What Is a Tentative Ruling?
The Court has adopted a tentative ruling procedure pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 3.1308 and its Local Rules of Court, as to civil cases only. Family law cases also may have a tentative ruling posted, but the parties are not required to give notice of intent to appear, or to request a hearing in advance, in order to preserve their right to a hearing. (Fam. C. §217; Stan. Cnty. Local Rules, rule 7.05.1.)
In civil cases, prior to the hearing of a law and motion matter, the Court may issue a tentative ruling.
The tentative ruling will become the order of the Court, and no hearing will be held, unless a party contests the tentative ruling by notifying the Court and the other party as provided herein.
A number of the judicial officers provide tentative rulings, posted on the Internet for the convenience of attorneys and parties. All Internet postings are gathered at this site and can be accessed by clicking on the link below. Tentative rulings are typically posted the afternoon before the scheduled hearing date.