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Representing Yourself ("Pro Se")

The court is proud to host the
Federal Bar Association's Legal Clinic

The FBA's Legal Clinic remains open during these difficult times and telephone consultations may be scheduled by calling the numbers below.

For an appointment call 206-267-7070
Press "1' to Leave a Message
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For an appointment call 253-368-6690
Mon - Thu 10:00AM - 3:00PM
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ECF Support

CM/ECF Training:
Click here for a list of available classes and registration information.

Court Newsletter

Important: This information is intended to assist individuals wishing to file a civil action in the United States District Court, Western District of Washington without an attorney, which is called appearing “pro se”. It cannot be a substitute for legal advice from an attorney. You are strongly encouraged to seek legal counsel when filing or defending against a case in federal court. If you’d like to be considered for Court-appointed pro-bono (free) counsel in a Civil Rights or Employment Discrimination case, please fill out the appropriate application found in Forms for Pro Se Filers and file it in your case. For additional legal assistance, please contact the FBA Legal Clinic (see right bar) for a consultation.

Getting Started
The court expects you to review the following before filing with this court:

Filers are expected to be familiar with the following:

You are also expected to diligently pursue your case after you file it.

It is strongly encouraged that you review and use:


Register to file directly into and/or receive notice from the Court's electronic filing system (CM/ECF):
Important: Registrations cannot be processed until your case is open and the fee is paid or the judge grants your Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis. 

  • Registration Instructions
    Learn about registration requirements and how to register to file directly into or receive email notification from CM/ECF in your case(s).
  • Cancel CM/ECF filing and/or notice
    Submit this form to cancel your request to file directly into or to receive email notification from CM/ECF in your case(s).


Tools to File:


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