Judge Kristin Richardson
Judge Richardson will be on leave on the following dates:
November 22, 2021 through January 7, 2022
While there will be coverage for motions noted without oral argument during this time, there may be some delay. Thank you for your patience.
c/o King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave, Room C-203
Seattle, WA 98104
Courtroom Number: W-941
Bailiff: Sarah Hudson
- Visit this webpage before contacting the court.
- Read the Superior Court Email Policy.
- Get instructions for Delivering Documents.
- Get instructions for Scheduling Civil Motions.
- Review these Trial Preparation guidelines.
Dispositive motions are heard on Fridays. Judge Richardson requests that you check with the opposing counsel/party before scheduling any hearing in order to make sure that the date is mutually agreeable. Doing so reduces the need to reschedule hearings due to conflicts.
Any request for a dispositive motion hearing must be emailed to the court and include the following:
- Case number and name
- Names, phone numbers and email addresses of all counsel/parties
- Nature of hearing
The Court typically allots one hour for dispositive motions. Additional time may be provided on hearings involving multiple parties or complex motions. Please advise the bailiff if additional time is being requested.
Note: Most motions do not require oral argument under the Civil 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 of the working papers “Oral Argument Requested.” If, after reviewing all briefing, the Court determines oral argument is appropriate, the bailiff will contact the parties and set a mutually acceptable time for oral argument.
Civil Trial Exhibit
Updated Procedure due to COVID-19 Restrictions:
Electronic exhibits are to be used for civil trials at this time. Instructions on uploading electronic exhibits can be found here: Electronic Exhibits - King County. Please submit exhibits no later than five (5) court dates before the scheduled trial date.
Depositions are not to be marked as an exhibit since they become part of the court file. Exhibits to the deposition may be marked as exhibits in evidence. Please deliver Court Reporter Sealed Original depositions to the Judges’ Mailroom, C-203, with Judge Richardson’s name clearly marked. An electronic copy of the deposition transcript must be uploaded to the ShareFile folder.
During this time, Judge Richardson’s court is paperless. Please use the Clerk’s Office e-working copies service.
Judge Richardson accepts stipulations and agreed orders via email. Please send to the bailiff at the email address above. The proposed order should be submitted in Word format.
Digitally Recorded Courtroom
The court proceedings in Department 52 are recorded by FTR Gold equipment which digitally records all proceedings. If you are requesting a copy of a recording, you will need to submit a completed CD Request Form to the Clerk’s Office. If the parties are requesting a court reporter for a hearing/trial, please notify the bailiff as soon as possible.
Please notify the court immediately if your case settles or you need to strike a motion.
For weddings, please call or e-mail Judge Richardson’s court for information regarding availability and fees