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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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Local court rules have been amended and will go into affect on the September 1, 2023. The complete language is published below, or you can download a PDF version.
By this rule the Kittitas County Superior Court hereby adopts standards for the delivery of public defender services consistent with RCW 10.101.030 and Kittitas County Code 2.09 et. seq.
The moving party shall serve and file all motion documents no later than six court days before the date the party wishes the motion to be considered. Any party opposing a motion shall file and serve the original responsive papers in opposition to a motion, serve copies on parties, and deliver working copies to the hearing judge no later than 12:00 pm (noon) two court days before the date the motion is to be considered. All documents in strict reply shall be similarly filed and served no later than 12:00 pm (noon) on the court day before the hearing.
Unless good cause is shown, all peremptory challenges shall be exercised in open Court at the side bar by marking the challenged juror's name on a form to be provided by the Court.
If attorney fees or costs have been awarded, the prevailing party must itemize via affidavit the time expended, services rendered, or other detailed bases for the fees and costs requested and attach a copy thereof to the proposed order granting fees and costs.
Summary judgments require special settings and should be noted to be heard before the judge who is assigned to hear the trial. Motions and affidavits, and reply and response affidavits, must be filed in the manner and within the time limitations of CR 56. Working copies shall be provided to the judge. On any motion for summary judgment, counsel for movant is required to call the Court Administrator two business days prior to the date set for hearing to confirm that the motion will be heard.
A motion for new trial, reconsideration, or amendment/alteration of judgment shall be submitted on briefs and affidavits of the moving party only, without response or oral argument to the trial judge by the opposing party. The trial judge shall, within 10 days, either deny the motion or advise both counsel of desired further proceedings pursuant to CR 59 and this rule. A motion under this rule shall be filed with the Clerk and a working copy shall be served on the trial judge at the Superior Court office at the time of the filing of the motion. A copy shall also be served on opposing counsel.
A court reporter will not be provided for any matter heard in Kittitas County Superior Court. All matters will be digitally audio-recorded. If any party wishes any matter to be reported by a court reporter, that party is responsible to provide a court reporter.
Page Limitations. Absent prior authorization of the court, the entirety of all declarations and affidavits from the parties and non-expert witnesses in support of motions (except financial declarations, financial documents and sealed source documents), shall be limited to a sum total of twenty (20) pages.
The entirety of all declarations and affidavits submitted in response to motions shall not exceed twenty (20) pages.
The entirety of all declarations and affidavits submitted in reply to the response shall not exceed ten (10).
Exhibits to any declarations shall count toward the above page limits.
Declarations, affidavits and reports from the GAL, CPS or law enforcement shall not count toward the page limit. Declarations in support of Parenting Plans shall not count toward the page limit but shall not exceed three (3) pages.
The Court Administrator maintains and administers the Title 11 and 26 Guardian Ad Litem Registry. Contact the Superior Court Administrator for appointments.
Each criminal defendant shall be required to attend all scheduled pretrial hearings, including the omnibus hearing, the 3.5/3/6 hearing and the status conference, unless excused by the court.
Every criminal case shall be set for a status conference prior to trial to determine whether a scheduled case is still on track for trial.
Motions in limine shall be filed and served at or before the date set for status conference. Motions in limine requiring extensive argument or testimony shall be heard on the date set for the pretrial hearing or by leave of the court through the Court Administrator.
The purpose of mandatory arbitration of civil actions under RCW 7.06 as implemented by the Mandatory Arbitration Rules is to provide a simplified and economical procedure for obtaining the prompt and equitable resolution of monetary disputes. The Mandatory Arbitration Rules as supplemented by these local rules are not designed to address every question which may arise during the arbitration process. The rules give considerable discretion to the arbitrator, which the arbitrator should not hesitate to exercise. Arbitration hearings should be informal and expeditious, consistent with the purpose of the statutes and rules.
A civil action, other than an appeal from a court of limited jurisdiction, is subject to arbitration under these rules if the action is at issue, if the sole relief sought is a money judgment, and if no party asserts a claim in excess of $100,000, exclusive of attorney's fees, interest and costs.
An arbitrator has the authority to:
In determining when additional discovery beyond that directly authorized by MAR 4.2 is reasonably necessary, the arbitrator shall balance the benefits of discovery against the burdens and expenses. The arbitrator shall consider the nature and complexity of the case, the amount in controversy, values at stake, the discovery that has already occurred, the burdens on the party from whom discovery is sought, and the possibility of unfair surprise which may result if discovery is restricted. Authorized discovery shall be conducted in accordance with the civil rules except that motions concerning discovery shall be determined by the arbitrator.
An arbitration hearing may be scheduled at any reasonable time and place chosen by the arbitrator. The arbitrator may grant a continuance without court order. The parties may stipulate to a continuance only with the permission of the arbitrator. The arbitrator shall give reasonable notice of the hearing date and any continuance to the Court Administrator.
In addition to the requirements of MAR 5.2, each party shall also furnish the arbitrator with copies of pleadings and other documents contained in the court file which that party deems relevant. The court file shall remain with the County Clerk.
The hearing may be recorded electronically or otherwise by any party at his or her expense.
A request by an arbitrator for an extension of time for the filing of an award under MAR 6.2 may be presented to the Presiding Judge, ex parte. The arbitrator shall give the parties notice of any extension granted.
If a case not otherwise subject to mandatory arbitration is transferred to arbitration by stipulation, the arbitrator may grant any relief which could have been granted if the case were determined by a judge.
These rules are known and cited as the Kittitas County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Rules. LMAR is the official abbreviation.
The Court Administrator, under the supervision of the Superior Court judges shall supervise arbitration under these rules and perform any additional duties which may be delegated by the judges.
Exhibit A - Note for Motion Docket
Exhibit B - Note for Trial Setting Civil
Exhibit C - Note for Trial Setting Domestic Relations
Exhibit D - Order on Restrictions
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.