Direct Calendaring

Court Reporters - New Information
NOTICE OF NONAVAILABILITY OF COURT REPORTERS: Effective June 4, 2012, the court will not provide a court reporter for civil law and motion hearings, any other hearing or trial in civil departments, or any afternoon hearing in Department 201 (probate). Parties may arrange and pay for the attendance of a certified shorthand reporter.

Amended Local Rule 3.95 states: 'Except as otherwise required by law, in general civil case and probate departments, the services of an official court reporter are not normally available. For civil trials, each party must serve and file a statement before the trial date indicating whether the party requests the presence of an official court reporter.'

Department Information
General ProceduresCounsel are expected to be familiar and comply with the Statement of Professionalism and Civilty, Alameda County Bar Association (link at bottom of page). Email is the preferred method of communicating with court staff in Dept. 18, particularly for scheduling hearings. Telephone communications are possible, but use of email will greatly facilitate a prompt response to your inquiries. When a copy of a document must be transmitted to court staff, it should be hand-delivered to Dept. 18. PDFs should not be emailed to the Court without prior permission; as such attachments can disable the Court's email in-box. Further, the use of an email attachment is not a substitute for filing of pleadings or other documents. All email communications should be copied to all parties for whom an email address is available, so inclusion of available email addresses in the caption of all filed papers, as required by CRC 2.111(1) is critical.
Schedule InformationAnyone seeking to schedule a hearing must first "meet and confer" with counsel regarding proposed dates then contact Dept. 18 via email with copies to all counsel.
Trial ScheduleUnless otherwise advised, both court and jury trials are Monday through Thursday from 9:30AM through 4:30PM. Cases may trail a trial in progress.
CMC ScheduleM, T and Th at 9AM. Timely filed and completed Case Management Conference Statements, along with courtesy copies delivered directly to Dept. 18 are required and may eliminate the need for a hearing. Please check your case on DOMAINweb for the TCMO.
L&M ScheduleWednesday & Fridays at 9AM. Email D-18 for reservations with case name, number, title, who you represent, & dates for reservation. Courtesy copies are to be submitted directly to Dept. 18 (HARD COPY ONLY).
Settlement Conference
as scheduled by the Judge. Court resources are limited, and counsel should consider other ADR alternatives. Conferences will be specially set when deemed appropriate.
ExParte ScheduleThe Court prefers to resolve ex parte applications on the papers only. If a matter is time sensitive, opposition is expected, and/or personal appearances are otherwise warranted, the parties may request a time for appearance via email.
Special Motion and/or
Other Department Information
Counsel should consider and recommend creative, efficient approaches to valuing and resolving their case (CRC 3.724). Potential discovery and other problems should be anticipated and discussed. No discovery motion shall be filed without prior serious efforts to resolve it. Limited hearings are available for summary judgments, preliminary injunctions and other time-sensitive motions.
L&M Reservations,
Ex Parte, Other InformationFor more information or any other questions please email dept. 18.