We call an emergency order "ex parte." This means the judge signs the order without you having to give other party notice that you are going to the judge to ask for an emergency order.
Though notice is optional, Cowlitz judges prefer that you tell the other party that you are getting an ex parte order before going to the courthouse. It is recommended to call first and then, if possible, follow up with the notice in writing.
To get an ex parte order, you must do all of these:
- Fill out the forms.
- Make sure your case is already filed so you have a case number. (You can file it the same morning.)
- Go to the ex parte docket with your motion, order, and, if you are asking for restraining orders, two copies of a law enforcement information sheet. The court has an ex parte docket every afternoon. (The start time is different each day.) Call the Superior Court Clerk's office to get the start time. You can learn more about getting ex parte orders in the subtopics under family at WashingtonLawHelp.org.
You should go to the ex parte docket early to make sure the judge hears your case. If you have an emergency that cannot wait until the next ex parte docket, you must submit your paperwork by 10 a.m. for a decision by 3 p.m. that day.
If you want a conformed copy that day, it will cost $30 (except for Protection Orders).
- You do not have to see the facilitator before asking for an ex parte order.