(a) Scope of Rule. This rule governs pretrial hearings in cases filed under chapter 13.34 RCW, chapter 13.36 RCW, and chapter 13.38 RCW.
(b) Pre-Trial Hearings.
(1) Scheduling. The pre-trial hearing will be set in the initial case schedule.
(2) Continuances. Pretrial hearings may be continued by stipulated order on agreement of all parties so long as the fact-finding date remains unchanged.
(c) Pre-Trial Order. A pretrial order will be entered at the pretrial hearing if a contested fact-finding hearing will be held. The order will set forth the expected length of trial, any witness issues, final disclosure dates, and other related matters. Once a pretrial order is signed, the case will be placed on the trial board for assignment.
(d) Fact Finding Hearing Continuances. If at the pretrial hearing the court continues the fact-finding hearing, the court will enter an order of continuance separate from the pretrial order.
[Adopted effective September 1, 2016; amended effective September 1, 2023.]