Direct review by the Supreme Court

Law Offices of Ken Masters and Shelby Frost Lemmel, Appeals

Temple of Justice, Olympia, Washington

A few cases can be appealed directly to the Supreme Court without going through the Court of Appeals.
 
These cases usually involve issues of considerable public importance, such as the constitutionality of a law or an initiative. Death penalty cases also go directly to the Supreme Court.
 
For the most part, the Supreme Court prefers for Court of Appeals to hear the appeal first.
 
On direct review, the Supreme Court follows the same basic procedure as the Court of Appeals.