Commissioner Ex Parte Department

For more extensive information, please review the Ex Parte Policy.

Ex Parte Matters are heard on Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the County-City Building Room 105.

You must arrive by 11 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to be heard before the Ex Parte Department closes. Ex Parte Temporary Restraining Orders will not be accepted after 3:00 p.m., except under extraordinary or emergency circumstances.

  1. Take a seat and wait for your name to be called.
  2. Keep silent, recording device is always on.
COMING SOON:  a change for signing in at the Ex Parte Department (Room 105)
1. You will proceed FIRST to the Clerk’s Office (Room 110).
2. In the Clerk’s Office there will be a dedicated computer kiosk to electronically sign in for ex parte matters.
3. Complete the form electronically on the Ex Parte Kiosk. Once submitted the information will be electronically delivered to the clerk in Ex Parte.
4. Proceed to the Ex Parte Department (Room 105) and have a seat.
5. Your case will be called, consistent with the Ex Parte Policy, by the courtroom clerk.

Type of Matters heard in Ex Parte

  • Agreed orders already signed by both parties.
  • Ex Parte Restraining Family Law emergency orders with contested issues that would cause irreparable damage if the order is not signed immediately. (The Declaration must detail the notice provided to the other party—if no notice is given, the court may reschedule the ex parte hearing to allow notice to the other party/attorney, or may waive notice if court rules and statutory requirements are met).
    • Please note: If the hearing will last ten (10) minutes or more, the Ex Parte Department may assign the matter to another courtroom as follows:
      • Contested Family Law matters may be assigned to one of the Commissioners sitting in Civil Division A, B or C;
      • Non Family Law matters that do not request injunctive relief may be assigned to the Commissioner in Civil Division A.
  • Admitting Wills to Probate (must have verified petition with evidence of estate solvency and the birth date of proposed personal representative).
  • Orders of default which do not require notice to the opposing party.
  • Default Judgments
  • Finalization of Dissolutions of Marriage, Invalidity of Marriage and Legal Separations presented by attorneys (self-represented parties must schedule finalization of these matters on the Self-Represented/ Pro Se Friday morning dockets).
  • Appointment of Guardian ad Litem in RCW 26.09 and 26.10 matters after the full retainer has been paid and proof of payment is provided to the court.
  • Appointment of Guardian ad Litem in guardianship matters (public and private pay cases).
  • Orders to shorten time/exceed cap for a hearing before a Superior Court Commissioner.
  • Emergency orders restraining relocation pursuant to RCW 26.09.510.
  • Motions to stay issuance of writs of restitution Orders to show cause for any matters heard by Commissioners.
  • Filing fee waivers.

Type of Matters Not heard in Ex Parte

  • Adoptions. The ex parte adoption docket is held at Remann Hall. Call (253) 798-7973 for the Adoption Ex Parte present times. Order appointing adoption investigator no longer required. The Adoption Investigator is assigned when the case is filed.
  • Finalization of Dissolution of Marriage or Legal Separation or Invalidity for parties not represented by attorneys. These matters must be scheduled on the self-represented/pro se dissolution docket. (Friday mornings).
  • Finalization of Non-Parental Custody matters.
  • Requests for civil injunctive relief. These matters shall go to the Presiding Judge pursuant to PCLR 65.