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Litigation Section Newsletter

David 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
Los Angeles County Superior Court Plan for Extension of e-Filing Capabilities by Fall of 2017

By Fall of 2017, the LASC will be extending e-filing capabilities through a new case management system (“CMS”) to the Unlimited Civil Division, including Complex courts. E-filing will be a voluntary option for most courts at the outset, with the goal of making e-filing mandatory to all except for self-represented litigants. LASC will make e-filing mandatory for Complex courts before making it mandatory for Independent Calendar courts. The goal is presently to make e-filing mandatory for Complex courts by Fall of 2017.

This is an exciting new development that will enable LASC to streamline filings and make the official record of cases electronic. Some courts may recommend service of courtesy copies of e-filed motion papers and similar filings for temporary use and later disposal.
On The Move at Los Angeles County Superior Court

• Hon. Daniel S. Murphy (Department 32, Central) will be sitting temporarily in Probate Court though November. Hon. Joanne B. O'Donnell will be temporarily sitting in Department 32. Hon. Michael J. Raphael is back from Court of Appeal assignment and sitting in Department 51, Central. Hon. Allan J. Goodman is now on assignment in the California Court of Appeal, Second District.

• Other Court Moves: With the new U.S.D.C., Central District Courthouse at First Street and Broadway expected to be completed by the end of 2016, judges from the Los Angeles County Superior Court will be moving into 16 courtrooms in the U.S. Courthouse at 312 North Spring Street.

• More "Other Court Moves" in LASC: Four additional I.C. courts will be added at Stanley Mosk increasing the number of I.C. courts from 41 to 45. Two new I.C. courts are also be added to Van Nuys and Antelope Valley. A new civil trial court is also being added in Van Nuys. Additional Unlawful Detainer courtrooms are being added to courthouses in Compton, Chatsworth and Torrance. Five new Family Law courtrooms will be added in Norwalk, Long Beach (settlement), Stanley Mosk (2 calendar courts and 1 Complex High Resolution court). One new Probate Court is being added at Stanley Mosk.

Hon. Kevin C. Brazile Elected as Next LASC Assistant Presiding Judge
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kevin Brazile has been elected as the court's next Assistant Presiding Judge. Judge Brazile will succeed current Assistant Presiding Judge Daniel J. Buckley on January 1, 2017. Judge Buckley, who was elected Presiding Judge, will succeed Presiding Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl that same day.
Upcoming Events
Inn of Court: Dealing with Judicial & Attorney Bias
When: 11/02/2016
Where: LA Law Library, Los Angeles, CA

Biases, small or large, are part of the human experience and show up in our legal profession in a variety of ways. Learn how to be aware of biases and ways to address them, whether as a Judicial Officer or an attorney, in the court room or at your law firm. Our panelists are highly experienced in dealing with this sensitive issue. < more information >
2016 Complex Court Symposium
When: 11/09/2016
Where: Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

If you are a lawyer who appears in any of California’s complex courts, you should not miss the biannual Complex Court Symposium, where judges sitting in complex courts throughout California will join our local jurists to share their views about litigating in the complex courts. < more information >
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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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