Judicial Profile: Department 60
Commissioner Judith Sanders

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Commissioner Judith Sanders graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1972. After doing graduate work at Cal in English, she worked as an editor at U.C. for several years before attending Hastings College of Law. She was in private practice briefly before being appointed to the bench in 1987.

Judicial Experience
She has served as Discovery Commissioner for nearly twenty-five years.
Courtroom Policies
Please turn off cell phones and other electronic devices before entering the courtroom.
Teleconferencing
Permitted, but Commissioner Sanders prefers personal appearances, especially if the matter is contested.
Motions
When moving to compel discovery, relate the discovery sought directly to the complaint or affirmative defense. Do not make open ended requests. At argument, do not simply repeat what is in the papers.
Briefs
No string cites.
Discovery
See motions.
Settlement Conferences
No special policies.
Sanctions
Commissioner Sanders is more likely to grant requests for sanctions if counsel has first written to opposing counsel, requested a face to face meeting, and given a reasonable amount of time for compliance.
Documents
Counsel should not present new documents at a hearing without a good reason.
Decorum
Counsel should not raise their voice in the courtroom.
Court Reporters & Translators
If required, counsel should make their own arrangements.
Computers in the Courtroom
Laptops are permitted.
Audio-Visual
Permissible.
Cameras in the Courtroom
Permissible if a request for press access is filed.
General Advice
Commissioner Sanders advises counsel to be collegial and try to work out matters together.

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