As a general rule, public health cases are conducted in the same manner as other proceedings in superior court. That is, all court rules, including those of administration, evidence, trial procedure, and appellate procedure, apply to public health cases.
While some public health cases will present unique factual scenarios and practical exigencies, the court rules make no specific procedural exceptions for cases involving public health emergencies. In such cases, the court should utilize routine procedures for resolving and/or expediting urgent matters on their dockets subject to any statutes or rules specific to public health cases. For example, pursuant to WAC 246-100-040, the court may enter an order authorizing isolation or quarantine as a result of an ex parte hearing if specified requirements are met. See infra § 5.31.B.1.d.