Updated: Feb. 22, 2019

Court Rules and Procedures Committee

The Court Rules and Procedures Committee studies and develops suggested amendments to designated sets of court rules on a regular cycle of review established by the Washington Supreme Court. It also responds to requests for comment from the Court on proposals developed by others. The committee performs the rules-study function outlined in General Rule 9 and reports its recommendations to the WSBA Board of Governors.

Committee News


The committee is seeking feedback from stakeholders on draft Mandatory Arbitration Rules. Stakeholder input is crucially important in the rule-making process and assists the Committee in making an informed decision. Read the proposed Mandatory Arbitration Rules.

Please send comments to WSBACourtRules@wsba.org by Jan. 1, 2019.

Committee Information

Meeting Schedule


Upcoming Meetings

The next meeting is scheduled for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019, at the WSBA Offices. Agenda and meeting materials will be posted on this page. Meetings are open to the public.


March 19, 2018
Feb. 12, 2018
Nov. 13, 2017


Nov. 13, 2017
Feb. 12, 2018
March 19, 2018
June 18, 2018 (Supplemental Materials)

Information for the Public

Pursuant to court order, the committee publicizes suggested rule changes for public comment before finalizing its recommendations. Members of the bar, bench, and public are encouraged to review these proposals and send comments to the committee.

Suggested rule changes should be submitted to the Washington Supreme Court pursuant to the procedures set forth in GR 9(e); comments on published proposed rule changes should be submitted to the Court pursuant to GR 9(g). Please send courtesy copies of your submissions to:

WSBA Court Rules and Procedures Committee
1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101.


Chair: Jefferson Coulter

Staff Liaison: Nicole Gustine

Board of Governors Liaison: Brian Tollefson