In San Diego, the San Diego Superior Court has three probate departments. Each department is different for the policies and procedures. This will be a series of three postings with links to the San Diego Superior Court website page with that probate court policies and procedures. These can change without notice so make sure to confirm that these are still in effect for your pending case. For Probate Court 1, the policies and procedures are very detailed.
For emergency relief, also referred to as an ex parte, the moving papers must show extraordinary circumstances as a prerequesite showing. This includes a written declaration under penalty of perjury showing that irreparable harm, immediate danger or some other extraordinary circumstances exists with personal knowledge. The pleadings must be filed in the business office and the ex parte applications are only heard on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:45am. A reservation must be made and this is a limit on the number of reservations. There is also a notice requirement which needs to be strictly followed.
There are also policies and procedures for law and motion, trials, evidentiary hearings, telephonic appearances and telecourt.
If you have an active probate case, or have questions regarding a pending probate case, please contact us for a complimentary consultation.