Judge Laura Inveen
c/o King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave, Room C-203
Seattle, WA 98104
Courtroom Number: W-864
Bailiff: Greg Howard
Non-Dispositive Motions (Local Rule 7(b))Parties must comply with LR 7 when setting motions without argument. Working papers should be addressed to Judge Inveen and delivered to the King County Courthouse, Room C-203. The court will not accept working papers delivered directly to the courtroom unless previously approved by the bailiff.
Motions for Order Compelling Discovery (Civil Rule 37)Please pay careful attention to the “meet and confer” requirements of LCR 37(e) and CR26(i). The conference of counsel must be in person or by telephone. Email is not a substitute for a dialogue on these issues. A certification by counsel that the conference requirements of these rules have been met is required, and should set out with particularity the nature, extent, and time of the conference.
Dispositive Motions (Motions for Summary Judgment) (Local Rule 56, Civil Rule 56)Parties must contact the court to schedule a motion with oral argument. Dispositive motions are scheduled on Friday mornings and are limited in duration. To request a hearing date, please call or email the bailiff and include the case name, cause number, and type of hearing requested. The bailiff will check the judge's calendar and respond with the court's availability. Parties are encouraged to contact the court far in advance of trial to schedule a dispositive motion, as these time slots are limited. Please confirm your hearing date with the bailiff.
Request for Change of Trial Date (Local Rule 40(d))If either side submits a motion or stipulated order to continue the trial date, Judge Inveen will not rule on the request unless parties have fully complied with LR 40(d)(2). Motions and stipulations that do not comply with the local rule will not be considered by the court.
Shortened Time (KCLR7(b)(10))Motions for Orders shortening time are strongly disfavored, and should only be used in extraordinary circumstances. Keep in mind the judge is ordinarily in court session during the day, and has a full case load of regularly scheduled motions of assigned cases. You cannot expect that your motion will take precedent over other such matters. If you determine that there is no alternative to filing a motion for an order to shorten time, please contact the bailiff to alert the court to expect the motion, and to inquire of the court’s schedule and availability to consider it. In addition, please pay careful attention to KCLR 7(b)(10), with special emphasis on the following:
- Before seeking shortened time, contact counsel directly to attempt to work the issue out. Don’t rely on an exchange in e-mail. Have a dialogue.
- Do not incorporate the motion to shorten time with the underlying motion you wish addressed. KCLR 7(b)(10)(B). It must be a separate motion.
- If you wish the substantive motion to be considered even if the motion for shortened time is denied, you should provide an alternative note for motion for a date that is not on shortened time. Otherwise, if the shortened time is denied, the motion will not be considered noted.
- Set out in the declaration in support of the motion what specific efforts you have made to give the opposing party notice of the motion to seek shortened time. KCLR 7(b)(10)(C)
Trial PreparationIn preparation for trial, be sure to submit a joint confirmation of trial readiness (JTR form) and comply with your case schedule provided by the Clerk's Office.
Please notify the court immediately if your case settles or you need to strike a motion.