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What are Working Copies?

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When you “file” documents with a court, you give the court documents for processing. Often you also need to give a court “working copies” of the same documents. The judge or commissioner will use these extra copies to prepare for your case. That way the court does not need to make copies itself. #9952EN

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What are working copies?

When you file documents with a court, you give the court documents for processing. Often you must give a court "working copies" of these documents. The judge/commissioner uses these extra copies to prepare for your case. Then the court does not need to make copies itself.

Are there other names for working copies?

 Yes:

  • working papers

  • courtesy copies

  • judge's copies

  • bench copies ("the bench" means "judges")

Can I submit working copies electronically?

In some courts, you can file documents electronically ("e-filing"). You can also submit working copies electronically. If you do not have a lawyer, it is usually cheaper and easier to file documents and submit working copies in paper form (not electronically).

Where can I find rules about working copies?

Each Washington County has its own local rules. This list has most of them: www.courts.wa.gov/court_rules. Click on the links under "Local Court Rules." There are links for superior, district, and municipal courts.

*If your county is not on this list, contact them directly to ask about working copies.  

You must follow all the rules for working copies. Your court may have rules about

  • When and where to deliver working copies

  • How many copies to make

  • How to label working copies

Usually you file your documents in the clerk's office at the court. Ask there where to deliver your working copies.  

The chart below shows which Washington Superior Courts have local rules about working copies. "LR" usually means "Local Rule." "LCR" usually means "Local Civil Rule."

Superior Court

Rule About Working Copies

Adams County Superior Court

n/a

Asotin County Superior Court

LCR 5

Benton County Superior Court

LCR 5

Chelan County Superior Court

LR 7

Clallam County Superior Court

LCR 2

Clark County Superior Court

Rule 0.4

Columbia County Superior Court

HCCLR 3

Cowlitz County Superior Court

CCLCR 10

Douglas County Superior Court

LR 7 and LR 56

Ferry County Superior Court

LCR 5

Franklin County Superior Court

LCR 5

Garfield County Superior Court

LCR 5

Grant County Superior Court

n/a

Grays Harbor County Superior Court

LCR 5

Island County Superior Court

n/a

Jefferson County Superior Court

LCR 7.4

King County Superior Court

LCR 5 and LCR 7

Kitsap County Superior Court

KCLCR 7

Kittitas County Superior Court

LCR 7

Klickitat County Superior Court

n/a

Lewis County Superior Court

LCR 5

Lincoln County Superior Court

LCR 7

Mason County Superior Court

n/a

Okanogan County Superior Court

LR 7

Pacific County Superior Court

n/a

Pend Oreille County Superior Court

LCR 5

Pierce County Superior Court

PCLR 7

San Juan County Superior Court

LCR 8

Skagit County Superior Court

Rule 7

Skamania County Superior Court

n/a

Snohomish County Superior Court

Rule 7

Spokane County Superior Court

n/a

Stevens County Superior Court

LCR 5

Thurston County Superior Court

LCR 5

Wahkiakum County Superior Court

n/a

Walla Walla County Superior Court

n/a

Whatcom County Superior Court

n/a

Whitman County Superior Court

WCLAR 6

Yakima County Superior Court

n/a

 

 

 

 

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Northwest Justice Project gratefully acknowledges the work of Legal Voice, whose original publication we largely adapted here.


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