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Judge Jason Holloway - Superior Court

How to contact a King County Superior Court judge and get ready for your trial or motion.

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  • Courtroom Number: E-209
  • Bailiff: Renee Janes
  • Department: 44
  • Assignment: Unified Family Court


Judge Holloway was appointed to the King County Superior Court on February 18, 2022, by Governor Jay Inslee. He assumed the position previously occupied by retired Judge Catherine Moore.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Holloway served as temporary long-term superior court commissioner presiding over daily family law and domestic violence motions. Prior to that, he litigated family law matters in private practice for nearly 20 years.

Judge Holloway is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys, which requires state and federal testing, and peer vetting for admission. Judge Holloway served 2 consecutive terms as president of QLaw, the LGBT Bar Association of Washington. He is a past Adjunct Professor at the UW Professional and Continuing Education Paralegal Program where he taught Family and Criminal Law. He served as a Volunteer Mediator in King County District Court Small Claims Court and a Volunteer Family Law Settlement Conference Master for the King County Superior Court Settlement Conference Program.

Judge Holloway is a native Pacific Northwesterner, having emigrated from Oregon after law school at Willamette University College of Law, where he served as an Associate Editor for the Willamette Law Review. He resides with his family in Seattle.



DO NOT email Judge Holloway directly. All correspondence must go through the bailiff.

Learn more about the Superior Court email policy

Unified Family Court Litigants

Judge Holloway 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. 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.

Judge Holloway’s court is paperless, except for Trial by Affidavit matters. All submissions that are not related to a Trial by Affidavit shall be submitted to the court electronically via the court’s E-Filing system or by email if approved by the court. 

Rules to review before calling

Non-dispositive motions

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 Holloway 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.

Trials by Affidavit- Child Support Modifications

Beginning March 2023, Child Support Modification Trials by Affidavits are assigned to UFC judges. Please review KCLFLR 14, including any emergency amendments, before contacting the court and when preparing for your Trial by Affidavit. Please be aware of the following:

  • Judge Holloway hears trial by affidavit matters the last Friday of each month beginning at 9:00 a.m. If your case scheduling order indicates a date other than the last Friday of the month, you will receive an order from the court which moves your trial date to the next available date on the court’s trial by affidavit calendar. The court will notify parties of the precise time of the trial by affidavit (9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., etc.) two court days before the trial date.
  • Trials by Affidavit must be confirmed: parties must submit a copy of their trial materials by 12:00 p.m., five (5) court days before the scheduled trial by affidavit. Trial materials shall be submitted in NOTEBOOKS. Trials by Affidavit that are not timely confirmed will not be heard.
  • Trial materials shall be filed in the court file and shall include, at a minimum, all documents required by KCLFLR 10 AND updated signed financial declaration.
  • Trial materials shall also include the following:
    • Copy of the Petition for Modification and any Petition response;
    • Proposed Child Support Worksheet;
    • Proposed Child Support Order.
  • Parties shall comply with Limits on Declarations pursuant to LFLR 6(e).
  • Consecutive Page Numbering for Attachments.  Attachments or exhibits to any filed document, in excess of 25 pages, including motions, oppositions, replies, briefs, declarations, and affidavits, whether in paper or electronic form, shall be numbered consecutively on the bottom center or right-hand corner of each document to aid the court and the parties in navigating through the document. The number shall not restart for each attachment but shall run consecutively through all the attachments to the document. All motions, oppositions, replies, and briefs shall cite to these page numbers. A party may include other citation information, such as exhibit numbers, corresponding exhibit pages or paragraph numbers, in addition to the consecutive page cite.

Motions with oral argument and 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. 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 Holloway 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

  • 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 to all parties.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. All parties must provide any proposed orders to the court in MS Word format at least 1 day prior to your scheduled hearing.
  4. 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 Holloway'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.)

Judge Holloway’s court is paperless except for Trial by Affidavit hearings.

Hearing or trial Information

If your case is assigned to Judge Holloway 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 Holloway'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 Holloway 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.