CIVIL CASE ADMINISTRATION
CIVIL CASE PROCEDURES
Procedure for Scheduling
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Civil motions are heard by each civil department on Friday mornings at
9:00. Please refer to
for information on motion practice.
On occasion it is necessary to cancel a civil motion calendar.
Click below to view the list of cancelled civil motion calendars.
Civil Motion Calendar cancellation dates
All Judge’s copies should be submitted on
white paper. Parties may not submit
electronic Judge’s copies directly to
Judicial Assistant or Court
Administration unless the court asks the
parties to do so. Judge’s copies must be
delivered to Court Administration timely. If
electronically filing documents, parties may
utilize the service of the Clerk’s Office
for a fee. However delivered, it is a
party’s responsibility to have Judge’s
copies delivered timely. Each Judge’s copy
of a brief shall be identified as the
Judge’s copy and shall identify the date,
time, and the Judge before whom the matter
is scheduled to be heard in substantially
the following format in the top left hand
corner of the first page.
Briefs with multiple
attachments and exhibits that cannot be
secured with a staple must be tabbed and in
EX PARTE AND/OR ORDERS
BASED ON A JUDGES RULING
An order reflecting a Judge’s prior
ruling must be presented to that same Judge.
If the matter is lengthy or complex, or the
parties disagree about the order, schedule a
presentation hearing on the Judge's civil
motion calendar. If the matter is routine
and the parties agree on the order, you can
present the order to the Judge at the
beginning of his or her civil motion
calendar without scheduling a hearing first.
Contested matters must be scheduled on the
Judge’s civil motion calendar.
MAIL-IN EX PARTE
As an alternative to presenting an ex
parte matter in person, you may mail
the matter to the Clerk's Office and request
the matter be presented to a Judicial
Officer for signature, pursuant to LCR 79(a)
and RCW 36.18.016(10). The fee for ex
parte is $30.00. The clerk will present
the documents to the Judicial Officer,
conform copies and return them to the moving
party (please enclose SASE). RCW
36.18.016(10); LCR 79(a). The $30.00
processing fee is charged even if the order
is not signed. This fee is subject to
change. Please check the
Clerk's Office website for updates prior
to sending in your fees.
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regarding Ex Parte.
PLEASE SEE LCR 7(5)
At the time a civil case is filed, the
Clerk's Office will provide the
plaintiff/petitioner with a Notice of
Assignment/Notice of Trial Scheduling
Date. For most cases, the Trial Scheduling
Date is approximately 120 days subsequent to
the date of filing and noted on the Trial
Scheduling Docket on the assigned Judge's
Civil Motion Calendar. This is an
administrative docket that is conducted by
the assigned Judge's Judicial Assistant.
DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL THE COURT. DO
NOT APPEAR ON THE TRIAL SCHEDULING DATE. Instead,
file a completed Trial Scheduling
Questionnaire by the deadline designated on
the Notice of Assignment/Trial Scheduling
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Word Format PDF
Format.) Once the
completed Trial Scheduling Questionnaire(s)
have been filed, the Case Scheduling Order
(CSO) is prepared by the Judicial Assistant
shortly after the trial scheduling date. The Judicial Assistant will obtain the
Judge's signature, file the original and
mail a copy to each party of record.
The Judge will confirm with counsel that
the case is ready for trial. Motions in
Limine must be heard on a Friday Civil
Motion Calendar prior to trial. Compliance
with ADR/Mediation/Settlement Conference
will be confirmed. The Judge will also
instruct counsel as to jury instructions
and/or proposed Findings of Fact and
Conclusions of Law. The length of trial
will also be confirmed. The Judge does not
necessarily require counsel to "bring"
anything to the pretrial conference,
however, APPEARANCE IS MANDATORY.
TRIAL DATE OR MAJOR
The Court requires motions to continue
trials and other major deadlines to be
scheduled for a hearing before the assigned
Judge. This is true even if the parties
agree on the continuance. Please review
Local Court Rule 40(b)(7) for more