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.
- 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 Comments (By the WSBA Court Rules and Procedures Committee or by Others)
- On Nov. 21, 2018, the Supreme Court ordered suggested amendments to APR 28 published for comment. The comment period expires Feb. 1, 2019. See Supreme Court Order 25700-A-1249 for more information.
- For the Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2018, term, the Court Rules and Procedures Committee will review the Criminal Rules for Superior Courts and the Criminal Rules for Courts of Limited Jurisdiction. For more information, please see the review cycle established by the state Supreme Court.
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.
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.
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