Judge Johanna Bender
c/o King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave, Room C-203
Seattle, WA 98104
Courtroom Number: W-739
Bailiff: Chase Craig
Assignment: Civil and ITA Pilot
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Please notify the Court immediately if your case settles or if you need to strike a motion.
Parties must comply with all the requirements of KCLR 7 when setting motions without oral argument. All non-dispositive motions will be considered by the Court without oral argument unless a party requests oral argument and the Court deems oral argument to be necessary. If you wish to request oral argument, please so indicate on the front page of your motion or opposition. Judge Bender will consider the request when she reviews the motion on the date noted for hearing without oral argument. If at that time the Court decides to hear oral argument, the bailiff will contact the parties regarding scheduling. If the Court does not grant oral argument, you will receive a courtesy copy of the Court’s order on the non-dispositive motion once the Court enters a ruling.
Dispositive Motions and Hearing Requests
Dispositive motions are heard on Fridays as well as certain Thursday afternoons. Judge Bender’s dispositive motion calendar is available below. Judge Bender is available in one-hour slots which are noted as “free” on this calendar. Please select a date from this calendar, and then check with all opposing counsel or pro se parties to make sure that the date works before contacting the bailiff. Doing so reduces the need to reschedule hearings due to conflicts.
Once you have selected a date and confirmed all parties’ availability, you must contact the bailiff to confirm the date is still available. DO NOT note your motion until the bailiff has sent back confirmation.
Any email request for a dispositive motion hearing must include the following:
- Case name and cause number
- Names, phone numbers and email addresses of all counsel
- Type of hearing and date(s) requested
Judge Bender will provide additional time on hearings involving multi-party cases or complex litigation. Please advise the bailiff of your request when scheduling.
Other types of motions that are granted oral argument are motions for restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, revisions, and class certification hearings.
Motions to Shorten Time
Motions to shorten time are strongly disfavored, and should only be used in extraordinary circumstances. If a party wishes the Court to consider a motion on shortened time, the underlying motion must be noted in the regular course, and a separate motion to shorten time should be submitted. Unless and until the Court grants the motion to shorten time, all responses and replies should be submitted as though the motion is to be considered on the presumptive timeline.
Motions for Change of Civil Trial Date
Motions for a change in trial date, even if submitted by stipulation of the parties, must be made in compliance with Local Rule 40(e).
Proposed Orders and Working Papers
Judge Bender requires a Word version of all proposed orders. You may submit a Word copy of your proposed order by email to Bender.Court@kingcounty.gov. Alternatively, you may submit your proposed order via the e-filing portal by using the e-working copies application.
Working copies of motions and declarations must be submitted via the e-filing portal or by delivery to the Judges’ Mailing Room (C-203) King County Courthouse. The Court cannot accept delivery of working papers by email or by delivery to the courtroom.
We are available at the Seattle courthouse seven days a week, with some availability for off-site appointments. Please call (206) 477-1495 or email the bailiff at firstname.lastname@example.org.