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Family Law Courtroom Schedule & Requirements
The courtroom schedule below provides information about the various hearings and the times they are scheduled in each of the Family Law courtrooms.

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Legend:

OSC – Order to Show Cause                        DV – Domestic Violence                                TSC – Trial Setting Conference     
MSC – Mandatory Settlement Conference         OJDs – Judgment Debtor Examination

REVISED July 7, 2014

 L11 Judge Claudia Silbar

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 AM Initial OSC,
DV Hearings,
MSC,
Trials,
Fee Waiver Hearings
9:00 AM TSC,
DV Hearings,
MSC,
Trials,
Fee Waiver Hearings
9:00 AM OSC Modification,
DV Hearings,
MSC,
Trials
9:00 AM OSC Modificatioin,
DV Hearings,
MSC,
Trials
9:00 AM Law & Motions,
DV Hearings,
OSC Contempts
Ex Partes - Family Law Ex Partes are heard daily at 9:00 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Partes are heard every day at 1:45 PM.
Second Call - Monday through Thursday between 10:30 and 10:45 AM. No second call on Fridays.
MSC - Parties must be present.
Continuances for motions are due by 5:00 p.m on Thursday.
For assistance with determining the status of a proposed Stipulation and Order, proposed Order and/or proposed Judgment that has been submitted to the Court for signature, contact the courtroom by phone between the hours of 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM
 

 L52 Judge Erick L. Larsh

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45 AM Initial OSC,
DV Hearings,
Trials
8:45 AM MSC, TSC,
DV Hearings,
Trials
8:45 AM OSC Modification,
DV Hearings,
Trials
8:45 AM DV Hearings,
Trials - SRP
8:45 AM Law & Motions,
OSC Contempts
OJDs,
Fee Waiver Hearings
Ex Partes - Family Law Ex Partes are heard daily at 8:30 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Partes are heard daily at 1:30 PM.
Second Call - Monday through Thursday at 10:30 AM. No second call on Fridays.
MSC: Parties must be present. MSC/Trial briefs must be exchanged prior to the MSC hearing, and filed with the court one week prior to the hearing along with a joint statement of issues and contentions.
Continuances - Only two continuances will be granted via telephone. Any request to continue beyond that will require an appearance. Domestic Violence continuances will not be granted via telephone.
For assistance with determining the status of a proposed Stipulation and Order, proposed Order and/or proposed Judgment that has been submitted to the Court for signature, contact the courtroom by phone between the hours of 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM
 

 L53 Judge Mark S. Millard

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 AM

Initial OSC,
OSC Modification,
DV Hearings,

Fee Waiver Hearings,
Trials

8:30 AM Initial OSC, OSC Modification, TSC, MSC,
OSC Contempts,

Fee Waiver Hearings
DV Hearings
8:30 AM Initial OSC,
OSC Modification,
DV Hearings,
Trials

Fee Waiver Hearings
8:30 AM Initial OSC,
OSC Modification,
DV Hearings,
Trials,
Status Conferences,
Fee Waiver Hearings
8:30 AM OJDs,
MSC

Fee Waiver Hearings
8:35 AM Law & Motions
1:30 PM Specially Set Hearings 1:30 PM Specially Set Hearings 1:30 PM Specially Set Hearings 1:30 PM Specially Set Hearings 1:30 PM Specially Set Hearings
Ex Partes - Family Law Ex Partes are heard daily at 8:30 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Partes are heard every day at 1:30 PM.
Second Call - Monday through Friday at 10:30 AM.
Motions - Responsive Declarations must be timely filed directly in the courtroom. Any request to continue or take a motion off calendar must be made seven (7) days in advance of hearing date.
For assistance with determining the status of a proposed Stipulation and Order, proposed Order and/or proposed Judgment that has been submitted to the Court for signature, contact the courtroom by phone between the hours of 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM
 

