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ECF Support is available from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday:
(206) 370-8440 or
(866) 323-9293 (toll free)

CM/ECF Maintenance Window

A four hour window on Saturdays from 5:00 am until 9:00 am PT is reserved for routine maintenance and minor upgrades of the CM/ECF system without prior notice. If you experience problems accessing CM/ECF during this time period on a Saturday, please wait until after 9:00 am to proceed.

CM/ECF is the court's online case management and electronic case filing application. This tool enables participating attorneys and litigants to submit pleadings and corresponding documents electronically to the court and allows the court to file, maintain, and retrieve case file information. CM/ECF filing is required for attorneys and encouraged for those representing themselves ("pro se" filers).

A related service, PACER, allows users to obtain case and docket information online.


CM/ECF Registration
Please review the requirements and submit the appropriate form:

Attorney Registration Form (PDF)
Registering attorneys must first be admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Pro Se Filers Registration Form (PDF) (Revised December 2012)
You must be a party in a case in this court.  The revised form now has an "E-mail Service Only" option.

Pro Se Request to Cancel E-mail Service or Electronic Filing (PDF)
For registered ECF Pro Se filers who wish to opt out of e-mail service or electronic filing.


CM/ECF Application User Guide and Procedures


For Attorney Opening a New Civil Case

Attorneys are required to open new civil cases in CM/ECF and file their Complaint or Notice of Removal. Attorney Case Opening has more information on this process as well as documentation and tutorials.


Filing and Technical Tips

The Filing Tips page contains more information on filing procedures and requirements.

The Requirements and Technical Tips page can help with questions about browsers, file types and different operating systems.

The CM/ECF Newsletter, published periodically throughout the year, provides electronic filing tips, news and information.

Filing Procedures in the Event of Technical Failure on the Part of the Court.


Forgotten Password

Forgot your CM/ECF password?


Update your CM/ECF Account

Please check the Account Maintenance page for tips on updating e-mail and other contact information.



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