Judge Bill Bowman
c/o King County Superior Court
401 4th Ave. N, Room 2D
Kent, WA 98032
Courtroom Number: GA
Bailiff: Angela Ashley-Smith
Assignment: Chief MRJC Judge
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- Read the Superior Court Email Policy.
- Get instructions for Delivering Documents.
- Get instructions for Scheduling Civil Motions.
- Please review the applicable State Court Rules and Local Court Rules before contacting the court.
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 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.
Requests for Oral Argument on Non-Dispositive Motions
If you wish to have oral argument on a non-dispositive motion, please note the motion without oral argument and note "ORAL ARGUMENT REQUESTED" on the first page of your motion or opposition. Judge Bowman will consider the request when he reviews the motion on the date noted for hearing without oral argument. If the Court decides to allow oral argument, the bailiff will contact all parties to schedule a date and time for oral argument on the motion. If the Court declines to set oral argument, you will receive a courtesy copy of any order that is entered.
Dispositive Motions and Hearing Requests
Dispositive motions are heard on Fridays. Requests for hearing dates are accepted by emailing or telephoning the bailiff. Judge Bowman 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.
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 Bowman will provide additional time on hearings involving multi-party cases or complex litigation. Please advise the bailiff of your request when scheduling.
Civil Trial Continuances
The Court grants motions to continue trial, other than the 28-day adjustment authorized by LCR 40(e)(1), only on the basis of good cause. The motion should be accompanied by a declaration as to the nature of the case, the discovery and trial preparation that have been completed, what remains to be accomplished, and an explanation of why the case could not be completed within the original case schedule. The assertion that more time is needed for discovery or negotiation, without more, is insufficient. After the Final Date to Change Trial, a motion to continue trial will be granted only under extraordinary circumstances, as provided by LCR 40(e)(2).
Civil Trial Exhibits
Pursuant to Local Court Rule 4(k), the Joint Statement of Evidence is to be filed no later than 5 court days before the scheduled trial date. Please deliver two copies of the Joint Statement of Evidence along with two sets of trial exhibit notebooks to the Judges’ Mailroom at least 5 days prior to the trial date. The first (original) set of exhibits will be marked by the clerk and used at trial. The second (copy) set is a courtesy copy for Judge Bowman.
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 exhibits shall begin with the subsequent block of 100 numbers, e.g. 101, 201, etc. Do not mark directly on any exhibits as this will be done by the clerk.
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 Bowman. Once an exhibit has been marked by the clerk, it is officially in her/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.
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.
Please review these general Trial Preparation Guidelines.