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Court Alerts
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Litigation Section Newsletter

David R. Lira
Mike H. Madokoro
Adam D. Miller

Litigation Executive Committee:

Helen Zukin, Chair
Joshua G. Hamilton, Chair Elect
Angela M. Machala, Vice-Chair
Brian T. Glennon, Secretary
Kirk D. Dillman, Immediate Past Chair

Court Alerts


Effective June 5, 2017, the Los Angeles County Superior Court will mandate electronic filing (efiling) of all documents filed in the Probate Division, except for the following:
  1. Preemptory challenges or cause of a judicial officer (CCP section 170.6 or 170.10)
  2. Original testamentary instruments (wills and codicils), letters, original trust documents, and bond or undertaking documents;
  3. Trial and hearing exhibits;
  4. Documents filed in civil cases that are related for handling in the probate division; and,
  5. Lodged documents.

The Probate Division will accept electronic filings as of May 1, 2017, one month prior to implementation of mandatory efiling, to facilitate the transition.  During the permissive phase, documents may be presented for filing at the clerk's office or may be submitted electronically.  Filings received after midnight are deemed filed as of the next business day.  Please see the Court's website at for additional information.

U.S.D.C., Central District Spring Street Courthouse -
Main Street "Public Entrance" Change

Due to the ongoing move of judges and personnel of the United States District Court for the Central District of California out of the Courthouse located at 312 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, one of the two public entrances to that courthouse has been closed. Public access to the courthouse will no longer be available through the entrance located on the Main Street side of the building. Members of the public will now be able to enter the building only through the entrance located on the Spring Street side.

  • After serving as the Los Angeles County Superior Court Presiding Judge from 2015-2016, the Honorable Carolyn B. Kuhl has returned to the Complex Court as Supervising Judge, now sitting in Department 309.

  • As of February 14, 2017, all matters assigned to Judge Robert Broadbelt, III, and calendared in Department 81 of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, were assigned to Judge Mark H. Epstein in Department 81, and remain scheduled on the dates and times previously set, unless otherwise notified.
Upcoming Events
Brown Bag Lunch with Central District of California Magistrate Judges

When: 03/15/2017
Where: Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse

At this Brown Bag Lunch, practitioners will have the opportunity to learn about direct assignments to the Magistrate Judges for all purposes, how the Magistrate Judges handle discovery issues, and settlement with the aid of Magistrate Judges.
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2016-2017 Litigation Inn of Court April Meeting

When: 04/12/2017
Where: LA Law Library Los Angeles, CA

The LACBA Trial Practice Inn of Court meets eight times a year for cocktails, dinner and a one hour MCLE presentation. One of the great benefits of belonging to the LACBA Litigation Section and the Inn of Court is the opportunity to mingle with attorneys and state and federal court judges.
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For more information about the benefits of joining the Inn, please click here.


Click Here for the LACBA Calendar of Events


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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