Dispositive motions are heard on Fridays. Judge Richardson requests that you check with the opposing counsel/party before scheduling any hearing in order to make sure that the date is mutually agreeable. Doing so reduces the need to reschedule hearings due to conflicts.
Any request for a dispositive motion hearing must be emailed to the court and include
- Case number and name
- Names, phone numbers and email addresses of all counsel/parties
- Nature of hearing
The Court typically allots one hour for dispositive motions. Additional time may be provided on hearings involving multiple parties or complex motions. Please advise the bailiff if additional time is being requested.
Most motions do not require oral argument under the Civil or Local Rules. If a party would like to request oral argument, the motion should be noted pursuant to the applicable court rules, simply noting in the upper right-hand corner of the working papers “Oral Argument Requested.” If, after reviewing all briefing, the Court determines oral argument is appropriate, the bailiff will contact the parties and set a mutually acceptable time for oral argument.
Civil Trial Exhibit
Electronic exhibits are to be used for civil trials conducted remotely. Instructions on uploading electronic exhibits can be found on our Electronic Exhibits-ShareFile page. Please submit exhibits no later than 5 court dates before the scheduled trial date.
Depositions are not to be marked as an exhibit since they become part of the court file. Exhibits to the deposition may be marked as exhibits in evidence. Please deliver Court Reporter Sealed Original depositions to the Judges’ Mailroom, C-203, with Judge Richardson’s name clearly marked. An electronic copy of the deposition transcript must be uploaded to the ShareFile folder.
If the parties intend to use depositions in trial, designations and objections shall be marked according to Judge Richardson's guidelines. Deposition designations and objections shall be provided to the Court at least 5 days prior to trial, along with all other pretrial materials.
During this time, Judge Richardson’s court is paperless. Please use the Clerk’s Office e-working copies service.
All motions and responses, with or without oral argument, must be accompanied by a proposed order in Word format. LCR 5.7 (b)(5)(C).
Judge Richardson accepts stipulations and agreed orders via email. Please send to the bailiff at the email address above. The proposed order should be submitted in Word format.
Digitally recorded courtroom
The court proceedings in Department 52 are recorded by FTR Gold equipment which digitally records all proceedings. If you are requesting a copy of a recording, you will need to submit a completed CD Request Form (200KB) to the Clerk’s Office. If the parties are requesting a court reporter for a hearing/trial, please notify the bailiff as soon as possible.
Please notify the court immediately if your case settles or you need to strike a motion.
For weddings, please call or email Judge Richardson’s court for information regarding availability and fees.