Real Property Court
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Notice to the Public:
* Pursuant to LRSF 2.7(B)(2) courtesy copies of all filed papers for motions heard in Department 501 (Real Property Court) must be delivered to Department 501.
* Limited Unlawful Detainer Cases - As of April 20, 2020, remote access to the Court Index, Register of Actions, or other records after the complaint is filed can be obtained via the San Francisco Superior Court website: https://ud.sftc.org by entering the access code provided on the Notice to Defendants or your payment receipt or by entering the name of at least one plaintiff and one defendant and the address of the premises, including the apartment or unit number, exactly as it appears on the complaint.
* Pursuant to LRSF 2.11, effective July 1, 2020, the San Francisco Superior Court expanded its mandatory e-filing program to include Limited Unlawful Detainer Cases. For more information regarding E-Filing, please refer to the E-FILING FOR CIVIL webpage.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:
Please refer to the Information Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Court Operations page (https://www.sfsuperiorcourt.org/general-info/Information-Regarding-Coronavirus-And-Court-Operations) for the most current information in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Videoconference Hearings in Real Property Court
- MGA PAGDINIG SA REAL PROPERTY COURT SA PAMAMAGITAN NG VIDEO CONFERENCE
- СЛУШАНИЯ В СУДЕ ПО ДЕЛАМ РЕАЛЬНОГО ИМУЩЕСТВА В ФОРМАТЕ ВИДЕОКОНФЕРЕНЦИЙ
- AUDIENCIAS POR VIDEOCONFERENCIA EN LA CORTE DE BIENES INMUEBLES
- CÁC PHIÊN TÒA QUA HỘI NGHỊ TRUYỀN HÌNH TẠI TÒA ÁN BẤT ĐỘNG SẢN
Real Property Court Hearings
Effective Monday, March 1, 2021, the Real Property Court will be holding hearings by videoconference and the public can view and/or listen to hearings, by clicking on the appropriate link below:
Real Property Court Department 501 Daily at
If unable to join using the links above, the hearings may be joined by telephone by dialing
+1 551 285 1373 and entering the meeting ID and password below.
Department 501: Meeting ID: 160 560 5023 Password: 172849
Real Property Court hears all matters pertaining to real property including but not limited to:
Unlawful Detainer Cases
All unlawful/forcible detainer matters including mandatory settlement conferences, calling of the UD trial calendar, motions to continue UD trials, UD discovery, and requests for posting and mailing.
- Law & Motion: All Law & Motion matters for Civil cases arising out of ownership of real property, possession of real property, acquisition of real property, and damage to real property (except construction defect cases).
- Discovery: Discovery not handled via pro tempore system. All discovery motions in non-UD (CUD) Civil Real Property and Housing matters must first be noticed for hearing in Discovery Department at 9 a.m. per Local Rule 10. Specifically, the papers must indicate Department 302 at 9 a.m. If the matter is not resolved in the Discovery Department, the hearing will be re-set for Department 501 per Local Rule 10(B).
Motions to continue trial and calling of the trial calendar in non unlawful/forcible detainer matters are heard in Department 206.
All motions (including discovery not handled via pro tempore system and motions to continue UD trials) are heard at 9:30 a.m., Monday - Friday, excluding Court holidays.
Courtesy copies must be delivered to Department 501 on the date of filing by the moving party and not later than one day before the hearing by the opposing party. Failure to deliver courtesy copies may result in the matter being taken off calendar.
- The word "Discovery" must be typed on the title page of all papers related to Discovery.
- Requests for telephonic appearances shall be made pursuant to San Francisco Superior Local Rules of Court, 3-4F.
- Reserving a date prior to filing is not required; however there is a limit of five discovery motions per day. Parties must schedule and notice hearings within the time limits provided by law, e.g., CCP 1005, 1167.4, 1170.8, etc.
Ex parte applications are heard Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 9 a.m.; and Tuesday at 10 a.m. as follows:
- Requests for Entry of Judgment Pursuant to Breach of Stipulation in Unlawful Detainer matters shall be heard Wednesday through Fridays at 9 a.m ONLY.
- Tuesdays Ex parte calendar is reserved solely for Requests for Stay of execution in Unlawful Detainer cases: Ex parte applications for stays of execution shall be heard ONLY at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. Please note: If the order is granted, the defendant must take the original orders for stay of execution from Dept. 501 and have it filed along with the required rent deposit payments in the Clerk’s Office, Rm. 103, during operating business hours.
