Real property Court


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The Real Property Court was created in November 2011 as a result of budget-related reorganization, and is located in the Civic Center Courthouse, 5th Floor, Department 501. 

Notice to the Public:

* Pursuant to LRSF 2.7(B)(2) courtesy copies of all filed papers for motions heard in Department 501 (Real Property Court) must be delivered to Department 501.

* Limited Unlawful Detainer Cases - As of April 20, 2020, remote access to the Court Index, Register of Actions, or other records after the complaint is filed can be obtained via the San Francisco Superior Court website: https://ud.sftc.org  by entering the access code provided on the Notice to Defendants or your payment receipt or by entering the name of at least one plaintiff and one defendant and the address of the premises, including the apartment or unit number, exactly as it appears on the complaint.

* Pursuant to LRSF 2.11, effective July 1, 2020, the San Francisco Superior Court expanded its mandatory e-filing program to include Limited Unlawful Detainer Cases. For more information regarding E-Filing, please refer to the E-FILING FOR CIVIL webpage.

 

Real Property Court hears all matters pertaining to real property including but not limited to:

UNLAWFUL DETAINER CASES

All unlawful/forcible detainer matters including mandatory settlement conferences, calling of the UD trial calendar, motions to continue UD trials, UD discovery, and requests for posting and mailing.

CIVIL MATTERS

  1. Law & Motion: All Law & Motion matters for Civil cases arising out of ownership of real property, possession of real property, acquisition of real property, and damage to real property (except construction defect cases). 
  2. Discovery: Discovery not handled via pro tempore system. All discovery motions in non-UD (CUD) Civil Real Property and Housing matters must first be noticed for hearing in Discovery Department at 9 a.m. per Local Rule 10. Specifically, the papers must indicate Department 302 at 9 a.m. If the matter is not resolved in the Discovery Department, the hearing will be re-set for Department 501 per Local Rule 10(B)

Motions to continue trial and calling of the trial calendar in non unlawful/forcible detainer matters are heard in Department 206.

Motions

All motions (including discovery not handled via pro tempore system and motions to continue UD trials) are heard at 9:30 a.m., Monday - Friday, excluding Court holidays.

Courtesy copies must be delivered to Department 501 on the date of filing by the moving party and not later than one day before the hearing by the opposing party. Failure to deliver courtesy copies may result in the matter being taken off calendar.  

  • The word "Discovery" must be typed on the title page of all papers related to Discovery.
  • Requests for telephonic appearances shall be made pursuant to San Francisco Superior Local Rules of Court, 3-4F.
  • Reserving a date prior to filing is not required; however there is a limit of five discovery motions per day. Parties must schedule and notice hearings within the time limits provided by law, e.g., CCP 1005, 1167.4, 1170.8, etc.

Ex-Parte applications

Ex parte applications are heard every day. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 9 a.m.; and Tuesday at 10 a.m. as follows: 

  1. Requests for Entry of Judgment Pursuant to Breach of Stipulation in Unlawful Detainer matters shall be heard ONLY on Wednesdays through Fridays at 9 a.m. 
  2. Tuesday Ex parte calendar is reserved solely for Requests for Stay of execution in Unlawful Detainer cases: Ex parte applications for stays of execution shall be heard ONLY at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. Please note: If the order is granted, the defendant must take the original orders for stay of execution from Dept. 501 and have it filed along with the required rent deposit payments in the Clerk’s Office, Rm. 103, during operating business hours.
  3. No other ex parte applications, except for accompanying requests for Orders Shortening Time for Motions to Vacate Judgment, may be made on Tuesdays.
  4. All other Real Property Court ex parte applications (excluding requests described in sections (1) and (2) shall be heard at 9 a.m. every day EXCEPT Tuesdays. 

MANDATORY SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES

Unlawful Detainer settlement conferences are held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Attendance at the settlement conference by the attorney who will try the case, and each party, is mandatory (See LRSF 5.0 B, E)

Other Useful Information

Courtesy Copies

Motions - Hard copies of all filings in support of and in opposition to noticed motions must be delivered in accordance with the Local Rule 2.7B.

Ex-Parte Applications - Hard copies of all filings that exceed 10 pages (including the application, supporting documents and the proposed order) in support of and in opposition to ex-parte applications must be delivered by 8:30 a.m. on the date of the hearing. Filings that do not exceed 10 pages (including the application, supporting documents and the proposed order) may be submitted electronically to [email protected].

