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Court Rules
 

      A paper copy of the Local Court Rules is available in the law libraries at the Main Campus, Family and Juvenile Court and the State Supreme Court.

Link to the Washington State Court Rules on the Washington Courts website.

​LOCAL COURT RULES LOOKUP

Click the links below to see the selected rule.

LOCAL RULES - FILING AND EFFECTIVE DATE
JURY SERVICE POSTPONEMENT, EXCUSAL, AND DISQUALIFICATION
PRESIDING JUDGE IN SUPERIOR COURT DISTRICT AND LIMITED JURISDICTION COURT DISTRICT
ELECTRONIC FILING
REQUESTS FOR ACCOMMODATION UNDER THE ADA
WAIVER OF COURT AND CLERK'S FEES AND CHARGES IN CIVIL MATTERS ON THE BASIS OF INDIGENCY

​LOCAL CIVIL RULES FOR SUPERIOR COURT

SCOPE OF RULES
COMMENCEMENT OF ACTIONS
SERVICE AND FILING OF PLEADINGS AND OTHER PAPERS
PLEADINGS ALLOWED; FORMS OF MOTIONS
FORM OF PLEADINGS AND OTHER PAPERS
SIGNING AND DRAFTING OF PLEADINGS, MOTIONS, AND LEGAL MEMORANDA; SANCTIONS
DEFENSES AND OBJECTIONS
PRETRIAL PROCEDURE AND MOTIONS
JURY TRIAL OF RIGHT
ASSIGNMENT OF CASES
CONSOLIDATION; SEPARATE TRIALS
INSTRUCTIONS TO JURY AND DELIBERATION
COURT COMMISSIONERS
SUMMARY JUDGMENT
NEW TRIAL, RECONSIDERATION, AND AMENDMENT OF JUDGMENTS
INJUNCTIONS
SUPERIOR COURTS AND JUDICIAL OFFICERS
BOOKS AND RECORDS KEPT BY THE CLERK
COURT REPORTERS
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

LOCAL RULES FOR MANDATORY ARBITRATION

APPLICATION OF RULES
MATTERS SUBJECT TO ARBITRATION
TRANSFER TO ARBITRATION
ASSIGNMENT TO ARBITRATOR
QUALIFICATIONS
AUTHORITY OF ARBITRATORS
DISCOVERY
SETTLEMENT
NOTICE OF HEARING - TIME AND PLACE - CONTINUANCE
PREHEARING STATEMENT OF PROOF
FORM AND CONTENT OF AWARD
REQUEST FOR TRIAL DE NOVO
STIPULATIONS
COMPENSATION OF ARBITRATOR

​LOCAL SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS RULES

​1. FAMILY AND JUVENILE COURT

FAMILY AND JUVENILE COURT PROCEEDINGS
CONCURRENT JURISDICTION OVER FAMILY COURT
MANAGEMENT OF CONCURRENT CASES
CASE ASSIGNMENT
MOTION PRACTICE
EX PARTE REQUESTS
SETTLEMENT AND PRETRIAL CONFERENCES
TRIALS
INFORMAL FAMILY LAW TRIALS
FINALIZING FAMILY LAW ACTIONS
MANDATORY MEDIATION FOR PARENTING PLANS AND RESIDENTIAL SCHEDULES
PARENTING SEMINARS
APPOINTMENTS OF GUARDIANS AD LITEM
JUDICIAL OFFICER TRAINING
ORIENTATION IN FAMILY LAW MATTERS
COLLABORATIVE LAW PROCESS
PARENTING COORDINATION
MOTIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION AND REVISION

​2. ESTATES - PROBATE - GUARDIANSHIPS

HEARINGS
GUARDIANSHIP OF ESTATE REPORTS
ESTATES – GUARDIANSHIP – SETTLEMENT OF CLAIMS OF MINORS AND INCAPACITATED PERSONS

​LOCAL SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS RULES

SCOPE OF RULES [New rule]

​LOCAL GUARDIAN AD LITEM RULES

GUARDIAN AD LITEM APPOINTMENT PROCEDURES
GAL REPORT REVIEW HEARING – TITLE 26
GUARDIAN AD LITEM GRIEVANCE AND COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
GUARDIAN AD LITEM REGISTRIES
CONTINUING REQUIREMENTS FOR TITLE 26 AND TITLE 11 RCW GUARDIANS AD LITEM
EVALUATION OF GUARDIAN AD LITEM WORK.

​LOCAL CRIMINAL RULES

STYLE AND FORM
RIGHT AND ASSIGNMENT OF LAWYER
RELEASE OF ACCUSED
TIME FOR TRIAL
PRESENCE OF THE DEFENDANT
PLEAS
DISCOVERY
PRETRIAL CONFERENCE
INSTRUCTIONS AND ARGUMENT
SENTENCING [New rule]

​LOCAL JUVENILE COURT RULES

ANSWER TO PETITION
SETTLEMENT AND PRETRIAL CONFERENCES FOR DEPENDENCY AND TERMINATION CASES
PLEADINGS
PETITIONS FOR EMANCIPATION