Supreme Court

Article IV, State Constitution; RCW 2.04, 4.88

The Supreme Court is the state's highest court and serves as the final rule-making body for all other state courts. The court publishes opinions; sets precedents for subsequent cases decided in Washington; has original jurisdiction of petitions against state officers; reviews key trial court decisions; and provides continuing guidance for the judiciary. In addition, the Supreme Court has administrative responsibility for the state court system and supervisory responsibility over certain activities of the Washington State Bar Association, including attorney disciplinary matters.

Agency Mission

The Supreme Court, pursuant to Article IV, Section 4 of the Washington State Constitution and Chapter 2.04 RCW, is the state's "court of last resort" and is responsible for administering the judicial branch of state government. The court's mission remains one of providing an independent, accessible, and responsive forum for the just resolution of disputes.
Request 30,277,000
Net change from current biennium 9,499,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 45.7% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2021-23 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2019-21 Actual 2021-23 Estimated 2023-25 Proposed
20,778,000 General Fund - State 17,917,042 20,778,000 30,277,000
Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 674,000
20,778,000 Total Appropriated Funds 18,591,042 20,778,000 30,277,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 9,626,420 9,353,666 3,368,914 15,014,000 15,263,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
2,604,255 16.3% (5,868,461) (31.6%) 17,554,419 138.0%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2020-21 Actual 2021-22 Estimated 2022-23 Estimated 2023-24 Proposed 2024-25 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 62.8 62.2 63.8 76.7 76.7