 L60 Judge Glenn R. Salter

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:15 AM Initial OSC,
OSC Modification,
8:15 AM Initial OSC,
OSC Modification,
8:15 AM Trial Readiness/Status Conferences 8:15 AM DV Hearings, OSC re: Contempts, Review Hearings 8:15 AM Law &Motions
OJDs
Fee Waiver Hearings
        9:00 AM Specially Set Hearings        
11:00 AM Specially Set Hearings 11:00 AM Specially Set Hearings     11:00 AM Specially Set Hearings 11:00 AM Specially Set Hearings
1:30 PM Trials 1:30 PM Trials 1:30 PM Trials 1:30 PM Trials 1:30 PM Trials
Ex Partes - Family Law Ex Partes are accepted daily at 8:30 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Partes are accepted daily at 1:30 PM. All ex parte applications are reviewed in chambers unless the Court deems it necessary to take the bench.
Trials - The Court requires full compliance with Local Rule 709 prior to setting a trial date.
Second Call - The Court will accept requests from Counsel for second call; an estimated time of arrival must be provided; and it is expected that a courtesy call be placed to the opposing party advising of the delay. Requests for second call will be accommodated as the court’s calendar allows and may result in a continuance.
Motion Continuances - Requests for Continuances are due by 12:00 noon on Tuesday prior to the Motion date.
Tentative Rulings - Tentative rulings on motions are generally posted on the Court's web-site by 4:00 PM on the Thursday before the hearing. If both parties submit, notify the Clerk and the tentative ruling will become the final ruling of the Court.
Telephonic Requests - All requests for telephonic appearances must be made in writing.
Courtroom policies and procedures are available in the Department or by calling 657-622-6110.
For assistance with determining the status of a proposed Stipulation and Order, proposed order, and /or proposed Judgment that has been submitted to the court for signature, please contact the Courtroom Assistant telephonically between 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM at 657-622-6110.
 

 L61 Judge Nathan Scott

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45 AM TSC, MSC,
Contempt Arraignment
8:45 AM RFO’s re:,
Modification,
DV Hearing
8:45 AM RFO’s Initial,
DV Hearings
9:00 AM Trials,
DV Hearing,
Specially Set
Matters
9:00 AM Trials,
DV Hearing,
Specially Set
Matters
11:30 AM Fee Waiver Hearings 10:30 AM Continued Hearings 10:30 AM Continued Hearings 10:30 AM Trials,
Specially Set
Matters
10:30 AM Trials
1:30 PM Motions         1:30 AM Trials,
Specially Set Matters
1:30 AM Trials
Running late? - Call the clerk and the other side. Tell us when you’ll be here. We will try to wait a little bit for you – no promises. If you do not call or if you run too late, your matter may be taken off calendar (dismissed).
Continuances. - If the parties agree, they may continue an RFO or motion over the telephone ONCE. All other continuance requests require an appearance and showing of good cause – they may be denied! (See OC Superior Court Rule 705D; Cal. Rules of Court 3.1332.) Any continued RFO will be set for 10:30 AM to give priority to matters that are ready to be heard at the first setting.
Trial Setting Conferences. May result in setting a mandatory settlement conference and/or pretrial conference to ensure trial is needed and ready to go.
Mandatory Settlement Conferences."Parties and their attorneys must meet in person at the courthouse…." OC Superior Court Rule 707A. Tentative Rulings. Usually available for Monday motions on the preceding Friday at http://www.occourts.org/directory/family/tentative-rulings
 

 L62 Judge Debra Carrillo

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 AM Initial OSC,
DV Hearings
9:00 AM OSC Modification,
TSC,
DV Hearingss
 
9:00 AM TSC,
Review Hearings,
Fee waiver Hearings,
DV Hearings
9:00 AM TSC,
DV Hearings
9:00 AM Law & Motions,
OSC Contempts,
DV Hearings,
Fee Waiver Hearings
10:00AM Specially Set Trials/ Long Cause Hearings 10:00AM Specially Set Trials/ Long Cause Hearings 10:00AM Specially Set Trials/ Long Cause Hearings 10:00 AM Specially Set Trials/ Long Cause Hearings
Ex Partes - Family Law Ex Partes are heard daily at 9:00 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Partes are heard daily at 1:30 PM.
TSC/MSC/Review/Trials - Set at the Court's discretion.
Continuances for Law & Motions - must be received prior to noon the Wednesday before the hearing. Any objections/oppositions shall be filed 7 days prior to the hearing date.
Trials and Specially Set Matters - Continuances will be granted via phone by stipulation of the parties and set for the court’s next available long cause date.
For assistance with determining the status of a proposed Stipulation and Order, proposed Order and/or proposed Judgment that has been submitted to the Court for signature, contact the courtroom by phone between the hours of 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM.
 

 L63 Commissioner Renee E. Wilson

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 AM DV Hearings
8:30 AM DV Hearings
8:30 AM DV Hearings
8:30 AM DV Hearings
8:30 AM DV Hearings
9:00 AM Motions
1:30 PM DV Ex Partes
Review Hearings,
OSC Modifications
1:30 PM DV Ex Partes
Review Hearings
OSC Modifications
1:30 PM DV Ex Partes
Review Hearings
OSC Modifications
1:30 PM DV Ex Partes
Review Hearings
OSC Modifications
1:30 PM DV Ex Partes
Domestic Violence ex parte applications are heard daily at 1:30 PM.
 

