Skip to main content

LCR 56. Summary Judgment

Local Civil Rule
(c) Motions and Proceedings
        (1) Argument. The court shall decide all summary judgment motions after oral argument, unless the parties waive argument. The assigned judge shall determine the length of oral argument.
        (2) Dates of Filing and Hearing. The deadlines for moving, opposing, and reply documents shall be as set forth in CR 56 and the Order Setting Case Schedule. In all other regards, parties shall file and deliver documents and the court shall set all hearings in conformance with LCR 7.
        (3) Word Limits. Absent prior authorization from the court to file an over-length brief, moving and opposing memoranda shall not exceed 8,400 words and reply memoranda shall not exceed 1,750 words.  The word count includes all portions of the memorandum, including headings and footnotes except 1) the caption; 2) tables of contents and/or authorities, if any, and 3) the signature block.  The signature block shall include the certification of the signer as to the number of words, substantially as follows: “I certify that this memorandum contains ______ words, in compliance with the Local Civil Rules.”  
        (4) Motions to Reconsider. LCR 59 governs motions for reconsideration of a summary judgment order terminating the dispute. LCR 7(b)(6) governs motions for reconsideration pertaining to orders that do not finally determine a cause of action but only decide some intervening matter pertaining to the case.
        (5) Reopening. Reopenings are subject to the requirements of LCR 7(b)(6).
    (e) Form of Affidavits; Nonconforming Evidence. A party objecting to the admissibility of evidence submitted by an opposing party must state the objection in writing in a responsive pleading, a separate submission shall only be filed if the objection is to materials filed in the reply.
 [Note: Judgment upon multiple claims or involving multiple parties, see CR 54(b).]

Official Comment

[Amended effective September 1, 2011, Subsection (e) is added to obviate the filing of motions to strike objectionable evidence, to relieve parties of the need to file such motions nine days in advance and thus, under LCR 7, to file an accompanying motion to shorten time for a timely consideration of the objection. This rule is intended to clarify local practice and to conform to Cameron v. Murray, 151 Wn. App 646,658, 214 P.3d 150 (Div. I, 2009.)

[Amended effective September 1, 1983; September 1, 1984; May 1, 1988; January 1, 1990; September 1, 1992; September 1, 1993; September 1, 1994; September 1, 1996; September 1, 2001; September 1, 2004; September 1, 2005; September 1, 2008; September 1, 2011; September 1, 2016; September 1, 2022; September 1, 2023.]