Overview of Which Departments Hear Civil Matters

Limited and Unlimited Civil actions excluding Small Claims and Limited Civil Unlawful Detainer cases are heard as outlined below.

The Presiding Judge hears all motions for consolidation, severance, bifurcation, intervention, pretrial conference, coordination, change of venue, consolidation, or to advance or continue trial on UNLIMITED and LIMITED cases.

In Writ of Mandate cases and cases in which a judge has been assigned for all purposes, all motions will be heard in the department of the assigned judge.

The trial judge is responsible for hearing motions in limine, motions for new trial or to set aside and vacate a judgment pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 663, motions to stay judgments, motions to tax costs after trial, and proceedings to settle any statement on appeal.

The CMP judges in departments 31 and 43 hear all cases assigned to the Case Management Program for pre-trial monitoring. Motions regarding judicial arbitration, redesignation of a case, for extension of time to answer a complaint, for relief from CMP rules, or any motion pertaining to the certificate for short cause matters are heard in the CMP departments.

If a judge has been assigned for all purposes, all motions will be heard in that department.

Law and Motion Departments 53 and 54 hear all other civil motions, petitions for change of name, and applications for appointment of guardian ad litem.

Department Hours and Locations

  • Presiding Judge
    • 720 9th Street, 6th Floor
    • 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Law and Motion Department 53
    • 813 6th Street, 2nd Floor
    • 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Law and Motion Department 54
    • 813 6th Street, 2nd Floor
    • 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Trial Departments
  • CMP Department 31
    • 720 9th Street, 4th Floor
    • 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • CMP Department 43
    • 720 9th Street, 6th Floor
    • 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

When Motions and Hearings are Set

Motions, excluding ex parte motions, are set at various times and days. Hearings set in trial departments and in departments where a judge has been assigned for all purposes must be arranged directly with that department. Motions set in the Presiding Judge's department, CMP motions, and motions set in the Law and Motion departments should be set according to the following table:

  • Presiding Judge - Department 47
    • Tuesday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. except the 2nd Thursday of each month.
  • CMP Motions - Department 31 and Department 43
    • Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
  • Law and Motion Department 53
    • Tuesday through Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
  • Law and Motion Department 54
    • Tuesday through Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Filing Instructions

Motions heard in the Presiding Judge may be filed or dropped off on the first floor at 720 9th Street in Room 102, or may be submitted by mail.

Motions heard in the Law and Motion departments (Department 53 or Department 54) may be filed at the Hall of Justice Building, 813 6th Street, second floor or in the Civil Law and Motion Drop Box located in the Public Service Lobby on the first floor, or may be submitted by mail.

Motions heard by a judge assigned for all purposes or those heard by the trial judge are filed directly in the appropriate department and fees are paid at the Civil Filing Windows at 720 9th Street, Room 102.

All other motions may be submitted by mail or dropped off at the drop boxes in Room 102, on the first floor at 720 9th Street.

Alternatives to Appearing at a Hearing

Pursuant to Local Rule 2.04, a party shall have the option of appearing by telephone.

In addition, the Court offers the tentative ruling system for the CMP departments by tentative ruling, department of the Presiding Judge, Law and Motion departments, or any other department regarding a civil action or proceeding not involving oral testimony.