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Appellate Practice in Washington

This research guide is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather will list some of the major sources of law in the area and a variety of tools for the researcher to use when confronted with questions involving appellate procedure in Washington.

Table of Contents

Appellate Courts
  • Biographical Information on the Judges
Primary Sources
  • Statutes
  • Court Rules
  • Cases
Secondary Sources and Practice Materials
  • Appellate Practice Generally
  • Briefs and Oral Argument
  • Finding Additional Resources
More Research Information
  • Periodical Articles
  • Continuing Legal Education Materials


Appellate practice is one of the most critical stages in litigation as well as a cornerstone in the legal process. Not only are the appellate courts where a particular case is decided with finality, these courts also create the precedents that control later litigation.

One component of appellate practice deals with procedure: filing the right documents in the right place in the right format at the right time. Another component of appellate practice is technique: the art of writing and speaking persuasively to the court. There are many resources that discuss both aspects of appellate practice. This research guide focuses primarily on materials for Washington but also provides some references to more general works.

About this Research Guide

Links in this research guide will take the researcher to information about the resource, and in some cases, will link to full text of the resource. The titles of materials held in the Seattle University Law Library are linked to the bibliographic records in the library's catalog. The title or citation for Web-based materials will be linked to the internet site where those materials or information about them may be found. Some citations may be linked to materials in Westlaw, Lexis, or other databases, including cases, statutes, and law review articles of interest; if so, they may be available only to authorized users.