Scheduling Civil Motions
Please observe the following protocols when scheduling civil motions.
Where to present your motion or agreed order:
- See the King County Local Rules, including KCLR 26, 40, 40.1, AND 56, to determine where to present your civil motion or agreed order. For those motions or agreed orders that are to be heard by the Ex Parte Department, refer to the Ex Parte and Probate Department Motions and Hearings Manual to determine how to present your motion.
- Consult the King County Local Family Law Rules for information on where and how to present a family law motion.
Motions heard by assigned Judge without oral argument (KCLR 7):
- Most non-dispositive motions and motions for default are heard without oral argument.
- Motions without oral arguments may be set for any day pursuant to the rule and service requirements, and will be considered on or shortly after the date noted.
- Do not contact the court to check the status of the ruling until one week past the date noted for the motion.
- Follow the procedures set forth in KCLR 7 if requesting oral argument.
- If the judge decides to hear oral argument, the bailiff will contact the parties to schedule a hearing.
- If the judge does not grant the request for oral argument, the motion will be considered as noted.
- Stipulated or agreed motions do not need to be noted for hearing.
Motions heard by assigned Judge with oral Argument (KCLR 7):
- Contact the bailiff to schedule motions/hearings requiring oral argument. Please include the following information: case name, cause number, type of hearing, name of moving party, proposed dates, and names and phone numbers for all counsel.
- Please check with all counsel when scheduling hearings.
- Please note that time available for judicial hearings is limited, and judges’ calendars often fill up several weeks in advance. Hearing dates should be obtained from the bailiff as far in advance as possible.
Striking a motion set before the assigned judge:
- Please notify the bailiff to strike a motion set before the assigned judge. Always provide the case name and cause number and the date for which the motion is noted.
THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE. CONSULT THE CIVIL AND LOCAL RULES FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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