Collecting and submitting evidence

General information

Evidence is how you prove your case. Civil Court Rules 26-37 address how you collect and submit evidence in court.

More information about discovery and evidence is available at the Law Library.

Doing discovery (collecting evidence)

There are Superior Court Rules that cover depositions and discovery, and District (Limited Jurisdiction) Court Rules that cover discovery. Some resources to help you learn more about how to collect and submit evidence include:

  • A video about discovery from the King County Law Library
  • Information about Formal Discovery: Gathering Evidence for Your Lawsuit from
  • Information and forms on Subpoenaing Witnesses and Documents from Washington LawHelp
  • Information about, “Doing Discovery” in Family Law Cases: Interrogatories and Requests for Production, from Washington LawHelp. Interrogatories and requests for production are two ways to collect evidence.

If you need to get a copy of a police report, the State Court has information about the procedures to follow to get the report.

Submitting evidence

There are Rules of Evidence from the Washington State Court that must be followed. Some resources to help you learn more about how to submit evidence into court:

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Chapters 5, 15, and 16 pertain to discovery and evidence

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