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Representing Yourself ("Pro Se")

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

For an appointment call 206-267-7070
Tue - Thu 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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For an appointment call 253-572-5134
Mon - Thu 9:00AM - 12:00PM &
1:15PM - 4:00PM
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ECF Support

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

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.

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:


Registering for Electronic filing and Notice:


Tools to File:

  • How to E-File
    Review filing procedures, step-by-step manuals, helpful filing tools, and filing FAQs.


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