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LSPR 94.00
FAMILY AND JUVENILE COURT PROCEEDINGS

     (a)Proceedings in the Family and Juvenile Court. The following categories of proceedings shall be heard at the Family and Juvenile Court:
     (1)All actions under Title 26 RCW, including:
          (i) dissolution of marriages;
          (ii) dissolution of registered domestic partnerships;
          (iii) petitions concerning the validity of marriage;
          (iv) petitions concerning the validity of a registered domestic partnership;
          (v) paternity actions;
          (vi) non-parental custody actions; and
          (vii) adoptions.
     (2)All actions under Title 13 RCW, including:
          (i) dependency and related proceedings;
          (ii) termination of parental rights;
          (iii) juvenile offender actions;
          (iv) Youth at Risk proceedings; and
          (v) Children in Need of Services proceedings.
     (3)Other actions, including:
          (i) domestic violence petitions (chapter 26.50 RCW);
          (ii) anti-harassment petitions that are heard by the superior court, rather than district court (RCW 10.14.150);
          (iii) Sexual Assault Protection petitions (chapter 7.90 RCW);
          (iv) truancy actions (chapter 28A.225 RCW);
          (v) actions arising from meretricious relationship;
          (vi) name change petitions that are heard by the superior court, rather than district court, because the person seeking a name change is a domestic violence victim and moves to seal the name change record (RCW 4.24.130(5)); and
          (vii) actions regarding the abuse of vulnerable adults (chapter 74.34 RCW);
          (viii) stalking
          (ix) extreme risk protection orders
     (4) All actions under Title 11 RCW, including: probate, guardianship, and trusts shall be conducted at the Family and Juvenile Court, unless transferred to the main campus courthouse by court order. Trials on Title 11 RCW matters are heard at the main campus courthouse.

     (b) Location of Actions.
     (1) Generally. A case may be relocated from the main campus courthouse to Family and Juvenile Court, or vice versa, upon motion by a party by filing a motion and supporting declaration, or by a judge by entry of an order. 
     (2) Reasons to Relocate an Action. The following types of cases may be relocated from the main campus to the Family and Juvenile Court, if the court finds good cause for such a relocation:
          (i) actions for the division of marital property interests not previously distributed in a dissolution action;
          (ii) actions in which any party alleges a committed intimate relationship; and
          (ii) any other action involving a party or child with another case in Family and Juvenile Court.

     (c)Court Files, Hearings and Filing of Pleadings.
     (1)Hearings. Hearings in matters assigned to the Family and Juvenile Court shall be held at the Family and Juvenile Court building, unless otherwise directed by the Court.
     (2)Filing of Pleadings. Initial pleadings commencing a case shall be filed at the courthouse to which that type of case is normally assigned. Only cases identified in sections (a)(1), (2), (3), and (4) may be commenced at the Family and Juvenile Court. All others must be commenced at the main campus courthouse. All subsequent pleadings in a case may be filed at either courthouse.

[Amended effective February 9, 1999; September 1, 2006; September 1, 2008; September 1, 2011; September 1, 2017; September 1, 2019.]