Notice: The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington will be upgrading its CM/ECF software to the Next Generation (NextGen) of CM/ECF on 27 January 2020. Check out the NextGen Transition page for information about how you can prepare.
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 optional for those representing themselves ("pro se" filers).
A related service, PACER, allows users to obtain case and docket information online.
Please review the requirements and submit the appropriate form:
Pro Se Filers Registration Form (PDF) (Revised August 2016)
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) (Created December 2012)
For registered ECF Pro Se filers who wish to opt out of email service or electronic filing.
CM/ECF Application User Guide and Procedures
- CM/ECF Filing Procedures (PDF) (Revised January 2020)
- ECF User Manual (PDF) (Revised September 2019)
Filing and Technical Tips
The Filing Tips page contains more information on filing procedures and requirements.
The Attorney Case Opening page has detailed information on the civil case opening process with documentation and tutorials.
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.
Update your CM/ECF Account
Please check the Account Maintenance page for tips on updating e-mail and other contact information.