Electronically File, Serve & Receive Superior Court Documents
Mandatory e-filing and e-service requirements
Attorneys must electronically file (e-file) and e-serve 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. Electronic service of documents is required of non-attorneys upon electing to e-file documents.
e-Service is now mandatory per LGR 30(b)(4)(B). Learn how to register to receive and e-serve documents here. If you have not registered, you will not receive e-served case documents.
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 the two court rules linked above are read prior to using the Clerk's e-filing application.
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
- Electronic service of documents
- 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
- e-File into an Existing Case (06-18-12)
- Start a New Case (08-05-13)
- e-Ex Parte via the Clerk (05-11-15)
- e-Working Copies:
- e-Service: Register to receive and e-Serve a document (07-17-16)
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.
- The Public Law Library of King County, in partnership with the Clerk's Office, offers e-Filing 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 206-477-3000.
- In the Community: Call to schedule a specialized group demonstration at your facility presented by the Clerk's subject matter experts: 206-477-3000.
View the Clerk's CLE Workshop information to learn about this ten (10) credit workshop offered.
Per LGR 30, the Clerk will make waiver request forms available.
Requesting a Waiver
- Obtain an application here, or in person at any Clerk's Office location.
- Submit the completed application by mail or in person at any counter at the clerk's office.
- 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.
- 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
- Contact the Clerk's Office official who rendered the decision.
- If after speaking with the official you still wish to appeal, request an appeal form.
- Submit your completed appeal form to the Clerk's Office Deputy Director.
- The Deputy Director will send a response to you within two weeks of receipt of the completed appeal document.
- 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:
- call 206-477-3000, or
- email eServices@kingcounty.gov.
View eWorking Copies information, step-by-step guides, FAQs and Helpful Tips here.
For questions and assistance, contact us:
- call 206-477-3021 (also available during the closed office hour of 12:15 - 1:15 pm), or
- email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
- call 206-296-9300, or
- email email@example.com.