Court Operations:

  • The Spokane Federal Courthouse, the Yakima Federal Courthouse, and the court floors of the Richland Federal Courthouse are open to the public.
  • Mask protocols throughout the Eastern District of Washington will comport with the CDC Community Levels, and at any time that a county achieves a HIGH Community Level, masks will be required by court visitors for entry and in public spaces, to include the courtrooms of that courthouse.
  • The Court, by and throughGeneral Order No. 20-101-3 has extended through January 2023, the authorized use of video conferencing or telephone conferencing when necessary to minimize undue risk to defendants, counsel, law enforcement, court staff,  witnesses, and the public at large.  Accordingly, the Court will continue to encourage and use these tools for those hearings allowed by the CARES Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136, when ordered by the presiding judge.
  • The Clerk’s Office in Spokane, Richland and Yakima remain physically accessible to the public during normal duty hours. The Court encourages electronic filings made through the CM/ECF filing system, use of the electronic payment system, and continued use of mail and delivery services.