January 28, 2022
Civil Department
Last Updated December 30, 2021
Pursuant to Emergency Local Rule 3-101, effective January 1, 2022, all ex partes in civil law and motion matters are temporarily suspended until further order of the Court.
San Mateo moves to Direct Calendaring in Civil Effective January 1, 2021
San Mateo Superior Court has adopted a direct calendar model, where all civil cases are assigned to a single judge, for all purposes. The Civil Clerk's Office is in the process of sending Notices of Assignment for all current and newly filed cases.

Calendar Availability for New Motions
To schedule a motion on the assigned judge's calendar, check available dates on the calendar availability page.

Informal Discovery Conferences
Before filing a motion to compel discovery or any other discovery motion, parties must have had an Informal Discovery Conference with the Court. Counsel must have exhausted all meet and confer obligations before the Informal Discovery Conference. (Local Rule 3.700 (a)) The Civil Commissioner will hear Informal Discovery Conferences by conference call. To schedule an Informal Discovery Conference, email the Civil Commissioner's Department, IDC@sanmateocourt.org, after January 1, 2021. Please check available dates on the Informal Discovery Conference Calendar Availability page. Each Informal Discovery Conference will be scheduled for a 30 minute time slot.

Mandatory Settlement Conference Procedures
Parties will no longer submit a paper copy of their Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC) Statements to Master Calendar. Instead, parties must timely lodge their MSC Statements by e-filing with the Court. Until Covid 19 Pandemic restrictions are lifted, Mandatory Settlement Conferences will be held remotely, using Zoom video conferencing. The assigned civil judge will calendar the MSC at the Case Management and Trial Date Setting Conference. The MSC will be conducted by a civil judge who is not the judge assigned to the case.
Mandatory Settlement Conferences (MSCs) Zoom Credentials
Zoom Hearing Credentials

Click on this link to join the Zoom meeting (no meeting ID or passcode required):

Dial in:
Phone Number: +1 (669) 254-5252
Meeting ID: 160 069 7317
Password: 186690

Case Management Conferences
The Civil Commissioner hears the initial Case Management Conference. The calendar is heard via Zoom. Follow this link for Commissioner Halperin's Zoom Credentials http://www.sanmateocourt.org/court_divisions/civil/dept34.php

Civil Department Judges

Click on a Judge's name to link to their remote appearance information and their department's procedures.

Northern Branch
1050 Mission Road South San Francisco
Southern Branch
Southern Court 400 County Center Redwood City
Danny Y. Chou
Civil Judge
Department 22
Courtroom K
(650) 261-5122
Robert D Foiles
Civil Judge
Department 21
Courtroom 2J
(650) 261-5121
Nancy L. Fineman
Civil Judge
Department 4
Courtroom N
(650) 261-5104
V. Raymond Swope
Civil Judge
Department 23
Courtroom 8A
(650) 261-5123
Ernst A. Halperin
Civil Commissioner
Department 34
Courtroom P
(650) 261-5134
Marie S. Weiner
Civil Judge
Department 2
Courtroom 2E
(650) 261-5102
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