Scheduling on the Emergency Motions Calendar
Pick a hearing date and time
Pick an open spot on the Ex Parte Calendar Availability 2 or 3 pm on Monday through Friday.
File your documents and submit your proposed orders:
To schedule an emergency motion, an Ex Parte Notice of Hearing and all documents that will be considered must be filed in the Clerk’s Office (either eFiled or physically delivered) no later than noon on the day of the scheduled hearing.
Your documents must be viewable in KCSCRIPT by noon the date of the hearing. It is highly recommended that you eFile your documents to ensure they are immediately available in KCSCRIPT. E-Filing requires documents be submitted in PDF. You may not submit photographs of documents.
Documents filed in person are generally not accessible in KCSCRIPT until the next business day. If you must file in-person, please ask the clerk when the documents will be viewable in KCSCRIPT and pick your hearing date accordingly
Working papers include all documents relevant to the motion before the Court. Working copies may be included in the email to confirm an emergency motion hearing or dropped off in person at the Maleng Regional Justice Center, room 2D, in Kent; or the King County Courthouse, room W-325, in Seattle.
Notify the Ex Parte department no later than noon on the day of your scheduled hearing
To confirm your hearing, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with
- The date and time of hearing
- The case number and names of the parties
- A list of filed documents and their docket numbers in KCSCRIPT
- Attach a copy of your proposed order
Once the Ex Parte department confirms your valid hearing date you will receive an email from the department with hearing information and tips for appearing remotely.
Giving notice to the other party
When asking for an Ex Parte Restraining Order, you must give written or verbal notice to the affected party. This may be to their attorney or, if unrepresented, to the opposing party. The moving party or attorney must certify to the court in writing how they gave notice.
Such notice is required in all cases, unless you show by sworn declaration that immediate injury, loss, or damage will result if notice is given.
If you gave written notice, attach a copy of your email or fax or letter to the Motion.
Email or give the other party/their attorney a set of your motion papers before the hearing. If you are asking the court to waive notice you must be prepared to explain any facts in support of this request at the time of the hearing.
After the hearing
Review your orders very carefully for any additional steps which may be required. In most cases, the next hearing will be held in a different department which may have additional requirements.
In most cases, Court staff will email you a copy of the order after the hearing. If you do not receive a copy, send an email request to email@example.com and staff will send a copy if they have access to the documents. Please be advised that Ex Parte staff do not have access to the documents after they have been transferred to the Clerk’s Office for filing.
The Court keeps a record of all proceedings. Do not record any court proceedings. You can order copies of the hearing recording and orders from the Court. If you would like to order a copy of the record of the proceeding, learn more on the Court Clerk’s webpage.