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Court Alerts

Court Alerts
Litigation Section Newsletter

Michael C. Tu

Litigation Executive Committee:

Angela M. Machala, Chair
Monisha A. Coelho, Chair Elect
Douglas N. Silverstein Vice Chair, Vice-Chair
Eric Y. Kizirian, Secretary
Joshua G. Hamilton, Immediate Past Chair

Court Alerts

Los Angeles County Superior Court Updates:

Spring Street Courthouse Visitor Information

The following changes will be implemented at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse:

  • Entrance: The sole entrance for visitors to the Spring Street Courthouse is located on the Spring Street side of the courthouse. You will not be able to enter the building through the entrance on Main Street, which is for federal employees with security clearance only.
  • Parking: There are a few options for nearby parking, including:
      • Underground private parking at the Los Angeles Mall, 201 Los Angeles Street, which has an entrance off of Los Angeles Street.
      • Two open air private parking lots located just North of the Spring Street Courthouse, one with an entrance off of Main Street and the other with an entrance off of Arcadia.
      • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (“COLA”), located at 555 West Temple Street. COLA is about two blocks North of the front entrance to the Spring Street Courthouse. 
  • Public Transportation: Public transportation options also exist with Metro and DASH stops nearby.
  • Security: All visitors must pass through security prior to entering the courthouse. Please bring with you a form of current, government issued identification. Persons without identification may enter the courthouse but must be escorted by an LASC employee due to requirements for federal buildings.  You will need to take off your shoes and place them and any bags or purses into an open container for passage through screening, then walk through a metal detector and possibly undergo further screening if metal is detected. Please note that, as with all state courthouses, you will not be allowed to enter the Spring Street Courthouse with anything that may be considered a weapon. 
  • Location of Complex Courtrooms: Most of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Civil Complex Division departments are located on the first floor of the Spring Street Courthouse to the left and right of the main entrance, just past the elevators. However, please note that Judge Berle’s courtroom is located on the second floor.
  • Food: A cafeteria is located on the Fourth Floor of the Spring Street Courthouse.  There is a coffee shop on the Main Street floor.
  • Court Formalities: The courtrooms provide counsel with a lectern for addressing the Court. Please ask the judge before whom you are appearing whether to address the Court at counsel’s table or at the lectern. Also, as with all courts, please remember not to enter the “well”, the space between counsel tables and before the judge.


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

New Magistrate Judges Maria A. Audero and Autumn D. Spaeth

The United States District Court for the Central District of California has announced the appointments of Maria A. Audero and Autumn D. Spaeth as United States Magistrate Judges. Judge Audero, who was sworn in on June 11, 2018, will sit in Los Angeles, the Court’s Western Division. Judge Audero succeeds former Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Wistrich. Judge Spaeth, who was sworn in on June 15, 2018, will sit in Santa Ana, the Court’s Southern Division. Judge Spaeth succeeds former Magistrate Judge Vijay C. Gandhi.

Amended Local Rules

The amended Local Civil Rules 5.2-1 [Redaction] and 7-4 [Motions] became effective on June 1, 2018.  A redlined version of these rules, as well as a complete copy of the Local Civil Rules that became effective, are available by clicking on the links, or on the Court’s website.


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.

Readers are advised that changes in the law may affect the accuracy of this publication or the functionality of links after the publication date. The foregoing practice tips were prepared for information purposes only. Such practice tips do not constitute tax, legal or other advice and no responsibility is assumed for any reliance upon them or with respect to assessing or advising the reader as to tax, legal, or other consequences arising from a particular situation. The accuracy of the information provided should be independently verified by the reader and should not be treated as authoritative.



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