CIVIL CASE ADMINISTRATION

CIVIL CASE PROCEDURES


CIVIL MOTIONS

Civil motions are heard by each civil department on Friday mornings at 9:00. Please refer to LCR 5 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.

2016 Civil Motion Calendar cancellation dates

JUDGE'S COPIES

All Judge’s copies should be submitted on white paper. Parties may not submit electronic Judge’s copies directly to 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.

Format Example

BRIEFS-MEMORANDA

All briefs must comply with GR 14 and LCR 10(d) & (e).  Briefs with multiple attachments and exhibits that cannot be secured with a staple must be tabbed and in a binder.

PRESENTATIONS OF 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 PROCESS 

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. Click here for more information regarding Ex Parte.

TELEPHONIC HEARINGS

PLEASE SEE LCR 7(5)

TRIAL INFORMATION

TRIAL SCHEDULING

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 Date. (Click here for a blank copy of the Trial Scheduling Questionnaire.) 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.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

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

CONTINUANCES OF TRIAL DATE OR MAJOR DEADLINE

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 detailed information.