CCP Sectioni 437c(b)(4) provides that the a reply must be served and filed not less than 5 days prior to the date noticed for the hearing unless the judges changes the hearing date. It is not court days, but 5 calendar days. Don not confuse this statute with CCP 1005 which does not apply to MSJ's.
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The deadline for opposing a motion for summary judgment and/or motion for summary adjudication in California is 14 CALENDAR days prior to the hearing, which is different than the nine (9) court day deadline for opposing most other types of motions in California.
Specifically, California Code of Civil Procedure section 437c(b)(2) provides:
"Any opposition to the motion shall be served and filed not
less than 14 days preceding the noticed or continued date of hearing,
unless the court for good cause orders otherwise. The opposition,
where appropriate, shall consist of affidavits, declarations,
admissions, answers to interrogatories, depositions, and matters of
which judicial notice shall or may be taken."
At the same time (14 days prior to the hearing), you need to serve a copy of your opposition to all parties via overnight mail, fax or personal delivery.
Any reply to the opposition shall be served and filed by the moving party not less than five (5) CALENDAR days preceding the noticed or continued date of hearing, unless the court for good cause orders otherwise.
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Attorney Chen is right. Review CCP section 437 in its entirety before you attempt to oppose an MSJ.
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