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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
  • Social Security Committee
    The Social Security Disability Bench Bar Committee is comprised of representatives from the Court and attorneys who specialize in Social Security practice. The Committee serves as an advisory group to the Court and hosts Continuing Legal Education events.
  • Transcript Orders
  • 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.