Judicial Information System (JIS)The Judicial Information System (JIS) is the primary information system for courts in Washington. It provides case management automation to appellate, superior, limited jurisdiction and juvenile courts. Its two-fold purpose is: (1) to automate and support the daily operations of the courts and (2) to maintain a statewide network connecting the courts and partner criminal justice agencies to the JIS database. It serves as a statewide clearinghouse for criminal history information, domestic violence protection orders and outstanding warrants. The benefits of this approach are the reduction of the overall cost of automation and access to accurate statewide history information for criminal, domestic violence, and protection order history.
The principal JIS clients are judicial officers, court managers, and other court staff. JIS also provides essential information to the Washington State Patrol, Department of Corrections, Office of the Secretary of State, Sentencing Guidelines Commission, Department of Licensing, local law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors. Other users include public defenders, the media, and law firms.
The JIS is formally established by authority of RCW 2.68 and Judicial Information System Committee Rules (JISCR). Funding for JIS is provided through user fees on court filings and fines.
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