Instructions and forms
The information below provides instructions on the process, as well as forms for the necessary motions, certification/declarations, and orders.
DPD's Expert Services Policy (561KB)
PowerPoint: A Guide to Expert Services (1,192KB)
Expert Services Requests
- Attorneys are responsible for finding the appropriate expert or service and establishing the most cost-effective means to accomplish the desired goal or task. Be sure to review the DPD expert fee guidelines (499KB).
- Electronic submission of materials is required. Submit the Motion/Declaration and proposed Order by email to DPD-ExpertRequests@kingcounty.gov. Counsel should refer to the Expert Services Request Checklist (175KB) to ensure their requests are correctly completed.
- If a request is modified or denied, that decision can be appealed to the Chief Criminal Presiding Judge. The appeal submission must include the ESAA's written ruling denying the request.
- Examples of successful/high-quality expert services requests
Sealed Superior Court Cases
- Submit all expert services pleadings along with the Motion and Order to Seal Documents and the Motion and Protective Order to the Chief Criminal Presiding Judge per King County Superior Court Manual Section 10.2 (394KB).
- The Chief Criminal Presiding Judge reviews and signs the Order to Seal and Protective Order and forwards all pleadings to DPD.
- DPD processes and forwards all pleadings to ESAAs for review.
Sealed District Court Cases
Submit all expert services pleadings along with the Motion and Order to Seal Documents and the Motion and Protective Order directly to DPD-ExpertRequests@kingcounty.gov. All funding requests will be ruled upon by the ESAAs. We then forward the request to the District Court Presiding Judge who will rule on the motion to seal and file the request. If the motion to seal is denied, the materials will be returned to the attorney to decide how to proceed. DPD will notify the attorney once sealing and filing are completed.
Court documents prepared and maintained by the Court are not subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act (PRA). However, when Court documents are transferred to non-judicial County entities, they become subject to the PRA unless they are subject to a Protective Order. Yakima County v. Yakima Herald-Republic, 170 Wn.2d 775 (2011).
A Protective Order covers documents released to 1 or more:
- Other County agencies
- Washington State Auditor or the IRS
- Any State or County financial institution
- The King County Prosecuting Attorney Criminal Division or any other government agency responsible for prosecution of defendant
Attorneys must email the Clerk of the Council a signed PDF copy of each Protective Order with the subject line “Protective Order, client name and case number” at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is an attorney's responsibility to see that the Protective Order is properly filed.