Eighth Judicial District Court
Term of Office 1993 - Present
No weapons are allowed. There is no eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum in any courtroom.
Proper courtroom attire is required. No shorts or tank tops are allowed in the courtroom, shoes are required. T-shirts, which show offensive slogans or pictures, are not allowed. Hats should be removed before entering the courtroom.
While in the courtroom, sit quietly when court is in session. Do not talk or whisper. The court proceedings are being recorded by a court recorder and noise can interfere with the preparation of this important record.
All beepers, cellular telephones, and electronic devices must be turned off before entering the courtroom. Avoid reading newspapers, or books in the courtrooms, particularly if your use of such material may be a distraction to others.
Attorneys are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times, and to strictly adhere to the opportunities, requirements, limitations, and deadlines set by the judge. All counsel are to be punctual for all conferences, hearings and trials. They are to be civil to one another as well as to all parties, witnesses, and court personnel - whether in front of a jury or the court.
- Adoptions in chambers – Yes
- Dates should be set through Master Calendar.
- Pursuant to EDCR and prior notice to the court, appearances may be made telephonically for calendar matters. Call chambers to confirm the arrangements to be made with each separate department.
- Follow the statute and case law regarding telephonic appearances at trial and evidentiary hearings.
- Litigants should try to appear in person if possible, as it assists the judge in assessing credibility and there may be exhibits and other documentation to review. Litigants must appear in-person when an Order to Show Cause for contempt has been served on them, unless for good cause the court makes an exception.
- Department grants unopposed motions in advance of the hearing date: Sometimes.
- Department permits Zoom Orders: Sometimes.
- Unopposed motions to withdraw can be zoomed; unopposed motions to reduce or increase child support will be granted. Motions to withdraw only.
- Does your department require a prove-up hearing for:
- Name changes for adults? No
- Name changes for juveniles? No
- Final custody orders? Yes
- Summary Divorce? Â No
Submission of Orders
- Does your department require prevailing counsel to submit a draft order to opposing counsel to review? Yes
- Does your department impose a period of time for opposing counsel to review and return an Order? No
Reasonable time for opposing counsel to review and return an order 7-10 days
- The desired method for resolving disputes regarding proposed orders?
Submit Order with explanatory letter for chambers review with courtesy copy to opposing counsel.
- Court will set for hearing if can´t resolve with letter ir if too many areas of dispute.
- Is your department available for telephonic conferences with counsel? Sometimes
- What are some of the circumstances in which your department will engage in a telephonic conference?
Emergencies regarding the children (medical, educational)
Attorney emergencies (health, conflicting trials, etc.)
- Telephonics will be authorized only if setting an OST (with 1 judicial day notice)is insufficient to address the emergency.
- Telephonics will always be done on the record.
- Does department stack trials? No
- Trials in Dept. B are for a time certain and will definitely be heard in the designated date unless there is a stipulation to continue or a viable basis to grant a motion to continue.