February 2, 2023
Robert D Foiles, Civil Judge

Department Information

Robert D Foiles, Civil Judge
Department 21
Courtroom 2J
Southern Court, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 261-5121
Judicial Profile

Department 21 Civil Pretrial Order
A Thumbnail Guide to Department 21
Department 21 Tentative Rulings for Non-Complex Cases

Judge Foiles will not be available for Ex Parte matters on the following dates:

  • January 16, 2023, January 23, 2023, and January 26, 2023
  • February 13, 2023, and February 20, 2023
  • March 16, 2023, and March 30, 2023
  • April 27, 2023
  • May 29, 2023
  • July 3, 2023
  • September 4, 2023, and September 21, 2023
  • October 9, 2023, and October 12, 2023


Before trial of any civil case, all parties are ordered to comply with the following requirements:

A pretrial conference is generally set two weeks before trial. At the pretrial conference counsel are expected to:

  • File all in limine motions and be prepared to informally discuss them
  • Estimate timing of their case.
  • Discuss expert witness schedules/issues.
  • Address potential stipulations.
  • Discuss settlement possibilities.

At least 6 court days before trial all responses to in limine motions must be filed. At least 2 court days prior to trial, both sides are to exchange a list of the witnesses that they expect to call and agree upon a statement of the case to be read to the jury.

At least 2 court days prior to trial, the parties are to meet and confer and exchange pre-marked copies of all potential trial exhibits, including discovery responses, to be used at trial. Remove all duplicative exhibits. Plaintiff's exhibits shall be numerical starting at 100 and Defendant's exhibits shall also be numerical starting at 200. You must create your own exhibit stickers. Each side will bring to trial at least four copies of each binder containing exhibits (one for the Court, one for the witness stand, and one for each side). An exhibit list is to be provided to the Courtroom Clerk.

All counsel are required to be familiar with CRC §§2.1055, 2.1058. On the first day of trial the Court is to be provided with a combined index or history table, as required, and with copies of all proposed instructions including any special instructions. The index or history table shall list all proposed instructions, whether or not the parties are in agreement as to their use. The list shall commence with CACI instructions, in numerical order, and then list any requested special instructions which shall be numbered sequentially starting with "S1" or verdicts numbered "V1". The parties shall meet and confer before trial as to proposed instructions and verdicts and shall divide them into two sets for the Court: the first being agreed instructions and verdicts and the other being disputed instructions and verdicts. Each party's authorities on disputed instructions are to be noted on the instructions or verdicts. No duplicates should be provided.

Trial schedules is Monday 1:30-4:30, Tues thru Thursday 9:00- 4:30


Per Local Rule 3.700, no party may move to compel discovery or file any other discovery motion until the parties have had an Informal Discovery Conference with the court.

Remote Appearance Information and Procedures

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: 161 328 2775
Password: 392539

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 a.m. Case Management and Trial Setting Conferences
(Zoom Audio & Video)
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General Law & Motion
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9:30 a.m.         Default Prove-up
(Zoom Audio & Video
1:30 p.m. Ex-parte's     Ex-parte's  
2:00 p.m. Trial
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Complex Law & Motion/CMC's
(Zoom Audio & Video)

Mandatory Settlement Conferences - Schedule for 2021 (The Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC) will be conducted by a Civil Judge who is not assigned as the single-assigned judge for this civil action. You must appear remotely on Zoom for the MSC. On the day of your MSC hearing, you will log into the Zoom calendar, and at that time, a Judge will be assigned to conduct your MSC)

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