will continue to provide data on all counties, even as counties migrate to the new Odyssey system. As counties move to the new Odyssey system, data will still continue to be live and searchable for any county even if the county is sending information to Odyssey.
The throughput date for JIS is from 1994 or 1995 forward. The dates vary from 1979 to 1993 for SCOMIS. The subscription fees include a one-time $100.00 per site, a transaction fee of $.65. There is a $6.00 per month minimum charge. Visit www.courts.wa.gov/jislink or call 360-357-3365. The JIS subscription includes access to SCOMIS (the case management system) and ACORDS (appellate courts data). SCOMIS enables the superior court to record parties and legal instruments filed in superior court cases, to set cases on court calendars, and to enter case judgments and final dispositions. It is important to note that when a SCOMIS case number is found in the JIS application, detail level of the case may need to be viewed within the appropriate SCOMIS court display.
About Odyssey and its Record Access Portal
AOC implemented the Odyssey system with a SC-CMS Pilot site for Lewis County in June 2015. Since then eight more counties are now participating (Asotin, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Snohomish, Thurston, Whitman, and Yakima). Six more counties are scheduled to be added in May 2017. The statewide rollout is expected to be complete by 2018. At this time King and Pierce counties are not planning to connect to the Record Access Portal of Odyssey.
An unregistered public user may access the Odyssey Portal at https://odysseyportal.courts.wa.gov/odyportal. This access will not require any credentials and is meant to replace the free limited look-up of docket information at http://dw.courts.wa.gov/. Case documents are not available. Note that public users will have access to more case information, as well as public available documents, onsite at the Clerk's Office lobby terminal. So this free system is not considered to be online/onsite equivalent.
Registered users on the Portal may access public court case documents. All document access fees are paid directly to the County Clerk of the county, so fees vary by county. At present, if a user wishes to register in multiple counties, a unique email address is needed for each county. This is expected to change sometime later in 2017.
For questions regarding Odyssey you can email OdysseyPortal@courts.wa.gov or view the portal site above.