JIS (District and Municipal Court Information System)
The JIS System consists of both the District and Municipal Court Information System (DISCIS), used to manage and report Washington's district and municipal court cases, and the Judicial Accounting SubSystem (JASS), the court accounting system.
District and municipal courts began use of the JIS System in a staggered conversion approach from 1983 through 1999. Specific court implementation dates are available online at: http://www.courts.wa.gov/jislink/index.cfm?fa=jislink.codeview&dir=clj_manual&file=courts. Most, but not all, courts in Washington participate in the JIS System. Seattle Municipal Court case information is not available other than disposed case information seen on the index screen (SNCI).
Superior courts began entering criminal data in the JIS System in a staggered approach from 1994 through 1995. However, they were not required until mid-1997 to enter the criminal data in JIS. Therefore, although you may see Superior Court (SCOMIS) cases in a statewide JIS search, you must search the SCOMIS database for complete information.
Non-Civil CasesNon-civil cases are based on a statewide person-centered system. To do a statewide search for a case you must know either the name of the person or the case number. Non-civil cases include criminal and infraction cases.
Civil CasesDistrict and municipal court civil cases are based on a court-specific system. Civil parties are added to civil cases within a court. Civil parties are not shared statewide by other JIS courts. To locate civil cases for a party, you must sign on to a specific court and then search for the case in that court. Examples of civil cases are small claims, domestic violence petitions, name changes, anti-harassment petitions, and lien foreclosures. (See http://www.courts.wa.gov/jislink/index.cfm?fa=jislink.codeview&dir=clj_manual&file=cause for a complete listing of civil case cause codes.
JASS (Judicial Accounting Sub System)This accounting system is used by courts to handle cases and monies associated with a case. Accounting information is noted on the docket.
Information Available in JIS
Archived Cases in JISClosed cases in JIS maybe archived after 2 years. The court of record can restore case information.
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