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Motion calendar schedule
- Department 7 hears Civil motions on Tuesdays at 8:45 a.m. and Criminal matters on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:45 a.m.
Regular chambers calendar
- Department 7 does not have a regular chambers calendar. All matters are required to be set on the Department's regular motion calendar.
Telephonic appearance request
- Department 7 allows telephonic appearances via Court Call only in matters not requiring significant oral argument. Counsel must arrange appearance via Court Call prior to their scheduled appearance.
- Department 7 does grant unopposed motions in advance. Counsel will be contacted if their matter has been decided on the pleadings.
Default judgment prove-ups
- All Default Judgments for a total award of less than $50,000 may be submitted to chambers pursuant to EDCR 2.70. Default Judgments for a total award of $50,000 or more must be set on the Department´s regular motion calendar for a prove up hearing. Counsel must submit a copy of the Complaint, Summons, Affidavit of Service and/or Affidavit of Due Diligence, Application for Default Judgment, Three Day Notice of Default, Default, Affidavit in Support of Default and Memorandum of Costs prior to the hearing. Additionally, a prove-up hearing is required in any case where damages are not clearly established by documentation; such as pain and suffering or punitive damages.
Submission of Orders
- Department 7 requires proposed orders to be submitted to chambers within ten (10) days of notification of the ruling, pursuant to EDCR 7.21. Counsel designated to prepare the order is required to provide a draft to opposing counsel(s), allowing for a reasonable opportunity for review and comment. Non-drafting counsel is required to sign the order prior to submission. Disputes may be resolved by setting a hearing on the Department's regular motion calendar. Disputes will not be resolved through correspondence.
- In District Court Department VII, if counsel cannot agree on an order, if counsel, as a courtesy to opposing counsel, or if directed by the court at the time of hearing, provides a draft of the order to opposing counsel for review, and said counsel refuses to agree on the language of the order, then counsel obtaining the order should, within the time provided by EDCR 7.21, nonetheless submit the order to the Court, together with a cover letter explaining that opposing counsel has refused to agree to the proposed language and, if known, the reasons therefor.
- In District Court Department VII, The counsel obtaining the order should comply with EDCR 7.21.
- Department 7 does not generally use the “Arizona Method” of jury selection. After general questions are asked of all prospective jurors by the Court, jurors are individually questioned by the Judge. The Plaintiff's attorney and the Defendant's attorney peremptory challenges are exercised one at a time, with a replacement juror being questioned and passed for cause before the next challenge.
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