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Scheduling Court Hearings or Trials
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Civil

​Below is information on how to schedule Civil Hearings. For more information regarding civil cases please look here.

Civil Motions

Civil motions are heard by the assigned judge on a Friday civil motion calendar unless the court or rules direct otherwise. Motions scheduled on the civil motion calendar are heard with oral argument, unless otherwise directed by the court. Please refer to LCR 5 for information on motion practice.

Dispositive Motions

Dispositive motions are scheduled differently. To review the process please click here.

Special Set Scheduling

A request for a special set hearing is made to a judge by filing a motion and scheduling a hearing on the assigned judge’s civil motion calendar.

Trial Scheduling

When a civil case is filed, the Clerk's Office will provide the plaintiff/petitioner with a Notice of Assignment/Notice of Trial Scheduling Date. For most cases, the Trial Scheduling Date is approximately 120 days after the date of filing and noted on the Assignment for Trial Setting session on the assigned Judge's calendar.

This is an administrative docket that is conducted by the assigned judge's judicial assistant. DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL THE COURT. DO NOT APPEAR ON THE TRIAL SCHEDULING DATE. Instead, file a completed Scheduling Questionnaire by the deadline designated on the Notice of Assignment/Trial Scheduling Date. (Click here for a blank copy of Scheduling Questionnaire) Once the completed Scheduling Questionnaire(s) have been filed, the Case Scheduling Order (CSO) is prepared by the judicial assistant shortly after the trial scheduling date. The judicial assistant will obtain the judge's signature, file the original and provide a copy to each party of record.

To see availability in scheduled court calendars for the next 90 days (link)

Civil/Criminal Session Availability (Sessions indicated as CLOSED may be full, but a matter may be added to a full calendar by court order.)

Criminal

​Criminal Motions

Below is information on how to schedule Criminal Hearings. Click here for more information regarding criminal cases.

Criminal Miscellaneous Motions


Miscellaneous Motions Pending Cases


Types of motions:

    Motion to modify conditions of release
    Pre-Sentence motion for release of property
    Pending diversion cases
    Extensions of time to serve sentence or report to work release
    Pre-Sentence Motion to Modify/Rescind Domestic Violence No Contact Orders
    Motion for withdrawal of counsel
    Restitution Hearing
    Extradition

Motions shall be in writing and judge’s copies provided to Court Administration.  Motions brought by a represented defendant, not their attorney, will be stricken unless it is a motion regarding the representation. Motions must comply with CrR 8.2.


Miscellaneous Motions After Sentencing


Types of motions:
    Motions to forfeit/exonerate bail (TCPD/TCPO acknowledge these motions are pre-trial)
    Motion to Waive or Reduce Interest on Legal Financial Obligations
    Post-Sentence Motion to Modify/Rescind Domestic Violence No Contact Orders 
    Vacating/Sealing Records
    Certificate of Discharge / Provisional Voting Rights
    Relief from Offender Registration Requirements
    Post-Sentence motion for release of property

Motions shall be in writing and judge’s copies provided to judicial assistant. Motions brought by a represented defendant, not their attorney, will be stricken unless it is a motion regarding the representation. Motions must comply with CrR 8.2.

Emergency or Expedited Hearings (Hearings set with less than 5 days’ notice)
To schedule a criminal matter without the standard notice period, appear at any criminal ex parte calendar with your motion, proposed order, and written approval by opposing counsel for an expedited hearing. Your motion should include the reason why this matter should be set without 5 days’ notice and the type of hearing you are requesting.

Evidentiary Hearings

Generally, testimony is taken and findings of fact are made by the court. Hearings include, but not limited to:

Sell hearings
Child hearsay
Contested noncompliance
Contested diversion revocation
Contested restitution hearing
Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative revocations

Special Set Criminal Hearing
A request for a special set hearing is made to a judge by filing motion and receiving an order granting special set. The motion and order may be presented ex parte or noted for hearing on the appropriate Criminal Miscellaneous Motions Calendar.  Motion and Order for Special Set.docx


Once an order has been entered, the judicial assistant will work with the information provided in the order to set the hearing. The judicial assistant will contact the parties to schedule the hearing once a date has been selected,


After the date for the special set has been selected, then a document needs to be filed so that the Clerk’s Office can docket the hearing in Odyssey. If the hearing is set with more than five days’ notice, then a notice of hearing can be filed. If the hearing is set with less than five days’ notice, then an order setting a hearing is required.


Suppression Hearing (3.5/3.6)

At these hearings, testimony may or may not be taken. Court decides whether evidence is excluded from trial.

Family & Juvenile Court