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NOVEMBER 2021
 
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Court Alerts
Litigation Section Newsletter

Editors:
Brian Hershman
Oliver Rocos
Maxine Thomas


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Officers:
Eric Y. Kizirian, Chair
Brian T. Glennon, Chair Elect
Shehnaz M. Bhujwala, Vice Chair
Mike Madokoro, Secretary
Douglas N. Silverstein, Immediate Past Chair

 
 
 

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Court Alerts
 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT UPDATES

Extension of Certain Juvenile Deadlines

  • Judge Eric Taylor announced a new General Order extending certain Juvenile deadlines through December 3, 2021. Judge Taylor explained the Court declined to extend Criminal deadlines in an effort to facilitate “more timely access to justice, while monitoring systemic stresses and remaining vigilant in the fight against the virus.” The Order extends Juvenile deadlines as follows: (News Release).
    • Time periods for minors taken into custody pending Dependency proceedings before release under section 313 of the Welfare and Institutions Code are extended to not more than 7 days, only for minors for whom the statutory deadline would expire between November 6 and December 3 inclusive.
    • Time periods for minors taken into custody pending Dependency proceedings before getting a detention hearing under section 315 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is extended to not more than 7 days, only for minors for whom the deadline would expire between November 6 and December 3 inclusive.

Expanded Juror Transportation During Jury Service

  • Judge Eric Taylor announced that jurors serving at specified courthouses throughout LA County who are asked to return for service a second or subsequent day, may opt for a free Metro TAP card or Metrolink tickets for the duration of their service, in lieu of mileage reimbursement. Judge Taylor initiated the expansion of transportation programs as an effort to remove barriers for jurors to serve. TAP cards are valid for a week of unlimited travel on most Metro buses and rail lines and remain valid even if jury service is completed prior to the card’s expiration date. Jurors opting for Metrolink tickets will receive two, two-way tickets. (News Release).

Update on Vaccination Status and Exemptions

  • Approximately 99% of the Court’s employees have provided proof of full vaccination or requested a medical or religious exemption following the August 23 vaccine mandate. While the mandate did not include judicial officers, Judge Taylor indicated most judges voluntarily report their vaccination status. The Court was one of the first public sector employers in California to announce a mandatory vaccination policy. (News Release).

Upcoming Online Dispute Resolution Program for Unlawful Detainer Cases

  • Judge Taylor announced the Court will expand its Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) program to Unlawful Detainer cases, enabling parties to resolve eviction cases online, without Court involvement, at no charge. The Unlawful Detainer ODR webpage includes a list of free resources, including contact information for legal aid agencies in LA County and resources from the LA Housing Department. The Unlawful Detained ODR is voluntary and modeled after earlier ODR programs. Free mediation services by the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and the Center for Conflict Resolution will be provided upon request. (News Release).

Appellate Division 2022 Hearing Dates Set

  • Dates for the Appellate Division 2022 hearings have been set. Generally, Infraction and Misdemeanor cases will be set at 9 a.m. and Limited Civil cases will be set at 1:30 p.m. Hearings will take place in the Appellate Division Courtroom, Room 615, in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. For specific dates, please see the notice here.

Court Room Changes

  • Civil Division
    • Judge Victor G. Viramontes was reassigned to Dept. 93 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, replacing Judge Joel L. Lofton. All calendared matters shall remain as scheduled unless otherwise notified. Counsel and parties should identify the assigned judicial officer and department on the first page of documents filed with the clerk, below the case number. (Notice).
    • Effective December 6, Judge Lawrence Riff will be assigned to Dept. 51 at the Stanley Mosk I/C courtroom, replacing Judge Dennis Landin.
    • Effective December 6, the Court will open a new fourth Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC) courtroom at the Spring Street Courthouse. Judge Dennis Landin will be assigned to this courtroom. The opening of this further settlement courtroom will help reduce the time it now takes to obtain a MSC prior to trial due to strong demand.
  • Family Law:
    • Effective November 18, Judge Reginald Neal is assigned to matters currently calendared as As Assigned and heard in Departments S14, S15, and S16 on a rotating schedule at Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse. Matters currently calendared as As Assigned and heard in the aforementioned departments shall remain as scheduled unless otherwise notified. Counsel and parties should identify the assigned judicial officer and department on the first page of documents filed with the clerk, below the case number. (Notice).

Court Holidays

  • November 25 – Thanksgiving
  • November 26 – Day After Thanksgiving
  • December 24 – Christmas
  • December 31 – New Year’s

U.S.D.C. CENTRAL DISTRICT COURT UPDATES

Extension of CARES Act

  • Pursuant to the CARES Act, the Court has extended its authority through January 14, 2022. Hearings may be conducted by video or telephonic conference in certain criminal matters according to Order of the Chief Judge No. 20-043. In the Western Division, criminal duty matters will be held in Courtroom 880 at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building through January 14, 2022. In the Southern and Eastern divisions, criminal duty matters will be held in the duty magistrate’s courtroom. (Notice).

New and Amended Local Rules

  • The new and amended local rules below take effect December 1. These rules will govern all proceedings in cases commencing on or after December 1, and insofar as just and practicable, all proceedings pending at that time. A redlined version of these rules are available here.
    • New L.R. 4-5
    • L.R. 37-2.1
    • L.R. 65-1

Court Holidays

  • November 25 – Thanksgiving
  • November 26 – Day After Thanksgiving
  • December 24 – Christmas
  • December 31 – New Year’s

COURT OF APPEAL UPDATES

Judicial Assignments

  • The following judges are currently sitting on assignment:
    • Judge Charles S. Crandall of the San Luis Obispo Superior Court, will be sitting Pro Tem in Division One until December 31, 2021
    • Judge Mark E. Windham of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro Tem in Division Three until December 10, 2021
    • Judge Kimberly A. Knill of the Orange County Superior Court, will be sitting Pro Tem in Division Three until December 31, 2021
    • Judge Victor G. Viramontes of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro Tem in Division Three until December 31, 2021
    • Judge Gary I. M icon of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro Tem in Division Four until December 31, 2021
    • Judge Audra Ibarra of the Santa Clara Superior Court, will be sitting Pro-Tem in Division Seven until December 31, 2021
    • Judge Albert T. Harutunian III of the San Diego Superior Court, will be sitting Pro-Tem in Division Eight until December 31, 2021

Passing of Former Second District Court of Appeal Clerk/Executive Officer, Joseph Lane

  • Joseph (Joe) Lane, a former Clerk/Executive Office of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District in Los Angeles, passed away after a battle with cancer. His career at the Court spanned nearly four decades before his retirement in 2018. A memorial service will be held at a later date. (News Release)

Court Holidays

  • November 25 – Thanksgiving
  • November 26 – Day After Thanksgiving
  • December 24 – Christmas
  • December 31 – New Year’s
 

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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