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King County Superior Court

King County’s General Jurisdiction Trial Court

Judge Bruce E. Heller

Mailing Address:
King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave, Room C-203
Seattle, WA 98104
Mailstop:  KCC-SC-0203
Courtroom Number:  E-746

Phone:  206-477-1641

Email:  heller.court@kingcounty.gov

Judicial Assignment:  Criminal

Bailiff:  Teresa Novak

Department Number:
  52

Performs Weddings:  Not at this time

Accepts Applications for Volunteer Externs:  Yes

Performs Settlement Conferences:  Yes


Visit this webpage before contacting the court.

Get instructions for submitting Working Papers.

RULES TO REVIEW BEFORE CALLING

Before contacting the court, please review King County Local Rules 4, 7, 10, 11, 16, 40, 41, and 54-58.

CALENDAR INFORMATION

Judge Heller maintains a trial schedule of Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to noon, and 1:30pm to 4:00pm.  Additional hearings are scheduled at 8:30am and 4:00pm, Monday through Thursday, as necessary.

Fridays are usually reserved for oral argument on dispositive motions, criminal sentencing calendars, settlement conferences, and other requested hearings.

RULES OF CONDUCT FOR THIS COURTROOM

Before visiting the court, please read the Rules of Conduct for Judge Heller's courtroom.

REQUESTING / SETTING ORAL ARGUMENT FOR MOTIONS

If you are setting a dispositive motion, you must call or e-mail the bailiff and schedule time on Judge Heller's calendar.  Please contact the court at least two (2) months prior to the hearing date you would like to request.

Other types of motions that are granted oral argument are motions for restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, revisions, and class certification hearings.

Most other motions do not require oral argument under the Civil Rules or Local Rules (see links above).  If a party would like to request oral argument, the motion should be noted pursuant to the applicable court rules, specifying in the upper right hand corner "Oral Argument Requested".

After Judge Heller has considered all briefing, (moving papers, responses, and replies), if the court determines oral argument is appropriate, the bailiff will contact the parties to set a mutually acceptable time for oral argument.

CONTACT WITH THE COURT

Parties may contact the Court regarding non-substantive matters by calling the courtroom phone number provided above, or by e-mailing the bailiff.

Please submit all documents requested by the Court to heller.court@kingcounty.gov.

DELIVERY OF DOCUMENTS

The following guidelines are intended to assist the Court in reviewing briefs as efficiently as possible:

  1. When briefs refer to attached documents, including deposition transcripts, exhibits, or case law, the pertinent part of the document should be highlighted.
  2. When submitting more than two exhibits or if the number of pages exceeds 20, the exhibits should be tabbed.
  3. When submitting more than two declarations, the declaration should be tabbed.
  4. Please follow all local rules for page limitations.  Judge Heller values succinctness and will not accept overlength briefs without leave of the Court.  All briefs must be in 12-point font with standard margins.
  5. Any large motions should be submitted in 3-ring binders.
PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES FOR JUDGE HELLER'S COURT 

Civil Motions Procedures

Pretrial Procedures
Trial Procedures

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