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

Revised: 
Thursday, May 12, 2022

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

1. Beginning April 1, 2022, all matters before Judge Lafferty 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 AT&T Teleconference. Beginning May 25, 2022, counsel and interested parties may appear at the hearing in person or by Zoom Webinar.  Prior court approval is not required for AT&T or Zoom appearances.  The AT&T or Zoom information will be included in each calendar posted weekly, as applicable.

2. Any person who is not fully vaccinated and intends to appear in person is required to notify Judge Lafferty’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.

3. Any individual exhibiting COVID symptoms is required to attend the hearing by Zoom Webinar/AT&T Teleconference.

4. Individuals appearing in person must comply with any mask mandate in effect at the time of the hearing in Alameda County, as issued by the building’s property manager, or as otherwise required by the Court.

5. As an initial precaution, Judge Lafferty’s courtroom deputy will contact counsel who file pleadings on any matter set for hearing to determine the number of people anticipated to appear in person. The courtroom deputy will also make a reasonable effort to contact pro se individuals regarding in person appearances. This information will be used to allow the court to determine if additional precautions such as staggered hearing times are required.

6. Specific procedures for any evidentiary hearings, settlement conferences, or trials shall be determined by Judge Lafferty in consultation with counsel.

7. Notice requirements for matters set for hearing before Judge Lafferty on or after April 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 Webinar/AT&T Teleconference, (2) additional information is available on Judge Lafferty’s Procedures page on the court’s website, and (3) information on how to attend the hearing by Zoom Webinar/AT&T Teleconference will be included with each calendar posted under Judge Lafferty’s Calendar on the court’s website.