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Attorney Admissions

Any attorney who is a member in good standing of the Washington State Bar is eligible for admission to practice in the Western District of Washington. Questions about this process should be directed to the attorney admission clerk by phone at (206) 370-8862 or


Procedure for Admission

Complete a Petition for Admission to Practice (PDF) application and register (PDF) for the court's Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system - if you have not done so already. Submit both documents along with payment of the $231 filing fee to the Clerk's Office.


Basic Requirements

  • An Oath as well as the information contained in the Petition will be sworn to before a Notary Public. The court does not hold swearing-in ceremonies.
  • Certify that you have read the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedures and the Local Rules of this court.
  • Submit certificates (PDF) of two reputable members of the Bar of this court who recommend your admission. You can e-mail the form to the recommending attorneys.
  • Pay a filing fee in the amount of $231.


Notification of Admission

If your Petition for Admission is complete and correct, a Certificate of Admission will be mailed to you within 30 days and your name will be entered into the court's database. Duplicate Certificates of Admission and Certificates of Good Standing can be ordered from the Clerk's Office for $19.00.


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