Honorable Palvir K. Shoker — Department 50

Biographical Information

  • Education: California State University, Sacramento (Bachelors of Science, Accounting) Santa Clara University (Law School)
  • Pre-bench Legal Experience:20 years as civil litigator and mediator
    • Mediator: The Congress of Neutrals and Shoker Law Group
    • Partner: Ladva, Shoker & Associates
    • Adjunct Professor: Chabot College
  • Political Affiliation: Democrat

Judicial Experience

Pre-bench Civic & Professional Activities

Pro Tem Judge, Settlement Mentor, Discovery Facilitator

Chief Executive Officer and Mediator Trainer: The Congress of Neutrals

President: Contra Costa Bar Association, ADR Section

Civic & Professional Activities

Member: Robert McGrath Inns of Court

Typical weekly schedule

Monday, Wednesday and Friday Morning: Traffic Trials, Traffic Arraignments, and Small Claims

Monday and Tuesday Afternoon: Criminal Misdemeanor Arraignments

Tuesday and Thursday Morning: Traffic Trials, Traffic Arraignments, and Unlawful Detainers

Thursday Afternoons: Civil Harassments

Courtroom Policies

  •  Rules from bench except in small claims cases
  •  Zoom appearances allowed
  • Strong preference for parties to engage in mediation prior to trial


Zoom and telephonic appearance upon written request


Normal briefing schedule for Unlawful Detainers. No tentative rulings. Attorney Fees must be noticed motion.


Congress of Neutrals mediators are available every morning and Thursday afternoons to offer free mediation services. Strong preference for mediation prior to hearings.

In Limine Motions


Voir Dire


Jury Instructions



Live witness testimony permitted but court will determine if witness testimony is duplicative and will limit witnesses in certain cases.




Exchange documents before hearing


Demonstrate respect, courtesy, and patience to each other and to the court

Court Reporters & Translators

Electronic recording only

Translators, as needed

Language Line, as needed

Computers in the Courtroom

Allowed for presentations, displaying evidence



Cameras in the Courtroom

Per local rules


Respect the process and the people involved

Come prepared and willing to mediate

Avoid interruptions

Professional and courteous behavior