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Attorneys must electronically file (e-file) all documents using the Clerk’s online eFiling application, unless King County Local General Rule 30 provides otherwise. Some exceptions do apply.  Non-attorneys are not required to e-file documents, but may do so.

Washington State General Rule 30: Electronic Filing authorizes courts to adopt a local rule that mandates electronic filing and addresses filing hours, electronic signatures rules, working copies, service, and more.

It is recommended that both of the above court rules are read prior to using the Clerk's e-filing application.

E-Filing Notifications

AMENDED LGR 30. Mandatory Electronic Filing and Service, is effective September 1, 2015

The 2015 approved amendment to LGR 30 mandates electronic service through the Clerk's eFiling application when a party e-files a document, except as noted. Attorneys must promptly opt-in to accept e-service in each case in which the attorney appears. A party that is not represented by an attorney must also register to accept e-service on each case in which the party e-files a document.  Read the 2015 local rule amendments. For instruction on how to opt-in to e-Service, view the "How do I..." tab below.

The Superior Court Clerk's eFiling application is comprised of four distinct and separate electronic processes:

  • Filing of a document(s) into an existing case or to start a new case
  • Service of documents to "opted-in" parties
  • Compile and submission of working copies to the Court
  • Submission of documents to Ex Parte via the Clerk

Fee documents are subject to the standard fee schedule plus an eCommerce transaction fee ($2.49 for credit cards and $1.49 for internet checks) per submission.

E-Filing application self-help and process reference materials are available below.  Please note, special training is not a prerequisite for use of the application.

Step-by-Step Process Guides
Helpful User Tips and Practice Case Number

You may use the test case, 02-2-99999-9, to practice e-filing a non-fee document and e-serving others; to verify the validation of your document's .pdf or .tiff file format acceptance; and, to explore the application's e-Working Copies and e-Ex Parte via the Clerk processes.

eFiling Application Demonstrations

Free one-hour demonstrations of the eFiling application are available.  All interested persons are welcome. Please arrive on time as to not disrupt the demonstrations in progress.

  • King County Courthouse in Seattle: The Public Law Library of King County, in partnership with the Clerk's Office, offers eFiling courses regularly.  View the library's training center class options here.
  • Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent: Demonstrations are offered upon request. To schedule, call 206-477-3024.
  • In the Community: Call to schedule a specialized group demonstration at your facility presented by the Clerk's subject matter experts: 206-477-0173.

View the Clerk's CLE Workshop information to learn about this ten (10) credit workshop offered.

E-filing is free for filing non-fee documents; however, documents that do require a fee to file will require a fee payment prior to completing the e-filing process. Electronic payment also includes the King County eCommerce transaction fee of $2.49 for credit cards or $1.49 for internet check payments.
If you (an attorney) are unable to electronically file a document that is mandated to be e-filed, you must apply for a waiver before filing in paper form. You may apply for a waiver to file a single document, for an entire case or for a specific period of time. The Clerk will consider each application and will provide the approval or denial in writing. You may file documents in paper form while your request is being reviewed. If the waiver is denied, all future filings must comply with the mandatory e-filing rule (LGR 30) or you may be assessed a faulty document fee.
Yes. Washington State Rule of the Court: General Rule 30 (GR 30) and King County Superior Court Local General Rule 30 (LGR 30) identify documents that cannot be filed electronically and must be filed in paper form only.  There are certain document types that should not be filed in the court file regardless of format. For example: negotiable instruments, exhibits and trial notebooks.
If your internet connection is down it is your responsibility to go to one of the many locations that offer free internet access, including public libraries and the Public Law Library of King County. If the King County network is down or if the eFiling application is off during business hours, filing directions will be posted on this alternate website: It is highly recommended that you save this site link to your favorites for easy verification of the eFiling application status or to get to the eFiling application without accessing the King County network.
Select the document type that most clearly identifies the document you are e-filing. If you are unsure of what type to choose, you may select "other." However, if you are filing a document that has a fee associated with it be sure to choose the document type that has the appropriate fee associated or your document will be rejected for non-payment.
If you are having trouble uploading your .pdf document, your .pdf file may be incompatible with the file validation requirements. The eFiling application suite is currently compatible with Adobe Acrobat 9 software. Please verify that your scanner or .pdf conversion software is set to version 9 or less. Also, for scanner defaults, it is recommended that the DPI be set to 200 and "hard set" the document size to 8.5 x 11 inches. Many free PDF conversion software packages are available online. One such product is "Cute PDF" from (choose the FREEWARE download version). To create a .pdf document, open your document and select to print. Change your printer options to the "Cute PDF Writer" option.
The eFiling application provides the option to upload an "attachment" or an "additional document" following the successful upload of a document into the system. The "attachment" feature operates like an electronic stapler. If you have exhibits or additional files that are intended to be filed with the primary document as one document, use the "attachment" option. The "additional document" feature provides the option to e-file a second or additional primary document into the case with one e-filing submission.
Proposed orders may not be e-filed. Stipulations can be filed separately from the order, and the order can be presented to your assigned judge via working copies. Another option, if eligible for signing in the ExParte Department, is the ExParte via the Clerk component within the eFiling application. When using the Ex Parte via the Clerk component, stipulations with original signatures can be uploaded as a .pdf within the “Add Additional Documents” tab. Please refer to GR 30 for the appropriate use of /S/ in lieu of a signature. If the Stipulation has not been filed, verify that the “e-file me” box is checked. Proposed orders should be uploaded as a WORD (.doc or .docx) file within the “Proposed Order” tab, or you may deliver the Stipulation and Proposed Order to the Clerk’s Office in hard copy for presentation to the ExParte Department.
E-filed documents are not available for public viewing until they have first been reviewed and processed by the clerk. When e-filing, as in paper filing, please follow the appropriate sealing process identified in the state and local rules.
No. The eFiling application will automatically generate and e-file a CICS for you based on the new case identification selections you make when going through the e-filing process. You can obtain and save a copy of the CICS through a link on the eFiling Confirmation Receipt upon completion of the new case e-filing process.
For managed cases, an Order Setting Case Schedule will be automatically generated after you have completed the eCommerce transaction and can be obtained via a link on the eFiling Confirmation Receipt. It is strongly recommended that you save a copy of the schedule (.pdf) at the time of filing. For additional new case e-filing information, view the Start a New Case Step-by-Step process guide.
You will not be issued a case schedule for modifications or objections via the eFiling application at the time of filing. A case schedule will be mailed to you after review by the clerk.
No. E-filing a document(s) and submitting electronic working copies to the judge or commissioner's calendar are seperate actions within the eFiling application. E-filing a document(s) does not satisfy any requirement of parties to submit working copies. eWorking Copies is an optional service within the eFiling application that compliments the e-filing of court documents. For more information view the eWorking Copies page.
Electronic service in Washington State is optional per GR 30, and therefore, not an automatic function of the eFiling application, from the court or case parties. The eService functionality is provided as a service for those that would like to use it to serve each other, voluntarily. For additional information, view the eService step-by-step process guide.

