Sacramento Superior Court has two courtrooms, Departments 53 and 54, that hear law and motion matters and ex parte requests. A motion is an oral or written request made by a party requesting a ruling or order on a particular point. An ex parte request is a judicial proceeding performed for one party of the action.
The law and motion departments have a tentative ruling system where the judge renders a decision the work day before the scheduled hearing date. The tentative ruling is placed on the court's electronic bulletin board and recorded message phone for access by the public. Parties objecting to the court's tentative ruling may request oral argument by advising the court, opposing parties and counsel of their intent to appear at the hearing. If oral argument is not requested, the tentative ruling becomes the final ruling of the court.