Judge Cindi Port
c/o King County Superior Court
Children Family Justice Center
Seattle, WA 98122
Courtroom Number: 4B
Bailiff: Jillian Johnson
Assignment: Civil and Criminal
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- Read the Superior Court Email Policy
- Get instructions for submitting Working Papers.
- Litigant without counsel may find the following legal resources helpful: Legal Links & Resources and Family Law Facilitator Program.
Prior to Appearing in Judge Port'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.
Judge Port operates a digitally recorded courtroom. There is no court reporter. You may obtain a copy of a CD of your hearing from the Clerk's Office copy center. You will need to submit a completed CD Request Form.
If you need to have a transcript created, a list of court approved transcriptionists is available on the Clerk’s Office webpage. https://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/programs/transcriptionists.aspx
Criminal Motions & Sentencing Hearings
Department 51 is a paper Court and prefers working copies submitted to the Judge’s mailroom 2D. Please make sure Judge Port’s name and the case information is clearly marked. The Court does not accept working copies via email, absent prior authorization. Responses are required on all criminal motions and should be submitted in accordance with LCR 7(b).
Per LCrR 7.1 Presentence reports are required on all felony cases and requested on all misdemeanors. Please submit your presentence reports to the Court and file them.
Non-Dispositive Civil Motions
Parties must comply with all the requirements of KCLR 7, and the most recent emergency orders in place because of Covid when setting motions without oral argument. Please check the King County Superior Court Website at https://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/superior-court.aspx for the most current Emergency Order. All motions should be submitted with a proposed order in Word format to the Court by emailing them to the bailiff Port.Court@kingcounty.gov.
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.
Stipulations and agreed orders may be submitted to the court by emailing them to the bailiff Port.Court@kingcounty.gov.
Dispositive Civil Motions and Hearing Requests
Dispositive motions are generally scheduled for Fridays. Requests for hearing dates with oral argument are accepted by emailing the bailiff.
Working Copies for Civil Motions
Department 51 is a paper Court and prefers working copies submitted to the Judge’s mailroom 2D. Please make sure Judge Port’s name and the case information is clearly marked. All working copies should include proposed orders from each party. Proposed orders in Word should also be emailed to the bailiff Port.Court@kingcounty.gov. The Court does not accept working copies via email, absent prior authorization.
Trial Procedures for Civil Cases
The court will schedule a pretrial conference with the parties a few weeks prior to your trial date. The pretrial order will provide instructions for submitting electronic exhibits to the court, and you can also find those instructions on the Clerk’s website at the link below.
Depositions are not to be marked as an exhibit since they become part of the court file. Originals should be sealed and published in open court in front of the jury, and when they are used for impeachment of testimony (the clerk opening the original that is sealed), the original deposition will be filed in the case file and not treated as an exhibit. Depositions that are not used (a.k.a. "published") are not filed and returned to counsel. Exhibits to the deposition may be marked as exhibits in evidence. Otherwise, all unattached exhibits in a deposition should be stapled or secured inside the back cover of the deposition.
Please notify the bailiff if your case settles or you need to strike a hearing.