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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: General Information: Rules of Court: Department Rules: Department 70
Department 70 Policies and Procedures - Honorable Carolyn M. Caietti
Central - Hall of Justice
Rev. December 18, 2020

Honorable Carolyn M. Caietti, Presiding

Department Staff
Court Clerk Anthony Shirley: (619) 450-7070
Calendar Clerk Ernestina Castaneda: (619) 450-7325- Phone hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  1. Ex Parte. Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 a.m., by reservation only. Papers should be filed by 10:00 a.m. at least one court day prior to the hearing, with the appropriate fee. The Court requires courtesy copies of all E-filed documents on all ex parte papers delivered to the Dept. 70 drop box in the Hall of Justice. To reserve an ex parte hearing, contact the calendar clerk at the number above. If you find you will not be appearing after reserving your date, please contact the Department to cancel.

    Guardianships, Publications of Summons, Default Prove-Ups: Petitions for appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem, applications for orders for publication of summons, and submission of a default prove-up package may be made ex parte without the necessity of an appearance. The moving papers shall be submitted for review by the Court. The Court may set a hearing, if deemed necessary. Guardian ad litem applications will not be granted ex parte unless the moving party submits a declaration showing the minor is not the subject of a juvenile dependency or a probate guardianship and, if the parents are not living together, attaching a copy of the current child custody order. (See form: SDSC – CIV383).

  2. Law and Motion: Motions are heard by reservation only on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise designated by the Court. To reserve a date, contact the calendar clerk at the number above or utilize the online reservation system. Tentative rulings are normally available by 4:00 p.m., one day prior to the hearing. The Court requires courtesy copies of all E-filed documents on all motion hearings (moving, opposing, etc.) delivered to the Dept. 70 drop box in the Hall of Justice. At the conclusion of the Law and Motion hearing, the Court's Minute Order is the final order of the Court unless the Court directs counsel to prepare and submit an order.

  3. Discovery Motions: The Court makes itself available to parties during ex parte hours to discuss discovery disputes prior to the filing of motions to compel. Voluntary ex parte noticed conferences are encouraged in order to reach a resolution of discovery problems as an alternative to formal motions. If a discovery motion is filed, the Court will set a status conference to discuss the discovery dispute. A two-page summary outlining the discovery dispute should be filed five days prior to the status conference.

  4. Sealing Records: Requests to seal court records must comply with CRC 2.550 and 2.551. Note: "The court must not permit a record to be filed under seal based solely on the agreement or stipulation of the parties." CRC 2.551(a).

  5. Case Management Conference: Fridays from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.

  6. Continuances: Stipulated requests to continue any applicable dates and deadlines (including Trial and corresponding dates) may be made by written stipulation. Please provide a proposed order with any stipulation. The Court will review the stipulation and proposed order. If necessary, an ex parte hearing may be scheduled. Disputed requests for continuances should be made by way of a noticed motion or an ex parte application. Please review CRC Rules 3.1200 through 3.1207 in connection with any ex parte application.

  7. Trial Readiness Conference: Fridays at 9:00 a.m., unless otherwise designated by the Court.

  8. Trial Call: Fridays at 8:45 a.m., unless otherwise designated by the Court.

  9. Trial: Trial hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise designated by the Court.

  10. Remote Appearances: California Rules of Court and any emergency orders in effect due to the pandemic shall govern remote appearances. Please check the San Diego Superior Court website for remote appearance information via CourtCall and Microsoft Teams for Department 70.

    Dept. 70 - Advance Trial Review Order

    Dept. 70 Trial Requirements

    Joint Exhibit List




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