March 2020
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Court Alerts

Court Alerts
Litigation Section Newsletter

Cherisse Cleofe
Karen Henry
Staci Tomita

Litigation Executive Committee:

Monisha A. Coelho, Chair
Douglas N. Silverstein, Chair Elect
Eric Y. Kizirian, Vice Chair
Brian T. Glennon, Secretary
Angela M. Machala, Immediate Past Chair

Court Alerts


Changes to Court Operations

On March 15, 2020, the Los Angeles County Superior Court issued a press release announcing that it is "scaling back non-essential court operations as part of a phased approach" in response to concerns regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19. The press release contained the following announcements:

•  No new jurors will be summoned for any Civil or Criminal jury trials for the next 30 days;
•  The trial Judge for any jury trial or non-jury trial in session may exercise his or her discretion to either continue the trial or declare a mistrial;
•  Self-help centers will be closed today, except for telephone assistance with restraining order preparation by calling (213) 830-0845; and
•  Judges are encouraged to offer telephonic appearances and other strategies to reduce courtroom traffic.

The press release further states that additional public protection measures will be evaluated and announced today (March 16, 2020) or tomorrow. We encourage you to periodically check the press release section of the Court's web page ( for the most updated information and to practice social distancing.

The press release and the Court's announcement issued on March 15, 2020, are available at:


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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