Ex Parte

Ex Parte now OPEN for EMERGENCY matters.
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. daily


Emergency matters are defined in the most recent Emergency Order as:

  1. Motions for Immediate Restraining Orders that request either a change in primary care or a request for removal of a party from a residence
  2. Protection orders including vulnerable adult protection orders, sexual assault protection orders, extreme risk protection orders, domestic violence protection orders, and anti-harassment protection orders 
  3. Writs of Habeas Corpus
  4. Orders to show cause for Unlawful Detainers
  5. Orders to show cause for contempt
  6. Adoption proceedings for temporary placement of minors currently hospitalized or other emergent issues
  7. Motions to Appoint a GAL on Petitions for Guardianship of an AIP in the hospital or based on other emergent needs
  8. Until the effective date of the repeal of RCW 26.10, the following matters in a third party custody proceeding: 
    1. Motion for default and/or
    2. Presentation of Final Orders based on a Finding of Default or by agreement of the parties on condition that the proper background checks are provided, the State has signed off on a Final Child Support Order (if necessary) and all Final documents not entered on the basis of default are signed by all necessary parties. 
Parties shall appear at Ex Parte in Courtroom 1B on the first floor during the hours above to present their emergency orders.  No other matters will be heard in ex parte.  

Attorneys may take signed orders to the Clerk’s office for filing, conforming and/or copies. The Clerk’s Office public counters are open for limited hours. Click the link to learn more about hours of operation. More information about changes to Clerk’s office services can be found here.

Pro Se parties will be directed as to the how to obtain a copy of the order by the court.

For more information and assistance with vulnerable adult protection orders, sexual assault protection orders, extreme risk protection orders, domestic violence protection orders and anti-harassment protection orders, please view information from the Clerk’s office here.    

Non-emergent orders should be submitted by:

  1. Ex parte via the Clerk. Conformed copies/certified copies may be mailed back to you if requested. Information on this process can be found on the clerk’s website here.
  2. OR

  3. May be delivered to C-123 and dropped off in the Ex Parte box. Orders that are dropped off will be reviewed as judicial time allows and then filed.  Any orders rejected by the Commissioner will have a rejection letter filed.  Parties may access the documents after filing through Odyssey Portal or the Washington State Digital Archives.