Other Filings - Hard copies of all other filings for which a courtesy copy is required to be provided under the state and local rules must be delivered to the department within one business day of submission for filing.

Use of E-mail Addresses

All e-mail addresses provided by the department in this posting or via the tentative rulings may be used SOLELY for the designated purposes. Communications sent to the wrong email address and those communications that are not specifically authorized will not be considered and will not be responded to. Unauthorized communications include, but are not limited to, e-mails addressing any other issues and e-mails submitted outside the specified time window. Parties and their representatives who repeatedly abuse the permission to use electronic communications with the Court may be disallowed to do so at the Court's discretion.

[email protected] may be used to submit courtesy copies of ex-parte filings that do not exceed 10 pages (including the application, supporting documents and the proposed order). This e-mail address shall not be used for any other purposes.

[email protected] shall be used to notify the department of personal appearance for a hearing or trial. This e-mail address cannot be used to notify the department that a tentative ruling is contested. Department 501 requires compliance with CRC 3.1308, but no notice of contesting a tentative ruling need be provided to Department 501 at this time. This e-mail address shall not be used for any other purposes.

[email protected] shall be used to provide proposed orders prepared in response to the posted tentative rulings and must be submitted after 3:00 p.m. on the court date before the scheduled hearing and before 8:00 a.m. on the date of the scheduled hearing. All orders after hearing must be submitted to the department by providing a hard copy and with proof of compliance with CRC 3.1312, if applicable. This e-mail address shall not be used for any other purposes.

Motions Calendar and Ex-Parte Calendar

Until further notice due to COVID-19 pandemic telephonic appearances are encouraged. If you intend to personally appear for a noticed motion or trial call, please notify the department pursuant to the instructions herein.

Motions Calendar - If you appear in-person for your case notify the department by 5:00 p.m. one day before the hearing at [email protected].

Trial Call - See "Unlawful Detainer Trial Call'' section.

Ex-Parte Calendar - advance notification to [email protected] of a personal appearance is encouraged, but is not required.

Unlawful Detainer Trial Call

Until further notice due to COVID-19 pandemic telephonic appearances are encouraged. If you personally appear for your case notify the department by 5:00 p.m. one court day before the hearing at [email protected]. For trial call counsel and unrepresented parties shall appear by CourtCall (preferred) or in-person at 9 a.m. If parties for any reason are not able to appear by CourtCall or in-person, contact the Court at 415-551-3762 two court days before the hearing for alternative appearance arrangements. Represented parties are not required to appear for the trial call; all parties (represented and unrepresented) must be available to appear in-person on a one-hour telephonic standby upon assignment for trial, settlement conference, or other required appearance. The court will provide specific instructions for appearance for each case at the trial call.

Mandatory Settlement Conferences

Mandatory Settlement Conferences regularly conducted on Wednesdays and Thursdays the week before the scheduled trial call are suspended until further notice. Parties will be afforded an opportunity and will be required to participate in a Mandatory Settlement Conference on the date of their trial assignment.

Court Reporters

A Court Reporter will not be available in the Law & Motion/Discovery Department. Parties may privately arrange to have a certified Official Pro Tempore Court reporter present for motion hearings. Pursuant to GC 69955, the notes of the Official Pro Tempore Reporter are the official records of the Court, and shall be maintained or delivered to the Clerk of the Court in the paper and/or electronic form after the hearing.

Presiding Judge Matters

The Presiding Judge of the Court (or person designated by the Presiding Judge) hears all applications for Waiver of Court fees("In forma Pauperis").

Lunch Break

Department 501 is generally closed for lunch at Noon. If the morning calendar runs past Noon, the staff will recess thereafter. When this happens, a notice will be posted outside of the courtroom.

Proposed Orders

With the exception of proposed orders for motions for summary judgment/adjudication, it is recommended that parties appear at the hearing with proposed orders even if the hearing is uncontested to ensure timely processing of the order. Orders submitted after the session is over may experience a delay in processing. When submitting a proposed order after the session is over, submit an original, one copy, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. (Please refer to CRC 2.100 – 2.11 for specific details.

In view of the Jameson v. Desta decision

Fee waiver recipients who desire a verbatim record of a trial court proceeding must notify the court in writing by filing a notice, a request or other form of written notification. The notice/request must be received within the following time perimeters:

  • Unlawful Detainer Matters – 5 days before the trial court proceeding
  • Civil and Probate – 2 weeks before the trial court proceeding

Failure to make the request within the time perimeters listed above may result in the courts inability to honor your request in a timely manner, on the day of your hearing.