Updated: Dec. 6, 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 WSBA's Board of Governors.

Meeting Schedule  │  Roster

Committee News

  • A list of recently adopted rules proposed by the committee, other rule changes of interest, and suggested rule amendments can be found on this page. For more information, please visit Washington Courts.
  • Rules Adopted and Rules published for comment (by the WSBA Court Rules and Procedures Committee or others)
  • For the Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2020, term, the Court Rules and Procedures Committee will review the Mandatory Arbitration Rules (MAR), the Civil Rules for Superior Courts (CR), and the Civil Rules for Courts of Limited Jurisdiction (CRLJ). For more information, please see the review cycle established by the state Supreme Court.

Feedback Requested

On Nov. 6, 2019, the Washington State Supreme Court ordered suggested amendments to be published for comment. Read the Supreme Court Orders for more information.

Please send comments by either U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 40929, Olympia, WA 98504-0929, or email to supreme@courts.wa.gov by Thursday, April 30, 2020.

On Nov. 6, 2019, the Washington State Supreme Court ordered the suggested new General Rule (GR) 38 and suggested amendments to RPC 4.4 Comment (4) to be published for comment. Read Supreme Court Order 25700-A-1274 for more information.

Please send comments by either U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 40929, Olympia, WA 98504-0929, or email to supreme@courts.wa.gov no later than 60 days from the published date of the rule in the Washington Reports.

On Dec. 4, 2019, the Washington State Supreme Court ordered suggested amendments to be published for comment. Read the Supreme Court Orders for more information. 

Please send comments by either U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 40929, Olympia, WA 98504-0929, or e-mail to supreme@courts.wa.gov by Thursday, April 30, 2020. 


Upcoming Meetings

The next meeting is on Monday, Jan. 13, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Agenda and meeting materials are posted on this page. Meetings are open to the public. See Meeting Notice.

Agenda  │  Meeting Materials 

Past Minutes

Oct. 19, 2018

Jan. 14, 2019

Feb. 11, 2019

March 18, 2019

April 15, 2019

May 20, 2019

June 17, 2019

Sept. 16, 2019

Past Materials

Oct. 19, 2018

Jan. 14, 2019

Feb. 11, 2019

March 18, 2019

April 15, 2019

May 20, 2019

June 17, 2019

Sept. 16, 2019


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


Contact Us

Chair: Jefferson Coulter

Staff Liaisons: Nicole Gustine and Kyla Jones

Board of Governors Liaison: Brian Tollefson