Civil

Effective March 1, 2021 all petitions for Change of Name, Change of Name, Recognition of Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate and Recognition of Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate are to be filed in the Lodi Branch. Matters currently scheduled in Dept. 3A for March 5th and 12th will be heard in Stockton.

For Lodi Court contact information, click here.

For Manteca Court contact information, click here.

For information regarding the hours and services provided by the Pro Per Clinic, click here.

Direct Calendaring of Civil Cases

Per Local Rule 3-101, Civil cases are assigned to a judicial officer for all purposes at the time of filing the action. Direct calendaring rules shall not be construed to interfere with the Presiding Judge’s authority to assign or reassign cases. At the time of the initial filing of any case, the Clerk’s office shall generate a Notice of Case Assignment and Notice of Hearing identifying the judicial officer who is assigned for all purposes including trial. A copy of this notice must be included with the service of the Complaint, Summons and ADR information upon all named defendants. “This case has been assigned to Judge ______________ in Department _____ for all purposes including trial.”

Calendar and Judicial Assignment

All Hearings are to be held remotely unless otherwise directed by the Judge/Department. See below for instructions on remote attendance at hearings. Each Judge/Department has different requirements for attendance at Mandatory Settlement Conferences. See below for instructions. The Court has resumed Civil Jury Trials.

Notice of How to Appear Remotely

To attend the remote hearing: Call into (209) 992-5590, then follow the prompts and use the Bridge # and Pin # for the Department where your case is to be heard:
Dept. 10A (Judge Abdallah): Bridge #: 6938; Pin # 3784
Dept. 10B (Judge Holly): Bridge # 6939; Pin # 3892
Dept. 10C (Judge Lee): Bridge # 6937; Pin # 6822
Dept. 10D (Judge Kronlund): Bridge # 6940; Pin # 3782
Dept. 11B (Judge Ross)(Judge Waters effective 3/1/2021): Bridge # 6941; Pin # 5564

For Case Management Conferences and Further Case Management Conferences: The courtroom clerk will make announcements and the Judge will call the calendar. Please mute your phones when they are not speaking, and remember to unmute your phone when you are speaking.

Law and Motion

Motions are heard Tuesdays through Fridays (except when Tuesday is the first court day of the week) at 9:00AM. When submitting the moving papers for filing, please have at least five (5) dates (within the proper time provisions) for the clerk to check for availability. Proof of service must be on file with the Superior Court Clerk’s office prior to the scheduled hearing. Motions are heard remotely unless otherwise directed by the Judge/Department.

Court Assignment Table

Click on “Judicial Assignments” under the General Info tab on the court’s website to view the current scheduling information for Civil Departments.

Courtesy Copies: Local Rule 3-117 requires courtesy copies are required for all substantive motions, all trial documents, and additionally on a case-by-case basis per Judge’s request. The courtesy copies should be delivered directly to the Drop Box on the 1st floor. Failure to provide courtesy copies as directed in the Court’s Local Rules may result in your matter being continued on the Court’s own motion to allow you time to provide courtesy copies, the imposition of monetary sanctions, and or any other sanctions allowed by law for violation of a Court’s Local Rules. CCP Sections 128, 575.1.

Please note: All Civil Petitions to Approve Compromise of Minor will be heard by the Probate Judge (currently Judge Humphreys in Department 11A) on Mondays only. Any hearing will be scheduled pursuant to CRC, Rule 7.950 et seq.

Tentative Rulings

San Joaquin County Superior Court, Stockton Branch, utilizes the tentative ruling system for law and motion matters. The tentative ruling process does not include unlawful detainers (evictions).

For Law and Motion Matters: Tentative rulings for Law and Motion will be posted electronically by 1:30 p.m. the day before the hearing. To view a tentative ruling, visit the Tentative Rulings page, click on the Tentative Ruling button and follow the prompts. Any party wishing to contest or argue the tentative ruling must email the court at civilcourtclerks@sjcourts.org that they intend to appear remotely no later than 4:00 PM on the day before the scheduled hearing. The Department, Case Number, Case Name, and party’s name must be in the header of the email. The email must include the Department, Case Number, Case Name, Motion, party’s name, and email, date and time of the hearing, issues they plan to argue, and that they have informed the opposing party. The party must also notify affected counsel, or unrepresented parties that they intend to appear, no later than 4:00 PM on the day before the scheduled hearing. Unless the Court and opposing counsel have been notified, the tentative ruling shall become the ruling of the Court without oral argument.

At this time, we are not able to provide information over the phone. To communicate with the Courtroom Clerk of the Civil department to which your case is assigned, please email questions to civilcourtclerks@sjcourts.org, indicating in the title of the email the Department, Case Number, Case Name, and party’s name. The Courtroom Clerk assigned to the department handling your case will return your email.

To ensure the Court has your most recent contact information, if you have not already done so, please register your email address and mobile number on the Court’s website under Online Services, Attorney Registration. Non-Attorneys may also register for Hearing Notifications under Online Services on the Court’s website.

Ex Parte Matters

Any party wishing to schedule an Ex Parte matter must first contact the appropriate civil courtroom for approval before filing documents in the clerk’s office. This process does not include unlawful detainers (evictions).

Mandatory Settlement Conferences:
Dept. 10C (Judge Lee) and Dept. 10D (Judge Kronlund) require trial counsel, parties, and persons with full authority to settle the case to personally attend the conference, unless excused by the Judge for good cause. For Dept. 11B (Judge Ross, Judge Waters effective 3/1/2021), Dept. 10A (Judge Abdallah), Dept. 10B (Judge Holly), please contact the courtroom clerk/Department.
All of the Civil judges of the Court thank you for your cooperation, assistance, patience, and flexibility as we maneuver around the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions

Court Assignment Table

Click on Civil Court Schedule to view the current scheduling information for civil cases.

Telephone Appearances Information

Unless otherwise ordered, parties may appear by telephone at case management conferences, law and motion hearings, and fast track (OSC’s) hearings. If you want to appear by telephone you must do so by following the instructions provided in the Notice of How to Appear Remotely above. Counsel, or self-represented parties, wishing to appear by telephone, must be available at the designated date and time of the hearing and remain available until their matter is heard.

Requests to Appear Telephonically in Civil Cases Heard in Departments 3A, 3D, L2 and M2

Requests to appear telephonically for Civil hearings in the above departments may be made by the timely submission of local form SJCV-1 Request for Telephonic Appearance for the court’s consideration. This form is solely for Civil case types. Please refer to Family Law, Probate and other case types for the specific requirements to appear by telephone in those cases.