Ex Parte Communication Prohibited
The prohibitions regarding ex parte contact with the court are fully applicable to email communication. If an attorney is communicating substantive information to court staff, the email must also be sent to opposing counsel and so indicate on its face. Substantive information includes information regarding the likelihood of settlement, the timing of witnesses, anticipated problems with scheduling, concerns regarding security and other case-specific issues.
The only address to be used by attorneys, pro se litigants or others who need to communicate with court staff about a case is the courtroom e-mail address. Absent express invitation by the judge, the judge’s individual e-mail address is not to be used.
Dispositive motions are typically heard on Fridays. In order to set a dispositive motion, you must email the Court to schedule a time on the Court’s calendar. Your email must include:
- Case name and cause number
- Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of all counsel/parties
- Nature of hearing
If you do not have access to email, please call the above number.
The Court typically allots 1 hour for dispositive motions. Additional time may be provided on hearings involving multiple parties or complex motions; however, this request must be communicated at the time of scheduling the hearing. Other types of motions that are granted oral argument are motions for restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, revisions, and class certification hearings.
Most other motions do not require oral argument under the Civil Rules or Local Rules. If a party would like to request oral argument, the motion should be noted pursuant to the applicable court rules and paperwork should include in the upper right-hand corner "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.
Please notify the Court immediately if your case settles or you need to strike a motion.
Proposed Orders and Working Copies
During this time, Judge Yip’s court is paperless. Please use the Clerk’s Office e-working copies service. The Court does not accept working copies via email.
Stipulated and agreed motions should be served, filed, and noted for consideration two judicial days after filing in accordance with LCR 7(b)(4)(H) with a working copy of the order (in Microsoft Word format) submitted through e-working copies.
Digitally Recorded Courtroom
The court proceedings in Department 35 are recorded by FTR Gold equipment which digitally records all proceedings. If you are requesting a copy of a recording, you will need to submit an audio request through the King County Script Portal or complete and submit a physical 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 by appointment. Please contact his bailiff, Sam Luikens, at Yip.Court@kingcounty.gov for additional details. Judge Yip speaks conversational Cantonese.