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TENTATIVE RULINGS by Date
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 2.10)
Court Reporting Services - As a result of statewide budget reductions, official court reporters are no longer provided by the Court in proceedings for which such services are not legally mandated. These proceedings include civil law and motion matters. If counsel wish to have the hearing on their civil law and motion matter reported, they have two options:
1. Elect to use the services of a private local court reporter that the Napa County Bar Association has arranged to be available if needed for the law and motion hearing calendars. There is a fee paid by the party directly to the court reporter for this service, and arrangements for payment can be made on the day of the hearing. Further information about the program, including fees, can be found at the Napa County Bar Association web site.
2. Arrange for a private court reporter of their choosing to be present.
Attorneys or parties should confer with each other to avoid having more than one court reporter present for the same matter.
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.