COVID Procedure Changes to Commissioner Hearings

Summary of Changes to Commissioner Calendars
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Unless otherwise noted, oral argument will be telephonic.
Confirmations requirements remain unchanged.
Online confirmations will receive electronic replies with rule changes if /when they occur.

Calendars in which Commissioners will decide whether argument is requested

Commissioners Civil Motions 
  • All properly confirmed matters will be heard without oral argument unless noted by the judicial officer that oral argument is requested.  
  • Determine whether your hearing will be conducted remotely here. Find connection information here.
Guardianship/Probate
  • Up to fourteen (14) matters may be confirmed per session.  Motions on new petitions for guardianship will be heard with oral argument.  All other properly confirmed matters not exceeding the limit will be heard without oral argument unless noted by the judicial officer that oral argument is requested.  
  • Determine whether your hearing will be conducted remotely here. Find connection information here.
Domestic Motions
  • Up to eight (8) matters may be confirmed per session. All properly confirmed matters not exceeding the limit will be heard with oral argument, unless a judicial officer directs parties otherwise.   
  • Determine whether your hearing will be conducted remotely and in which courtroom it will occur here. Find connection information here
  • Proposed orders should be delivered with working copies to the courthouse in room C-123. 
GAL Compliance
  • Matters will be with oral argument unless a judicial officer directs otherwise.
  • Determine whether your hearing will be conducted remotely here. Find connection information here.
Calendars with oral argument 

Interpreter Calendar
  • All properly confirmed matters not exceeding the limit will be heard with telephonic argument. Up to four (4) matters may be confirmed.  Petitions for domestic violence orders, anti-harassment orders, contempt matters and emergency parenting plan matters will have priority for confirmation.  Domestic violence and anti-harassment matters will be court confirmed. 
  • Find connection information here
  • Proposed orders should be delivered with working copies to the courthouse in room C-123
Domestic Violence/Anti-Harassment Calendar

  • Parties may appear for these hearings or may appear telephonically.  Petitioners may contact the Facilitators office for assistance with a continuance if they are unable to attend. protection.orders@snoco.org  https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/5520/Protection-Orders 
  • Domestic Violence & Anti-Harassment hearings are occasionally heard on the Interpreter and Domestic Motions Calendars.  Please make sure you are aware of the location of your hearing prior to connecting to the hearing remotely. Find connection information here.
State Support Calendar

  • Parties may appear telephonically for their hearing.  The parties will be notified of a process to follow in their calendar note or summons.
Calendars without oral argument

Pro Se Dissolutions

These matters do not need to be confirmed and will be heard without oral argument.  The parties must provide working copies, proposed orders and written testimony to room C-123 no later than noon one day prior to the hearing, otherwise their hearing will be stricken. Background checks for the entry of parenting plans should be submitted at least 5 days prior to the hearing. If orders are unable to enter, the moving party will receive a notice of issues and orders by mail within a week of the hearing through the facilitator’s office.

Attorney Involved Dissolutions

These matters will be heard without oral argument and should be scheduled for Thursdays at 1:00 in 1B (formerly Department A).  Matters on this calendar shall be confirmed by noon 2 court days prior to the hearing.  The parties must provide working copies, proposed orders and written testimony to room C-123 no later than noon one day prior to the hearing, otherwise their hearing will be stricken. Background checks for the entry of parenting plans should be submitted at least 5 days prior to the hearing. If orders are unable to enter, the moving party will receive a notice of issues by mail and orders will be held in Court Administration for parties to retrieve within 14 days of the hearing.  Finalized orders will be filed and available in Odyssey Portal 3-5 days after filing.