The Honorable Charles S. Treat

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 12

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Biography

The Hon. Charles S. Treat is a judge of the Superior Court of Contra Costa County in California. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to the bench in October 2005. Treat was automatically re-elected in 2014 after running unopposed.

Judge Treat earned his B.A. in political philosophy from Michigan State University in 1977. He later received his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1980, graduating with honors.

He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. John Minor Wisdom on the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. Then from 1982 to 1983, he clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. In 1988 Treat became a civil litigation partner at the firm Latham & Watkins.

Treat worked on two noteworthy cases while practicing at Latham & Watkins. The first is a 12-year contract arbitration battle, which resulted with an en banc Ninth Circuit decision and the recovery of a 9-figure amount on behalf of his client. The other case was a successful settlement in a suit against a Central Valley municipality in which Treat's efforts managed to save the building permits of low-income farmworkers.

Judge Treat and his wife live in Lafayette, California. He has two sons.

He is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Charles S. Treat

  • BUNAC VS. MADRIAGA

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR STRIKE PORTIONS OF PLAINTIFFS' COMPLAINT FILED BY RYAN MADRIAGA, CLEO MADRIAGA * TENTATIVE RULING: * This motion and the companion demurrer are taken off calendar as moot, because they have been superseded by the filing of a first amended complaint. See Code of Civil Procedure § 47...

  • M.F. VS CLAYTON VALLEY CHARTER

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 2nd Amended COMPLAINT of F FILED BY MT. DIABLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT * TENTATIVE RULING: * The Court continues this demurrer, and the demurrer calendared for November 8, to December 6, to be considered together with the demurrer already calendared for that date.

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  • UECKER VS NG

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR FOR EARNINGS W/HOLDING ORDER TO CHARGE SPOUSE FILED BY SUSAN L UECKER * TENTATIVE RULING: * This second motion for an earnings withholding order is denied without prejudice. Plaintiff submits evidence (Ng’s debtor examination) establishing that Ng is married to Lexie Ng Itu, and th...

  • MORRISON VS BNSF RAILWAY CO

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR: COMPEL PLTF'S FURTHER RESP TO FORM INTERROGS SET 1, FILED BY BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY * TENTATIVE RULING: * See Line 5 as to timeliness. The First Set of Form Interrogatories The Court has reviewed both sides’ arguments (including those in plaintiff’s unsigned papers), and adopts the ...

  • MORRISON VS BNSF RAILWAY CO

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR COMPEL RESPS TO SPCL INTERROGATORIES SET 2, FILED BY BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY * TENTATIVE RULING: * This motion to compel is expressly unopposed, and it is granted. Plaintiff must serve complete responses, without objections, to defendant’s second set of special interrogatories (served...

  • BOLLA VS. PRESIDIUM PARTNERS

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR DISMISS PROCEEDINGS FOR FORUM NON CONVENIENS FILED BY KOHLS DUNKEN & ASSOCIATES, A TEXAS PROFESSI * TENTATIVE RULING: * The motion of defendant Kohls Dunken & Associates to dismiss for forum non conveniens is denied, for the same reason that the same motion was denied as to Bert Du...

  • MORRISON VS BNSF RAILWAY CO

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR: COMPEL PLTF'S FURTHER RESP TO SPEC INTERROGS SET 1, FILED BY BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY * TENTATIVE RULING: * See Line 5 as to timeliness. The First Set of Special Interrogatories The Court has reviewed both sides’ arguments (including those in plaintiff’s unsigned papers), and adopts t...

  • WELLEN VS WELLEN; DUBLIN CREEK

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    JURY TRIAL - SHORT CAUSE/ 15 DAY(S) * TENTATIVE RULING: * Counsel to appear to discuss the timing, manner, and scope of court trial. See Line 13.

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  • MORRISON VS BNSF RAILWAY CO

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR: COMPEL PLTF'S FURTHER RESP TO REQ FOR PRODUCTN OF, FILED BY BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY * TENTATIVE RULING: * This is one of four parallel motions to compel filed by defendant BNSF (Lines 5, 6, 7, and 8). Of these, one (Line 6) is expressly unopposed. The Common Timeliness Issue The rema...

