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Judge Rajul will be on Leave the following dates. Please plan your motions accordingly.

  • August 18, 2021 through September 6, 2021
  • September 9, 2021 through September 22, 2021.

Mailing Address:
c/o King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

Courtroom Number: E-713

Phone: 206-477-1537

Email: rajul.court@kingcounty.gov

Bailiff: Mary Ballanger

Department: 35

Assignment: Civil

 

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Judge Mafe Rajul

Please Review the Following Before Contacting the Court

  • Review the Local Civil Rules (LCR), Local Juvenile Court Rules (LJuCR), and Local Family Law Rules (LFLR).
  • Litigants without counsel may find the following legal resources helpful: Legal Links & Resources and Family Law Facilitator Program.
  • Please notify the bailiff by e-mail to strike a motion -- always provide the case name, cause number, and the date for which the motion is noted.

Non-Dispositive Motions

Parties must comply with all the requirements of KCLR 7 when setting motions without oral argument.  Working papers should be addressed to Judge Rajul and delivered to the Maleng Regional Justice Center, Room SC-203. The court will not accept working papers delivered directly to the courtroom unless previously approved by the bailiff. Please provide a copy of all proposed orders in Word format to the Court by emailing them to the bailiff.

Requests for Oral Argument on Non-Dispositive Motions

If you wish to have oral argument on a non-dispositive motion, please note the motion without oral argument and note "ORAL ARGUMENT REQUESTED" on the first page of your motion or opposition. Judge Rajul will consider the request when she reviews the motion on the date noted for hearing without oral argument. If the Court decides to allow oral argument, the bailiff will contact all parties to schedule a date and time for oral argument on the motion. If the Court declines to set oral argument, you will receive a courtesy copy of any order that is entered.

Dispositive Motions and Hearing Requests

Parties must contact the Court to schedule a motion with oral argument. Dispositive motions are scheduled on Friday mornings and are limited in duration.  Judge Rajul requires that you check with opposing counsel before scheduling any hearing in order to make sure that the date works for all counsel.  Doing so reduces the need to reschedule hearings due to conflicts.

Any email requests 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 Rajul will provide additional time on hearings involving multi-party cases or complex litigation. Please advise the bailiff of your request when scheduling

Email

Parties are to refer to the Superior Court Email Policy prior to sending an email to the Court.

The only address to be used by attorneys, pro se litigants or others who need to communicate with court staff about a case is the courtroom e-mail address. Absent express invitation by the judge, the judge’s individual e-mail address is not to be used.

Civil Trial Continuances

The Court grants motions to continue trial, other than the 28-day adjustment authorized by LCR 40(e)(1), only on the basis of good cause. The motion should be accompanied by a declaration as to the nature of the case, the discovery and trial preparation that have been completed, what remains to be accomplished, and an explanation of why the case could not be completed within the original case schedule. The assertion that more time is needed for discovery or negotiation, without more, is insufficient. After the Final Date to Change Trial, a motion to continue trial will be granted only under extraordinary circumstances, as provided by LCR 40(e)(2).

Civil Trial Exhibits

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 4(k), the Joint Statement of Evidence is to be filed no later than 5 court days before the scheduled trial date. Please deliver two copies of the Joint Statement of Evidence along with two sets of trial exhibit notebooks to the Judges’ Mailroom, with Judge Rajul’s name clearly marked no later than 5 days prior to the trial date. The first (original) set of exhibits will be marked by the clerk and used at trial. The second (copy) set is a courtesy copy for Judge Rajul.

Exhibits should be submitted in three ring binders using numbered tabs to separate each exhibit. Notebooks should be large enough so that the exhibits are not overcrowded. Plaintiff’s or petitioner’s trial exhibits shall begin with the Number 1 and shall be numbered consecutively up to the last proposed exhibit. Defendant’s or respondent’s exhibits shall begin with the subsequent block of 100 numbers, e.g. 101, 201, etc. Do not mark directly on any exhibits as this will be done by the clerk.

Additional exhibits presented during trial will be marked and designated by the clerk. Please provide an original for the clerk and a courtesy copy for Judge Rajul. Once an exhibit has been marked by the clerk, it is officially in her/his custody. To withdraw an exhibit prior to the completion of trial, an attorney will need to make a motion to withdraw the exhibit on the record.

Depositions are not to be marked as an exhibit since they are part of the court file. 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.

Trial Preparation

In preparation for trial, be sure to submit a joint confirmation of trial readiness (JTR FORM) and comply with your case schedule provided by the Clerk's Office. 

Weddings

Judge Rajul performs weddings in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday after 4:30pm in the courthouse, on weekends, and outside of court.  Please call or e-mail the bailiff for information and availability.  206-477-1537; rajul.court@kingcounty.gov