Finding a law or case can depend on knowing the jurisdiction of the court.
- The Federal jurisdiction can involve laws affecting only the entire country and be cases tried before the US Supreme Court
- The State jurisdiction can involve laws affecting only the state and be cases tried before the Washington Supreme Court
- The Local jurisdiction can involve laws affecting only the particular district or municipal and be cases tired before the county court such as Pierce County Superior Court
Knowing which Jurisdiction can help in searching the right databases and navigating to the right webpages
The Library of Congress has an excellent Legal Research Guide that is divided by jurisdictions.
Other useful information to gather before you search:
- Court Name: the name of the court where the case is being held
- Individuals first and last names of those involved in the case
- Business names of those involved in the case
- Case type (Criminal; Civil etc.)
- Law type (Permanent; Regulation; Appropriation)
- Code citation (RCW 82.32.180)