San Joaquin County Superior Court Clerks Agree to Strike

In an attempt to show their commitment to fighting for a wage increase, San Joaquin County Superior Court clerks have voted to authorize a strike should their union decide it is an appropriate course of action. Due to the California court budget crisis, county clerks say that they have had to deal with an increased workload and furlough days. They now want increased compensation as they believe that the crisis is over and the court now has the money to give the clerks a raise.

Eighty-one percent of the SEIU Local 1021 union members voted to…Read more about the strike here!

Courtesy of One Legal

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STICKER SHOCK – JOINDER FEES – Riverside County Superior Court

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE
PUBLIC NOTICE
Civil Fee Changes June 10, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, the court will be charging applicable motion fees for joinder filings as follows:

  • General Motions: $60.00
  • Summary Judgment/Adjudication: $500.00

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Gilfillan, Civil and Probate Director, at 951-777-3027.

Michael Gilfillan – Michael.Gilfillan@riverside.courts.ca.gov

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PRESIDENT MESSAGE – Moving Above and Beyond Our Comfort Zone

DeaIMG_4573r Members:

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your President.  All I can say is, I thought I was paying attention, listening intently and following by example.  It seems after the first bang of my gavel I wasn’t paying attention, didn’t hear a thing and was definitely going in a different direction than the example that was being set before me.  That being said, it has made me a little more nervous than I anticipated about the task ahead.  Who knew how true my motto of Moving Above and Beyond Our Comfort Zone would be and how much it applies to me?  While I am pretty comfortable standing before people, as the Chair to this Association I am simply here to help direct and facilitate the normal operations and will do my best with the assistance of the Board and all of Long Beach LPA’s members.

Since our election I have attended LSI’s 80th Annual Conference hosted by Mt. Diablo LPA in Concord and our 5th Annual Member Mixer in conjunction with Long Beach Bar Association and Women Lawyers of Long Beach, at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, California, on May 21st.

I attended the President’s Roundtable at Annual Conference, moderated by LSI Past Presidents Patricia Miller and Mary Rocha. It was very informative and filled with everything one would need to be an effective president to any association. Hopefully, I learned a little something.

I must say the Mixer was absolutely wonderful. We were favored with the presence of the President of the Long Beach Bar Association, Chris Campbell, and Tim Majka, President-elect of Women Lawyers of Long Beach. They were introduced by Trudy Klefstad. We were on the outside patio. If you recall from the November Conference we had a beautiful waterfront view, light evening breeze and simple, but elegant, decorations. The food was delicious as well which made for a nice evening. Along with other honored guests and members we were also supported by our loyal vendors; namely, Janney & Janney, First Legal, Veritext, Aptus, Bags and Bling, Origami Owl, and Thirty-One Bags. We would also like to welcome Rapid Legal as their first time with LBLPA. We had a great turn out and I believe it was a grand success.

As I stated earlier, my theme for the year is Moving Above and Beyond Our Comfort Zone. I would like all of us to participate. If you’re not asked to do something, please know it is just an oversight on my part, but I want YOU all to get involved. I want our Association to bring education at its best to all of the legal community of Long Beach and its surrounding areas. It would be nice if we got involved in local organizations or charities. To be known as an association that helps those in need. I’m aware that we are all busy with our jobs, children, grandchildren, other organizations, etc., but I hope we can make a little time to assist those that aren’t as fortunate as us. We can do it. Remember the more people we have in our Association the more people we have to help with the work. So tell somebody. Tell somebody to tell somebody else and soon LBLPA will be so full of new members we will be bursting at the seams.

Writing this President’s Message is definitely a step out of my comfort zone.  I invite you to take that next step with me by inviting one, maybe two people to our June monthly meeting on June 10, 2014, at the Grand Event Center in Long Beach. Invite some of the vendors you use at your office to come to a meeting to join. Be a part of the great things that YOU are going to make happen.

Come on. Take that step. I’ll see you in June.

Sincerely,

LeQuita J. Hodge, CCLS
President

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We Have a New Board!

