Family Law Settlement Conferences
King County Volunteer Family Law Settlement Conference Program
Over 100 experienced attorneys specializing in family law offer their services without cost in this court-annexed settlement conference program. Begun in 1997, these attorneys have conducted thousands of settlement conferences, assisting low and moderate income families in resolving their cases without the financial and emotional expense of trial.
Although there are no formal limitations, this program is intended to serve those for whom it would be a financial hardship to utilize the many fine mediation and arbitration services available in our community.
Pursuant to the Order Setting Civil Case Schedule and King County Local Rule 16, effective September 1, 2004, parties in civil actions must participate in some form of ADR (alternate dispute resolution) before trial. Those wishing to access the program may use the following contact information:
- For Seattle: Contact Lulu Miles, Volunteer Settlement Conference Program Coordinator, at SCVolunteerSettlement@kingcounty.gov or leave a message with name of parties, case number and contact number at (206) 477-1353 to schedule an appointment. Messages will be returned within 24-48 hours. The Volunteer Settlement Conference Program is first come, first serve and a one time service opportunity. Please note that when parties agree on a date, this date is set because of limited spacing and cannot be changed.
- For Kent: Call Cheryl at the Curran Law Firm, P.S., at (253) 852-2345 Monday through Friday (except 1:00pm - 2:00pm). Curran is the law firm that administers the program for the Maleng Regional Justice Center, donating its office staff and mailing costs.
If you utilize this program, you will receive a letter confirming the date, time, and magistrate. The letter also will specify the information you need to provide to the magistrate in advance of your settlement conference. If you resolve your case prior to the scheduled date, please notify the Settlement Conference Program immediately at the above telephone numbers.
Space is available at both courthouses to conduct the settlement conferences, although more than half are conducted in other locations such as attorneys' offices.
Judicial Officer Settlement Conferences
Many Superior Court judges and commissioners also make themselves available for settlement conferences. Visit the Settlement Conferences directory for more information.