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CALIFORNIA CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE
TRIAL BY THE COURT - STATEMENTS OF DECISION
C.C.P. Section 632
In superior courts, upon the trial of a question of fact by the court,
written findings of fact and conclusions of law shall not be required.
The court shall issue a statement of decision explaining the factual and
legal basis for its decision as to each of the principal controverted
issues at trial upon the request of any party appearing at the trial.
The request must be made within 10 days after the court announces a tentative
decision unless the trial is concluded within one calendar day or in less
than eight hours over more than one day in which event the request must
be made prior to the submission of the matter for decision. The request
for a statement of decision shall specify those controverted issues as
to which the party is requesting a statement of decision. After a party
has requested the statement, any party may make proposals as to the content
of the statement of decision.
The statement of decision shall be in writing, unless the parties appearing
at trial agree otherwise; however, when the trial is concluded within
one calendar day or in less than 8 hours over more than one day, the statement
of decision may be made orally on the record in the presence of the parties.