Tentative Rulings are posted daily by 3:00 p.m. for the next Court day's hearings.
Oral argument on matters for which a tentative ruling has been posted will be permitted only if a party notifies all other parties and the Court by 4:00 p.m. on the Court day before the hearing that the party intends to appear and argue. Notice to the Court shall be given by calling (707) 299-1270 (when recording begins, press “0”). If notice of intent to appear has not been given to all parties and to the Court, no oral argument will be permitted and the tentative ruling will become the Court’s ruling. If no tentative ruling is posted on a particular matter, or if the tentative ruling indicates that an appearance is required, then the parties must appear at the hearing. (Local Rule 2.9)
The Court may exercise its discretion to disregard a late filed paper in law and motion matters. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 3.1300(d).)
Unlawful Detainer Cases – No tentative ruling will be posted because access to records is not permitted until 60 days after the complaint is filed. Parties must appear for all unlawful detainer demurrers, motions to quash, and other matters. After 60 days, tentative rulings will be posted in accordance with the local rules.
Court Reporting Services - The Court does not provide official court reporters in proceedings for which such services are not legally mandated. These proceedings include civil law and motion hearings. If counsel wish to have the hearing on their civil law and motion matter reported, they must arrange for a private court reporter of their choosing to be present . Go to the Napa County Bar Association for information about local private court reporters. Attorneys or parties must confer with each other to avoid having more than one court reporter present for the same hearing.
Please also note that the court will strictly enforce filing deadlines for papers filed in support of and in opposition to law and motion matters, and may exercise its discretion to disregard a late filed paper, pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 3.1300(d).
When calculating filing deadlines for papers to be filed within a certain number of court days from a hearing date, parties should exclude court holidays from their calculations.