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Question How do I obtain court records and copies of legal documents?


For court records of divorce, probate, criminal history, or civil lawsuits, contact The Franklin County Clerk's office at (509) 545-3525. Records may be viewed at the Clerk's Office.

For certificates of marriage, contact the Franklin County Auditor's office at (509) 545-3536.
FRANKLIN COUNTY AUDITOR

For birth or death certificates, contact the Benton /Franklin County Health department at 509 547-9737 or 509 460-4200.
BENTON/FRANKLIN HEALTH DISTRICT


Question When and where is my court appointment?


This information can be provided by your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, schedules for civil cases can be obtained from the Court Administration (509) 736-3071. For criminal case schedules, contact the Prosecuting Attorney's Office at (509) 545-3543.


Question Where do I file a civil case, such as divorce or small claims?


Divorce and civil lawsuits should be filed at the Franklin County Superior Court Clerk's Office. (509) 545-3525

Small claims matters are filed in District Court (509) 545-3593


Question I've been summoned for jury duty. What is my term of service? Where do I report? Can I be excused?


See Juror Information.


Question How do I get an attorney? Can I qualify for a public defender or other legal assistance?


Coordinated Legal Education, Advice & Referral System, "CLEAR" operates a lawyer referral service and provides information on community legal services. Services are provided for non-criminal, low income/seniors (60+) 1-888-201-1014 toll-free 1-888-201-9737 TDD 1-888-387-7111.


Question How do I get married at the courthouse?


You must first obtain a marriage license from the Franklin County Auditor's office.
Click Here for the Franklin County Auditor web site


Question How do I restore Firearm Rights?


Petitioning the court for restoration of the right to possess a firearm is complicated. You should hire an attorney. An attorney can guide you through the process and help you do it correctly. If you choose to do this on your own, then you are responsible for knowing and following the law and complying with all the rules and procedures. Reinstatement of Firearms Rights is not possible in all cases. To see if you qualify, review the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 9.41.040 Unlawful possession of firearms Ownership, possession by certain persons, Restoration of right to possess, Penalties) or contact an attorney.


Question What is the phone number for Franklin County District Court?


(509) 545-3593 - Franklin County District Court


Question What is the phone number for the Pasco Municipal Court?


(509) 545-3491 Pasco Municipal Court


Question How do I contact other Franklin County government agencies?


See the Franklin County Contact Directory


Question Myths and Misperceptions About the Washington Courts


In this short video Washington State court officials address commonly misunderstood topics about the courts system. The video was produced by the Board for Judicial Administration (BJA) Public Trust and Confidence Committee and TVW.