Judge Richard F. McDermott
c/o King County Superior Court
401 4th Ave. N, Room 2D
Kent, WA 98032
Courtroom Number: 3A
Bailiff: Lisa Zimnisky
Assignment: Civil and Criminal
Rules to Review before Calling
- Procedures for motions without oral argument - King County Local Rule 7
- Revision & Reconsideration - King County Local Rule 7
- Trial Continuance - King County Local Rule 40
- Consolidation of Multiple Cases - King County Local Rule 40*
- Case Reactivation/Case Area Reassignment - King County Local Rule 40*
- Summary Judgments - Civil Rule 56
- Motion to dismiss - Civil Rule 12
- Motion to set aside judgment - Civil Rule 60
[*Set before the Chief Civil Judge in the appropriate facility]
Civil Case Information, Forms, and Documents
- Contact the Clerk's Office for information regarding individual civil cases. The main information desk can be reached by calling 206-296-9300.
- For civil calendar information, check the Civil Standby Calendar and the Clerk's Office Directory of Court Calendars.
- Civil Court Forms are available both online and from the Clerk's Office.
- Learn how and where to file your court documents and how to get copies of court documents.
Requesting / Setting Oral Argument for Motions
If you are setting a dispositive motion, you must call or email the bailiff and schedule time on Judge McDermott’s calendar. Dispositive motions are generally set on Friday mornings. Please note that the court is most likely scheduling at least 2 months out from the date you are contacting the court. Other types of motions that are granted oral argument are motions for restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, revisions, and class certification hearings.
Most other motions do not require oral argument under the Civil Rules or Local Rules (see links above). If a party would like to request oral argument, the motion should be noted pursuant to the applicable court rules, simply noting in the upper right hand corner "Oral Argument Requested." After Judge McDermott has considered all briefing (moving papers, responses, and replies) 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.
No Deliveries Directly to the Courtroom
Unless arrangements have been made directly with Judge McDermott’s bailiff, no deliveries are to be made directly to the courtroom. All deliveries should be made to the judges' mailroom.
Additional Information for this Court
- Please call or email the bailiff to schedule motions requiring oral argument. Include the case name and number and the names of opposing counsel. Such motions must be confirmed.
- DO NOT confirm motions without oral argument. Set these in compliance with KCLR's notice requirements; you do not need the court's approval of the date.
- Stipulations/Agreed Orders with signatures of all counsel do not need to be noted.
- If you are striking a motion please notify the court immediately by e-mail cc’ing all counsel/parties.
- Motions without oral argument must include a proposed Order and self addressed stamped envelopes to all parties. Copies of orders will not be returned if envelopes are not provided.
- Motions and stipulations to continue trial dates must include the signature of the moving party, counsel's signature and a basis.
- A Default Judgment motion must include an affidavit or declaration in support signed by a party with personal knowledge, in addition to the signature of counsel.
- Deliver working copies to the Judges' Mailroom. Working copies must have the judge's name and the date of the hearing written in the upper right hand corner.
- Please comply with page limitations specified in the rule applicable to your motion.
Please feel free to contact the court directly if you should have any questions.