Department Information

Complex Litigation

JudgeRoesch, Frank
AddressAdministration Building
1221 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number (510) 267-6933
Fax Number

Court Reporter - New Information

NONAVAILABILITY OF COURT REPORTERS: Effective June 4, 2012, the court will not provide a court reporter for civil law and motion hearings, any other hearing or trial in civil departments. Parties may arrange and pay for the attendance of a certified shorthand reporter. In limited jurisdiction cases, parties may request electronic recording.


(1) INFORMAL DISCOVERY RESOLUTION PROTOCOL: Dept. 17 will not provide a reservation number for any discovery-related motion unless the parties first comply with Dept. 17's informal discovery dispute resolution protocol. The protocol is set forth in "General Guidelines" Document, which can be accessed via the "List of Documents" button, below. (2) NEW EX PARTE PROCEDURE: Effective June 1, 2014, Dept. 17 requires strict compliance with all aspects of CRC 3.1200 et seq., including appearances as required by 3.1207 as amended effective Jan.1, 2014. However, the parties may stipulate that an application be decided without a hearing. For more details, see "Ex parte Schedule", below. (3) CHAMBERS COPIES of all law and motion papers must be hand delivered to Dept. 17 at the time of filing.


Department Information

General Procedures (1) Meet and Confer Requirements are strictly enforced in Discovery Disputes. Counsel are reminded of their duty to act professionally and respectfully. (2) An informal discovery resolution process is provided for represented parties. Contact the clerk for details. (3) Courtesy Copies delivered directly to Dept 24 are required for all motions and applications. If said filing collectively measures two or more inches, please deliver the Courtesy Copy in binders separated with tabs and indexed. (4) DATES: email is preferred for scheduling. (5) Other than for scheduling matters, parties MUST COPY all sides when communicating via email with the Court. Email is NOT a substitute for filing pleadings/documents. Further, parties are reminded that the Court Clerk is prohibited from giving legal advice.
Trial Schedule Mondays through Thursday at 9:00 am. Trial Readiness Conference set about 10 days prior to trial on Fridays at 10:00 am. Compliance with Local Rule 3.35 and personal appearance of trial counsel required on that date.
Schedule Information Parites must confer on agreeable dates consistent with the court's schedules before contacting the clerk to reserve a date. Email request will result in a faster response.
CMC Schedule Case Management Conferences are held: Friday at 9:00 am. Tentative orders and orders continuing a CMC are generally posted in advance.
L&M Schedule Thursdays at 3:30 pm. Litigants must contact the clerk to reserve a date before filing any L&M matters. The court does issue tentative rulings. See Local Rules 3.30(c). To contest a ruling, call or email Dept. 17 in a timely manner.
Settlement Conference Schedule N/A
ExParte Schedule Monday through Thursday at 4:00 pm. Litigants must contact the clerk to reserve a date and time before noticing any party.
Special Motion and/or Other Department Information Collection trials, prove-up hearings, and orders of examination are set on Fridays at 2:00 pm. In all matters, Counsel are expected to be familiar with the State of Professionalism and Civility published by the Alamed County Bar Association (
L&M Reservations, Email
L&M Reservations, Phone 510-267-6933
L&M Reservations, Other Information Requests for Law & Motion or ExParte hearing dates must include: (1) Case Name; (2) Case Number; (3) Title of Motion; (4) Moving Party.
ExParte, Email
Ex Parte, Phone 510-267-6933