Ex Parte Orders

Emergency Ex Parte Rule:  20-11 Emergency Ex Parte Rule

Clark County Superior Court does not have a formal ex parte docket. A judge is assigned daily to review and sign ex parte orders at 1:00 p.m. Check with the Clerk's Office to verify which judge is assigned. If you wish to pre-arrange a time for presentation of an ex parte order, you may contact the Judge's office to learn when the Judge will be available.

The County Clerk's Office will present ex parte orders on your behalf. You may mail the proposed order to the County Clerk, along with copies for conforming, a self-addressed stamped envelope, and a law firm check for $30. One to three orders may be presented for the $30 fee. These orders do not have to pertain to the same case. We will present the order and return your conformed copies to you.

You may choose to leave the unsigned ex parte Order for Fee Waivers and Restraining Orders with the Clerk's Office and come back at 1:00 p.m. of the same day. The cutoff time is 11:00 a.m. If you have a Restraining Order signed, it is necessary to complete a law enforcement information sheet in order for the order to be entered into the statewide law enforcement computer system.

If a final parenting plan will be presented on the daily Ex Parte docket, the attorney is required to advise the Clerk’s Office staff at the civil counter or contact the Clerk’s office at exparte@clark.wa.gov by 11:00 a.m. the day of presentation. To ensure that your e-mail is not blocked by our spam filters, you must include "exparte" "ex parte" or "Ex Parte" in the subject line or the body of the message. The message will not be received if this information is not in the subject line or body of the message. The minimum information required is the case number for a case type 3. For a case type 5 you should include the case number and the date of birth for each of the parties. Final parenting plans presented for signature without this prior notification will NOT be signed by the judicial officer.

Since September 2, 2014, all Orders signed in court or on ex-parte will be retained by the clerk.  Orders will not be allowed to leave the courtroom.  The Clerk's Office will strive to process Orders as quickly as possible.

Please note that pro se litigants cannot present final orders on dissolution cases ex-parte, they must be placed on the appropriate calendar.