King County Ex Parte/Probate Hearings Now Telephone-Only Due To Coronavirus

The King County Superior Court Clerk’s Office has issued the following notice:



ISSUED BY:     Barbara Miner, Director and Superior Court Clerk
ISSUE DATE:   March 30, 2020
ISSUE NO:       20-008


Update from the Ex Parte & Probate Department re: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

All scheduled Ex Parte and Probate Department hearings are by telephonic appearance until further notice. Do not come to the courthouse for a hearing unless specifically directed to do so by a judicial officer.

The Ex Parte Department is not considering the matters listed below until further notice. Orders submitted for these matters will be denied without prejudice, pending further emergency orders:

  • Default judgments or motions for default (including Family Law)
  • Unlawful detainers of any kind
  • Supplemental proceedings
  • Judgments on garnishment

All information and instructions for each case type heard in the ex parte department is located at:

The most updated Emergency Orders can be found on the King County Superior Court website at:

We will continue to update our blog with relevant notices from the court as the situation develops.

If you have any questions about access to King County court records and document images, Washington State court records, or would like more information about any of our other products and services, contact us at or give us a call: 866-643-7084 (Option 2).

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