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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


Holiday Closures

The Los Angeles Superior Court will be closed in observance of the following holidays:

  • Veterans Day: Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Day after Thanksgiving: Friday, November 29, 2019

Judicial Updates:

Judge Timothy Patrick Dillon will cover Judge Daniel S. Murphy’s IC courtroom (Department 32 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse) while Judge Daniel S. Murphy covers for Judge Mary H. Strobel (Writs & Receivers), who will be on leave for six weeks.  If needed, Judge Timothy Patrick Dillon will try Department 1 cases in Department 32.

Department Relocations:

  • In January 2020, the following departments will relocate to the Eighth and Ninth Floors of the Spring Street Courthouse:
    • Departments 2, 3, 4A, 4B, and 5 (the PI Hub) of the Spring Street Courthouse, currently on the Second Floor, and
    • Department 94 (the Limited Hub) of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.
  • Four trial courtrooms will relocate from the Stanley Mosk Courthouse to the Second Floor of the Spring Street Courthouse.
  • The court will post notices on its website as the moves are finalized.

Recruiting Court Commissioners

Los Angeles County Superior Court is seeking dynamic, well-qualified, and highly-motivated individuals to fill the position of Court Commissioner. The Court seeks candidates committed to upholding the law and adjudicating cases fairly and efficiently. Application filing period is from September 17, 2019 through November 16, 2019. For additional information, review the posted position at description at

Appellate Division 2020 Hearing Dates

The Appellate Division 2020 hearing dates have been set. For more information, please review the notice at


Holiday Closures

The United States District Court, in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Riverside will be closed in recognition of the following holidays:

  • Veterans Day: Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Day after Thanksgiving: Friday, November 29, 2019

Rule Changes

Changes to Local Rules are proposed to become effective December 1, 2019. The proposed new and amended rules are the following:

Local Civil Rules:

  • L.R. 5-4.3.1
  • L.R. 11-4.1.2
  • L.R. 23-3
  • L.R. 37-1
  • L.R. 37-2
  • L.R. 37-2.1
  • L.R. 37-2.2
  • L.R. 37-2.3
  • L.R. 37-2.4
  • L.R. 37-3
  • L.R. 83-

Local Criminal Rule:

  • New L.Cr.R. 5-1

A redline of the proposed changes accompanies the electronic version of the Notice from the Clerk, which is found on the Court’s website at

Next Generation of CM/ECF:

On February 18, 2020, the Next Generation of CM/ECF will be live in the Central District of California and will require that all user accounts be upgraded in order to continue using the system.  Please refer to the following link for more information:

Increased Maximum File Size for Electronically Filed Documents:

The United States District Court for the Central District of California has increased the limit on the size of files to be uploaded to the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system.  The maximum size for electronically filed PDF documents is 35 megabytes (MB).  Individual PDF files shall not exceed 35 MB in size, and shall contain no more than one document or portion of one document per file.  PDF files that exceed 35 MB must be divided into sub-volumes.

Recruitment for Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives:

The United States District Court, Central District of California, is currently accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives. Information on the Lawyer Representative responsibilities and application are available on the court’s website:

Upcoming Events

Litigating Discovery Motions in Federal Court

Program Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Edward R. Roybal Federal Building

Please join us for an informative discussion with five U.S. District Court Magistrate Judges, Hon. Karen L. Stevenson, Hon. Jean P. Rosenbluth, and Hon. Alka Sagar, Hon. Gail J. Standish and Hon. Michael Wilner.

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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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