Tips for Filing Family Law Motions in Pierce County
The local rules of each county dictate the deadlines and procedures that must be followed to successfully schedule a family law motion - here are some important tips...
Deadlines-Filing and ServiceIn Pierce County the local rule governing family law proceedings is Pierce County Local Rule Special Proceeding Rule (PCLRSPR) 94.04. PCLRSPR 94.04(c)(3) states that family law motions (including all supporting documentation) need to be served on all counsel and/or self-represented parties at least 14 CALENDAR days before the hearing and all responsive documents must be filed with the Clerk and copies served on all parties and attorney(s) no later than 12:00 pm (noon) 4 COURT days prior to the hearing time, finally any strict reply documents must be filed and served no later than 12:00 pm (noon) 2 COURT days prior to the hearing.
Commissioner's Services: Working Copies and Confirmation of HearingsWorking Copies are copies of the same materials that you filed with the Court Clerk, however they are filed with the Commissioner's Services Department. They allow the Commissioner to read your materials in advance of the hearing. PCLRSPR 94.04 (c)(4) states that working copies are due at the Commissioner's Services Department no later than 12:00 pm (noon) 2 COURT days prior to the hearing. The hearing must also be confirmed by the moving party no later than 12:00 pm (noon) 2 COURT days prior to the hearing (PCLRSPR 94.04(c)(6)).
E-filingPierce County has an online filing system called LINX. A login code and pin number can be issued by the Court Clerk to enable parties to a case to efile documents including necessary forms such as a Note for Commissioner's Calendar.