Department Information

Complex Litigation

JudgePetrou, Ioana
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, or any afternoon hearing in Department 201 (probate). Parties may arrange and pay for the attendance of a certified shorthand reporter. (See also Amended Local Rule 3.95).


(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 Counsel are to be familiar and comply with the Statement of Professionalism and Civility, Alameda County Bar Association Email is the preferred method of communicating with court staff. Telephone communications are possible, but use of email will greatly facilitate a prompt response to your inquiries. When a copy of a document must be transmitted to court staff, it should be hand-delivered to Department 17. The use of an email attachments is not a substitute for filing of pleadings or other documents. All email communications should be copied to all parties for whom an email address is available, so inclusion of available email addresses in the caption of all filed papers, as required CRC 2.111(1) is critical.
Trial Schedule Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Court Trials commence Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
Schedule Information Anyone seeking to schedule a hearing must first "meet and confer" with all counsel regarding proposed dates then contact Dept. 17 via e-mail with copies to all counsel.
CMC Schedule Will usually be set Tuesday through Thursday at 9 and Friday at 9:30.
L&M Schedule Tuesdays-Thursdays at 9 am (asbestos on Thursdays). For a reservation, meet and confer regarding dates then email. Do not seek a discovery-related reservation without first complying with Dept. 17's informal resolution protocol.
Settlement Conference Schedule Ad hoc
ExParte Schedule Ad hoc. Before submitting an ex parte application that requires a hearing, (a) email Dept. 17 to secure a hearing date, and (b) provide CRC 3.1203(a) notice to all parties. Compliance with CRC 3.1203(a) will be strictly enforced.
Special Motion and/or Other Department Information (1)Counsel should consider and recommend creative, efficient approaches to valuing and resolving their case (CRC 3.724). (2) Potential discovery and other problems should be anticipated and discussed. (3) No discovery motion shall be filed without prior serious efforts to resolve it. No motion to compel may be filed without first complying with the procedures set forth on Dept. 17's web page on DomainWeb (Complex).
L&M Reservations, Email
ExParte, Email