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So there is no objective way to tell whether something has not been marked, you just rely on the other party to tell you what is going on?
I have seen him be unscrupulous in the past and would not be surprised at all if he just proceeded in court. How does the judge know if something has been marked off when the calendar says it is on??
The other way to find out is to contact the clerk. On the date of the short calendar, some courts post the short calendar lists with their markings. On the date of the hearing, the judge has the short calendar in front of him/her, usually with all the matters that have been marked "off" crossed out. He knows not to call those matters. The judge's clerk will also have that calendar with all the matters marked.
If the matter is not marked "ready," the court will consider it marked "off" and will not proceed. If the attorney marked the matter ready and told you it was marked off, that is a serious abuse of the attorney's professional ethics, and reportable to the court and to the state bar.