Is that normal to wait such a time?
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You still need to comply with the Rules of Appellate Procedure (RAPs) even if you do not have notices from the trial court or appellate court with a case number, so still need to designate your Clerks Papers, make arrangements for preparation of a Verbatim Report of Proceeding and pay for its preparation, (if the transcript is important to the appellate issues). So I suggest you prepare the "Designation of Clerk's Papers " and "Statement of Arrangements" and call the Court Clerk at Division One and see if they have assigned a case number and can tell you over the phone. Their staff is extremely helpful, and if you explain why you need it, and they have a case number assigned, they will tell you over the phone. If they don't, file the Designation of CPs and Statement of Arrangements noting that the appellate case number has not yet been assigned -- but do file them. And read the RAPs re specifics of where to file them. (Division One covers several Northern Washington Counties, including King, and so has more cases than any of the other Divisions and can sometimes be a bit slow on perfection notices..)
Each division is different in how it handles this. Division One, which covers King County, does not always send out a perfection notice within 30 days. You should call the Court (Division One) and ask them if they have assigned a case number. They probably have, even if they haven't sent it to you.
The designation of clerk's papers must be filed within 30 days of the date you filed your notice of appeal. The statement of arrangements must also be filed within the same timeframe.
If the court can't give you a case number, explain your situation and ask them to extend the deadlines. If they won't extend, file your designation of clerk's papers and statement of arrangements on time without a case number, to show that you were not delaying. You can file them again after you do get a case number.