Commissioner 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 mediatorMediator: The Congress of Neutrals and Shoker Law GroupPartner: 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