A judicial act or proceeding is said to be ex parte when it is taken or conducted at the request and for the benefit of one party only, without notice to the opposing party or other person.  Ex parte also refers to the department of the court in which such actions and proceedings are conducted.

All judicial officers will call for ex parte matters at the start of their civil motion calendar, Friday at 9:00 a.m.  If you have a matter to present to the court and cannot appear on the assigned judge's civil motion calendar, you may go to Superior Court in person at the designated times (below) and request the judicial officer on ex parte rotation to sign your Order.

Superior Court

Main Courthouse Complex

M - Th  8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

M - F    4:30 - 5:00 p.m.


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 for judge's signature, pursuant to LCR 79(a) and RCW 36.18.016(10).  The fee for ex parte is $30.00.  The clerk will pull the file, present the documents to the Judge, 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.