Unlawful Detainer Hearings

How to Appear for Your Hearing

In certain circumstances, the San Diego Superior Court may allow appearances for hearings to be either in-person or remote.

To Appear In-Person:
Please arrive at the courthouse at least 30 minutes before your scheduled hearing and report directly to the assigned courtroom.

To Appear Remotely:
You can attend the hearing by video or audio conference using the free Microsoft Teams App, unless otherwise ordered by the court.

Unlawful Detainer Departments' Teams Links and Conference Phone Numbers

For tips on how to prepare for a virtual hearing, please refer to the Appearing for Hearings page for general information on using Microsoft Teams and continue reading below for information specific to Unlawful Detainer virtual hearings.

Unlawful Detainer Department Teams Links and Conference Phone Numbers

Location Courtroom MS Teams Link MS Teams Conference Number
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-60 C-60 Video Hearings #2 +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 896 058 100#

Unlawful Detainer Overflow Departments' Teams Links and Conference Phone Numbers

Location Courtroom MS Teams Link MS Teams Conference Number
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-64 C-64 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 177 298 714#
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-65 C-65 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 940 207 174#
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-66 C-66 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 423 329 323#
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-67 C-67 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 494 589 060#
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-68 C-68 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 693 027 608#
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-69 C-69 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 709 285 189#
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-70 C-70 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 625 885 242#
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-71 C-71 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 936 000 427#
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-72 C-72 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 409 024 251#
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-73 C-73 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 840 136 290#
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-74 C-74 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 200 308 750#
CENTRAL
Hall of Justice
C-75 C-75 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 119 939 095#
CENTRAL
County Courthouse
C-1501 C-1501 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 691 062 335#
CENTRAL
County Courthouse
C-1603 C-1603 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 893 346 895#
CENTRAL
County Courthouse
C-2103 C-2103 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 379 345 513#
CENTRAL
County Courthouse
C-2201 C-2201 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 274 204 949#
NORTH
North County Regional
N-27 N-27 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 440 586 619#
NORTH
North County Regional
N-28 N-28 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 884 159 475#
NORTH
North County Regional
N-29 N-29 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 565 152 330#
NORTH
North County Regional
N-31 N-31 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 793 394 017#

IMPORTANT: Please be advised that the MS Teams Links may change. Please check and refer to this page on the date of your hearing to ensure that you are using the most current department conference link or telephone conference ID number.

Information on Submitting Non-Trial and Trial Related Evidence:

  1. All evidence to be reviewed and considered by the Court must be submitted and received by the court by noon at least two (2) Court days before your scheduled hearing date. DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS. Evidence submitted less than two (2) court days before the hearing may result in the judicial officer not considering the items.
     
  2. Evidence submitted to the Court for consideration must be served to all parties named in the case. Any evidence not provided to the opposing party may result in the Court being unable to consider the item.
     
  3. Evidence may be submitted by U.S. mail or e-mail. E-mail submissions may be made at the following address: [email protected]. The subject line of the e-mail submission must include (i) case number, (ii) the date of the hearing, and (iii) the name of the party submitting the evidence. Please submit one e-mail only with all of your evidence. You must also certify in the body of your e-mail that you have served the evidence on the other side. Failure to provide the evidence to the other party may result in your evidence not being considered by the Court. There is no guarantee that the Court will be able to access or view evidence submitted by e-mail. To assist in the Court’s ability to access and view evidence submitted by e-mail, it is preferred that the evidence submitted be in PDF or JPEG format.

Information on Submitting Trial Evidence:

NEW: Effective October 5, 2020

  1. All evidence to be reviewed and considered by the Court must be submitted and received by the court by noon at least four (4) Court days before your scheduled hearing date. DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS. Evidence will not be returned. Evidence submitted less than four (4) court days before the hearing may result in the judicial officer not considering the items.
     
  2. Evidence submitted to the Court for consideration must be served to all parties named in the case. Any evidence not provided to the opposing party may result in the Court being unable to consider the item.
     
  3. Evidence may be submitted by U.S. mail or e-mail. E-mail submissions may be made at the following address: [email protected].
     
