Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Family Law Motions Department: Updates and Practice Tips

October 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Commissioner Jennie Laird

Much of the family law litigation in King County Superior Court takes place in the Family Law Motions Department, on the motions and domestic violence protection order (DVPO) calendars. These calendars are presided over by family law commissioners, appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the judges.

After crushing budget cuts at the end of 2015, the court suffered the loss of three commissioner positions, two of them designated to family law; we also lost one additional commissioner to attrition. Attorneys and litigants felt these cuts by having benefit of the full plate of three commissioners in Seattle only four...

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