  • JONES VS TZEN-WEN

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR STRIKE PLAINTIFFS' PRAYER FOR PUNITIVE DAMAGES FILED BY LIN BIH-WAN, GUY TZEN-WEN * TENTATIVE RULING: * Moot in light of the ruling on the demurrer on line 3. Further, even more must be pleaded to support punitive damages than to support IIED. IIED only requires actions taken with ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Charles S. Treat

  • BUNAC VS. MADRIAGA

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR STRIKE PORTIONS OF PLAINTIFFS' COMPLAINT FILED BY RYAN MADRIAGA, CLEO MADRIAGA * TENTATIVE RULING: * This motion and the companion demurrer are taken off calendar as moot, because they have been superseded by the filing of a first amended complaint. See Code of Civil Procedure § 47...

  • M.F. VS CLAYTON VALLEY CHARTER

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 2nd Amended COMPLAINT of F FILED BY MT. DIABLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT * TENTATIVE RULING: * The Court continues this demurrer, and the demurrer calendared for November 8, to December 6, to be considered together with the demurrer already calendared for that date.

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  • UECKER VS NG

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR FOR EARNINGS W/HOLDING ORDER TO CHARGE SPOUSE FILED BY SUSAN L UECKER * TENTATIVE RULING: * This second motion for an earnings withholding order is denied without prejudice. Plaintiff submits evidence (Ng’s debtor examination) establishing that Ng is married to Lexie Ng Itu, and th...

  • MORRISON VS BNSF RAILWAY CO

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR: COMPEL PLTF'S FURTHER RESP TO FORM INTERROGS SET 1, FILED BY BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY * TENTATIVE RULING: * See Line 5 as to timeliness. The First Set of Form Interrogatories The Court has reviewed both sides’ arguments (including those in plaintiff’s unsigned papers), and adopts the ...

  • MORRISON VS BNSF RAILWAY CO

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR COMPEL RESPS TO SPCL INTERROGATORIES SET 2, FILED BY BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY * TENTATIVE RULING: * This motion to compel is expressly unopposed, and it is granted. Plaintiff must serve complete responses, without objections, to defendant’s second set of special interrogatories (served...

  • BOLLA VS. PRESIDIUM PARTNERS

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR DISMISS PROCEEDINGS FOR FORUM NON CONVENIENS FILED BY KOHLS DUNKEN & ASSOCIATES, A TEXAS PROFESSI * TENTATIVE RULING: * The motion of defendant Kohls Dunken & Associates to dismiss for forum non conveniens is denied, for the same reason that the same motion was denied as to Bert Du...

  • MORRISON VS BNSF RAILWAY CO

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR: COMPEL PLTF'S FURTHER RESP TO SPEC INTERROGS SET 1, FILED BY BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY * TENTATIVE RULING: * See Line 5 as to timeliness. The First Set of Special Interrogatories The Court has reviewed both sides’ arguments (including those in plaintiff’s unsigned papers), and adopts t...

  • WELLEN VS WELLEN; DUBLIN CREEK

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    JURY TRIAL - SHORT CAUSE/ 15 DAY(S) * TENTATIVE RULING: * Counsel to appear to discuss the timing, manner, and scope of court trial. See Line 13.

    ...

  • MORRISON VS BNSF RAILWAY CO

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR: COMPEL PLTF'S FURTHER RESP TO REQ FOR PRODUCTN OF, FILED BY BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY * TENTATIVE RULING: * This is one of four parallel motions to compel filed by defendant BNSF (Lines 5, 6, 7, and 8). Of these, one (Line 6) is expressly unopposed. The Common Timeliness Issue The rema...

  • JONES VS TZEN-WEN

    Oct 18, 2019 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO/FOR STRIKE PLAINTIFFS' PRAYER FOR PUNITIVE DAMAGES FILED BY LIN BIH-WAN, GUY TZEN-WEN * TENTATIVE RULING: * Moot in light of the ruling on the demurrer on line 3. Further, even more must be pleaded to support punitive damages than to support IIED. IIED only requires actions taken with ...

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