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Subpoenas & Court Orders for Documentation


Court rules require personal service for a Subpoena Duces Tecum (SDT) to be enforceable. Personal service can be done at:

Department of Corrections
7345 Linderson Way S.W.
Olympia, WA. 98504-1101

If you would like to request that the Department waive personal service, you may submit your subpoena or court order for documentation, along with a waiver to DOC Subpoenas.

Subpoenas for staff appearance only must be served to the address above or at the work location for the person being served.


The State of Washington requires a subpoena or a court order to be from a court located in Washington State for it to be enforceable.

In the case of a request for and/or including medical records and mental health records without authorization from the subject, the State of Washington further requires a 14-day letter to be sent to the health care provider (in this case DOC), the patient and the patient’s attorney (if there is one). If no motion for a protective order has been filed within 14 days of the letter being served, then the requestor may issue an Subpoena Duces Tecum.

Further, a subpoena inclusive of substance abuse records, requires a Washington State court order signed by a Superior Court Judge or a release of confidential information that complies with 42-CFR part 2 signed by the subject to accompany the subpoena.