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 Emergency Order 10 as:

  1. A Motion for Immediate Restraining Order that requests a change in primary care or removal of a party from a residence.
  2. Protections order to include 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 
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 currently closed.  If certified copies are required, call the phone number posted on their door for assistance. 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.