Over the course of many court proceedings, the Judge will take certain issues/matters under consideration or submission, which means they will take additional research time outside of the actual court proceedings to review the case history, case law, law books, and other materials that are relevant in helping to determine what should be the most appropriate, legal, and fair decision/ruling on their cases. Additionally, the Judge does have research attorneys at their disposal to help in this process. Research attorneys do a TREMENDOUS amount of detective work for the courts: they do ongoing and very meticulous legal research and they compile very detailed and law-specific notes for the court (Judge) to review in his/her efforts to reach the best decisions/rulings. THOSE NOTES ARE COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL AND ARE NOT RELEASED TO THE ATTORNEYS ON THE CASE NOR TO THE PUBLIC. These notes are highly valuable to the court (Judge) because, once the Judge has carefully reviewed them, he/she can utilize them in drawing up Tentative Rulings, which are the Judge’s INITIAL AND POSSIBLE DECISIONS on particular issues. Tentative means: –provisional, unconfirmed, indefinite, unsettled, NOT FINAL, open to consideration– Tentative Rulings are announced as such, that they are NOT necessarily the FINAL decision, although most attorneys know that they may more than likely become final. Not all Judges use Tentative Rulings. Oftentimes some Judges will provide Tentative Rulings to the attorneys on the case to give them a heads-up on the direction in which the Judge might be heading– like a roadmap that the attorneys can use to help them figure out what THEIR next steps must be AND so that they can do research themselves as they formulate their arguments, Motions, and requests. In many instances, the Tentative Rulings will eventually become the final decisions BUT are certainly open for revisions, modifications or even deletions if the Judge deems it necessary after further reviews and/or after valid legal arguments from the attorneys on the case. Tentative Rulings are most frequently used in Civil cases but are also used in Criminal cases.
NOTICE “TENTATIVE” HAS A LINE DRAWN THROUGH IT!!! AFTER THE HEARING, (SEE TRANSCRIPTS FEB 2ND) THIS ORDER BECAME FINAL!!!!
TYPING ERROR, UNDER INTRO, LINE 14! DECEDENT NOT SON AND FATHER OF DEFENDANT!! BUT SON AND FATHER OF PLAINTIFF!!