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King County Superior Court

King County’s General Jurisdiction Trial Court

Judge Susan J. Craighead

Mailing Address:
King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave, Room C-203
Seattle, WA 98104
Mailstop:  KCC-SC-0203
Courtroom Number:  E-942

Phone:  206-477-1435

Email:  craighead.court@kingcounty.gov

Judicial Assignment:  Presiding Judge

Bailiff: Kristen Coverdale

Department Number:
  18

Performs Weddings:  Yes

Accepts Applications for Volunteer Externs:  Not at this time

Performs Settlement Conferences:  Not at this time

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Get instructions for submitting Working Papers.


NON-DISPOSITIVE MOTIONS

Parties must comply with LR 7 when setting motions without argument. Working papers should be addressed to Judge Susan J. Craighead and delivered to the Judges' Mailroom.  (See mailing address above.)  Please place bulky pleadings and attachments into notebooks with appropriate tabs.

DISPOSITIVE MOTIONS

Parties must contact the court to schedule a motion with oral argument.  Dispositive motions are set on Friday afternoons in one-hour increments.  To request a hearing date, please call or e-mail the bailiff and include the case name, cause number and type of hearing requested.  The bailiff will check the judge's calendar and respond with available dates and times.  Parties are encouraged to call the court as soon as possible, as the calendar fills up quickly.  Please place bulky pleadings and attachments into notebooks with appropriate tabs.

SETTLEMENT / STRIKE MOTION

Please call or e-mail the bailiff immediately if a case settles or a motion needs to be stricken from the court's calendar.

TRIAL PREPARATION

TRIAL EXHIBITS

Pursuant to Local Rule 16 (5) the Joint Statement of Evidence is to be filed, not later then 5 court days before the scheduled trial date.  As a courtesy to the court clerk please deliver the Trial Exhibits (notebooks) to the Judge’s Mailroom (see mailing address above) 2-3 days prior to the trial date along with two copies of the Joint Statement of Evidence.  Exhibit List Template.

Counsel will present two sets of exhibits.  The first (original set) will be marked by the clerk and used at trial.  The second (copy) set is a courtesy copy for the judge.  Do not mark directly on any exhibits as this will be done by the clerk

Exhibits should be submitted in three ring binders using numbered tabs to separate each exhibit.  Notebooks should be large enough so that the exhibits are not overcrowded. Plaintiff’s or petitioner's trial exhibits shall begin with the Number 1, and shall be numbered consecutively up to the last proposed exhibit.  Defendant’s or respondent's trial exhibits shall begin with the number which follows plaintiff’s or petitioner's last proposed trial exhibit.

Depositions are not to be marked as an exhibit since they are part of the court file.  Exhibits to the deposition may be marked as exhibits in evidence.  Otherwise, all unattached exhibits in a deposition should be stapled or secured inside the back cover of the deposition.

Additional Exhibits presented during trial will be marked and designated by the clerk.  Please provide an original for the clerk and a courtesy copy for the judge.

Once an exhibit has been marked by the clerk, it is officially in her or his custody.  To withdraw an exhibit prior to the completion of trial, an attorney will need to make a motion to withdraw the exhibit (on the record) in open court.

Please contact Judge Craighead's courtroom regarding the pre-marking of all trial exhibits or any further questions.

CLOSING ARGUMENT

There is to be no displaying of any trial transcripts or parts of transcripts to the jury.