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Case Calendar

  • Notice to Attorneys Regarding Trial Call Hours

    Trials calendared in the Master Calendar Department (Department of the Presiding Judge, Room 206, Civic Center Courthouse) is called as follows:

    • LIMITED and UNLIMITED JURISDICTION trials on Mondays at 9:30 a.m.
  • Calendars
    • Master Calendar (trial assignments)
      9:30 a.m. Monday (and subsequent days as necessary)
    • Motion Calendars (motions to continue, advance, specially set, etc.)
      9:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday (except if Monday is a holiday, you may not calendar until Thursday)
    • Ex Parte Calendar (orders shortening time, etc.)
      11 a.m. Tuesday – Friday
    • Note: Guardian Ad Litem applications and non-housing related applications for service by publication are for Ex Parte drop off only. 

Please remember the Court has no Motion Calendar or Ex Parte Calendar on Tuesday when Monday is a Court holiday.

There are no tentative decisions in Department 206.

**Note About Electronic Equipment in Trial Departments**

With the exception of a 6-feet-by-6-feet white screen available in all trial departments, parties must provide ALL other electronic equipment, including extension cords, projectors, laptops, etc.

New Trial Order for department 206

All parties are ordered to call (415) 551-3685 or email the court at [email protected] seven to 14 days before the trial date and provide the following information: 

  1. Party Name and Attorney Name (if represented)
  2. Case Name and Number
  3. Trial date and estimate of total trial time (including motions in limine and jury selection)
  4. Are you interested in a settlement conference on the day of trial?
  5. Provide a brief description of the case, including damages. If calling, description is limited to three minutes or less. 
  6. If the case has settled, is this a global settlement as to all parties and all causes of action, and is the settlement conditional or unconditional?

Parties must appear on the day of trial unless a Notice of Dismissal, Settlement, or Stay is filed with courtesy copies delivered to Department 206 by 4 p.m. on the Thursday before trial. If the trial date is continued, this requirement applies to the new trial date. Failure to comply may result in monetary sanctions, C.C.P. 177.5.


The Court believes in supporting the development of our next generation of trial attorneys. To that end, the Court encourages parties and senior attorneys to allow newer practitioners in Civil actions the opportunity to participate in court, either by arguing motions or examining witnesses at trial.

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In view of the Jameson v. Desta decision: 

Fee waiver recipients who desire a verbatim record of a trial court proceeding must notify the court in writing by filing a notice, a request or other form of written notification. The notice/request must be received within the following time perimeters:

  • Unlawful Detainer Matters – 5 days before the trial court proceeding
  • Civil and Probate – 2 weeks before the trial court proceeding

Failure to make the request within the time perimeters listed above may result in the courts inability to honor your request in a timely manner, on the day of your hearing.