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SEPTEMBER 2017
 
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Litigation Section Newsletter

Editor:
Michael C. Tu


Litigation Executive Committee:

Officers:
Joshua G. Hamilton, Chair
Angela M. Machala, Chair Elect
Monisha A. Coelho, Vice-Chair
Douglas N. Silverstein, Secretary
Helen Zukin, Immediate Past Chair



 
 
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Court Alerts
 

Los Angeles County Superior Court Updates:

Proposed Changes to Local Rules 3.25 and 3.5

The Los Angeles County Superior Court has proposed the following amendments to the local rules:

Rule 3.25 (CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE): The change would amend subsection (e) to change the time for filing written statements for settlement conferences.

Rule 3.5 (TIME FOR HEARINGS): The change would amend subsection (a) to change the time for filing ex parte applications in limited unlawful detainers and limited civil matters.

The proposed amendments above were reviewed and approved by both the Superior Court’s Rules Committee and Executive Committee. Comments may be submitted via email at localrulescomments@lacourt.org, or in writing to: Sandra Pigati-Pizano, Room 620, Judicial and Executive Support, Los Angeles Superior Court, 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Comments must be received no later than October 2, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Proposed Changes to Local Rules 2.1, 4.5, 4.12,  and 4.136.

Rule 2.1 (PRINCIPAL DIVISIONS OF THE COURT): The change would amend subsection (h) to reflect the current Probate and Mental Health department.

Rule 4.5 (PROBATE CASE AND DOCUMENT COVER SHEET): The change would add a new rule to mandate the use of the Probate Case and Document Cover sheets.

Rule 4.12 (EX PARTE PROCEDURES): The change would amend subsection (a) to reflect new filing deadlines and practices in support of Probate electronic filing per General Order "Amendment to Los Angeles Superior Court Local Rule 4.12(a) re Ex Parte Applications Filed in the Probate Division" (2017-GEN-013).

Rule 4.136 (BRIEF PRELIMINARY EVALUATIONS OF THE MENTAL COMPETENCY OF A CRIMINAL DEFENDANT): The change would add a new rule to allow the Mental Health Court to continue determining criminal competency using "short" reports by forensic experts in anticipation of an amendment to California Rule of Court 4.130 effective January 1, 2018.

The proposed amendments above were reviewed and approved by both the Superior Court's Rules Committee and Executive Committee. Comments may be submitted via email at localrulescomments@lacourt.org, or in writing to: Sandra Pigati-Pizano, Room 620, Judicial and Executive Support, Los Angeles Superior Court, 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Comments must be received no later than October 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Each of the proposed amendments above may be viewed on the Court's website here.

 

Family Law Cases to be Heard at Whittier Courthouse by January 2018

In a continuing effort to make better use of available resources for litigants, the Court has announced the five family law courtrooms will begin hearing cases at the Whittier Courthouse, located at 7339 Painter Ave., by January 2018. The Court's announcement may be viewed here.

 

United States District Court for the Central District of California Updates:

First Street Federal Courthouse Move Completed

The move to the First Street Federal Courthouse has been completed.  All Los Angeles based District Judges who were previously in the Spring Street or Roybal Courthouses are now in the First Street Federal Courthouse (350 W 1st Street, Suite 4311 Los Angeles, CA 90012-4565), except for District Judges R. Gary Klausner and Manuel L. Real, who are located in the Roybal Courthouse.  All Los Angeles based Magistrate Judges are now located in the Roybal Courthouse.  Each judges’ specific location can be viewed here.

 

Preliminary Approval of Amendment to Local Civil Rule 77-1 (to Become Effective December 1, 2017)

The Central District of California has preliminarily approved amendments to its Local Civil Rule 77-1 (“Procedures for Emergency Matters”). A redline of the proposed changes may be viewed on the Court’s website here. The proposed amendment would add the following language to Local Civil Rule 77-1:

In highly unusual circumstances, a filer may not be able to anticipate before the close of business that relief will need to be sough prior to the next business day in a new civil case not already assigned to a judge.  If a new civil case is opened and an application for a TRO or similar document is filed after 4:30 p.m., and court attention is needed prior to the next business day, the filer should call the Court at 213-894-0028 and follow the Emergency Filing Procedures set forth on the Court's website at www.cacd.uscourts.gov/filing-procedures/emergency-filing-procedures.  Requests for emergency relief directed to this number should be exceedingly rare.

The proposed effective date is December 1, 2017.  Members of the public are invited to submit comments on this change to the rules. Comments may be submitted to lr_publiccomments@cacd.uscourts.gov or in hard copy to Kiry K. Gray, District Court Executive/Clerk of Court, 350 West 1st Street, Suite 4311, Los Angeles, California 90012-4565.  No facsimile transmissions will be considered.  All comments must be submitted no later than September 21, 2017.  All timely received comments will be considered by the Court before final adoption of the rule.

 

Appointment of New Magistrate Judge Hemant H. (Shashi) Kewalramani

Congratulations to the Hon. Hemant H. (Shashi) Kewalramani, who was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge on August 10, 2017.  Judge Kewalramani succeeds former Magistrate Judge David T. Bristow, and sits in the Eastern Division of the Central District of California (in Riverside).  The Court’s public announcement regarding Judge Kewalramani may be viewed here.

 
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Upcoming Events

"Eliminating Bias: Let's Start By Looking In The Mirror" MCLE program at the Mosk Courthouse

Superior Court Judges from the Access and Fairness Committee of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in collaboration with attorneys from the Access to Justice Committee and Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association will present a 3-hour, interactive training on bias on November 2, 2017 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N. Hill Street, in downtown Los Angeles. For information and to register, click here.

 

An Exhibition of Herman Leonard's Pillars of Jazz at the First Street Federal Courthouse

The Central District of California will be hosting a celebration of art, culture, and music at the First Street Federal Courthouse on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.  The Court is sponsoring a reception and an exhibition of Herman Leonard’s jazz portraits from the 40’s and 50’s. Musical guests include The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble at UCLA, the Singers in Law, and rising jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin. The reception will take place in the courtyard of the new state-of-the-art federal courthouse. KJAZZ’s Bubba Jackson, is stepping in for the late Tommy Hawkins, and will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. There is no charge to attend the reception.

Legendary jazz photographer Herman Leonard shot virtually every giant of jazz from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis. His haunting smoke-filled iconic portraits documented the birth of bebop. "He was a master of jazz, except his instrument was a camera," says K. Heath Pinson, author of the Jazz Image. "His photographs are probably the single best visual representation of what jazz sounds like." In addition to stellar performances, guests can look forward to more than forty of Leonard’s postwar photographs of jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Quincy Jones, Thelonious Monk, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington, and others. It's also an open house for the new federal courthouse. The exhibition will run through the end of the year. More information can be viewed from the Court’s website here.

 

About Court Alerts

The Litigation Section of LACBA is proud to provide "Court Alerts," an e-mail publication aimed at informing LACBA Litigation Section members of recent news related to the Los Angeles Superior Court and the U.S. Central District of California, including re-assignments of judges, changes in court structure, and other information important to litigators.


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