Elections were held and installations were made.  Let us introduce our new board:

IMG_4573President – LeQuita Hodge, CCLS
(LeQuita.Hodge@sedgwicklaw.com)

 

 

IMG_4722Co-Vice President – Debby Tankersley, CCLS
Programs Chair/Charity Chair
(canaryblnd@aol.com)

 

Co-Vice President – Cathleen McGrath Siler
Pro Tem Driftwood Editor/LBLPA Website Editor
(mcsiler@yahoo.com)

 

michelleExecutive Secretary – Michelle Cassara, CCLS
(gmacass@verizon.net)

 

Governor
Alice M. Widmark, CCLS
(amwccls@sbcglobal.net)

 

Treasurer Mary Wong
(mwong@aalrr.com)

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SAN BERNARDINO SUPERIOR COURT VALLEY REORGANIZATION

The San Bernardino County Superior Court announces that the new courthouse (San Bernardino Justice Center) will open for business in May of 2014. As a result and in order to capture efficiencies in court operations in the Valley region, the Superior Court will reorganize the calendars for the Rancho Cucamonga District, Fontana District and San Bernardino District as follows:

  1. Effective May 12, 2014 Civil Limited and Unlimited cases from the Rancho Cucamonga District will be filed and heard in the new San Bernardino Justice Center located at 247 West Third Street, San Bernardino, CA
  2. Effective May 12, 2014 Civil Limited and Unlimited cases from the San Bernardino District’s 303 West Third Street building will be filed and heard in the new San Bernardino Justice Center located at 247 West Third Street, San Bernardino, CA
  3. Effective May 19, 2014 Criminal Felony and Misdemeanor cases from the San Bernardino Historic Courthouse 351 North Arrowhead Avenue courthouse will be filed and heard in the new San Bernardino Justice Center located at 247 West Third Street, San Bernardino, CA
  4. Effective May 19, 2014 all Capital/Death Penalty cases will be filed and heard in the new San Bernardino Justice Center located at 247 West Third Street, San Bernardino, CA
  5. Effective May 27, 2014 Family Law cases from the Rancho Cucamonga District will be filed and heard in the San Bernardino Historic Courthouse, located at 351 North Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, CA
  6. Effective May 27, 2014 Family Court Mediation matters from the Rancho Cucamonga District will be scheduled and held in the San Bernardino District Historic Courthouse, 351 North Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, CA
  7. Effective May 27, 2014 Criminal Felony and Misdemeanor cases from the Fontana District will be filed and heard in the Rancho Cucamonga District located at 8303 North Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  8. Effective May 27, 2014 Traffic and Non-Traffic Infractions from the Rancho Cucamonga District will be filed and heard in the Fontana District located at 17780 Arrow Blvd., Fontana, CA.
  9. Effective May 27, 2014 Traffic and Non-Traffic Infractions from the San Bernardino Historic Courthouse will be filed and heard in the Fontana District located at 17780 Arrow Blvd., Fontana, CA
  10. Effective May 27, 2014 the Self-Help Resource Center in the Rancho Cucamonga District will be closed. Self-Help Services will be available in the San Bernardino Historic Courthouse, 351 North Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, CA. Additional locations and availability county-wide can be found on the court’s web site (www.sb-court.org)
  11. Effective May 27, 2014 the Court Investigators Unit will be relocated to the new San Bernardino Justice Center located at 247 West Third St., 1st Floor, San Bernardino, CA
  12. Effective June 2, 2014 the Appeals and Appellate Division will be relocated to the new San Bernardino Justice Center located at 247 West Third Street, 2nd Floor, San Bernardino, CA
  13. Effective June, 2, 2014 Small Claims and Landlord Tenant Cases from the Rancho Cucamonga District will be filed and heard in the Fontana District located at 17780 Arrow Blvd., Fontana, CA. Small Claims and Landlord Tenant cases will no longer be filed or heard in the Rancho Cucamonga District.

This notice has been posted on the Court’s website at www.sb-court.org.

All public comments must be sent via email to the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County at publiccomments@sb-court.org

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Expansion of Attorney Civil Case-Opening Pilot Project

Notice: USDC, Central District of California

Expansion of Attorney Civil Case-Opening Pilot Project

Beginning February 18, 2014, attorneys may open/initiate civil cases and file most complaints and notices of removal electronically pursuant to the Court’s Attorney Case-Opening Pilot Project. Refer to General Order 14-01 for more information. For a short step-by-step demonstration, you can access the Court Website for Video Demonstration. An Attorney Case-Opening Pilot Project User Manual is also available. The current Civil Cover Sheet, Form CV-71(11/13), must be used when opening new civil cases in CM/ECF.

In order to become familiar with electronic filing of new civil cases under the pilot project, it is highly recommended that attorneys and/or support staff view the videos and review the Attorney Case-Opening Pilot Project Manual before attempting to open a new civil case. It is essential that attorneys maintain and update their personal contact account information, especially their e-mail addresses, in the Court’s CM/ECF System before opening a new case.

