Motions Court Information

Recent Motions Court News:

  • Judge Costanzo is not holding criminal or juvenile motions court on Tuesday, June 7, or Thursday, June 9, 2022.
  • Judge Pettit is not holding family motions court on Tuesday, June 7, or Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

Motions Court

Information concerning motions is set forth on this page. All motions regarding an assigned case should be presented to the assigned judge, or that judge’s posted alternative. The procedure for motions in an unassigned case is addressed on this page.

In all cases, the following requirements apply for a presented motion:

  • Notice to the opposing party of five business days; and
  • A copy of the motion must be provided to the judge’s chambers at least twenty four hours in advance.

Civil Court

Motions in unassigned civil cases are to be presented to the civil Judge of the Term, in accordance with the Judge of Term’s motion schedule. Judge Michael J. Lucas is the Judge of Term the 1st through the 15th of the month, and Judge Gary M. Gilman is the Judge of Term from the 16th through the end of the month. Please note that separate procedures apply for consented and unconsented motions; in some instances, consented motions may be dropped off in the judge’s chambers.

Judge Michael J. Lucas
Motions Court is held in person on Monday at 1:15 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8:45 a.m., in Courtroom #6. Motions should be signed up by noon (12:00 p.m.) the business day prior to scheduled presentation. Motions sign-up may be accomplished in-person, by mail, or by e-mail. If a motion is submitted by mail or e-mail, the original motion should be filed with the Prothonotary and a copy should be submitted to Judge Lucas' office.

Judge Gary M. Gilman
Motions Court is held in person Tuesday through Friday at 9:15 a.m. in Courtroom #1. A copy of any motion for Judge Gilman's consideration, whether contested or uncontested, shall be forwarded to and received by his office before noon (12:00 p.m.) the business day prior to scheduled presentation.

Criminal Court

Motions in unassigned cases are to be heard in accordance with Administrative Regulation 2022-1 (PDF). If your type of motion is not addressed in the Administrative Regulation, and is not assigned, you must contact Court Administration at 724-228-6797 for a judicial assignment.

President Judge John F. DiSalle
Motions submitted to Judge DiSalle shall be handled remotely via email, fax, or mail to chambers. The filing party must notify all necessary parties that a motion is being filed and if motion is contested. Contested motions shall include a scheduling order. Motions for Modification of Bail or Release from Probation must be circulated first to Probation/Pretrial Services & DA’s Office for acknowledgement of objection or consent.

Judge Brandon P. Neuman
Motions Court for assigned cases is held in person on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. in Courtroom #4. Parties are expected to sign up motions in advance.

Judge Valarie Costanzo
Motions Court for assigned cases is held in person on Tuesday and Thursday at 9:15 a.m., in Courtroom #3. Parties should review the Standard Operating Procedures for Judge Costanzo's courtroom.

Judge Gary M. Gilman
Motions Court is held in person Tuesday through Friday at 9:15 a.m. in Courtroom #1. A copy of any motion for Judge Gilman's consideration, whether contested or uncontested, shall be forwarded to and received by his office before noon (12:00 p.m.) the business day prior to scheduled presentation.

Domestic Relations and Family Court (Custody, Divorce, and Support)

Judge Jesse D. Pettit
Motions in assigned cases are heard in person on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:15 a.m., in Courtroom #7. Parties should review the Standard Operating Procedures for Judge Pettit's courtroom.

If you notice a motion for Tuesday, you must provide a copy to Judge Pettit's chambers and sign up for Motions Court by the Friday before at noon (12:00 p.m.). If you notice a motion for Wednesday, you must provide a copy to Judge Pettit's chambers and sign up for Motions Court by the Monday before at noon (12:00 p.m.).

Notice regarding Child Support Motions:
Any Motion in a Child Support case involving interstate parties or the Department of Public Welfare must also be served on the Washington County Title IV-D Attorney at:

Title IV-D Attorney
Washington County Domestic Relations Section
29 W Cherry Ave # 311
Washington, PA 15301

Juvenile Court (Dependency and Delinquency)

Judge Traci L. McDonald
Until further notice, contested motions will be heard by telephone and should be scheduled by contacting chambers. The filing party must notify all necessary parties and the court via e-mail that a motion is being filed. The Court will reply by e-mail with a date and time. Proof of consent must accompany all consent motions.

Argument on motions will be scheduled to be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All motions must be e-mailed to: billie.jo.pustovrh@washingtoncourts.us and court.crier.mcdonald@washingtoncourts.us

Judge Valarie Costanzo
Motions Court for assigned cases is held in person on Tuesday and Thursday at 9:15 a.m., in Courtroom #3. Parties should review the Standard Operating Procedures for Judge Costanzo's courtroom.

Orphan's Court

An advance copy of any motion shall be sent to:

Attention Audit and Guardianship Clerk
1 S Main Street
Suite 1003
Washington, PA 15301

President Judge John F. DiSalle
Motions submitted to Judge DiSalle shall be handled remotely via email, fax, or mail to chambers. The filing party must notify all necessary parties that a motion is being filed and if motion is contested. Contested motions shall include a scheduling order.

Judge Michael J. Lucas
Motions Court is held in person on Monday at 1:15 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8:45 a.m., in Courtroom #6. Motions should be signed up by noon (12:00 p.m.) the business day prior to scheduled presentation. Motions sign-up may be accomplished in-person, by mail, or by e-mail. If a motion is submitted by mail or e-mail, the original motion should be filed with the Prothonotary and a copy should be submitted to Judge Lucas' office.