Skip to main content
King County logo

The King County Superior Court Ex Parte and Probate Department has adopted policy and procedures for the presentation of ex parte matters.   Only certain matters (orders) may be presented at an in-person hearing and the remaining matters (orders) must be submitted to the Clerk's Office for presentation.  A process known as "Ex Parte via the Clerk."

Pursuant to LGR 30, attorneys are mandated to electronically file (e-file) documents using the Clerk's online eFiling application.  This mandate includes Ex Parte via the Clerk submissions. The court is now processing most Ex Parte via the Clerk submissions electronically, including digitally signing orders. 

Ex Parte via the Clerk Notifications

Governor Inslee and a number of mayors in cities in King County have issued moratoriums on evictions, late fees, and other related issues.  King County Superior Court will follow these moratoriums on these legal matters.

To read King County Superior Court Emergency Orders, click HERE.

Initiating a New Probate Case with an Original Will - Modified Instructions

Full instructions on how to initiate a new probate case with an original will via e-filing and mail can be found here.  The Probate cover sheet can be found here.

To determine if a court matter must be heard in the Ex Parte and Probate Department, review Local Civil Rule 40.1.  If yes:

Read the Ex Parte Motions and Hearing Manual (updated 12-24-2015) to learn the rules, procedures, costs and timelines.

View the Ex Parte Master List to determine if your matter must be presented via the Clerk or in-person by a case participant.

Review the "Ex Parte via the Clerk Frequently Asked Questions " link (below the tabs) for additional details about the process (updated 05-15-2015).

Sign-up to receive email or text messages from the Superior Court Clerk specifically intended for Ex Parte practitioners.
Generally, the clerk will present documents that are agreed, do not require testimony, are not of an emergent nature and do not impact the trial schedule or involve discovery. New or reopened probate matters may be presented either by the parties or by the clerk. For more specific information about which documents are to be presented by the clerk and which can be presented by the parties, review the Motions and Hearings Manual and the Ex Parte Master List.
Certain documents may be presented directly to the Ex Parte and Probate Department by the case parties. Anti-harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault and vulnerable adult protection orders, and restraining orders shall be presented in person. Additionally, orders requiring testimony and child custody and parenting plan orders shall be presented in person. New or reopened probate matters may either be presented in person or by the clerk. For more specific information about which documents are to be presented by the clerk and which can be presented by the parties, review the Motions and Hearings Manual and the Ex Parte Master List.
Stipulations and Proposed Orders do need to be submitted separately. In the Clerk's eFiling application Ex Parte via the Clerk submission process, stipulations with original signatures can be uploaded as a .pdf within the “Add Additional Documents” tab. Please refer to GR 30 for the appropriate use of /S/ in lieu of a signature. If the Stipulation has not been filed, verify that the “e-file me” box is checked. Proposed orders should be uploaded as a WORD (.doc or .docx) file within the “Proposed Order” tab. Another option is to deliver the Stipulation and Proposed Order to the Clerk’s Office in hard copy for presentation to the ExParte Department.
No. For those matters that are noted for a hearing before Ex Parte, you are expected to appear for the hearing. You may submit working copies electronically to the Commissioner through the Clerk's eFiling application eWorking Copies submission process or you may drop off a paper copy in the Judges' mailroom at the location of your noted hearing.
You can request expedited service (additional $30.00) and clerk's office staff will, within fifteen minutes of receipt, present your materials to the Ex Parte Department. The judicial officer will consider the expedited matter(s) immediately upon completion of their in-process matter. Generally, expedited Ex Parte via the Clerk matters will be available to the submitter within an hour.
If a motion is denied, the judicial officer will enter a minute order that will include the reason for the denial. This minute order will also contain instructions on how you may proceed, if applicable.
Fee waivers are available if payment of the presentation fee would cause a financial hardship. To learn more about qualifying for a fee waiver, contact the Clerk's Office by calling 206-477-0848 in Seattle or 206-477-3047 in Kent. You may also inquire about fee waivers in person at any Clerk's Office location.
You may present your application in person or send it to the Clerk's Office by mail. Writs of garnishment are not accepted electronically at this time.
Yes. You can electronically request and pay for certified copies and other clerk services such as writs, letters, Form Ks, citations and subpoenas through the Ex Parte via the Clerk component of the eFiling application. You will be asked to indicate the quantity of each service you select and will be prompted to upload a writ, subpoena or citation. You will be charged the appropriate fee based on your selection and quantities of services identified at the time of checkout.
No, if submitted electronically the clerk will provide you with one conformed copy of each signed order. If you are submitting your documents by mail or in person, please provide additional copies to be conformed.
Yes. The eEx Parte via the Clerk component includes a shopping cart functionality that allows you to include multiple cases within one submission. This also enables you to incur the King County eCommerce transaction fee ($1.49 for internet check and $2.49 for credit card) only once.