"Ex Parte via the Clerk" Submission Process
Ex Parte & Probate Department matters presented per LCR 40.1
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
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).