  4. Your email submission of evidence must include the following (see sample below):
     
    1. The subject line of the e-mail submission must include (i) case number and (ii) the date of the hearing
       
    2. The body of your e-mail must include (i) case number (ii) case title (iii) date of hearing (iv) name of attorney for landlord or party without and attorney (v) name of attorney for tenant or tenant without an attorney (vi) itemized list of exhibits (vii) list of witnesses.
       
    3. The body of your e-mail must state that you certify (state that the information is true) that you have served the evidence on the other party.
       
    4. Failure to provide the identifying information above, or failure to provide your evidence to the other party could result in your evidence not being considered by the Court, or could result in your hearing being continued to allow for your evidence to be resubmitted with the proper identifying information or to allow the other side time to review the evidence and respond. Please submit only one e-mail with all of your evidence. There is no guarantee that the Court will be able to access or view evidence submitted by e-mail. To assist in the Court’s ability to access and view evidence submitted by e-mail, it is preferred that the evidence submitted be in PDF or JPEG format.
Sample email:

Exhibits submitted via the court’s email are not considered lodged and will not be retained after the hearing date. If the court continues your matter, exhibits must be resubmitted to the email box (4) four court days in advance of the continued hearing date.

Procedures During the Hearing

  1. At the beginning of a calendar being called, the Judges will set forth guidelines for the proceedings. Listen carefully for further direction.
     
  2. Hearings may be called out in case number order or by party names, so be sure to pay attention as the calendar is being called. You will need to answer “present” at the appropriate time.
     
  3. All participants shall place their microphones on mute unless they are speaking or wish to make an objection.
     
  4. All efforts shall be undertaken not to interrupt other speakers during the hearing unless it is necessary to assert an objection. Please do not interrupt when another party or the judge is speaking. Please keep in mind that the proceedings are being electronically recorded by the Court so speak clearly and slowly.
  5. If an interpreter is necessary, all participants shall speak slowly, in short, complete sentences or questions, and allow time for translation. No one shall respond to a question posed by another participant until the question has been translated.
     
  6. If an objection is made, all participants must stop speaking and wait for the Court’s ruling on the objection. An attorney or self-represented party can ask to be heard on the objection after it is made. The Court may also request a response to an objection.
     
  7. Where an objection is made, and discussions are required in the absence of the witness, the witness may be asked to mute their computer or otherwise be virtually ejected from the meeting space, and invited to re-join the meeting when the objection has been addressed.
     
  8. All participants are required to identify anyone who may be observing the proceedings with them. This is essential to ensure the credibility of testimony.
     
  9. The Court will hold all hearings to a strict time estimate. Thus, participants are encouraged to not to repeat arguments included in their written pleadings already submitted to the Court.
     
  10. Once the Court has heard from all litigants, the matter will be submitted for decision. Once submitted, the Court will make a ruling, and no further argument shall be considered.
     
  11. Participants SHALL NOT record the video conference. ADVISORY: This virtual hearing SHALL NOT be photographed, recorded (audio or video), or rebroadcast without prior written judicial authorization consistent with California Rules of Court, rule 1.150, and San Diego Superior Court General Order of the Presiding Department, Order No. 010120-02. Please be advised that any unauthorized recording, photography, or rebroadcast without prior written judicial authorization may be a basis for a citation for contempt of court or an order imposing monetary or other sanctions as provided by law. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 1.150(h).)

Guidelines for Participants

  1. For the purpose of this guidance, a participant includes a party, an attorney, or a witness.
     
  2. This information is provided as guidance. The conduct of the hearing remains a matter for the presiding judicial officer. Participants should follow any direction given by the judicial officer.
     
  3. The behavior, manner, and presentation of a participant should be the same as if they were attending the Court hearing in person. This includes addressing the Judge correctly as “Your Honor” and addressing Counsel politely and courteously.
     
  4. The participant will ensure that there will be no interruptions or distractions for the duration of their appearance at the hearing.
     
  5. If participants are unable to give uninterrupted evidence, they should advise the courtroom clerk or their attorney as soon as practical.
     
  6. A participant should have a copy of all pleadings and documents necessary for the hearing.
     
  7. A participant that plans to examine a witness must ensure the witness has a copy of documents to which they may be referred. A participant who plans to examine a witness must ensure the witness has a copy of the documents they may be referred to.
     
  8. Participants are not permitted to use or access their phones during the hearing except to communicate with their attorney of record as permitted by the judge