- No other ex parte applications, except for accompanying requests for orders shortening time for motions to vacate judgement may be on Tuesdays.
- All other Real Property Court ex parte applications (excluding requests described in sections (1) and (2) shall be heard at 9 a.m. every day EXCEPT Tuesdays.
Unlawful Detainer pre-trial and date-of-trial MANDATORY SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES
Starting June 1, 2021, the Court will gradually resume its pre-trial Mandatory Settlement Conferences (“MSCs”) in Unlawful Detainer Cases. Until further notice pre-trial MSCs in Unlawful Detainer cases will be set for remote appearances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays afternoons the week before trial call. Information regarding the date, time and login for remote appearance will be provided in the Notice of Time and Place of Trial and Settlement Hearing. While initially not all cases will be assigned a pre-trial Mandatory Settlement Conference, all cases may be assigned to a day-of-trial MSC. Please read your Notice of Time and Place of Trial and Settlement Hearing carefully as information for remote appearance is unique for each case. Attendance at the settlement conference by the attorney who will try the case, and each party is mandatory (See LRSF 5.0 B, E). Parties will be afforded an opportunity, and will be required to participate in a Mandatory Settlement Conference on the date of their trial assignment
Other Useful Information
Motions Calendar and Ex-Parte Calendar
Until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telephonic appearances are encouraged.
Unlawful Detainer Trial Call and Counsel Assignment
For all cases that are (1) not settled; and (2) for which a Settlement Protective Date/stipulated continuance is not being requested at the trial call, trial counsel and all parties MUST appear in-person and have copies of their respective trial briefs, motions in limine, witness lists, exhibit lists, and jury instructions (for jury trials). For all other cases, e.g. to report a settlement or to request a mutually agreed upon Settlement Protective Date/stipulated continuance, remote appearances are encouraged.
Failure to present any of these when requested by the Master Calendar Judge may be deemed a waiver, as well as result in sanctions, including but not limited to, monetary sanctions or inability to proceed with a jury trial.
By responding "ready" for trial (in all cases that have not been settled or continued per stipulations at the trial call, including those cases in which no mandatory settlement conference was held or a mandatory settlement conference proceeded without assistance of a neutral/Settlement Officer), parties confirm that all the required papers listed above are on file and ready to be presented to the trial judge forthwith.
For all cases that have not been assigned to a trial department at the time of the Trial Call, parties shall be prepared to appear for trial assignment on a 2-hour telephonic notice. For the trial assignment counsel and parties MUST appear in-person and have copies of their respective trial briefs, motions in-limine, witness lists and jury instructions (for jury trials). Failure to present any of these upon request of the Master Calendar Judge may be deemed a waiver, as well as result in sanctions, including but not limited to, striking the request for jury trial. By responding "ready" for trial, parties confirm that all the required papers listed above are on file and ready to be presented to the trial judge.
A Court Reporter will not be available in the Law & Motion/Discovery Department. Parties may privately arrange to have a certified Official Pro Tempore Court reporter present for motion hearings. Pursuant to GC 69955, the notes of the Official Pro Tempore Reporter are the official records of the Court, and shall be maintained or delivered to the Clerk of the Court in the paper and/or electronic form after the hearing.
Presiding Judge Matters
The Presiding Judge of the Court (or person designated by the Presiding Judge) hears all applications for Waiver of Court fees("In forma Pauperis").
Department 501 is generally closed for lunch at Noon. If the morning calendar runs past Noon, the staff will recess thereafter. When this happens, a notice will be posted outside of the courtroom.
With the exception of proposed orders for motions for summary judgment/adjudication, it is recommended that parties appear at the hearing with proposed orders even if the hearing is uncontested to ensure timely processing of the order. Orders submitted after the session is over may experience a delay in processing. When submitting a proposed order after the session is over, submit an original, one copy, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. (Please refer to CRC 2.100 – 2.11 for specific details.
In view of the Jameson v. Desta decision
Fee waiver recipients who desire a verbatim record of a trial court proceeding must notify the court in writing by filing a notice, a request or other form of written notification. The notice/request must be received within the following time perimeters:
- Unlawful Detainer Matters – 5 days before the trial court proceeding
- Civil and Probate – 2 weeks before the trial court proceeding
Failure to make the request within the time perimeters listed above may result in the courts inability to honor your request in a timely manner, on the day of your hearing.
All verbatim records in limited and unlimited jurisdiction cases will be made by a recording system.