Local Rules Task Force

The Local Rules Task Force was created to review the purpose and function of local rules, the impact of local rules on courts, litigants and the trial bar, and possible means to mitigate the detrimental effects of the ever-increasing number of local rules on lawyers practicing in multiple courts.

In July 2009, the WSBA Board of Governors voted to extend the Local Rules Task Force Charter. The extended task of the Local Rules Task Force is to develop means to assure the implementation of the Task Force recommendations, including recommendations for rule and procedural changes, and an oversight system. The Task Force is authorized, at its discretion, to review local rules other than those promulgated by the Superior Courts.

On Sept. 18, 2014, the WSBA Board of Governors approved a request to extend the Local Rules Task Force charter to Dec. 31, 2016. 

Revised Proposed Superior Court Family Law Civil Rules (FLCR) – Second Reading and Action at April 2012 BOG Meeting

The revised proposed Superior Court Family Law Civil Rules (FLCRs), proposed by the Local Rules Task Force, were submitted to the Washington State Supreme Court by the WSBA Board of Governors on April 30, 2012. 


Next Meeting: To be determined.


Meeting material and minutes archives 

Contact Us

Co-chairs: Lish Whitson and Justice Charles Johnson

WSBA Liaison: Julie Shankland

BOG Liaison: Brad Furlong

Task Force Report

Conclusions and recommendations presented to the WSBA Board of Governors on December 5, 2008.

All Counties Spreadsheet

An Excel spreadsheet analyzing the local rules in each county in Washington.

Family Law Civil Rules Report

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