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Tentative Rulings

Tentative Rulings Information

If you wish to appear on a matter that has a tentative ruling, all other parties and the court must be notified of your intent to do so by 4:00 P.M. on the court day before the hearing. Oral arguments will not be permitted if notice is not given and the tentative ruling will become the court’s ruling. To request oral argument, call (707) 299-1270.

If a tentative ruling is not posted, or the tentative ruling indicates that appearances are required, then the parties must appear at the hearing. (Local Rule 2.9)

Effective, Monday July 27, 2020, appearance by remote audio/video is required. Visit the court’s Remote Appearance Information page for instructions on how to appear remotely via audio or video on the day of your hearing.

Tentative rulings are prohibited in unlawful detainer cases, therefore a remote appearance is required. (Code of Civil Procedure section 1161.2.)

If you wish to have a civil law and motion matter reported by a private court reporting service, you may visit the Napa County Bar Association, as these services are not provided by the court. Attorneys or parties must work together to avoid having more than one court reporter present for the same hearing.

Filing Deadlines are strictly enforced for papers filed in law and motion matters. Court holidays should be excluded when calculating filing deadlines based on court days from a hearing date. The court may exercise its discretion to disregard a late filed paper (California Rules of Court, rule 3.1300(d)).

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