Judge Theresa B. Doyle
c/o King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave, Room C-203
Seattle, WA 98104
Courtroom Number: E-762
Bailiff: Lena Madden Smith
Rules to Review before Calling
Local Rule 7(b); Local Rule 40(e); Local Rule 56; Civil Rule 56
Prior to Appearing in Judge Doyle's Court for Hearings or Trial
If you anticipate the need to use videos, PowerPoint, ELMO, or even easels, you should visit the courtroom before your hearing or trial to plan your set-up in a manner that will be most efficient and effective. Please discuss your needs with the bailiff and do not assume that the court will have any particular equipment available for your use.
Motions to Shorten Time
When 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 submitted as well. 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.
Requesting / Setting Oral Argument for Motions
If you are setting a dispositive motion for which any party desires oral argument, you must contact the bailiff to request a hearing on Judge Doyle's calendar. Judge Doyle's Friday motions calendar is routinely booked two months in advance, so you must generally reserve the time for hearing well in advance of any motion filing deadlines. So, for example, if you wait until 28 days prior to the summary judgment hearing deadline to request a hearing date, you are unlikely to secure a hearing time.
Most other motions do not require oral argument under the Civil Rules or Local Rules, and Judge Doyle rarely grants oral argument for such motions. After Judge Doyle has considered all briefing (moving papers, responses, and replies) and after the consideration date, if the court determines oral argument is appropriate, the bailiff will contact the parties and set a mutually acceptable time for oral argument to be presented to the court.
Deliveries Directly to the Courtroom
Deliveries should generally be made to the judges' mailroom. However, Judge Doyle allows deliveries to the courtroom, too. The bailiff may not always be present to receive and stamp such deliveries.
Hearing / Trial Information
The general trial schedule is Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Judge Doyle requests all parties to plan accordingly so that trial may actually begin at 9:00 a.m. Should any party require time to set up or prepare prior to beginning at 9:00am, the court room is open not later than 8:30am every morning to accommodate preparation/set-up time requirements. However, please contact the bailiff the day before to determine accessibility to accommodate preparation/set-up time requirements.
Friday mornings are generally devoted to summary judgment. Friday afternoons are generally devoted to sentencing calendars.