Washington State is bordered on the north by the Canadian province of British Columbia, on the east by Idaho, on the south by Oregon, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. From the coast to the lakes and rivers to scenic trails and mountain treks, basalt canyons to ancient forests, Washington offers a great diversity of outdoor activities, and colorful seasons throughout the year.
The courts of Washington serve the public as an equal, independent branch of government, with more than 400 elected judges presiding at four levels: the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the superior courts and courts of limited jurisdiction or district and municipal courts.
Courtrooms of the three divisions of the state Court of Appeals are located in Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane. Courthouses in each of the state's 39 counties house superior court courtrooms. Each county has at least one district court and many of the state's cities and towns have a local municipal court.
The Supreme Court is located in Olympia on state capitol grounds. In addition to hearing cases, the Washington Supreme Court provides administrative support to the courts through the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
The AOC strives to advance the efficient and effective operations of the Washington Judicial System through its four divisions: Administration, Information Systems, Judicial Services and Management Services. Employment opportunities within the AOC also provide:
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