The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington continues to closely monitor the national, state, and local responses to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and is following guidance provided by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local health officials. Court operations within the Western District of Washington are currently governed by General Order 06-21, General Order 04-21, General Order 18-20, General Order 17-20, General Order 15-20, General Order 14-20, General Order 13-20, General Order 12-20, General Order 11-20, General Order 10-20, General Order 09-20, General Order 08-20, General Order 07-20, General Order 04-20, General Order 03-20 and General Order 02-20. We will continue to post updates to general court operations to this website.
Criminal and Civil Hearings
For all necessary criminal hearings set in accordance with GO 03-20, the public will be permitted access to the hearing using the Court’s teleconference line, as available. Members of the public and media are strictly prohibited from recording or broadcasting any hearing, in whole or in part, in any fashion, and must mute their phones for the entirety of the hearing.
Attorneys will be sent WebEx connection information for their hearings. Please see Remote Hearing Information for Attorneys for WebEx instructions and training information.
Public Access to the Courthouse
Courthouse lobbies will remain open for the public to use drop boxes to deposit documents for filing and payments for the District Clerk's Office. Individuals may enter the courthouses to conduct official business provided they have scheduled appointments or notifications to do so. Memebers of the public who wish to view a criminal proceeding or trial will be directed to the Court's website to access video streaming of those proceedings.
In-person civil hearings are postponed until June 30, 2021 unless otherwise scheduled by the presiding judge, and most hearings held will be telephonically.
In-person criminal trials will be scheduled on limited basis starting May 17, 2021 These trials will proceed one at a time in each courthouse; there will not be simultaneous in-person trials.
In-person civil jury trials are postponed until June 30, 2021. Potential jurors will be notified when to report to the courthouse.
Bureau of Prisons / FDC SeaTac COVID-19 pandemic response documents are available here.
Filings and Payments
The Clerk’s Office windows are closed to the public. Staff are still available by phone during regular business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Documents from pro se litigants, courtesy copies and payments may be sent by postal mail or dropped off at the United States Courthouses:
- Seattle: 700 Stewart St, Suite 2310, Seattle WA 98101
- Tacoma: 1717 Pacific Avenue, Room 3100, Tacoma WA 98402
New case documents from pro se litigants may be emailed to:
The court’s electronic filing system continues to be available 24/7 and may be used by anyone who has registered with the court. Check individual judges' pages for courtesy copy requirements during the COVID-19 crisis.
Emergency filings should follow the established procedures as outlined on our web site.
All CVB matters are currently being held by video/telephone conference only. If you received a CVB citation, visit the CVB page of our website for details.
Archival records requests are suspended as the Federal Records Center is currently closed.
All non-case related events scheduled to be held prior to June 30, 2021 in the District’s courthouses are postponed pending further order of the Court.
Last Updated 03/19/2021