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Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein created the Housing Court in November 2011 as a result of a budget-related reorganization. Most Unlawful Detainer matters are heard in Department 501, with the exception of calling of the trial calendar and requests for posting and mailing. The Court also hears all pre-trial motions involving foreclosures.
All Unlawful Detainer motions (including discovery and motions to continue trial) are heard at 9:30 a.m.,
Monday – Friday, excluding Court holidays.
Courtesy copies must be delivered to Department 501 on the date of filing by the moving party and not later than one day before the hearing by the opposing party. Failure to deliver courtesy copies may result in the matter being taken off calendar.
- The word "Discovery" must be typed on the title page of all papers related to Discovery.
- Requests for telephonic appearances shall be made pursuant to San Francisco Superior Local Rules of Court, 3-4F.
- Reserving a date prior to filing is not required; however there is a limit of five discovery motions per day. Parties must schedule and notice hearings within the time limits provided by law, e.g., CCP 1005, 1167.4, 1170.8, etc.
Ex-parte applications for stays of eviction and accompanying orders shortening time for motions to vacate judgment are heard ONLY at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays.
Unlawful Detainer-related ex-parte motions (excluding requests for stays of execution) are heard at 11 a.m. every day, EXCEPT Tuesdays.
For Law & Motion scheduling, see San Francisco Superior Court Local Rule of Court 8.
Unlawful Detainer settlement conferences are heard at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Attendance at the settlement conference by the attorney who will try the case, and each party, is mandatory. (See SFLRC 5.0 B, E)
Judge Quidachay hears all pre-trial motions inc ases where there is a claim seeking to:
- stop a foreclosure; or
- set aside a foreclosure.
Foreclosure motions are heard at 9:30 a.m., Monday - Friday, except Court holidays.
No ex-parte foreclosure matters are heard on Tuesdays
Other Useful Information
A Court Reporter will not be available in the Unlawful Detainer Law & Motion/Discovery Department. Parties may privately arrange to have a certified Official Pro Tempore Court reporter present for motion hearings. Pursuant to GC 69955, the notes of the Official Pro Tempore Reporter are the official records of the Court, and shall be maintained or delivered to the Clerk of the Court in the paper and/or electronic form after the hearing.
Presiding Judge Matters
The Presiding Judge of the Court (or person designated by the Presiding Judge) hears all applications for Waiver of Court fees("In forma Pauperis").
Department 501 is generally closed for lunch at Noon. If the morning calendar runs past Noon, the staff will recess thereafter. When this happens, a notice will be posted outside of the courtroom.
With the exception of proposed orders for motions for summary judgment/adjudication, it is recommended that parties appear at the hearing with proposed orders even if the hearing is uncontested to ensure timely processing of the order. Orders submitted after the session is over may experience a delay in processing. When submitting a proposed order after the session is over, submit an original, one copy, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. (Please refer to CRC 2.100 – 2.11 for specific details.
Unlawful Detainer Settlement Conferences
Unlawful detainer settlement conferences are held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays in Department 501. Attendance at the settlement conference who will try the case, and each party, is mandatory. (see SFLRC 5.0, E).
Contact Us, Directions
Judge Ronald Evans Quidachay
400 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA 94102