Washington Court Rules on E-Filing

Updated March 6, 2014
Prepared by Sonal Desai and Ryan Metheny.  Updated by Heather Joy and Grace Feldman.

This guide presents results of a Feb. 2014 review of the court rules of Washington State appellate and superior courts as they relate to e-filing.

Washington Appellate Court Rules 

Washington State Supreme Court

Permits email filing with the court, but not email service on parties unless all counsel and/or the parties agree, as explained on the court clerk's website at: https://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/supreme/clerks/

Washington State Court of Appeals (Div 1)

Permits filing and service of pleadings by email (General Order on RAP 18.5 Electronic Filing at: https://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/?fa=atc.genorders_orddisp&ordnumber=I-012&div=I)

Washington State Court of Appeals (Div 2)

Permits e-filing

Washington State Court of Appeals (Div 3)

Permits e-filing, instructions available at: https://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/div3/eFilingInstructionsForDiv3.pdf

 

 

Superior Court Rules 

Adams

No mention of e-filing

Asotin/Columbia/Garfield

No mention of e-filing

Benton/Franklin

Mandates e-filing with some exceptions (Local Civil Rule 5, Local Criminal Rule 4.5, Local Juvenile Rule 1.12)

Chelan

Permits e-filing (Local Rule 5)

Clallam

No mention of e-filing

Clark

Absent prior permission of the court, e-mail may not be used to provide working copies of legal pleadings, including jury instructions. Absent agreement or opposing counsel or express permission of the court, e-mail may not be used for service of pleadings on opposing parties, even in those situations where the court has agreed to accept working copies by e-mail (Rule 0.4.(b))

Cowlitz

Absent agreement of the opposing party or express permission of the court, e-mail may not be used for service of pleadings on opposing parties (Rule 10)

Douglas

No mention of e-filing

Ferry/Pend Oreille/Stevens

Parties (or attorneys of record) may serve opposing parties by email only if they have written consent from the receiving party (Local Rule 5(b)(2)(C)

Grant

No mention of e-filing

Grays Harbor

The trial judge should be provided with an electronic copy of proposed jury instructions in WordPerfect format, containing an uncited set of proposed jury instructions. These electronic copies may be sent by e-mail to the Court Administrator (Local Rule 6.3)

Island

No mention of e-filing

Jefferson

Counsel may request the court administrator to forward bench copies via email (Local Rule 7.4 )

King

Mandates e-filing with some exceptions (Local General Rule 30)

Kitsap

No mention of e-filing

Kittitas

When filing a motion, provide a conformed working copy to the judge.  Working copies may not be emailed or faxed to the court (Local Rule 6a)

Klickitat/Skamania

No mention of e-filing

Lewis

No mention of e-filing

Lincoln

No mention of e-filing

Mason

No mention of e-filing

Okanogan

Summary judgment hearings must be confirmed by calling/ emailing to the Judicial Assistant forty-eight (48) hours before the scheduled hearing (509)422-7093. Failure to comply may result in cancellation. (Local Rule 56)

Pacific

No mention of e-filing

Pierce

Mandates e-filing with some exceptions (Local General Rule 30)

San Juan

Pleadings and such papers may be served by email only upon an attorney or pro se party who makes available, as provided in this subsection, an email address to which such pleadings and papers may be served (Local Rule 5(l)(1)

Skagit

No mention of e-filing

Snohomish

No mention of e-filing

Spokane

No mention of efiling (at least in this context, although Local Administrative Rule 30 does govern law enforcement officers’ electronic submissions to the court)

Thurston

Permits e-filing (Local General Rule 30)

Wahkiakum

No mention of e-filing

Walla Walla

No mention of e-filing

Whatcom

No mention of e-filing

Whitman

Electronic transmission via email attachment is the court's preferred method of receiving bench copies of documents (Local Administrative Rule 6(b)(1))

Yakima

No mention of e-filing

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