Tentative Rulings

Tentative Rulings are posted for the Case Management, Child Support and Civil Law & Motion Calendars


Tentative Rulings are proposed as orders to be issued at the hearing and are posted in advance for the convenience of the parties and their counsel. Any party objecting to the tentative ruling should promptly notify the opposing party of the substance of the objection with sufficient time to allow all parties, or their attorneys of record, to appear in person or by telephone at the scheduled hearing. Absent objection, the Court routinely adopts the tentative ruling as posted. Failures to appear, absent an order to appear, are deemed consent to the tentative ruling.

Effective 01/01/2018, all parties appearing on the civil Law & Motion calendar shall utilize the tentative ruling system.  The Court will require strict compliance beginning 02/02/2018.  Tentative rulings are available by 2:00 p.m. on the court day preceding the scheduled hearing and can be accessed either through the court's website or by telephoning 209-754-6285.  The tentative ruling shall become the ruling of the court, unless a party desiring to be heard so advises the Court no later than 4:00 p.m. on the court day preceding the hearing, including advising that all other sides have been notified of the intention to appear by calling 209-754-6285 or 209-754-9800. 

Where appearance has been requested or invited by the Court, all argument and evidence is limited pursuant to Local Rule 3.3. 

All matters noticed for the Law & Motion calendar shall include the following language in the notice:

Pursuant to Local Rule 3.3.7, the Court will make a tentative ruling on the merits of this matter by 2:00 p.m. the court day before the hearing.  The complete text of the tentative ruling may be accessed on the Court's website or by calling 209-754-6285, and listening to the recorded tentative ruling.  If you do not call all other parties and the Court by 4:00 p.m. the court day preceding the hearing, no hearing will be held and the tentative ruling shall become the order of the court. 

Failure to include this language in the notice may be a basis for the Court to deny the motion.  (As amended, eff. 01/01/18.)