Department Information

Complex Litigation

JudgeKaus, Stephen
AddressAdministration Building
1221 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number (510) 267-6935
Fax Number

Court Reporter - New Information

NOTICE OF 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. Amended Local Rule 3.95 states: "Except as otherwise required by law, in general civil case and probate departments, the services of an official court reporter are not normally available. For civil trials, each party must serve and file a statement before the trial date indicating whether the party requests the presence of an official court reporter."


Department Information

General Procedures You may schedule case management hearings, law & motion hearings and other calendar events with Dept. 19 by e-mail. The use of e-mail is not a substitute for filing pleadings or filing other documents. You must provide copies of all email communications to each party (or the party's attorney if the party is represented) at the same time that you send the e-mail to the Court and you must show that you have done so in your e-mail. Courtesy copies of all moving, opposition and reply papers should be delivered directly to Dept. 19 in the Administration Building, 1221 Oak St. 3rd Floor Oakland, CA 94612.
Trial Schedule Monday through Thursday at 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
CMC Schedule Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Tentative Case Management orders will be posted on the Register of Actions by Monday noon with instructions for contesting and requesting a video hearing, which usually will be held the following week.
L&M Schedule Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. During court closure, tentative rulings will give instructions for contesting and requesting a video hearing, which generally will be at a later date.
Settlement Conference Schedule As Scheduled by Judge
ExParte Schedule During the court closure, all ex parte requests should be submitted as discussed in the "Special Motion..." section below.
Special Motion and/or Other Department Information All ex parte requests should be submitted to the clerk's office for the judge's work queue with a pdf copy emailed to and service on all other parties. Judge Kaus will wait 24 hours for an opposition or request for a video hearing and then will either rule or schedule a hearing. See Emergency Local Rule 1.8a(h)(3). Civil Jury Trial Readiness Hearings heard on Fridays at 2:00 p.m.
L&M Reservations, Email
L&M Reservations, Other Information Please provide: 1) Name of case; 2) Case number; 3) Title of motion; 4) Moving party; 5) Name of Responding Party's Counsel and email address.
ExParte, Email