(a) Scope of Rule. This rule governs discovery in cases filed under chapter 13.34 RCW, chapter 13.36 RCW, and chapter 13.38 RCW.
(b) Discovery Cut-off Date. The discovery cutoff date is an event listed on the case schedule: it is the last date by which formal discovery shall occur, absent agreement of the party or court order. Formal discovery includes the discovery mechanisms set forth in CR 26-37 and shall be conducted in compliance with those rules and LCR 26-37.
(c) On-going Discovery. All parties have an on-going duty to timely provide discovery. Because of the nature of these cases, parents, children, and caregivers often are in treatment or engaging in visits or services until shortly before (or sometimes during) trial. The court will address any issues that arise because of late-provided documents on a case-by-case basis.
(d) Discovery Following the Entry of an Order of Dependency. The parties may resume engaging in formal discovery throughout the pendency of the dependency case. The pre-trial discovery cut-off is not intended to prevent parties from engaging in such discovery post trial.
[Adopted effective September 1, 2016; September 1, 2018; September 1, 2021; September 1, 2023.]