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Mailing Address:
c/o King County Superior Court
401 4th Ave. N, Room 2D
Kent, WA 98032

Courtroom Number: 4J

Phone: 206-477-1465


Bailiff: Jacqueline Ware

Department: 23

Assignment: Civil and Criminal

Judge Darvas Biographical Information

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Rules to Review before Calling

  • Procedures for motions without oral argument - King County Local Rule 7
  • Revision & Reconsideration - King County Local Rule 7
  • Trial Continuance - King County Local Rule 40
  • Consolidation of Multiple Cases - King County Local Rule 40*
  • Case Reactivation/Case Area Reassignment - King County Local Rule 40*
  • Summary Judgments - Civil Rule 56
  • Motion to dismiss - Civil Rule 12
  • Motion to set aside judgment - Civil Rule 60

[*Set before the Chief Civil Judge in the appropriate facility]

Requesting / Setting Oral Argument for Motions

If you are setting a dispositive motion, you must email the bailiff and schedule time on Judge Darvas' calendar. If you do not have access to email, please call the above number. Dispositive motions are generally set on Friday mornings (at 45-minute intervals). Please call to schedule your hearing at least two months before the hearing date you would like to request. Other types of motions that are granted oral argument are motions for restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, revisions, and class certification hearings. Please email the bailiff for a hearing date and time.

Most other motions do not require oral argument under the Civil Rules or Local Rules. If a party would like to request oral argument, the motion should be noted pursuant to the applicable court rules, simply noting in the upper right hand corner "Oral Argument Requested". After Judge Darvas has considered all briefing (moving papers, responses, and replies), if the Court determines oral argument is appropriate, the bailiff will contact the parties and set a mutually acceptable time for oral argument.

Submitting Papers for Motions with Oral Argument

For all papers submitted, including caselaw provided to the court, please provide the bench copy on three-hole punched paper.

No Deliveries Directly to the Courtroom

Unless arrangements have been made directly with Judge Darvas' bailiff, no deliveries are to be made directly to the courtroom. All deliveries should be made to the judges' mailroom, Room 2D.

Pretrial Requirements

Pursuant to KCLR 40(d)(2), all trial memoranda and other trial submissions are due not later than five court days before trial. Please contact the clerk by email to obtain information on pre-numbering exhibits. All submissions should be made to Judge Darvas, care of Room 2D.

Jury Instructions should be submitted both in hard copy and in Word-compatible electronic format. This may be done either by providing them on a CD or flash drive, or by providing them via an email attachment to the bailiff. (See email address above.)

In addition, Judge Darvas requires all parties and counsel to work together to complete the Estimate of Witness Examinations Form, and that form must be submitted together with other pretrial memoranda five court days before trial.

Before Appearing in Judge Darvas's Court for Hearings or Trial

Before appearing in Judge Darvas' court, please review the Rules for Conduct in her courtroom.

Hearing / Trial Information

General trial schedule is Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Judge Darvas requests all parties to plan accordingly so that trial may actually begin at 9:00am. Should any party require time to set up or prepare before beginning at 9:00am, the courtroom is open no later than 8:30am every morning to accommodate preparation/set-up time requirements. However, please contact the bailiff the day before to determine accessibility to accommodate preparation/set-up time requirements, since the court frequently has hearings scheduled on other matters between 8:30 and 9:00am

Judge Darvas is currently in the Civil Department. However, the court manages a heavy caseload of civil cases. If you have a civil case which is assigned to Judge Darvas, you may be assigned to another judge at the time of trial. The assignment generally will take place on Thursday morning before trial. You are still required to comply with all court rules regarding pretrial submissions and deadlines. All papers submitted will be provided to the trial judge at the time of assignment. To determine which judge you have been assigned to for trial, please check the Civil Calendar. It will be updated on Thursday before trial, and is frequently updated on other days.

Judge Darvas requires all counsel and parties to be prepared at the end of each day to disclose all witnesses that party is intending to call the following day in trial.