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Mailing Address:
c/o King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave, Room C-203
Seattle, WA 98104

Courtroom Number: W-331

Phone: 206-477-1543

Email: rietschel.court@kingcounty.gov

Bailiff: Renee Janes

Department: 36

Assignment: Chief Unified Family Court Judge

Judge Rietschel Biographical Information

Helpful Links

Digital Recorded Courtroom

Judge Rietschel operates in an FTR Gold courtroom, which digitally records proceedings. There is no court reporter. You may use THIS LINK to get the information you will need to obtain a copy of the CD for your hearing and transcriber information.

Please Use Email for Scheduling

Email inquiries generally receive more prompt responses than phone messages.

Email must include the following:

  • Case name and cause number
  • Names and phone numbers of all counsel
  • Type of hearing and date(s) requested

When sending correspondence to the court, please make certain to include a courtesy copy to the opposing party in order to comply with the rule prohibiting ex parte contact. (Review the court's email policy.)

Pleadings exceeding 1.5 inches should be bound and submitted in a three-ring binder.

Proposed Orders

Please email the bailiff all proposed orders in Word format.

Trial Preparation

Judge Rietschel requires that all trial materials (including exhibits) be submitted on a thumb drive/CD in addition to being submitted in hard copy. Counsel/parties will be expected to take back all copies of the Judges notebooks/trial materials at the conclusion of trial. Judge Rietschel will retain the thumb drive/CD only. Please contact the bailiff if you have questions regarding this requirement.