 L64 Judge Carla M. Singer

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45 AM Initial OSC
DV Hearings,
MSC, Trials,
Fee Waiver Hearings
8:45 AM TSC,
DV Hearings,
MSC, Trials,
Fee Waiver Hearings
8:45 AM OSC Modification,
DV Hearings,
MSC, Trials
8:45 AM OSC Modification,
DV Hearings,
MSC, Trials
8:45 AM Law & Motions,
DV Hearings,
OJDs, OSC Contempts
Ex Partes - Family Law Ex Partes are heard daily at 9:00 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Partes are heard every day at 1:45 PM.
Second Call - Monday through Thursday between 10:30 and 10:45 AM. No second call on Fridays.
MSC - Parties must be present.
Continuances for motions are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.
For assistance with determining the status of a proposed Stipulation and Order, proposed Order and/or proposed Judgment that has been submitted to the Court for signature, contact the courtroom by phone between the hours of 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM
 

 L65 Judge Linda L. Miller

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45 AM Initial OSC,
DV Hearings,
8:45 AM MSC,
TSC,
DV Hearings,
8:45 AM OSC Modification,
DV Hearings,
8:45 AM OSC Modification,
DV Hearings,
8:45 AM Law & Motions
OSC Contempts,
OJDs,
Fee Waiver Hearings
                9:30 AM Specially Set Trials
1:30 PM Specially Set Trials 1:30 PM Specially Set Trials 1:30 PM Specially Set Trials 1:30 PM Specially Set Trials    
Ex Partes - Family Law Ex Partes are heard daily at 8:30 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Partes are heard daily at 1:30 PM.
Second Call - Monday through Thursday at 10:30 AM. No second call on Fridays.
Special Settings - Set by the Court Monday through Thursday at 1:30 PM and Friday at 9:30 AM.
Continuances for Trials and specially set matters will not be granted via phone; an appearance is required.
For assistance with determining the status of a proposed Stipulation and Order, proposed Order and/or proposed Judgment that has been submitted to the Court for signature, contact the courtroom by phone between the hours of 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM
 

 L66 Judge Lon F. Hurwitz

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 AM Initial OSC,
OSC Modification,
DV Hearings
8:30 AM TSC,
OSC Modification,
DV Hearings
8:30 AM TSC, MSC,
Reviews Hearings,
Long Cause Hearings/
Specially set Trials
8:30 AM TSC, MSC,
Reviews Hearings,
Long Cause/Specially set Trials
8:30 AM Law & Motions,
OSC Contempts,
OJDs,
Fee Waiver Hearings
DV Hearings
                10:00 AM Specially set Hearings / Long Cause
1:30 PM Trailed matter from 8:30 calendar 1:30 PM Trailed matter from 8:30 calendar 1:30 PM Long Cause Hearings/Specially set Trials,
Reviews Hearings,
TSC, MSC
1:30 PM Long Cause Hearings,/ Specially set Trials,
Reviews Hearings,
TSC, MSC
1:30 PM Review Hearings
Ex Partes - Family Law Ex Partes are heard daily at 8:30 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Partes are heard daily at 1:30 PM.
TSC/MSC/Reviews/Trials: - set at the Court's discretion.
Continuances: Law & Motion: must be received prior to noon the Wednesday before the hearing. Any objections/oppositions shall be filed 7 court days prior to the hearing date.
Continuances for Trials and specially set matters will NOT be granted via phone; an appearance is required.
Trials Briefs required; exhibits must be pre-marked and exchanged with opposing party, and provide copy(s) to the Court 5 days prior to the hearing date. Filings prior to the hearing date and served (per code). NO FILINGS THE DAY OF THE HEARING WILL BE ACCEPTED.
 

 L67 Judge James Waltz

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 AM OSC's
8:30 AM OSC's 8:30 AM OSC's 8:30 AM Long-Cause Hearings 8:30 AM Law&Motion1
Trial Readiness Conference2
10:00 AM Termination Calendar
10:30 AM OSC's 10:30 AM OSC's 10:30 AM OSC's        
1:30 PM Long-Cause Hearings;
OSC's
1:30 PM Long-Cause Hearings;
OSC's
1:30 PM Long-Cause Hearings;
DV Hearings;
OSC's
1:30 PM Long-Cause Hearings 1:30 PM Termination Calendar;
Order Shortening Time3 (Special settings)
Ex Partes - Family Law Ex Partes are heard daily at 8:30 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Partes are heard daily at 1:30 PM.

For assistance with determining the status of a proposed Stipulation and Order, proposed Order and/or proposed Judgment that has been submitted to the Court for signature, contact the courtroom by phone between the hours of 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM.

