I. Appeals: How to File a Lawsuit in Federal Court:
The Appellate Case Processing Guide is designed to assist litigants through the appellate process. Under the direction of the Court’s Community Outreach Committee, the Public Information Task Team was responsible for developing the Guide in 2001. The Model is based upon the appellate flow chart adopted by the Court and included herein. Each section of this manual corresponds with a step in the aforementioned flow chart. Sections consist of 3 components: background, timeline, and required forms or paperwork. At the conclusion of each section is a sample template.
The King County Superior Court Clerk’s Office has created a handy reference page called “Clerk’s Papers” with helpful information about how appeals to the Washington Court of Appeals and Supreme Court work in relation to the King County Superior Court. It covers topics such as Designation of Clerk’s Paper, Statement of Arrangement and Report of Proceedings.
E-Pro Se is a user-friendly Web application that helps self represented (“pro se”) people prepare court documents and forms electronically. The program gathers information through simple questions and creates documents that may be filed with the court. Users have the ability to review, edit and save the completed documents before filing. At this time, E-Pro Se can be used to create civil complaints.
“The standard of review focuses on the deference an appellate court affords to the decisions of a District Court, jury or agency.” These outlines are updated annually by court staff. Users are encouraged to read the cases and conduct their own research to determine if any changes have occurred.
Find a national federal court form. National court forms can be used in all federal courts. Each federal court maintains their own local court forms. Use the Court Locator on this website to find a federal court and their local court forms. Search for national federal court forms by keyword, number, or filter by category. Forms are grouped into the following categories: Attorney, Bankruptcy, Civil, Court Reporter, Criminal, Criminal Justice Act, Human Resources, Jury, and Other.
This manual is intended to assist an individual wishing to pursue a civil action in his/her own behalf (pro se) in the United States District Court, Western District of Washington. The Manual includes forms, information about obtaining forms from the Court’s website, and some instructions on completing the forms.
Links updated February 2017.