Judge Steve Rosen
c/o King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave, Room C-203
Seattle, WA 98104
Courtroom Number: W-728
Bailiff: Janie Smoter
Assignment: Unified Family Court
- 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.
DO NOT email Judge Rosen directly. All correspondence must go through the bailiff. Please see this link for King County Superior Court’s policies regarding emailing with the court:
Unified Family Court litigants
Judge Rosen is currently presiding over a caseload in Unified Family Court. Pro se litigants can avail themselves of the services provided through the Family Law Information Center located on the 3rd Floor of the King County Courthouse, Room W-382.
You may also visit here for Family Law Instructions.
Parties, whether represented by counsel or pro se, are expected to follow the King County Local Family Law Rules located here.
Civil Case Information, Forms, and Documents
Judge Rosen no longer has a Civil Caseload. If your civil case was previously with Judge Rosen, as of 1/13/2020 your case has been transferred to Judge Susan Craighead. You can contact her court at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 477-1435.
Contact the Clerk's Office for information regarding individual civil cases. The main information desk can be reached by calling 206-296-9300.
Civil Court Forms are available both online and from the Clerk's Office.
Learn how and where to file your court documents and how to get copies of court documents.
Rules to Review before Calling
- Ex Parte Procedures - King County Local Rule 40.1
- Procedures for motions without oral argument - King County Local Rule 7
- Revision & Reconsideration - King County Local Rule 7
- Trial Continuance - King County Local Rule 40
- Summary Judgments - Civil Rule 56
- Motion to dismiss - Civil Rule 12
- Motion to set aside judgment - Civil Rule 60
- Motions for order compelling discovery – King County Local Rule 37
- Motion to shorten time – KCLR 7(b)(10)
- Motion to seal – LGR 15
Judge Rosen prefers hard copy working copies and will not accept electronic working copies, unless specifically requested.
You may submit hard copy working copies by delivery to the Judge’s Mailroom on the second floor of the King County Courthouse in Seattle, Room C-203, marked ATTN: Judge Rosen. In the alternative, you may submit working copies via the E-Working Copies service via the Clerk’s Office and they will print and deliver the working copies to this court. There is a fee associated with the E-Working Copies service.
Parties must comply with all the requirements of KCLR 7 when setting motions without oral argument. All non-dispositive motions will be considered by the Court without oral argument unless a party requests oral argument and the Court deems oral argument to be necessary. If you wish to request oral argument, please so indicate on the front page of your motion or opposition. Judge Rosen will consider the request when he reviews the motion on the date noted for hearing without oral argument. If at that time the Court decides to hear oral argument, the bailiff will contact the parties regarding scheduling. If the Court does not grant oral argument, you will receive a courtesy copy of the Court’s order on the non-dispositive motion once the court enters a ruling.
Please see the calendar below before filing any motions. This calendar will list any time Judge Rosen is on leave and the court is in recess. If the court is in recess, your motion will not be considered or ruled upon until some time after Judge Rosen returns. We ask that the parties refrain from filing motions when the court is in recess:
Motions with Oral Argument Hearing Requests
Please review the Local Family Law Rules about where your motion with oral argument should be noted before contacting this court.
If you are representing yourself, you can always contact the Family Law Information Center to get assistance with filing appropriate motions: Family Law Information Center
Once you have confirmed this is the appropriate place to note your motion, you must request hearing dates from the bailiff via email. DO NOT note your motion until you have received an email confirming that your hearing has been scheduled. Judge Rosen requires that you must also file and provide a working copy of your Note for Motion and Proof of Service within 48 hours after confirming a hearing date.
Any email request for a motion with oral argument hearing must include the following:
Case name and cause number
Names, phone numbers and email addresses of all counsel or pro se party, if known
Type of hearing and date(s) requested
The following policies and procedures have been implemented by this Court to ensure access to the motions with oral argument calendar for all cases. The Court enforces them strictly as to all parties:
- Each motion is allotted 30 minutes for argument and ruling. Any additional (separately-briefed) motion must also be scheduled with the Court. You may not include those as part of your response to a motion.
- All working copies of the parties’ briefs and accompanying documents must be submitted as hard copy working copies via the judges’ mailroom, Rm. C203 – through either e-working copies or a delivery service of your choice.
- All parties must provide any proposed orders to the court in MS Word format at least 1 day prior to your scheduled hearing.
- As we have hundreds of cases on our caseload competing for limited motion availability, If the moving party elects for any reason not to proceed with the motion, that party shall notify the court to strike the hearing immediately, per KCLCR 7(b)(4)(H).
Examples of types of UFC motions that are typically granted oral argument are motions for revisions, UCCCJEA motions, motions for temporary orders to restrain or authorize relocation of a child, uncontested final decrees of invalidity, motions for summary judgment, motions to vacate an order of default or to vacate final orders entered at trial.
No Deliveries Directly to the Courtroom
Unless arrangements have been made directly with Judge Rosen’s bailiff, no deliveries are to be made directly to the courtroom. All deliveries should be made to the judges' mailroom. (See mailing address above.)
Hearing / Trial Information
General trial schedule is Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Judge Rosen hears motions with oral argument and sentence modification hearings at 4:00 PM. All 4:00 PM hearings will conclude no later than 4:25 PM.
If your case is assigned to Judge Rosen, there is the possibility that your case could be assigned to another judge at the time of trial. The assignment will generally take place on Thursday afternoon prior to trial. You are still required to comply with all court rules regarding pretrial submissions and deadlines. All papers submitted will be provided to the trial judge at the time of assignment by Judge Rosen’s bailiff. To determine what judge you have been assigned to for trial, please check the Civil Standby Calendar. It will be updated on Thursday afternoon prior to trial and is continuously updated (as needed) at other times.
Judge Rosen requires all counsel and parties to be prepared at the end of each day to disclose all witnesses that party is intending to call the following day in trial.
At this time Judge Rosen is only conducting wedding ceremonies via Zoom. Please email email@example.com for his availability, to schedule your ceremony, and for any general inquiries.