To assist all of our clients, First Legal Network is able to eFile on your behalf as well to provide Chambers Copies directly to the Court. Please contact our eFiling Department at eFiling@firstlegalnetwork.com or 877.399.5562 for more information.

You may also contact the Court Directly:
The CM/ECF Help Desk
(213) 894-0242
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST Monday thru Friday

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IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR BIRTHDAY VOYAGE

Well, we really aren’t going anywhere, but we will be celebrating the 84th Birtday of Long Beach Legal Professionals Association on the Queen Mary on Saturday, October 26, 2013!!!  See more information on our events page.  This is a great networking event and we will be so honored to have LSI President, Sandra Jimenez, CCLS and LSI Past President Kay Thornburg joining our festivities!

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SAN FRANCISCO GOES TO E-FILING & E-SERVICE!

The Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco has published Proposed Local Rules that if adopted may require law firms to Electronically File and Serve almost all civil documents effective January 1, 2014.

You may not know that the California Rules of Court were revised on July 1, 2013, those rules established statewide guidelines that were meant to ensure that all courts uniformly adopt local rules for their eFiling projects. The San Francisco Proposed Local Rule 2.10 doesn’t appear to be consistent with the statewide rules of court; specifically, CRC 2.253 (b), CRC 3.400 (c), CRC 3.403, and Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6.

The Rules state that if a Court wishes to implement a mandated program for other than Complex and cases designated as Complex they must allow eFiling directly with the court, or directly with the court and through one or more approved electronic filing service providers, or through more than one approved electronic filing service provider. The Proposed Local Rules do not appear to satisfy this requirement.

If you and your firm want a choice of eFiling vendors, a competitive eFiling environment and adherence with the Rules of Court we ask that you write the Court in response to the proposed Local Rules by November 1, 2013.

For more information about the proposed Local Rules we encourage you to visit the Court’s website at:

http://www.sfsuperiorcourt.org/sites/default/files/images/Proposed%20local%20Rules%201-1-14%20%289-17-13%20version%29.pdf

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VENTURA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT – LIMITED OPERATIONS

December 23, 24, 26 and 27, 2013 – Limited Operations  

Pursuant to Government Code §68106, the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, is providing sixty (60) days notice of limited operation days.

The majority of the courtrooms and all of the clerk’s offices will be closed on December 23, 24, 26, and 27 2013 to mitigate the impact of employee furlough days on court operations. Criminal custody calendars, preliminary hearings, early disposition conferences (Monday & Tuesday only) and three criminal trial courtrooms will remain open.

These days are not court holidays, so statutory deadlines will not be extended. However, drop boxes are currently provided outside each clerical office for filing papers or submitting payments. Documents placed in the boxes by 5:00 p.m. are deemed deposited for filing that same business day. Most cases already calendared for hearing will be rescheduled and the affected parties notified by the court. An exterior walk-up window on the north side of the Hall of Justice at the Government Center near parking lots A, B and C will be open until 6:45 p.m. and the East County Courthouse walk-up window will be open until 4:45 p.m. for handling criminal/traffic and collections payments only. Limited courtrooms will be open to hear urgent juvenile, unlawful detainer, and temporary restraining order issues.

These dates were selected to minimize the impact on the public and court staff as court business is generally the slowest during the holiday season.

While the court regrets having to take the above actions, it is required to address the continued reduction in funding to the California court system. The 2013-14 fiscal year is the first time in five years that no additional budget reductions were made to the judicial branch. However, the trial courts are still dealing with the prior year’s statewide reduction of $261 million. Ventura Superior Court’s share of the statewide reduction is $4.5 million, which is also the amount of the court’s structural budget deficit. The court’s structural deficit is $2.7 million lower than the 2012-13 fiscal year deficit. So while the situation has improved, the court’s budget is still $4.5 million short of revenue that is required to fully operate.

Anyone wishing to comment on this proposed plan may do so, either by regular mail or e-mail, by December 15, 2013. Please direct your response to:  

Michael D. Planet, Court Executive Officer
P.O.   Box 6489 Ventura, CA 93006-6489

or

closureresponse@ventura.courts.ca.gov

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Notice: USDC, Central District of California updates Civil Case Cover Sheet

Notice: USDC, Central District of California updates Civil Case Cover Sheet

The United States District Court, Central District of California, has updated its Civil Case Cover Sheet.

You can download the fillable form here. The Use of the new Cover Sheet is mandatory.

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