Judge Douglass A. North
c/o King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave, Room C-203
Seattle, WA 98104
Courtroom Number: W-711
Bailiff: Anthony McCluskey
- Visit this webpage before contacting the court.
- Get instructions for submitting Working Papers.
- Get instructions for Delivering Documents (note that Judge North requires delivery of physical working copies; see below in bold).
- Get instructions for Scheduling Civil Motions.
- Please review the applicable State Court Rules and Local Court Rules before contacting the court.
- Preview this page in preparation for any virtual trial: Virtual Civil Jury Trial Preparation.
All working copies of motions documents must be provided to Judge North in hardcopy. They may be submitted through the Clerk’s eWorking Copies system or delivered directly to Room C-203 at the downtown courthouse in accordance with the requirements of LCR (b)(4)(F)(iii).
Please review the relevant local rules before contacting the Court with questions, particularly:
- Local Civil Rule 7(b), governing local procedures for filing motions.
- Local Civil Rule 40(b), governing whether motions should be noted in front of the assigned judge or the ex parte commissioners.
- Local General Rule 15, governing sealing and redaction of court records.
- Local Civil Rule 40(e), governing continuances.
- Local Civil Rule 56, governing summary judgment motions.
- Civil Rule 56, governing summary judgment motions.
The most common mistakes made when filing motions are: (1) failure to provide an original, signed, proposed order, (2) failure to officially note the motion for a particular date, and (3) failure to include the time and date for consideration of the motion in the upper right-hand corner of all documents pertaining to the motion.
The bailiff calendars and sorts the documents related to each motion by the date for consideration and the title of the motion. If there is more than one motion pending in a case, separate responses and replies should be made for each motion; combined responses may be missed.
The bailiff cannot tell litigants when the judge will rule on any particular motion. However, if you are concerned that time has passed without a ruling, you are encouraged to call the bailiff to be sure that the paperwork was indeed received by the court.
Friday mornings are generally devoted to summary judgment. Friday afternoons are often devoted to sentencing calendars. Judge North frequently hears less-involved motions at 8:30 a.m. throughout the week.
- 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. Please reach out to the bailiff by email to alert the court of the motion to shorten time.
- Requesting / Setting Oral Argument for Motions
Friday mornings are generally devoted to summary judgment. Friday afternoons are generally devoted to sentencing calendars. Some motions needing less argument may be scheduled for 8:30 a.m. hearings on any day of the week..
If you are setting a dispositive motion for which any party desires oral argument, you must contact the bailiff to schedule the hearing on Judge North's calendar. Judge North's Friday motions calendar is routinely booked two months in advance, so you must reserve the time for hearing well in advance of any motion filing deadlines.
Judge North will routinely schedule oral argument for motions for restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, revisions, and class certification hearings. Contact the bailiff to schedule such hearings.
Most other motions do not require oral argument under the Civil Rules or Local Rules, and Judge North rarely grants oral argument for such motions. After Judge North has considered all briefing (moving papers, responses, and replies) and after the consideration date, if the court determines oral argument is appropriate, the bailiff will contact the parties and set a mutually acceptable time for oral argument to be presented to the court.
While Emergency Orders are in effect, Judge North will conduct hearings with oral argument via Zoom.
Hearing / Trial Information
The general trial schedule is Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Judge North requests all parties to plan accordingly so that trial begins at 9:00 a.m. Lunch typically lasts from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fifteen-minute breaks are held around 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Should any party require time to set up or prepare prior to beginning an in-person proceeding at 9:00 a.m., the court room is open at 8:30 a.m. every morning to accommodate preparation. Please contact the bailiff the day before to determine accessibility to accommodate preparation. Judge North is available for settlement conferences for parties with limited means. Please contact the bailiff to request the conference. The bailiff will submit a request form to Judge North and contact the requesting party once a decision has been made.
Should any party require time to set up or prepare prior to beginning an in-person proceeding at 9:00 a.m., the court room is open at 8:30 a.m. every morning to accommodate preparation. Please contact the bailiff the day before to determine accessibility to accommodate preparation.
Judge North is available for settlement conferences for parties with limited means. Please contact the bailiff to request the conference. The bailiff will submit a request form to Judge North and contact the requesting party once a decision has been made.
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. After the hearing or trial, if 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.
Judge North does not perform weddings.