Every month, the clerk reserves Monday - Thursday for trials. Note: Multiple trials are scheduled to begin on trial-week Monday. On the preceding Friday at 9:30 a.m., the court conducts (off the record) a Trial Readiness Conference (“TRC”) and will triage and stage trials for the following week. Any trial in progress will continue hour-to-hour until completed however…the court will hold attorneys to their time estimates and along the way, an attorney may have to trim evidence to conform to their estimate. Any trial not launched Monday at 8:30 will trail - that is “on-call” throughout Monday - Thursday ….with half-day notice (or NLT 4:30 p.m.) to begin trial. Throughout the trial week, the clerk will provide scheduling reports by email to the attorneys and any self-represented litigant. At noon on Thursday, any trailing case (or case in progress at 4:30 p.m.) will be reset (with priority) to the next trial week. At the TRC, the attorneys must exchange witness lists, trial exhibit lists, trial briefs, expert reports, proposed Order(s), finding(s) and conclusions of law (if any), proposed Xspouse™ or DissoMaster™ summary data page and agree upon a common community balance sheet, if applicable. See court’s separate pre-trial orders. At the TRC, and absent a Stipulation, the court will not consider any walk-in motion to continue trial.

1 L & M rulings are usually posted on-line Thursday, NLT 6 p.m. Note. The court has discretion to decide any motion on the basis of the declarations, memoranda of points and authorities and other documents filed in regard to the pending motion. (See IRMO Lemen (1980) 113 Cal.App.3d 769, 784; Muller v. Muller (1956) 141 Cal.App.2d 722, 731; compare Williams v. Oakland Hosp. (1989) 213 CA3d. 1107, 1111 [No right to oral argument however the judge has discretion to permit it.]) On a case by case basis, the court may announce (via an internet posted ruling) a waiver of oral argument and order the hearing off -calendar, on the basis the decisional process will not be significantly aided by any oral argument. In that instance, the court’s posted web-ruling will be incorporated into a minute order filed and served (by clerk) on the parties.
2 The Trial Readiness Conference is conducted only on the Friday preceding the court’s once-monthly trial week (Monday-Thursday).
3 Order Shortening Time (“OST”): Whenever an ex parte application for an OST is granted, or an Emergency child Custody Investigation is ordered, the specially set or expedited hearing may be scheduled for Friday afternoon so to lessen the impact established calendars and cases.
 

 L68 Judge Theodore Howard

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45 AM Initial OSC,
DV Hearings
8:45 AM TSC, MSC,
Trials,
DV Hearings
8:45 AM OSC Modification,
DV Hearings
8:45 AM OSC Modification,
DV Hearings
8:45 AM Law & Motions,
OSC Contempts,
DV Hearings
1:30 PM DV Ex Parte 1:30 PM DV Ex Parte 1:30 PM DV Ex Parte 1:30 PM DV Ex Parte 1:30 PM DV Ex Parte
Ex Partes — Family Law Ex Partes are heard daily at 8:45 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Partes are heard daily at 1:30 PM.
Second Call - Monday through Friday at 9:30 AM. Matter may go off-calendar if there are no appearances and/or contact by 10:00 AM.
MSC - Trials and MSC set at court's discretion and by stipulation. MSC/Trial briefs must be exchanged prior to the MSC hearing, and filed at least five days prior the MSC hearing, directly in the department. A joint statement of issues and contentions must be filed prior to trial, along with exhibit and witness lists. Requests for Continuances via telephone must be received no later than 3:00 PM, the day prior.
Motions - Responsive declarations must be filed timely directly in the Dept.
For assistance with determining the status of a proposed Stipulation and Order, proposed Order and/or proposed Judgment that has been submitted to the Court for signature, contact the courtroom by phone between the hours of 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM.
 

 L69 Judge David L. Belz

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 AM OSC Modification,
DV Hearings,
Fee Waiver Hearings
8:30 AM Initial OSC,
MSC,
DV Hearings,
TSC, MSC,
Fee Waiver Hearings
8:30 AM OSC Modification,
DV Hearings,
Fee Waiver Hearings
8:30 AM Initial OSC,
DV Hearings,
TSC, MSC,
Fee Waiver Hearings
8:30 AM Law & Motions
DV Hearings,
OSC Contempts,
OJDs,
Fee Waiver Hearing
MSC
1:30 PM Specially Set Trials/ Long Cause Hearings 1:30 PM Specially Set Trials/ Long Cause Hearings 1:30 PM Specially Set Trials / Long Cause Hearings 1:30 PM Specially Set Trials/ Long Cause Hearings    
MSC - Parties must be present. MSC's are set on non-court reporter days. Please click here to refer to the Family Law Non-Court Reporter Calendar located on the court's website for designated dates.
Continuances for trials and specially set matters will not be granted by phone; an appearance is required.
Continuances for motions are due by 12:00 noon on Thursday.
For assistance with determining the status of a proposed Stipulation and Order, proposed Order and/or proposed Judgment that has been submitted to the Court for signature, contact the courtroom by phone between the hours of 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM.
 

