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Civil Law & Motion Tentative Rulings

Effective January 1, 2021, San Mateo Superior Court is a direct calendar court for all Civil Matters. All pending and newly filed civil cases are assigned to one of five Civil Judges for all purposes.

View Law & Motion Tentative Rulings

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that tentative rulings on Law & Motion matters will continue to be posted by 3:00 p.m. the prior court day, and notice of appearance to contest a tentative ruling will continue to be required by 4:00 p.m. the prior court day. (See Local Rule 3.403.) Tentative rulings are posted on the Court's website.

A party seeking to contest a tentative ruling now has the option of doing so - and is encouraged to do so - by email, rather than by telephone. A party intending to appear in order to contest the tentative ruling on a matter calendared for hearing must notify the assigned Judge's Department by 4:00 p.m. on the prior court day by emailing or by telephoning the Civil Department of the Civil Judge assigned to that civil case. (Local Rule 3.403(b).)

Any email to the Court must be contemporaneously copied to all parties or their counsel of record. (Local Rule 3.403(b).)  Emails contesting the tentative ruling must state the case name and number in the subject line. In the email the contesting party must include the name of the motion, the party contesting, and the time estimate for oral arguments. Emails must be in at least 12 point type. (Local Rule 3.403(b)(ii).)

Tentative Rulings are displayed by the day of the week of the scheduled hearing via the links below.

Monday | TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Civil Law and Motion Hearings are held at:

Southern Branch | Central Branch.

As stated in California Rule of Court No. 3.1308 and Local Rule 3.403, parties satisfied with the tentative ruling need not appear at the scheduled hearing. Parties intending to appear and contest the tentative ruling must notify both the Court and opposing counsel of such intent by 4:00 p.m. the prior court day.

Unless the Court and opposing counsel have been notified of such intent, the tentative ruling shall become the ruling of the Court without oral argument.

You must appear at the hearing if you are so directed by the Court in the tentative ruling and be prepared to address those issues set forth by the Court in that ruling.

Law & Motion Calendar Availability: View near real time Law and Motion calendar availability.

Telephonic Appearances: Please see California Rule of Court 3.670.

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