Supreme Court Clerk's Office
Fax and Email Filing
Fax filings require prior permission from the Clerk. You may call the Clerk’s Office at (360) 357-2077 for permission. You must give the case number, the name of the document and the amount of pages when calling for permission. There is no fee for filing by fax. Our fax number will be provided to you if you are granted permission to file by fax. Any faxes sent without prior permission will not be accepted for filing.
Faxed documents should be sent on "high resolution." Please make sure to start your fax before 4:00 p.m. on the day the document is due.
The fax copy constitutes the original in the court file. There is no need to send the original by mail. You should keep the original in your file.
Briefs may not be filed by fax because we need the original to make the required copies.
Protocols for Electronic Filing
The following protocols are promulgated pursuant to Supreme Court order, dated September 4, 1997. If these protocols are followed, the Supreme Court Clerk's office will accept certain filings by email at this address: Supreme@courts.wa.gov. No fees are charged for electronic filing.
Filing by Attachment to Email
You may file a document with the court, but not serve it on another party, by attaching it to an email message. Any document (except original actions, petitions for review, personal restraint petitions or those pleadings that require a filing fee) may be filed as an attachment to email if:
No signature is required on an attached document, if all protocols are followed. The date and time the attachment to email is received will be the date and time of filing. Any filing received after 5:00 P.M. will be filed the next day.
The use of PDF format or Microsoft WORD is encouraged, but not required. If the conversion software used by the court is unable to convert a document, the party submitting the document will be notified to submit the document in hard copy form, but the date and time of filing will be when the email attachment was received.
Service by Email Message
If all counsel and/or the parties agree to service by email prior to the submission of a document to the court, then you may serve the document by sending it to the other parties using the “cc:” line. You do not need to file an additional certificate of service.
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