Scheduling Court Hearings or Trials
Civil motions are heard by the assigned judge on a Friday civil motion calendar unless the court or rules direct otherwise. Motions scheduled on the civil motion calendar are heard with oral argument, unless otherwise directed by the court. Please refer to LCR 5 for information on motion practice. LCR 5 Service and Filing of Pleadings.
Dispositive motions are scheduled differently. To review the process please go to the Dispositive Motions page.
A request for a special set hearing is made to a judge by filing a motion and scheduling a hearing on the assigned judge’s civil motion calendar.
When a civil case is filed, the Clerk's Office will provide the plaintiff/petitioner with a Notice of Assignment/Notice of Trial Scheduling Date. For most cases, the Trial Scheduling Date is approximately 120 days after the date of filing and noted on the Assignment for Trial Setting session on the assigned Judge's calendar.
This is an administrative docket that is conducted by the assigned judge's judicial assistant. Do not call or email the court. Do not appear on the trial scheduling date. Instead, file a completed Scheduling Questionnaire by the deadline designated on the Notice of Assignment/Trial Scheduling Date.
If the case is ready to be set for trial, the Case Scheduling Order (CSO) is prepared by the judicial assistant after the trial scheduling date. The Case Schedule Order will be prepared as soon as reasonably possible after the Trial Scheduling Date. The judicial assistant will obtain the judge's signature, file the original and provide a copy to each party of record.