Columbia City Justice Court Dockets, 1892-1906

Overview of the Collection

Columbia City (Wash.) Police Court
Columbia City Justice Court Dockets
1892-1906 (inclusive)
4 volumes
Collection Number
Summaries of civil and criminal cases heard in Justice Court for the City of Columbia Precinct before annexation to Seattle.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Land speculation and a new streetcar line to downtown Seattle turned Columbia from a sleepy area with only a few homesteaders into a fast-growing residential community. The populace quickly built a town hall, a school, and churches. Columbia residents approved incorporation as a city of the fourth class in 1892, and changed its name to Columbia City. After incorporation, elections were held for mayor, city council, city clerk, judge, and town marshal. The town advanced to city of the third class status in 1905 and 18 months later voted 109-3 in favor of annexation to Seattle. Consolidation came on May 3, 1907.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

These dockets contain summaries of cases heard in Justice Court for the City of Columbia Precinct. Most are civil cases, although Volume 4 also includes some criminal cases. The majority of civil cases relate to debts or personal property, while criminal cases include offenses such as larceny, assault & battery, threatened assault, and display of a deadly weapon. There is also a series of requests for search warrants, apparently part of an effort to crack down on gambling. Volume 1 contains numerous pasted-in Transcripts of Judgments, all relating to cases brought by the State Insurance Co. against individuals for money owed.

Case information includes names of parties to the case, names of attorneys, costs, lists of filings, and disposition of the case. Because of the type of book used, these details are less clearly delineated in Volume 1 than in the later volumes. Volume 4 and (to a lesser extent) Volume 2 have names indexed at the front. The cases represented in this collection all took place before Columbia City was annexed and therefore were not under the purview of the Seattle Municipal Court system.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Columbia City Justice Court Dockets, Record Series 5605-01. Volume [number], Page [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Columbia City Justice Court Dockets, 1892-1906Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Justice Docket
Justice Docket
Justice Docket
Justice Docket

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Crime--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Law enforcement--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Municipal courts--Washington (State)--Seattle

Geographical Names

  • Columbia City (Seattle, Wash.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Court records--Washington (State)--Seattle