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Asotin County, Washington Overview

Asotin County is located in the state of Washington. The county was formed in October 27, 1883 and its county seat is Asotin. The county has a total population of 22,610, as of 2018, with its area spanning 641 square miles (land area being 636 square miles, while water area being 4.4 square miles). The county consists of 3 ZIP codes, with ZIP code 99403 recorded as the one with the largest population. Asotin County borders the following counties: Whitman County, Washington to the north; Wallowa County, Oregon to the south; Nez Perce County, Idaho to the east, and; Garfield County, Washington to the west.

Asotin County Clerk Information

The County Clerk is an elected position. The Clerk is, by virtue of the Constitution ex-officio Clerk of Superior Court.

The goal of the Clerk’s Office is to protect the integrity and accuracy of the court records of Asotin County Superior Court while serving the public and legal community in a courteous, professional, and expedient manner.

Clerk’s Duties

The county clerk is one of several independent, elected officials provided by the Washington State Constitution (Article IV, Sec 26), with specific and special duties assigned by statute, as well as local and state court rules. The position of county clerk is best characterized as the administrative and financial officer of the Superior Court.

The county clerk’s purpose is to ensure the separation of powers among the three branches of government by preserving the integrity of the judiciary. Those three branches are Executive, Judicial and Legislative.

This purpose is accomplished in three ways:

  • By being independent of the judicial branch, the clerk protects the judiciary from the appearance of impropriety or unfairness in the setting of cases, implementation of orders or investment of funds.
  • The clerk is located in the executive branch of government and provides the avenue for external oversight of the judiciary without legislative or executive branch interference with its actions, integrity or independence.
  • As an independent elected official, the clerk preserves for the public unrestrained access to a fair, accurate and independently established record of the opinions, decisions and judgments of the court.

Administrator Of Court Records And Exhibits

The clerk receives and processes all documents presented in a Superior Court cause of action. The processing of court documents involves record classification, assignment of cause number, computerized docketing and manual filing of hard copy records. The clerk is responsible for seeing that these records are maintained, retained and purged in accordance with statutory time constraints and required archival standards. The types of cases that are filed in the clerk’s office are felony criminal, civil, domestic/family law, probate, adoptions/paternity, mental commitment, juvenile offender and juvenile dependency.

Financial Officer For The Courts

As the court’s agent, the clerk collects statutory fees, fines, trust and support funds; maintains a trust account for monies received; disburses monies as ordered by the court and further provides an investment plan for monies held. The collection, accounting and investment of court monies is done to ensure that the interests of the public and the county are secured.

Quasi-Judicial Officer

The clerk serves a quasi-judicial function (to exercise discretion of judicial nature) for the issuance of court related orders. In this capacity, the clerk must review court documents for possible errors, perform acts required by law, and issue letters testamentary, warrants of arrest, orders of sale, writs of execution, garnishment, attachments, restitution and establish a record of judgments ordered by the court.

Ex Officio Clerk Of The Court

Under the Constitution of the State of Washington, the clerk has the title of “ex officio clerk of the court.” This requires the clerk’s presence at all court sessions for the purpose of establishing an independent record of each hearing (minutes) which are available to the public. The clerk must also be present at every court hearing or trial to receive and keep a record of all exhibits (evidence) entered by the parties.

Jury Management Officer

In most counties, the clerk’s office is responsible for the management of the jury panel for the courts.

Departmental Administrator

As the administrator of a county department, the clerk has the responsibility to establish office policies and procedures, oversee the budget and maintain the established guidelines and policies of the county legislative authority. Accuracy and efficiency are critical in the clerk’s office, as even the slightest error or omission in marking evidence, indexing, posting or filing of thousands of legal documents yearly, or error in disbursing funds, could affect the life or property of a private citizen.

To request copies of court documents from the Superior Court Clerk’s Office, please fill out this PDF form and either print and return it to the Clerk’s Office, located on the second floor of the courthouse at 135 2nd Street, Asotin, WA 99402, or you may send it to their email at scclerk@co.asotin.wa.us.

Once their office has received your request, they can then make your copies and contact you with the fee. Their copy fees are as follows:

  • Non-Certified Copy – $0.50 a page
  • Certified Copy – $5 for the first page and $1 for every additional page
  • Authenticated/Exemplified copy – $4 for the Authentication, $5 for the first page, and $1 for every additional page
  • Electronic Copy by e-mail – $0.25 a page (payment must be received first before copy is sent)
  • CD Hearing Request – $10 for each individual hearing

Copies can then be retrieved and paid for at our office. Payment may be made in the form of either cash, check, or money order made payable to the Asotin County Clerk. If you are located out of town, and are unable to retrieve copies from our office directly, you may mail to their office a check or money order as well as a self-addressed stamped envelope so that we may return the copies to you.

Below is the physical address of the County Clerk:

135 Second Street,
P.O. Box 159,
Asotin, WA 99402
Phone: (509) 243-2081
Fax: (509) 243-4978
Email: scclerk@co.asotin.wa.us

Asotin Assessor Information

Instructions For Map Use

  • Go to:www.co.asotin.wa.us/assessor/
  • This is a Google Map based system with an ArcGIS photo overlay.
  • In the right lower portion of the screen, click Parcel Map.
  • Click: County Parcel Map (a field description legend is available to print directly below the County Parcel Map option).
  • In the search bar in the upper right corner of the screen enter the property address including the city and state.
  • A basic map with an address tag will appear.
  • In the upper left corner of the screen, click Basemap.
  • Choose the map overlay style you would like to see.
  • Click on the desired property on the map and an information box will appear. You can scroll down within the information box to see all available property detail information. Please refer to the Field Descriptions legend for an explanation of the individual fields.

Below is the physical address of the Assessor:

Jenny Rynearson, Assessor
135 2nd Street,
P.O. Box 69,
Asotin, Washington 99402
Phone: (509) 243-2016
Email: assessor@co.asotin.wa.us

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