Revised Code of WashingtonThe Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is the compilation of all permanent laws now in force. It is a collection of Session Laws arranged by topic, with amendments added and repealed laws removed. It does not include temporary laws such as appropriations acts. The RCW is published by the Statute Law Committee and is the official version of the code.
The nine volume set of RCW begins with Vol. 0 which contains the U.S. Constitution, Washington Constitution, Codification Tables, and a Table of Disposition that shows what happened to an RCW section when the text does not otherwise appear in the code. Volumes 1 through 7 contain the code itself and a general index is in Vol. 8. Supplements are issued in odd-numbered years, and new editions of the entire set are re-issued in even-numbered years.
Earlier editions of RCW and its predecessors, as far back as the Code of 1881, are available at the State Law Library.
This set contains references listed for court cases that interpret code sections, Opinions of the Attorney General (AGO's), American Law Reports (ALR's) and law periodical articles. It is supplemented annually.
RCWA is a convenient set of Washington laws with annotations following each section. In addition to case annotations and citations to AGO's, references are provided to law review articles, Corpus Juris Secundum, a legal encyclopedia, and to other West Publishing Co. materials.
RCWA is updated with pocket supplements and an annotations pamphlet. A separate Legislative Service, issued during a legislative session, provides new chapter laws as they become available during and after a session.
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