Law & Motion and Discovery

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Hearings in Law & Motion and Discovery Departments

9:00 a.m. Discovery Hearings – Counsel and parties may appear in the Discovery Department only by videoconference using Zoom (see below).

9:30 a.m. Law & Motion Hearings – Effective Monday, June 28, 2021, counsel and parties may appear in the Law & Motion Department either in person in Department 302 or by videoconference using Zoom (see below).

11:00 a.m. Ex Parte Hearings – Appearances are by CourtCall only.  Parties must contact CourtCall at 1-888-88-COURT in advance to schedule an appearance.

Counsel and parties can appear by videoconference and the public can view and/or listen to hearings, by clicking on the appropriate links below:

Discovery, Department 301 Daily at 9:00 a.m. 

Law & Motion, Department 302 Daily at 9:30 a.m.

 

If unable to join using the links above, the hearings may be joined by telephone by dialing +1 669 900 6833 and entering the meeting ID and password below.

Department 301: Meeting ID: 883 1747 5273     Passcode: 421662

Department 302: Meeting ID: 862 4684 9687     Passcode: 490158

 

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Law and Motion

For motions to be filed, the moving party should confer with all other parties before scheduling and noticing a hearing, and may then e-file and notice the hearing in accordance with Code of Civil Procedure Section 1005 or other applicable requirements.  The moving party does not need to clear the selected hearing date with or obtain a reservation number from the court/Dept. 302 before filing the motion.  The moving party must state the selected hearing date on the motion to be filed.

For all law and motion matters, the court will post tentative rulings and follow the procedures set forth in San Francisco County Superior Court Local Rule 8.3 et seq.

Ex Parte Hearings

Ex parte hearings for both law and motion and discovery matters are held daily at 11:00 a.m. by CourtCall.  No in-person appearances will be permitted.  No later than two (2) hours prior to the hearing, the moving party must efile the moving papers and attach them to an email to the opposing party/counsel addressed to [email protected] with the subject line, “Ex Parte Application.”

 

A party presenting an ex parte application in the law and motion department for a temporary restraining order, alternative writ, appointment of a receiver must schedule the hearing with the court by sending an email to [email protected] at least 24 hours in advance of the proposed hearing date.


Discovery

Discovery motions are heard on the daily 9:00 a.m. Discovery Calendar.  For discovery motions to be filed, the moving party should confer with all other parties before scheduling and noticing a hearing, and may then e-file and notice the hearing in accordance with Code of Civil Procedure Section 1005 or other applicable requirements.  The moving party does not need to clear the selected hearing date with or obtain a reservation number from the court/Dept. 302 before filing the motion.  The moving party must state the selected hearing date on the motion to be filed. 

For all discovery matters, the court will post tentative rulings and follow the procedures set forth in San Francisco County Superior Court Local Rule 8.3 et seq. All hearings will be conducted remotely by Zoom videoconference.  No in-person appearances will be permitted.

The parties need not deliver courtesy copies of their filed discovery motion papers to Department 302. After filing the discovery motion papers, they should attach copies to an email addressed to [email protected]. The subject line of the email should state the case name and number and the date of the hearing. The text of the email should include the name and contact information, including the email address of the attorney or party who will appear at the hearing.

The court does not provide official court reporters for hearings in the discovery department. Any party who wishes to supply its own court reporter must ensure that the reporter is a California-certified shorthand reporter and is capable of reporting a hearing conducted by Zoom videoconference.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF REQUESTS/CASES ARE NOT HEARD IN DEPT. 302

Request/Case Type

Correct Department

  • Trial Continuance
  • Service On Corporation By Service On Secretary of State
  • Service of Summons By Publication
  • Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem
  • Fee Waiver

 

Dept. 206, Presiding Judge

 

(Courtroom Tel: 415-551-3705)

  • Real Property cases (See Local Rule 8.10) – All law & motion requests and all ex parte requests

 

(only fully-noticed discovery motions may be noticed for the 9:00 a.m. Discovery Calendar)

 

  • Unlawful Detainer cases – All requests

 

Dept. 501, the Real Property/Housing Court

  • Extension of Time to Serve Summons and Complaint
  • Extension of Time to Respond to Complaint

 

Dept. 610, Civil Case Management

  • Order for Examination
  • Civil Pitchess Motion

 

Dept. 514

 

(Courtroom Tel: 415-551-3788)

 

Asbestos cases – All requests

CEQA cases – All requests

 

Dept. 503, Asbestos/CEQA Dept.

Probate cases– All requests

 

Probate Court

Family Law cases – All requests

 

Unified Family Court

TENTATIVE RULINGS (AND PROPOSED ORDERS SUBMITTED THEREAFTER

Tentative rulings are generally available by 3 p.m. the court day prior to the hearing, and are accessible via the Tentative Rulings website by clicking on the link titled “Law & Motion/Discovery Department 302

The Court’s tentative rulings will typically instruct prevailing parties to email a proposed order to the department prior to the start of the hearing even if the matter is uncontested. 

Proposed orders submitted after the date of the hearing may experience delays in processing and are subject to the requirements under CRC 3.1312.  If the hearing date has passed, a paper hard copy of the proposed order must be delivered directly to Dept. 302.

For orders on matters taken under submission, the parties can check the public Register of Actions via Online Services on the court’s website.  If an order has been signed, the order will be filed and scanned, and will be viewable on the Register of Actions.

STIPULATION AND PROPOSED ORDERS / DOE AMENDMENT REQUESTS

Parties must first pay any required local fees electronically and then must deliver a paper hard copy of their submission directly to the department for the request to be reviewed and considered. 

The local form for a Doe Amendment request can be accessed here.

REQUESTS TO CONTINUE HEARINGS / TAKE HEARINGS OFF CALENDAR.

Per Local Rule 8.2B, a request that a motion be taken off calendar or that a hearing be continued to a later date must be made by email, with a copy to all other parties to [email protected]. The request must include the name of the party making the request, the name of the person making the request on behalf of the party, the case number, and the current date of the hearing. If the request is to continue the motion to a later date, the request must state that all parties affected by the motion have agreed to the new date. If a party requesting that a motion be taken off calendar or that a hearing be continued to a later date does not have email access, the party may, in lieu of email, provide all of the foregoing information in a letter personally delivered to the Law & Motion department. No continuances will be granted on the date set for hearing except upon a personal appearance and a showing of good cause in writing. The judge hearing the matter has discretion concerning continuances, including the right to deny continuances, to rule, or to take the matter off calendar at any time despite the agreement of parties to the contrary. Matters cannot be taken off calendar after noon the Court day before the hearing.

E-FILING TRANSACTION QUESTIONS

Questions regarding pending or rejected efiling transactions should be directed to the Civil Clerk’s Office’s E-Filing Division at [email protected] as that is the division that directly reviews and either accepts or rejects all efiling transactions.