CM/ECF Help Desk:
Phone: (866) 236-5100 or (509) 458-3410
Electronic filing of new civil cases by attorneys is effective March 1, 2014. Attorneys must register for CM/ECF. Self represented parties may not open civil cases electronically. All documents must be converted to PDF. Please note that miscellaneous cases cannot be filed electronically at this time.
Attorney's Guide to Opening a Civil Case
The Attorney's Guide is also available as a PowerPoint (PPTX) tutorial (Internet Explorer 8 users please see note below):
1. Getting Started
2. Entering Party Names
3. Opening Your Civil Case
3a. Opening Your Civil Case (cont.)
4. Adding Parties
4a. Adding Addl Attorneys
5. Docketing the Lead Event
5b. Notice of Removal
5c. Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees
5d. Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
6. Emergency Matters
7. Paying the Filing Fee
8. Completing the Process
To view these files in Internet Explorer 7 or 8, please save the file on your computer. When saving, change the file's extension from ".zip" to ".ppsx". You'll then be able to open the file normally.
Training is held at the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse, 920 West Riverside, Spokane, Washington. Please check in for training with the Clerk's Office, Room 840.
Call Jaime White at (509) 458-3400 to register.
Training is held Wednesday afternoons at the William O. Douglas Courthouse, 25 South Third, Yakima, Washington. Please check in for training with the Clerk's Office, Room 201.
Call Curt Robins at (509) 573-6617 to register.
Training is held Thursday afternoons at the Richland U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building, 825 Jadwin Avenue, Richland, Washington. Please check in for training with the Clerk's Office, Room 174.
Call Debbie Brasel at (509) 943-8173 to register.
Classes are 2 hours long. Please bring a picture ID for entrance into the building. Written training materials will be provided. Two CLE credits have been granted for attendance at this class.
You may familiarize yourself with electronic filing by accessing the training database at https://ecf-train.waed.uscourts.gov.
Logins for Database: training1, training2, or training3
Password for Database: The password for each login is Fu11m00n!
Criminal case numbers to use for Database: 2:01-cr-234, 1:01-cr-234, 2:10-cr-6012, 2:10-cr-7012, and/or 2:10-cr-8012.
Civil case numbers to use for Database: 2:04-cv-1234, 2:10-cv-1234, 2:10-cv-2345, and/or 2:10-cv-3456.
If you would like to practice opening a new civil case online, use one of the logins, passwords, and the test credit card numbers provided below.
Login 1: TEST Password: testPatty2! VISA: 4111111111111111 Security Code: 999 Exp Date: [Enter any future expiration date]
Login 2: TEST4 Password: testPatty4! VISA: 4012888888881881 Security Code: 999 Exp Date: [Enter any future expiration date]
Note: We delete and refresh the training database periodically. If you notice that your filing(s) have disappeared it means the database has been reset.
Notice to software vendors: If you want to test your software's interface with this court's CM/ECF system you must get written permission from the Court Unit Executive.
Please write to:
Court Unit Executive
PO Box 1493
Spokane, WA 99210
ECF Administrative Procedures Updated March 3, 2017
Electronic Case Filing User Manual Updated April 2016
Electronic Case File Access and Privacy
Civil Case Opening Checklist (PDF)
Entering Party Names (PDF)
Creating Cross-Document Hyperlinks
Filing Criminal Sealed and Ex Parte Documents (for criminal defense counsel)
Filing Civil Sealed and Ex Parte Documents
Accessing Sealed Documents
Docket text will list parties that may access an Ex Parte Order
In Camera, Sealed, Restricted, and Exparte Documents
Instructions for Filing Large Documents
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