A few tips for dealing with motions hearings in Snohomish County, Washington--part 1
Are there page limits?YES, and the Court is pretty good about enforcing this requirement. Declarations accompanying motions for temporary orders are limited to 25 pages (including. Response declarations are limited to 25 pages (including supporting declarations). Reply declarations are limited to 5 pages total (including supporting declarations). You may exceed allow page limits ONLY if you get pre-authorization for it from the Court--not an easy task.
Do I have to confirm my motions hearing?Unless the Court has already advised you that the Court will confirm your hearing for you, you must confirm your own hearing or the matter simply won't be heard on the date and time you schedule it and the Commissioner will not even review the paperwork you submitted. Check the Snohomish County Local Court Rules for the applicable deadline to confirm.
What's a "working copy"?In addition to filing your motion and serving the other side, you also have to be sure that the Court Commissioner that is hearing your matter is delivered a copy of whatever you're filing and serving. This copy is called a "working copy" and is what the Court reviews prior to the hearing. Working copies are required and if you don't submit a working copy, the Commissioner may not review whatever you filed/served in advance of the hearing and you could be severely prejudiced at the hearing.