Judge Johanna Bender
c/o King County Superior Court
401 4th Ave. N, Room 2D
Kent, WA 98032
Courtroom Number: 4H
Bailiff: Nicole Huppert
Assignment: Civil and Criminal
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Parties must comply with all the requirements of KCLR 7 when setting motions without oral argument. All non-dispositive motions will be considered by the Court without oral argument unless a party requests oral argument and the Court deems oral argument to be necessary. If you wish to request oral argument, please so indicate on the front page of your motion or opposition. Judge Bender will consider the request when she reviews the motion on the date noted for hearing without oral argument. If at that time the Court decides to hear oral argument, the bailiff will contact the parties regarding scheduling. If the Court does not grant oral argument, you will receive a courtesy copy of the Court’s order on the non-dispositive motion once the court enters a ruling.
Dispositive Motions and Hearing Requests
Dispositive motions are typically heard on Fridays. You may request a hearing by emailing or telephoning the bailiff. Please provide more than one proposed date and time. Judge Bender requires that you confer with the opposing party or parties before scheduling a hearing, in order to make sure that the dates you have selected are workable.
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 parties; and
- Type of hearing and dates requested.
Judge Bender typically allots one hour for dispositive motions. Additional time may be provided on hearings involving multiple parties or multiple related motions. Please advise the bailiff of your request for additional time when scheduling.
Motions to Shorten Time
Motions to shorten time are strongly disfavored, and should only be used in extraordinary circumstances. If a party wishes the Court to 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. Unless and until the Court grants the motion to shorten time, all responses and replies should be submitted as though the motion is to be considered on the presumptive timeline.
Motions for Change of Civil Trial Date
Motions for a change in trial date, even if submitted by stipulation of the parties, must be made in compliance with Local Rule 40(e).
Proposed Orders and Working Papers
Judge Bender requires a Word version of all proposed orders. You may submit a Word copy of your proposed order by email to Bender.Court@kingcounty.gov. Alternatively, you may submit your proposed order via the e-filing portal by using the e-working copies application.
Working copies of motions and declarations must be submitted via the e-filing portal or by delivery to the Judges’ Mailing Room (C-203) of the King County Courthouse. The Court cannot accept delivery of working papers by email or by delivery to the courtroom.
Please notify the Court immediately if your case settles or you need to strike a motion.