 L71 Judge Daphne S. Scott

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 AM Initial OSC,
DV Hearings,
Specially Set Trials/ Long Cause Hearings
8:30 AM DV Hearings,
TSC, MSC,
Specially Set Trials/ Long Cause Hearings
8:30 AM DV Hearings,
OSC Modification,
Specially Set Trials/ Long Cause Hearings
8:30 AM DV Hearings,
OSC Modification,
Status Conferences,
Specially Set Trials/ Long Cause Hearings
8:30 AM DV Hearings,
Law & Motions,
OSC Contempts,
Fee Waiver Hearings,
OJDs,
Specially Set Trials/ Long Cause Hearings
Ex Partes - . Family Law Ex Partes are heard daily at 8:30 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Partes are heard daily at 1:30 PM.
MSC – Briefs, Statement of Issues, current Income & Expense Declarations must be exchanged and filed with the court 5 calendar days prior to the MSC date (Local Rule of Court 705).
Trials – Parties shall exchange and file any trial briefs, witness lists, exhibit lists, and expert reports 5 court days prior to the trial date (California Rule of Court 5.394). Failure to comply with the filing may result in the matter being continued.
For assistance with determining the status of a proposed Stipulation and Order, proposed Order and/or proposed Judgment that has been submitted to the Court for signature, contact the courtroom by phone between the hours of 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM.
 

 L72 Judge Salvador Sarmiento

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45 AM Initial OSCs,
TSC, MSC,
DV Hearings,
Trials
8:45 AM OSC Modification,
MSC,
TSC,
DV Hearings
Trials
8:45 AM OSC Modification
DV Hearings,
MSC, TSC, Trials
8:45 AM DV Hearings
MSC, TSC, Trials
Case Management
8:45 AM Motions,
OSC re Contempt,
OJDs,
Fee Waiver Hearings,
MSC,
TSC
Ex Partes - Family Law Ex Partes are heard daily at 8:45 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Partes are heard daily at 1:30 PM.
Second Call - Monday through Friday at 10:30 AM.
Mandatory Settlement Conferences: Parties must be present. MSC/Trial briefs must be exchanged prior to, and filed at the MSC hearing along with a joint statement of issues and contentions.
 

 L73 Judge Clay M. Smith - Family Law Supervising Judge

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45 AM DV Hearings,
Initial OSC
8:00 AM and 9:30 AM Case Management Status Conferences 8:45 AM DV Hearings,
OSC Modification
8:45 AM DV Hearings,
OSC Modification,
TSC, MSC
8:00 AM


8:45 AM
Dismissals


DV Hearings,
Law & Motions,
OSC Contempts,
OJDs,
Fee Waiver Hearings
1:30 PM Specially Set Trials 1:30 PM Case Management Case Resolution Conferences 1:30 PM Adoptions 1:30 PM Specially Set Trials    
Ex Partes - Family Law Ex Partes are heard daily at 8:45 AM. Domestic Violence Ex Parte applications are heard daily at 1:30 PM.
Second Call - Monday through Thursday 10:30 AM. No second call on Fridays.
Continuances - Trials and special set matters will not be granted via telephone; an appearance is required, unless special permission obtained from the court clerk in the department.
Special Settings - Set by the court, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 PM
MSC: Must comply with Orange County Superior Court Local Rule 705 and Appendix A, B and C.
For assistance with determining the status of a proposed Stipulation and Order, proposed Order and/or proposed Judgment that has been submitted to the Court for signature, contact the courtroom by phone between the hours of 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM.
 

 L74 Commissioner Barry Michaelson

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 AM LJC – Family Law Panel- Open Trial Court/
AB1058/
DCSS Child Support Services backup
9:00 AM LJC – Family Law Panel- Open Trial Court/
AB1058/
DCSS Child Support Services backup
9:00 AM LJC – Family Law Panel- Open Trial Court/
AB1058/
DCSS Child Support Services backup
9:00 AM LJC – Family Law Panel- Open Trial Court/
AB1058/
DCSS Child Support Services backup
9:00 AM LJC – Family Law Panel- Open Trial Court/
AB1058/
DCSS Child Support Services backup


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