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c/o King County Superior Court
401 4th Ave. N, Room 2D
Kent, WA 98032

Courtroom Number: 4D

Phone: 206-477-1629


Bailiff: Salina Hill

Department: 49

Assignment: Unified Family Court

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Hearing Requests

Dispositive motions are heard on Fridays. Judge Sutton 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. Once the court has reserved a date, the moving party will have two (2) court days to file their Note for Motion only to confirm.

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 45 minutes 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 Exhibits

Please deliver two copies of the Joint Statement of Evidence along with two sets of trial exhibit notebooks to the Judges’ Mailroom at the MRJC (room 2D), with Judge Sutton’s name clearly marked no later than five (5) court days before the scheduled trial date. The first (original) set of exhibits will be marked by the clerk and used at trial. The second set is a courtesy copy for Judge Sutton.

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 a number by the clerk. Please provide an original for the clerk and a courtesy copy for Judge Sutton. Once an exhibit has been marked by the clerk, it is officially in their custody. To withdraw an exhibit prior to the completion of trial, an attorney will need to make a motion on the record.

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. Otherwise, all unattached exhibits in a deposition should be stapled or secured inside the back cover of the deposition.

Working Copies

Judge Sutton’s court is paperless (with the exception of trial exhibit binders).  Please use the Clerk’s Office e-working copies service.


In civil cases, per CR 59, proposed instructions shall be submitted when the case is called for trial.  Proposed instructions upon questions of law developed by the evidence, which could not reasonably be anticipated, may be submitted at any time before the court has instructed the jury.  Additionally, you should submit a Microsoft version of your proposed instruction as working copies to the court.

Digitally Recorded Courtroom

The court proceedings in Department 49 are recorded by FTR Gold equipment which digitally records all proceedings. 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.


Available at any location by appointment. Please contact Judge Sutton’s Bailiff at (206) 477-1629 or email to schedule.