Consent to Proceed Before a Magistrate Judge
Social Security Cases
For cases filed by attorneys, filers will be asked during case opening whether or not they wish to consent to proceed before a magistrate judge if the random assignment falls to a magistrate judge.
If a case is filed by a pro se litigant and is randomly assigned to a magistrate judge, the Court will docket a notice of initial assignment to magistrate judge and response form, and request that the plaintiff respond if she or he wishes to decline, or opt-out of, consent to proceed before a magistrate judge.
General Civil Cases
If a case is randomly assigned to a magistrate judge, a notice of initial assignment to a magistrate judge and response form will be docketed by the Court requesting a response only if the party wishes to decline, or opt-out of, consent to proceed before a magistrate judge.
Consent to Video Record a Proceeding in a Civil Case Before a District Judge in Seattle
Cameras in Courts
If a Notice of Request for Video Recording and response form is docketed in a civil case, consent to video recording will be presumed unless a party completes and submits a Party Objection to Request for Video Recording by the deadline for submission. The form must be emailed to the assigned judge’s courtroom deputy.