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The trial date will be set by the case management judge at a Trial Setting Conference or other conference. If the time estimated for trial is more than one day, a Mandatory Settlement Conference will be scheduled to take place during the week before the trial date.


(1) If a Mandatory Settlement Conference has been scheduled, the court will send written notice of the time, date, and department. No later than five court days before the date set for the settlement conference, each party must file with the court and serve on each party a Settlement Conference Statement not to exceed five pages, excluding exhibits. Each party shall file and serve a statement indicating whether they will arrange for the presence of a private certified shorthand reporter to serve as the official pro tempore reporter at trial, or, if eligible, whether they request the presence of an official court reporter, under Rules of Court, Rule 2.956 and the court's policy regarding Privately Retained Court Reporters. This statement may be included in the party's Settlement Conference Statement or, if the statement is filed separately, must be filed and served no later than the time for filing a Settlement Conference Statement.

(Effective 1/1/2022)

(2) The conference will be supervised by a judge, temporary judge, or settlement attorney. Lead counsel, parties and persons with full authority to settle the case must personally attend unless excused by the Court.

(Effective 1/1/2022)

(3) If insurance coverage is available to satisfy plaintiff's settlement demand and a representative of defendant's insurer with full settlement authority attends the mandatory settlement conference with defendant's lead counsel, named defendants need not attend unless their personal consent is necessary to settle the case. Named defendants must also personally attend the mandatory settlement conference when (1) there is an insurance coverage dispute; (2) plaintiff seeks to recover damages not covered by insurance; or (3) plaintiff's demand exceeds insurance policy limits.

(Effective 1/1/2022)


Before the date set for trial, the Court will advise the parties by telephone if the case is assigned to a trial judge or placed on standby.


Unless the case was settled at the Mandatory Settlement Conference or dismissed in full prior thereto, or unless otherwise ordered by the Court, the following items must be filed, with courtesy paper copies delivered to the department of the trial judge or with Court Services if no trial judge has yet been assigned, and served on all other parties by noon on the last court day before the date set for trial:

(Effective 1/1/2020)

(1) all in limine motions;

(2) exhibit lists, except impeachment exhibits;

(3) witness lists, except impeachment witnesses, and unusual scheduling problems;

(4) jury instruction requests, except for instructions that cannot reasonably be anticipated prior to trial;

(5) proposed special verdicts;

(6) any stipulations on factual or legal issues;

(7) a concise, non-argumentative statement of the case to be read to the jury in jury trials;

(8) trial briefs;

(9) trial exhibits may not be filed, but must be lodged with the trial department when known.

(Effective 1/1/2020)


Trial counsel must appear in the department assigned for trial at 8:45 am on the date set for trial, unless otherwise instructed by the Court’s calendar secretary.

(Effective 7/1/2002)


Motions made after a jury or court trial, and related to that trial (e.g., and without limitation, motions for new trial, for attorney fees, to tax costs, for reconsideration, to set aside or modify a judgment, or for a settled statement) shall presumptively be set for hearing and heard in the department of the trial judge, unless the Supervising Judge of the Civil Division or designee orders otherwise. This rule also applies to dispositive hearings or motions in petitions for writ of mandate. One exception is for proceedings for enforcement of judgment; such proceedings shall presumptively be set for hearing in the department of the pretrial judge, unless the Supervising Judge of the Civil Division or designee orders otherwise.

(Effective 1/1/2021)


(1) The provisions of Rule 9A through E do not apply to expedited jury trials conducted pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) § 630.01 (voluntary expedited jury trials) or pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 630.20 (mandatory expedited jury trials), except as specified in the CRC or the consent order or as ordered by the trial judicial officer.

(2) In cases that are subject to mandatory expedited jury trials, the parties must comply with CRC 3.1546. Parties desiring to participate in an voluntary expedited jury trial may submit to the case management judge at any pretrial Case Management Conference, but no later than the Trial Setting Conference, or as provided in CRC 3.1547, a proposed consent order fully compliant with CCP § 630.03(e).   (See attached form CV-5056). If no Case Management Conference is scheduled, the parties may submit a stipulated proposed consent order ex parte or by motion.  The case  management  judge,  if  adopting  the  proposed  consent order,  will  set  a  pretrial  conference  pursuant  to  CRC 3.1548(f) in the department of the trial judicial officer.

(3) The pretrial exchange required by CRC 3.1548(b) must be served no later than 10 days before the pretrial conference. The service of the supplemental exchange required by CRC 3.1548(c), the filing required by CRC 3.1548(d), and the exchange of items required by CRC 3.1551(b), must take place no later than five days before the pretrial conference.

(Effective 1/1/2020)


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