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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: General Information: Rules of Court: Department Rules: Department N-29
Department 29 Policies and Procedures - Honorable Robert P. Dahlquist
North County
Revised March 8, 2013

Honorable  Robert P. Dahlquist, Presiding

Courtroom Staff:

Courtroom Clerk: Lynn Arthur (760) 201-8029
Calendar Clerk: Corazon Sabile (760) 201-8703
Research Attorney: Mejkan Tague  
Bailiff: Cathy Piroutek  

Conformity with Local Rules: Unless otherwise indicated herein, Department 29 strictly adheres to the San Diego Superior Court Local Rules, Division II.

Case Management Conferences: Case Management Conferences are heard on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. Counsel shall file a Case Management Statement pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 3.725. Continued Case Management Conferences do not require a new statement unless directed by the Court.

Continuances: Request to continue Case Management Conference, Trial, Trial Readiness Conference and Motion cut-off dates may be requested by written Stipulation and Proposed Order. Request to continue motion two weeks prior to the hearing may be requested by written stipulation.  The Court will review the Stipulation and Proposed Order.  If necessary, the parties will be contacted to schedule an ex parte hearing. 

Default Prove-up Hearings: Plaintiff may submit proposed default judgment by declaration.  Court will set Default Prove-up Hearing if necessary.  Default Prove-up Hearings are heard on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. Court will give notice to plaintiff of this hearing.

Ex Parte Matters: Ex Parte Matter may be calendared by calling the Independent Calendar Clerk at (760) 201-8703.  Ex parte appearances are heard on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Ex Parte papers are due no later than 11:00 a.m. the business day prior to the scheduled ex parte appearance. Ex parte applications must comply with CRC § 3.1200 and following.

Failure Hearings: Telephonic appearances will only be allowed if the sanctions have been paid prior to the hearing date.

Law and Motion Matters: Motions are heard on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. by reservation only. A Tentative ruling may be posted on the San Diego Superior Court website ( no later than 4:00 p.m. the court day before the hearing date. Motions are heard in accordance with California Rules of Court, rule 3.1308(a)(2). Motions to compel will be calendared without requiring an ex parte hearing, although Judge Dahlquist recommends that an Ex Parte Meet & Confer be held with Judge Cline and counsel prior to the motion date..

Settlement Conference: Settlement briefs are to be submitted to the settlement judge at least five court days prior to the hearing.  Settlement Conferences are usually calendared on Friday mornings or afternoons with general trial judges in the North County Courthouse. Settlement Conferences may be calendared by submitting a written stipulation and proposed order. Please be advised that settlement conferences are calendared 60 to 90 days from the date of reservation.

Telephonic Appearance: Telephonic appearances are pursuant to CRC § 3.670. CourtCall® is the designated provider of teleconferencing services for court appearances for the San Diego Superior Court. Call (888) 882-6878 (888) 882-6878  for details. See attached.

Personal Appearances Required:
*Trials and hearings where witnesses are expected to testify
*Hearings on Temporary Restraining Orders
*Trial Readiness Conferences
*Trial Call
*Hearings on motions in limine
*Persons ordered to appear to show cause why sanctions should not be imposed for violation of a Court Order or Rule

Trial: This department is normally in session for trials Mon-Thurs 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Although trial will not be in session on Fridays, the jury will be required to deliberate on Fridays. Jury fees are due at the end of each week and will be summarized through billing statements provided by the courtroom clerk.

Trial Call: Trial Calls are at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays. Trial counsel must be personally present. Telephonic appearances are allowed. Counsels are to provide a Joint Trial Notebook on this date that includes:

  1. Table of Contents;
  2. Joint Trial Readiness Report;
  3. Motions In Limine / Oppositions with an index of the motions;
  4. Joint Witness List with a short sentence describing the witness (i.e. "Dr. Joe Smith, an internist from Mercy Hospital");
  5. Joint Exhibit List (follow grid format on attachment to the Advance Trial Review Orders);
  6. Trial Briefs;
  7. Joint Statement of the Case (if not in Joint Trial Readiness Report);
  8. Proposed Voir Dire questions counsel want the Court to ask;
  9. Jury Instructions - in sequential order with a post-it note indicating who objects to the instruction;
  10. Special Verdict Form - either an agreed upon form or each side’s proposed form. The form should follow CACI as closely as possible and include all cause of actions and all parties. It should be complete and on pleading paper without the firm name.

Trial Readiness Conference: Trial counsel must be personally present; telephonic appearances are not allowed unless parties filed a joint trial readiness report prior to the hearing. Trial Readiness Conferences are heard at 9:00 a.m. on Fridays or as designated by the court. A complete joint trial readiness conference report must be filed at this hearing.

Policies and Procedures

Central Division - Main Courthouse
Department 46 
Honorable Lisa Schall
Department 48 
Hon.Lorna A. Alksne
Department 52 
Hon. William R. Nevitt, Jr

Central Division - Hall of Justice
Department 61 
Hon. John S. Meyer
Department 62 
Hon. Ronald L. Styn
Department 65 
Hon. Joan M. Lewis
Department 66 
Hon. Joel M. Pressman
Department 67 
Hon. Eddie C. Sturgeon
Department 68 
Hon. Judith F. Hayes
Department 69 
Hon. Katherine A. Bacal
Department 70 
Hon. Randa Trapp
Department 71 
Hon. Ronald S. Prager
Department 72 
Hon. Timothy B. Taylor
Department 73 
Hon. Joel R. Wohlfeil
Department 74 
Hon. Kevin A. Enright
Department 75 
Hon. Richard E. L. Strauss

Madge Bradley
Probate Department PC 1 
Hon. Jeffrey S. Bostwick
Probate Department PC 2 
Hon. Julia Craig Kelety

East County Division
Department 21 

North County Division
Department N-26 
Hon. Sim von Kalinowski
Department N-27 
Hon. Jacqueline M. Stern
Department N-28 
Hon. Earl H. Maas, III
Department N-29 
Hon. Robert P. Dahlquist
Department N-31 
Hon. Timothy M. Casserly
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