Judge Marshall Ferguson
Judge Ferguson will be on leave for the following dates in 2021:
- May 24
- June 1
- June 9
- July 12-30
- August 30-September 14
c/o King County Superior Court
Children Family Justice Center
1211 East Alder Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Courtroom Number: 4D
Bailiff: Kiese Wilburn
Assignment: Asst. Chief Juvenile/Dependency Court
For the fastest response, please contact the bailiff through email. It may take a bit longer to respond to a voice mail. Please refer to the court's email policy when contacting the court. Superior Court Email Policy.
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- Get instructions for submitting Working Papers.
- Litigants without counsel may find the following legal resources helpful: Legal Links & Resources and Family Law Facilitator Program.
Parties must comply with all the requirements of KCLR 7 when setting motions without oral argument. Please provide a copy of all proposed orders in Word format to the Court by emailing them to the bailiff.
Copies of signed orders will be delivered to counsel or the parties electronically if email addresses have been provided to the Court. If no email address is available for an attorney or a party, please provide preaddressed, stamped envelopes to the Court for its use in sending the order by mail.
Dispositive Motions and Hearing Requests
Oral argument on motions is generally scheduled for Friday mornings. Requests for hearing dates are accepted by emailing or telephoning the bailiff.
Department 31 is a paper Court and prefers working copies submitted to the Judge’s mailroom C-203, with Judge Ferguson’s name and the case information clearly marked. The Court does not accept working copies via email, absent prior authorization. All working copies should also include proposed orders from each party in Word format.
The Estimate of Witness Examination is required in any trial expected to last longer than ten trial days.
Prior to Appearing in Judge Ferguson's Court for Hearings or Trial
If you anticipate the need to use videos, PowerPoint, ELMO, or even easels, you should visit the courtroom before your hearing or trial to plan your set-up in a manner that will be most efficient and effective. Please discuss your needs with the bailiff and do not assume that the court will have any particular equipment available for your use.
Motions to Shorten Time
When a party wishes to request that the court consider a motion on shortened time, the underlying motion must be noted in the regular course, and a separate motion to shorten time submitted as well. Until and unless the court grants the motion to shorten time, all responses and replies should be submitted as though the motion is to be considered in the normal course.
For cases with an assigned court reporter: If prior to the hearing or trial you know that you will want a copy of the transcript, please contact the court reporter.
For digitally recorded courtrooms: If prior to the hearing or trial you know that you will want a copy of the CD, notify the courtroom clerk, who will be able to provide the information needed at the end of the hearing. If at some time following the hearing or trial, you determine you need a copy of the CD, it may be obtained directly from the Clerk's Office copy center. You will need to submit a completed CD Request Form.
If the parties need extra equipment (TV/DVD/VCR), please contact the bailiff with equipment questions at least five (5) days prior to the trial date.
Congratulations! Judge Ferguson is available to perform weddings at the King County Courthouse Mon-Fri after 4:30 PM, weekends and outside of court. Please email the bailiff at Ferguson.email@example.com to schedule an appointment.