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Frequently asked questions about filing online

What is a "new appeal?"

This is the filing of a new case with the BIIA.  If you want to appeal a decision made by the Department of Labor and Industries, use the "New appeals" electronic filing option.

What is a docket number?

This is the number assigned to your case by the BIIA.  Example of where you will find the docket number:


IN RE: JOHN DOE

CLAIM NO. AB-12345

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DOCKET NO. 15 12345

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF APPEAL

What kind of documents can I file using the "Pleadings and Correspondence" option?

This option is used for filing many documents, including Petitions for Review, motions, declarations, affidavits, briefs, witness confirmations, and correspondence—to name a few.

Do Court Reporters file depositions using the "Pleadings and Correspondence" option?

No.  You would use the "Deposition" option also available on the screen.  The "Transcript" option is not for perpetuation depositions, but only hearings or conference transcripts.

How do I know my filing is successfully received by the BIIA?

You will receive an email notification that your document has been submitted.  Please be sure to enter your email address accurately.  If you do not receive the notification email within 15 minutes, please call the Administrator at (360) 753-6823 ext. 1163.

Why is filing electronically more efficient than faxing?

Electronically filed documents are more quickly identified and filed with judicial assistants and judges.

Will my document be filed the same day I submit it electronically?

Yes, if it is filed before 5 p.m. on a regular business day. Documents receive after 5 p.m. are deemed filed the next business day.  If submitted on a Saturday, Sunday, or state holiday, the document would be deemed filed the next business day.

Is there a preferred format for electronically filed documents?

All documents filed electronically must be in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Should I mail a hard copy after I have filed electronically?

No.  Please do not send a hard copy of a document after electronic filing.

May court reporters attach exhibits to depositions?

Exhibits should be submitted separately from the deposition.  The exhibits can be in one document and submitted using the "Deposition" filing option.  Many court reporters type a note in the "note" submission field that the document being submitted is an exhibit.

May I electronically file unsigned documents?

We will accept electronic signatures in the following format:

(A)  Attorney Signatures -- An electronic document that requires an attorney's signature shall be signed in the following manner:

s/ John Attorney
State Bar Number 12345
ABC Law Firm
123 South Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: (206) 123-4567
Fax: (206) 123-4567
E-mail: John.Attorney@lawfirm.com

(B)  Non-attorney signatures -- An electronic document that requires a non-attorney's signature and is not signed under penalty of perjury shall be signed in the following manner:

s/ John Citizen
123 South Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: (206) 123-4567
Fax: (206) 123-4567
E-mail:  John.Citizen@email.com

(C)  Non-attorney signatures on documents signed under penalty of perjury -- If the original document requires the signature of a non-attorney signed under penalty of perjury, the filer must:

Scan and electronically file the entire document, including the signature page with the signature, and maintain the original signed paper document for the duration of the case, including any period of appeal, plus sixty (60) days thereafter.

Who can I contact with electronic filing questions?

Call the Administrator at (360) 753-6823 ext. 1163.