Q: After filing writ of mandate with trial court, what do I file to get a court date?

I filed a petition, verification, and memo of points and authorities. They responded and I filed a response as well. How do I get a court date now? The court is telling me I need to file something else but will not tell me what. This is for a writ of mandate challenging a city's actions during a ballot initiative as well as a referendum. This is in trial court in California.

1 Lawyer Answer
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Jess Ranch, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Without knowing a lot more information, it would be very difficult for me to answer your question.

My experience is that when the court tells you to file an additional document, they usually tell you exactly what they want. So if you received some kind of notice from the court, I urge you to review it very carefully, and to follow the instructions given you. If you are still unsure, you can always try to contact the clerk in the courtroom which sent you the notice and ask for some help from the clerk. However, the clerk cannot give you legal advice.

Your best bet is to consult with a lawyer.

Lastly, the court will set a hearing date when it believes the case is ready to be heard. You shouldn't have to do anything special to get a hearing date.

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