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Court Alerts
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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

  • Discontinuation of Fax Filings

    As previously announced, direct fax filing will be eliminated upon the implementation of mandatory efiling.  See the dates below for the dates fax filings will no longer be accepted:

    Unlimited Civil ____________________________ January 2, 2019
    Complex Civil  ____________________________ April 1, 2019
  • 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:

Judicial Updates

  • Judge Debre Weintraub is now sitting in a Settlement Court in the Mosk Courthouse.
  • Supervising Judge Samantha Jessner sits in Dept. 1 in the Mosk Courthouse.
  • Judge Phil Mautino retired.  Judge Tom Griego replaced him in Small Claims in Mosk.
  • New Judge Gail Killefer will cover Judge Deborah Christian’s UD courtroom in Mosk while Judge Christian covers for Judge Robert Wada (Probate), who will be on leave for several months.
  • Judge Yvette Palazuelos will be assigned to Complex to replace Judge Wiley before the end of the month.  Judge Rupert Byrdsong will move to Judge Palazuelos’s IC courtroom.
  • Judge Amy Hogue is now sitting in Complex at the Spring Street courthouse.  Judge Mitchell Beckloff took Judge Hogue’s place in Writs and Receivers.
  • Judge Dan Buckley will be sitting in a Complex courtroom in the Spring Street courthouse when he returns at the end of February.  Judge Michelle Court is covering his courtroom until he returns.  Retired Judge Joanne O’Donnell is sitting on assignment to cover Judge Court’s IC court in her absence.
  • Judge Lisa Hart Cole is in a settlement courtroom in the Santa Monica courthouse.
  • With the exception of Judge Craig Karlan in Santa Monica, the judges assigned to the other four IC courtrooms in Santa Monica have changed.  They are:  Judge Elaine Mandel, Judge Mark Young, Judge Jay Ford.  Judge Larry Cho is covering the fourth courtroom temporarily.
  • Judge Mike Levanas is now assigned to a trial court in Santa Monica.
  • Judge Holly Kendig is now assigned to a trial court in Mosk.  Her IC docket is now assigned to Judge Elaine Lu in Mosk.
  • Judge Ernest Hiroshige is now assigned to a trial court in Mosk.  Judge Tony Mohr is currently handling Judge Hiroshige’s IC docket.
  • Judge Dierdre Hill moved to an IC courtroom in Torrance.  Judge Stuart Rice now sits in Judge Hill’s courtroom in Mosk.
  • Judge Willett retired. He sat in a trial court in Torrance. Judges Nishimoto and Tanaka sit in the remaining two trial courts in Torrance.
  • Judge Oki will retire effective the end of January.  Judge Gloria White-Brown will move from a trial court in West Covina to Judge Oki’s IC courtroom in Pomona.  Judge Tom Falls will occupy a trial court in Pomona.  There will no longer be a trial court in West Covina.
  • Judge David Cunningham will be assigned to Complex handling asbestos cases and other complex matters.  Judge Richard Burdge will take over Judge Cunningham’s IC Court.  Judge Fernando Aenlle-Rocha will take Judge Burdge’s UD Court.
  • Toward the end of January 2019, Judge Mark Gross will be going to a trial court in Santa Monica.  Judge Jon Takasugi will take his P.I. Court at Spring Street.  Newly appointed Judge James Blancarte will take over Judge Takasugi’s Limited Jurisdiction Court in Dept. 94.

Mediation Week

  • There will be a “CRASH” Settlement Program from March 18 through 22, focusing on wage & hour as well as stand-alone PAGA claims.


Continuation of Court Operations through January 31, 2019

  • The United States District Court for the Central District of California will remain open during the partial government shutdown and can continue funded operations by using court fee balances and other "no-year" funds through January 31, 2019.
  • The Court will continue to hear and decide cases without disruption, accept new filings and process them in a timely manner.  All proceedings and deadlines remain in effect as scheduled, unless otherwise advised.  The Court's Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system will remain in operation for the electronic filing of documents with the court.
  • Jury trials will continue as scheduled.  Jurors should report for duty as instructed.  Payments to jurors will be made as long as funds are available.  If funds are not available, jurors will continue to be paid; however, payments will be deferred until after the judiciary receives an appropriation from Congress.
  • Payments to attorneys appointed under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) to represent indigent criminal defendants were suspended starting December 24, 2018.  When appropriations become available, panel attorney payments will be made in full.  During this temporary suspension, judges will continue to appoint CJA panel attorneys for eligible defendants and authorize expert and other services as appropriate.
  • If the shutdown were to continue past January 31, 2019, the Judiciary will operate under the terms of the Anti-Deficiency Act, which permits mission critical work.  This includes activities to support the exercise of the courts' constitutional powers under Article III, specifically the resolution of cases and related services.
Upcoming Events

Litigating Discovery Motions in Federal Court

Program Date: January 31, 2019
Location: Roybal Federal Building and Court

Please join us for an informative discussion with three U.S. District Court Magistrate Judges, Hon. Karen L. Stevenson, Hon. Jean P. Rosenbluth, and Hon. Maria A Audero.
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Litigation 2019 Bench Meets the Bar Luncheon

Program Date: March 20, 2019
Location: L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown, Los Angeles, CAt

Please join us for the 2019 Bench Meets the Bar Luncheon, where many appellate and trial court judges and attorney members of our Los Angeles legal community come together in a unique and collegial atmosphere to meet, break bread together, and discuss the state of the Courts.
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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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