(a) Assignment of Cases. To the extent practical, and taking into account the use of court commissioners and schedules for judges’ rotations, the same judicial officer will be assigned the concurrent actions of a family as identified in LSPR 94.01. The judicial officer first hearing the family's case will be assigned all subsequent concurrent actions, unless there is good cause for a different assignment. Generally, court commissioners will hear pre-trial matters, except motions for revision and settlement conferences.
(b) Scope of Concurrent Jurisdiction.
(1) Access to Court Files. The Court, after notice, hearing, and entry of an appropriate protective order, may authorize parties and their attorneys in a concurrent case access to concurrent case court records and files and any files or records maintained by the Guardians ad Litem unless prohibited by law.
(2) Party Status. A finding of concurrent jurisdiction shall not automatically confer party status in one action on any party in another action.
(3) Guardians ad Litem. The Guardian ad Litem in one proceeding may be appointed Guardian ad Litem in any concurrent action.
(4) Parenting Plans. Entry of a parenting plan in any concurrent case shall be conditioned upon the filing of a proper motion in a Title 26 RCW action.
(5) Applicability of Other Rules. In concurrent jurisdiction actions, the Superior Court Civil Rules, Juvenile Court Rules, and the Local Rules will be applicable to each action.
[Amended effective February 9, 1999.]