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How to Read Probate Examiner Notes
After examining your petition, the Probate Examiner prepares the Probate Notes which point out deficiencies and represent her recommendations to the Court. They are NOT tentative rulings. Examiner's notes are generally available two weeks before the scheduled hearing date, and remain a part of the Register of Actions. The notes can be accessed through the Court's website:

The notes are not updated. Approximately four days prior to the date of hearing the Probate Judge will review the file, and issue his Tentative Rulings which can be accessed through the Court's website:

If law offices would like to continue a matter to cure defects shown in the Examiner's notes, they may do so by sending an email to no later than 2:00 p.m. two (2) days before a hearing. The email is to state the case name and number and indicate a date to which the continuance is requested. Notice of the continuance and/or an Amended Notice of Hearing shall be sent by the moving party to all parties previously Noticed. If such an email request is timely made, no appearance is required at the hearing, and the matter will be continued unless the Tentative Ruling indicates the Court will direct otherwise.

Every case will be called in open court and the intended decision will be given unless objections are presented. Any approved matter in which there is an objection may be continued for at least two weeks for further hearing.

In order to be considered by the Examiner, all documents to cure defects must be filed at least four (4) court days prior to the date of hearing, and must include the date and time of the hearing within the caption of the document. Please be sure to inform the filing Clerk that the document is being filed to cure a defect per the Probate Examiner's notes to assure that the document is placed the appropriate file prior to the hearing.

Click here to view Probate Examiner Notes

NOTE: Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the documents placed on the website, but the court is not responsible for delays, errors or omissions in these web pages. The official court documents are those filed with the case record. Because of the volume of cases, the press of the calendar, the Probate Department does not take calls regarding general defects and/or to discuss tentative rulings, or to preclear or preapprove a document or set of proposed documents. The Probate staff is not authorized to assist counsel and/or the general public with questions, the answers to which appear within the California Probate Code, Rules of Court, Local Rules or other readily available publications. No general questions of this nature will be answered over the telephone at anytime.

Pro Pers should attend one of the following sessions:


Guardianship Orientation Sessions
Every Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

Courts Custody/Mediation Orientation
Every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Conservatorship Orientation
1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m.

Family Law Annex
540 E. Main Street
Stockton, CA 95202

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