Visitors

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington has two courthouses, in Seattle and Tacoma.

The public lobbies of the Clerk's Offices in both courthouses are open from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM.  Staff are available by phone from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  In both locations, a drop box is available for filings between 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM.

 

The Seattle Courthouse and Tacoma Courthouse pages contain additional information including mailing address, directions and parking.

 

Please note that official, government photo I.D. is required for entry into both buildings.

 

 

Electronic Device Policy

 

The court also has special instructions regarding electronic equipment, including cell phones, cameras, and laptops.

  • Anyone may bring electronic devices, such as a Blackberry, smart phone, laptop, or tablet computer or a similarly functioning device having wireless communications capability into the courthouse.
  • Except for courtrooms, persons may use such devices in the public areas of the courthouse to make telephone calls and to transmit and receive data communications, such as email or text messages, or to access the Internet. For reasons of privacy, safety, and security, use of these devices to take photographs or for audio or video recording or transmission is prohibited in the courthosue (exceptions for court staff, authorized vendors or for educational or ceremonial events).
  • In courtrooms, persons may use such devices to take notes, transmit and receive data communications, and access the Internet. This includes media members who are transmitting written accounts of the proceeding to a wider audience using various means. Persons may not use these devices for telephone calls, photographs or audio or video recording or transmission. Telephone ring tones and other functional sounds produced by devices must be disabled while in the courtroom. Only silent keyboards may be used in the courtrooms.
  • A presiding judge may prohibit or further restrict use of such devices by all persons prior to or during a proceeding when necessary to protect the rights of the parties or to assure the orderly conduct of the proceedings.

 

 

Seattle Courthouse