Judge Hammond’s Practices and Procedures for In-Person Hearings

Revised: 
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Judge Hammond’s Practices and Procedures for In-Person Hearings

1. Beginning March 1, 2022, all matters before Judge Hammond will be conducted in person, in the courtroom, unless otherwise ordered by the court. Counsel and interested parties may appear at the hearing either in person or by Zoom. Prior court approval is not required for in person or Zoom appearances.

2. Counsel appearing at the hearing in person or by Zoom will be able to see counsel appearing in the alternate manner.

3. Any person who is not fully vaccinated and intends to appear in person is required to notify Judge Hammond’s courtroom deputy no later than three (3) days prior to the hearing, in order to allow the court to determine if additional precautions are required.

4. Any individual exhibiting COVID symptoms is required to attend the hearing by Zoom.

5. Individuals appearing in person must comply with any mask mandate in effect at the time of the hearing in Santa Clara County.

6. As an initial precaution, Judge Hammond’s courtroom deputy, Anna Rosales, will contact counsel who file pleadings on any matter set for hearing to determine the number of people anticipated to appear in person. This information will be used to allow the court to determine if additional precautions such as staggered hearing times are required.

7. Specific procedures for any evidentiary hearing shall be determined by Judge Hammond in consultation with counsel.

8. Notice requirements for matters set for hearing before Judge Hammond on or after March 1, 2022 :

The notice of hearing must state that (1) counsel, parties, and other interested parties may attend the hearing in person or by Zoom, (2) additional information is available on Judge Hammond’s Procedures page on the court’s website, and (3) information on attending the hearing by Zoom will be provided on Judge Hammond’s calendar, posted no later than seven (7) days prior to the hearing date.