Court rules

General information

Court rules govern procedures for the conduct of business in the courts. They often concern such matters as time limitations, pleadings allowed, formatting, and procedure. The King County Law Library has a video about court rules that is part of the Civil Lawsuits Without Tears series on their website.

Rules for Washington state, county, and municipal courts

Washington State Courts

These rules apply to the state courts. State courts include the Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals, the Superior Courts, and Courts of Limited Jurisdiction (District Courts and Municipal Courts). The rules cover a number of topics including evidence, court procedures, arbitration, the conduct of judges and attorneys, and more. There are specific rules for Superior Court and for the Courts of Limited Jurisdiction.

Clark County Superior Court

Local rules are created by the judges of the court and are a supplement to the State Court Rules. They provide information and requirements that are in addition to State Court Rules. These rules apply to Superior Court. They are numbered to correspond to the State Court Rules, so if there are numbers skipped it means there are no local rules on that topic.

Clark County District Court

Local rules are created by the judges of the court and are a supplement to the State Court Rules. They provide information and requirements that are in addition to State Court Rules. These rules apply to District Court. They are numbered to correspond to the State Court Rules, so if there are numbers skipped it means there are no local rules on that topic.

Battle Ground Municipal Court

These local rules are a supplement to the State Court Rules. They provide additional information and requirements that are specific to the Battle Ground Municipal Court, in addition to State Court Rules.

Camas Washougal Municipal Court

These local rules are a supplement to the State Court Rules. They provide additional information and requirements that are specific to the Camas Washougal Municipal Court, in addition to State Court Rules.

Rules for some federal courts

United States Federal Courts

These rules apply to the federal courts. Federal courts include the US Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Courts, the Federal District Courts, and specialty courts such as Bankruptcy Courts.

United States District Court - Western District of Washington

Western District of Washington Local Rules are in addition to the Federal Rules. They are created by the judges and provide additional information and requirements that are specific to the district.

United States Bankruptcy Court - Western District of Washington

Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure are in addition to the Federal Rules. They are created by the judges and provide additional information and requirements that are specific to the district.