Judge Beth M. Andrus
c/o King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave, Room C-203
Seattle, WA 98104
Courtroom Number: W-719
Bailiff: Ashleigh Rhodes
Assignment: Chief Civil Judge
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- Get instructions for submitting Working Papers.
- Judge Andrus’s Civil Trial Procedures
- Judge Andrus's Voir Dire Procedures
Chief Civil Calendar
Rules to Review before Calling
Local Rule 7; Local Rule 40; Local Rule 56; Civil Rule 56
Parties are to refer to the Superior Court Email Policy prior to sending an email to the Court.
The only address to be used by attorneys, pro se litigants or others who need to communicate with court staff about a case is the courtroom e-mail address. Absent express invitation by the judge, the judge’s individual e-mail address is not to be used.
Parties must comply with all the requirements of KCLR 7 when setting motions without oral argument. Please provide a copy of all proposed orders in Word format to the Court by emailing them to the law clerk/bailiff.
Copies of signed orders will be delivered to counsel or the parties electronically if email addresses have been provided to the Court. If no email address is available for an attorney or a party, please provide preaddressed, stamped envelopes to the Court for its use in sending the order by mail.
Requesting Oral Argument on Non-Dispositive Motions
All non-dispositive motions shall be considered by the court without oral argument unless a party specifically requests oral argument and the Court deems oral argument to be necessary. If you wish to request oral argument, please so indicate next to the date of the motion. Judge Andrus will review the motion on the date it is noted without oral argument and decide whether it is necessary for oral argument. If she finds it is necessary, the law clerk/bailiff will contact all parties to schedule a new date and time for oral argument on the motion. If she finds it is not necessary for oral argument, you will not be contacted by the Court and you will receive a copy of the signed order via email or via preaddressed, stamped envelopes if provided.
Dispositive Motions and Hearing Requests
Dispositive motions are heard on Fridays. Requests for hearing dates are accepted by emailing the law clerk/bailiff. Judge Andrus requires that you check with opposing counsel before scheduling any hearing in order to make sure that the date works for all counsel. Doing so reduces the need to reschedule hearings due to conflicts. You must also file and provide a working copy of your Note for Motion within 72 hours after confirming a hearing date. The parties must promptly notify the Court and each other if the Court no longer needs to hear the noted motion.
Any email request for a dispositive motion hearing must include the following:
Case name and cause number
Names, phone numbers and email addresses of all counsel
Type of hearing and date(s) requested
Judge Andrus will provide additional time on hearings involving multi-party cases or complex litigation. Please advise the law clerk/bailiff of your request when scheduling.
Electronic Working Copies
Judge Andrus prefers to receive electronic working copies submitted to the Clerk using the Clerk’s eFiling Application pursuant to LGR 30(b)(4)(A)(iii). If a party’s submission exceeds the 500 page limit, it may request prior permission from Judge Andrus’s bailiff to deliver the working copies in PDF format, either on disk or thumb drive (and delivered to the Judge’s Mailroom). Prior permission should be requested by sending an email to Andrus.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not email any working copies directly to the Court or to her law clerk/bailiff without prior permission.
Working copies should have the judge’s name and the date and time of the hearing in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the motion. Please provide only copies of the cases that you are substantially relying on.
Motions to Shorten Time
If a party wishes to request that the Court consider a motion on shortened time, the underlying motion must be noted in the regular course, and a separate motion to shorten time should be submitted. Until and unless the Court grants the motion to shorten time, all responses and replies should be submitted as though the motion is to be considered in the normal course.
Motions to Strike Evidence
If a party has an objection to evidence submitted by an opposing party in conjunction with any civil motion, you need not file a separate motion to strike this evidence. Counsel should instead include any objections to admissibility of evidence in responsive documents, if any are permitted or required, or in a separate objection document. Objections to admissibility of evidence are not subject to the time requirements of LCR 7. See Cameron v. Murray, 151 Wash. App. 646,658 (Div. I, 2009).
If you are striking a motion, please call or email the law clerk/bailiff immediately.
Pretrial Conferences - In addition to the Joint Confirmation of Readiness, the Court schedules Pretrial Conferences at the court's discretion. Pretrial conferences will be scheduled by the Court approximately two-four weeks before the trial date.
If a party would like to request a pretrial conference, please email the law clerk / bailiff.
Pursuant to LCR 4(k), the Joint Statement of Evidence is to be filed, not later than 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 (Room C-203) at least 3 days prior to the trial date along with two copies of the Joint Statement of Evidence.
Counsel should provide 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 Judge Andrus. 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 Judge Andrus.
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 Andrus’s law clerk/bailiff or courtroom clerk regarding the pre-marking of all trial exhibits or any further questions.
Judge Andrus operates in an FTR Gold courtroom, which digitally records proceedings. To access a copy of previously recorded proceedings follow the instructions below:
Copies of Previously Recorded Proceedings ($25 per CD)
CD's can be played on a personal CD player or your computer through a MP3 player. CD's to be used by a court-approved transcriber are copied to include compatible programming; be sure to request this copying method if needed.
Complete the FTR Digital Audio - Copy Request form. To obtain the required information, you'll need the court minutes for the hearing you wish to have copied. They are usually available for viewing in 3-5 business days after the hearing.
Return the completed Form to the DJA Copy Center. Pay $25 per CD (each CD holds 73 minutes of actual proceeding time). CD's will be ready within 1 hour. Pay $3 for postage if you wish to have the DJA Copy Center return your completed CD via mail. Contact the DJA Copy Center at (206) 296-7848 with any questions.
Before the hearing: Notify the courtroom clerk that you'll want a copy of the hearing. Digital technology enables the clerk to provide the specific start and end time.
If you need to have a transcript created, a list of Court Approved Transcriptionists is available on the Clerk's Office webpage.