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This page contains information on practicing in the Western District of Washington, including how to apply for admission, filing a new case and registering for CM/ECF.


  • Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)
    Options other than taking a case to trial including mediation and arbitration
  • Attorney Admissions
    Information on applying for admission to practice in the Western District of Washington
  • Civil Case Opt-Out Consent Procedures
    Information regarding the District's opt-out procedures for video recording and consent to proceed before a magistrate judge
  • CM/ECF
    Register for electronic filing, learn CM/ECF tips and tricks, find instructions or update your CM/ECF account
  • Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Manual (PDF)
    Information regarding the District's CJA process, last updated October 2014
  • Electronic Discovery and Technology Requirements for Criminal Cases
    National ESI Protocol, Mission Statement, and Skills Grid
  • Emergency Filings
    Methods for filing emergency pleadings
  • Filing an Appeal
    Instructions for filing an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Filing a New Civil Action
    Information on mandatory electronic case opening for attorneys
  • Filing a Miscellaneous Action
    Information on filing a miscellaneous action, including fees and contact information
  • Financial Information
    Information on court fees and how to pay them
  • Forms
    Links to local and national forms
  • Local Rules and General Orders
    Links to the court's Local Rules and General Orders
  • Other Websites
    Links to national, regional, and local agency websites, including the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the Ninth Circuit
  • Pro Bono Panel
    Make a contribution to the community by providing free legal assistance to parties who cannot afford counsel in civil matters
  • Trial Support
    Information about technology in the courtroom, jury instructions, copy requests, and other trial related topics
  • Unconscious Bias
    The video and jury instructions on this page were created by a committee of judges and attorneys and will be presented to jurors with the intent of highlighting and combating the problems presented by unconscious bias.