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Frequently Asked Questions (General)

People often ask questions related to the appeal process, and in almost every case your question will be answered in one of the following documents. If these documents fail to address your concerns or questions please contact us directly so that we may assist you. To view these documents please click on the links below:

VIEW the Public Guide to the Office of the Hearing ExaminerThe Public Guide is an easy to read document that explains the appeal and hearing processes and how to participate in them.

VIEW the Rules of Practice and Procedures.The Rules of Practice and Procedure provide the rules for most cases filed with the Office of Hearing Examiner.

VIEW the Hearing Examiner Rules for Discrimination Cases.  The Hearing Examiner Rules for Discrimination Cases provide the rules for handling complaints filed with the Office of Hearing Examiner by the Office for Civil Rights.

VIEW the Hearing Examiner Rules for Whistleblower Retaliation CasesThe Hearing Examiner Rules for Whistleblower Retaliation Cases provide the rules for handling complaints filed with the Office of Hearing Examiner by the Ethics and Elections Director.

VIEW the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC).  For information about what the Hearing Examiner is allowed to do and/or required to do, type in “Hearing Examiner” in the “Words in Text of Code” field and click the “Submit Query” button.

Other FAQs

  1. How do I file an appeal online?
  2. You can file your appeal online by visiting the Hearing Examiner’s website at and selecting “e-File” in the list on the left side of the page. 

  3. Whom do I contact if want to order a copy of the recording of my hearing so that I can listen to the proceedings?
  4. We would be happy to make copies of CDs for you. This may take between 24 and 48 hours for CDs that are housed here in our offices.  For CDs that are being held in archives, it can take between 1 and 2 weeks to complete. The CDs are $3.00, and payment is required in advance of copying.

  5. How do I listen to CDs of the proceedings?
  6. All CDs are formatted to play in a CD player or on a computer. Please click here to find instructions for downloading the free audio player.

  7. What if I have a general complaint, but it does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Hearing Examiner?
  8. You can contact the Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489, and they may be able to assist you in resolving your complaint.

  9. If I need to contact someone in the City involved in my appeal how do I find their phone number or email address?
  10. You can look up contact information by visiting the online directory at

  11. Can I read a review of the Hearing Examiner's business for the year?
  12. This information is in our annual report and can be found by visiting

  13. How can I find my case documents online?
  14. Electronic copies of most Office of Hearing Examiner case records, in cases initiated between January of 2010 and the present, are available to the public online using Case File Search.  The “IRIS User Guide” is also located on this page and contains step-by-step instructions for searching online case records

Viewing some of these documents may require Adobe Acrobat. To get a free copy click on the link and follow the directions.

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