Oct 01, 2022
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TENTATIVE RULINGS – FAMILY LAW
 
DEPT. 21  LAW & MOTION CALENDAR
Honorable Philip H. Pennypacker 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 9:00 A.M. IN DEPT. 21
 
The following Tentative Rulings will become the ruling of the Court unless a party desires to be heard. If you desire to appear and present oral argument as to any motion, it will be necessary for you to contact the Judicial Assistant by telephone at (707) 521-6604 by 4:00 p.m. on the day before the hearing. Any party requesting an appearance must notify all other opposing parties of their intent to appear.
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TENTATIVE RULING:
SFL 082577, IRMO EDGAR
Respondent filed during the later part of July and beginning of August a motion to compel various discovery requests. Most, if not all, of the requests pertain to the disclosure and delivery of documents relating to the financial aspects of the Petitioner’s accounts, holdings, debts and loans.
      The court orders all parties and counsel to be present either on Zoom or in person.
                The court views the Motion to Compel as containing two separate areas.
 
                The first area is the requests for documents. The court orders that the parties and counsel utilize the services of then Discovery Facilitator Program consistent with Local Rule 4.12. The court will work with counsel to select, appoint and establish a return date for the report from the Facilitator. In connection with the request for documents, the court is troubled by the scope and vagueness of some of the requests, and it is hoped that counsel can narrow the scope of the requests.
 
                The second area of requests are answers to specific interrogatories. On Set 2, the court makes the following order:
1)      The court compels completion of the following Interrogatories:
62, 71 and 84.
2)       As to the remaining requests, the court finds that there has been compliance and the answers will stand.
 
On the Family Law Interrogatories, Set 2, the court makes the following order:
1)      The court compels completion of 3 and 10.
2)      The court finds compliance with 15.
3)      The court defers any ruling on 16 until such time as there is more information. The court finds that Petitioner cannot reasonably respond to a future contingency.
There is a request for sanctions. The court reserves ruling on this request and it will be a part of the consideration at the time of trial.
The court has previously vacated the trial date.
Counsel and the parties should be prepared to discuss a trial date in November or December. The court has given a time estimate of 3 days.
 
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