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Court Alerts
Litigation Section Newsletter

Oscar Rene Gutierrez
Gary Goodstein

Litigation Executive Committee:

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

Court Alerts


Electronic Filing (“efiling”) in the Civil Division

  • The Los Angeles Superior Court has begun to implement efiling in Civil Division cases.  Below you will find a schedule of efiling dates for voluntary and mandatory efiling.
  • During the voluntary phase, documents may be presented for filing at the clerk’s office or may be submitted electronically. Attorneys must efile documents as of the dates marked as mandatory.
  • The revised implementation schedule for Civil Division efiling is as follows:
    Limited – mandatory________________________ December 3, 2018
    Unlimited/Complex – mandatory_______________January 2, 2019
  • A link to a PowerPoint presentation and frequently asked questions regarding efiling can be found on the Court’s website at:
  • A link to a video of the public meeting held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel, during which information regarding electronic filing was provided, can also be accessed from the Court’s website at:

Civil Division to Eliminate Direct Fax Filing Upon Implementation of Mandatory Efiling

  • Upon the implementation of mandatory efiling, the Civil Division will no longer accept fax filings for civil documents as follows:
  • Unlimited __________________________________ January 2, 2019
    Complex ___________________________________ January 2, 2019

  • Fax filings will continue to be accepted for Small Claims until further notice.

Judicial Updates

  • Assistant Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile will serve as the Presiding Judge for the 2019-2020 term, beginning on January 1, 2019.
  • Judge Eric C. Taylor will serve as the Assistant Presiding Judge for the 2019-2020 term, beginning on January 1, 2019
  • Judge Samantha P. Jessner will serve as Supervising Judge of the Civil Division for the 2019-2020 term, beginning on December 20, 2018
  • Judges Dalila Corral Lyons and Ruth A. Kwan will serve as the Assistant Supervising Judges of the Civil Division for the 2019-2020 term, beginning on December 20, 2018.
  • Former Supervising Judge of the Civil Division, Judge Debre K. Weintraub, will now serve as a Settlement Court Judge, effective December 20, 2018.
  • Judge Kenneth R. Freeman will continue to serve as Supervising Judge of Complex.
  • Judge Zaven V. Sinanian will continue to serve as Supervising Judge of the Settlement Courts.

Judicial Vacancies

  • As of December 10, 2018, there are five vacancies.

Courtroom Information for Each Judicial Officer

  • Helpful courtroom information for each judicial officer can be found online.

Department 1 Update

  • Personal Injury, Limited jurisdiction, and Unlawful Detainer cases are currently being sent out that day or within court five court days after arriving in Department 1.

Personal Injury ("PI”) Hub Update

  • Five courtrooms currently in the “PI Hub” located at the Spring Street Courthouse.

Personal Injury Mandatory Settlement Court (“MSC”) Update

  • Joint project between the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”), the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (“ASCDC”), and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (“CAALA”).
  • There is currently a success rate of over 50% in resolving cases.
  • For more information, please visit the CAALA website at

Spring Street Courthouse Update

  • Courthouse hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • All case filings must be filed in the Clerk’s Office at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, but be sure to deliver judges’ courtesy copies to the Spring Street courtrooms.


  • On Monday, December 24, 2018 and Monday, December 31, 2018, the Clerk’s Office in Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside will be open on a limited basis only.  Court staff will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to accept filing for emergency matters only, and for the posting of bonds in the respective intake sections.
  • For criminal duty court, only the Los Angeles location will be open and will be limited to emergency or urgent matters.  The cut-off time to place a defendant on the criminal duty calendar will be 11:00 a.m.  All matters intended to be heard on the duty calendar must have the necessary paperwork submitted to Criminal Intake by 11:00 a.m.  The duty calendar will be set for 11:00 a.m.
  • On Tuesday, December 25, 2018, the United States District Court, Central District of California, will be closed in recognition of the Christmas Day holiday.
    • Regular service will resume on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.
  • On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, the United States District Court, Central District of California, will be closed in recognition of New Year’s Day.
    • Regular service will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Upcoming Events

Mock Trial Volunteer Judges Needed: January 19-21 and March 9-10, 2019.

More details and a formal invitation may be viewed 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.

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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