Alameda County Superior Court – Local Rules – January 2017

Here is a pdf version of the Alameda County Superior Court Local Rules, effective January 2017.


On every East Bay litigator’s Christmas wish list.


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Briefs For Appeals Pending In California Courts – Researching Public Employee Pension Cases

Last week, the California Supreme Court issued a grant-and-hold-order in the pension case of Marin Association of Public Employees v. Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association (S237460).  The court has decided to wait for a decision in the appeal of an Alameda County-centric case – a different pension case — Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Association v. Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (A141913) or “pending further order of the court.”

Six of the briefs for the Alameda County case are available for reading and downloading at Alameda County Law Library on our public computers through our access to the California Public Law Library Briefs Service.  Four of the documents filed in the Marin Association case are also available on the database.  Visit the Reference Desk in Oakland or Hayward for help with accessing the briefs.  ACLL is one of the select California county law libraries having access to this resource.

There is a delay in the upload of the text of California appellate briefs to the free database.  You can call the Oakland Reference Desk at 510-208-4832 to check on availability before making a trip to the library.

Grant-and-hold order

An information discussion of the procedural aspects of the not frequently used grant-and-hold order can be found on the At the Lectern blog in a post – “Supreme Court Case on Hold for Court of Appeal Decision in Another Case.”

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Warriors’ Arena Litigation – Mission Bay Alliance v. Hawgood – Petition For Writ of Mandate – Alameda County Superior Court

Mission Bay Arena Lawsuit

A suit was filed on December 17, 2015 in Alameda County Superior Court concerning the proposed San Francisco arena complex for the professional basketball team, Golden State Warriors, currently an East BayFeatured Image -- 2901 team, as well as, the NBA champions.

You can view, using the following link, a copy of the Petition for Writ of Mandate filed in Mission Bay Alliance, Jennifer Wade, and Bruce Spaulding v. Sam Hawgood, in his capacity as Chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, Super Ct. Alameda County, Dec. 17, 2015,  No. RG15797095. Mission_Bay_Alliance_writofmandate_121715_acsuperior_warriors_cn_rg15797095

Alameda County Superior Court – Changes To Local Rules And Forms – January 1, 2016

Changes to the Local Rules of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda – January 1, 2016 rcd_courthouse_OMuseumside

The Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, has updated its local rules.

The updates, effective January 1, 2016, will be available on the Alameda County Superior Court’s website by January 1, 2016.  (If you peek and use this link before January 1, 2016, you will see the “old” current rules on the court’s web page.)

Until the new year, you can use this PDF to see updated rules and forms.  Alameda Local Rules Effective Jan. 1, 2016

Here is a separate PDF that provides copies of all the Alameda County Superior Court local forms that will be in use as of January 1, 2016.



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Berkeley Balcony Collapse – Complaints Filed in Alameda County Superior Court – Culligan v. Black Rock, Inc

domainweb_headerComplaints were filed in Alameda County Superior Court this week to initiate negligence actions involving the recent deadly Berkeley, California balcony collapse.

A news article from the Bay Area News Group about the litigation can be read here.

For anyone interested in the causes of actions surrounding this incident, one of the complaints related to the disaster, Culligan v. Blackrock, Inc., RG1593019, can be read here – culliganvblackrock_acsup_complaint_rg1593019

The Alameda County Superior Court on-line public court records are kept behind a paywall.  But for the first week, new filings can be viewed without cost on the DomainWeb database.  A listing of documents with links can be can be viewed under the “Public Documents” link on the webpage.


Searches for information by case numbers are always available at no cost on the system.  Reading full text of the filings does require an on-line account and payment.

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Creating Pleadings – Alameda County Superior Court

On the Alameda County Law Library website, we have updated the word processing resources for pleadings and pleading paper.rcd_courthouse_OMuseumside

Now available is a template for use in drafting a pleading for the Alameda County Superior Court.

Also available on the same page is a companion instructional document with simple basic steps on to how to edit the template for a court filing.  The link is entitled  –  “How to Use Pleading Paper.”

Blank pleading paper –  ready to be edited using Microsoft Word – is also available on the page.

Below are the links from the ACLL “Forms” webpage –


How To Use Pleading Paper (PDF – 31kb) *

Blank Pleading Paper – Formatted for Alameda County (DOC – 24kb) *

Blank Pleading Paper (DOC – 31kb) *



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Traffic Tickets / Infractions Amnesty Program – Alameda County Superior Court

Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program – Alameda County – Starts October 1, 2015

Information sheet from Alameda County Superior Court’s website (with link to county form) HERE rcd_courthouse_OMuseumside

The following is some general information about the program —

WHEN?    One-time opportunity – beginning October 1, 2015, ending March 31, 2017

• Court order debt can be reduced by a significant discount, depends on income.
• Opportunity to get your driver’s license back.

WHO?    You may qualify to have your old, unpaid traffic fines and some state infractions — adult or juvenile — reduced by 50% or 80% if you meet the following guidelines:

IF —
1. The fine and any related fees were due before January 1, 2013;
2. You do not have any outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants in Alameda County;
3. You do not owe victim restitution on any case in Alameda County; and
4. You have not made any payments on your tickets since September 30, 2015.

The benefits of paying your traffic tickets through the Traffic Amnesty program include:

• Any Civil Assessments ($300 charge added for Failure to Appear and/or Failure to Pay) will be eliminated.

• If your driver’s license was suspended due to unpaid tickets, the suspension will be removed and you will be eligible to have your license reinstated.

50% Reduction – Most people will be eligible for a 50% reduction of fines and fees.
80% Reduction – If you receive public assistance or are very low income, you may qualify for an 80% reduction.
If you have made payments on your tickets since June 24, 2015, you may still be eligible to have your driver’s license reinstated, although the amount of your fine will not be reduced.

• You will have to pay a $50 fee for participation in the Traffic Amnesty Program.
• The Department of Motor Vehicles will charge a $55 fee to get your license reinstated.

NOT ELIGIBLE: NO DUIs NO reckless driving citations NO parking tickets

Information sheet with steps of how to be considered for this program is HERE.



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