Per LGR 30, the Clerk will make waiver request forms available.

Requesting a Waiver
  1. Obtain an application here, or in person at any Clerk's Office location.
  2. Submit the completed application by mail or in person at any counter at the clerk's office.
  3. Once the application is submitted you are exempt from filing electronically until the application has been processed and you have received a response from the clerk's office.
  4. You are required to include the language "exempt from e-filing per application pending waiver filed on [date]" in the caption of all subsequent paper filings until you have received a response from the clerk's office.
Application Review Process

The Clerk's Office will send a response to the applicant within two weeks of receipt of the waiver request.

  • If Approved:
    • The response will instruct you to file copies of the response in each case where a waiver is requested.
    • The response will also instruct you to include language on filings as specified in LGR 30 on all subsequent filings for the duration of the waiver period.  If you do not include this language on subsequent filings you may be assessed a fee.
  • If Denied:
    • You can appeal the decision according to the instructions below.
    • You cannot re-apply for a waiver for a period of six months from the date of the initial denial unless there has been a substantial change in your circumstances.
    • You are expected to file your documents electronically and may be assessed a fee if you continue to file your documents in paper form
Waiver Denied Appeal Process
  1. Contact the Clerk's Office official who rendered the decision.
  2. If after speaking with the official you still wish to appeal, request an appeal form.
  3. Submit your completed appeal form to the Clerk's Office Deputy Director.
  4. The Deputy Director will send a response to you within two weeks of receipt of the completed appeal document.
  5. You are exempt from filing electronically until your appeal has been processed.  You are required to include the language "exempt from e-filing per application pending waiver filed on [date]" in the caption of all subsequent paper filings until you have received a response to your appeal from the Clerk's Office Deputy Director.

Below are contact resources specifically identified to support customers' use of the eFiling application and Clerk's Office electronic processes. The phone lines and email boxes are staffed during the Clerk's Office business hours.  When calling if you receive voice mail please leave a message.  Calls will be returned in the order they are received.

eServices Help Desk

For questions and assistance with the eFiling application and ECR Online, contact us:

Ex Parte via the Clerk

View the Ex Parte Motions and Hearings Manual, Master List, Ex Parte via the Clerk forms and FAQs here.

For questions and assistance, contact us:

  • Seattle staff: 206-477-0848, or
  • Kent staff: 206-477-3047.
eWorking Copies

View eWorking Copies information, step-by-step guides, FAQs and Helpful Tips here.

For questions and assistance, contact us:

Electronic Records Requests

View information to help you find records, request file research and purchase documents online here.

For questions and assistance, contact us:

General Information

Clerk's Office staff performs a variety of duties and services for the court, litigants and the public.  If you need additional information or assistance not address above, please contact us:

Electronic Services

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eFiling App Maintenance

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