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!
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:
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
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.
L.A. SUPERIOR COURT ELIMINATES JOBS; HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES AFFECTED
Tomorrow, Friday, June 14, 2013, reductions in state financial support for the California judicial branch force the Court to eliminate 511 budgeted positions. As a result, 539 Los Angeles Superior Court employees will be affected, including 177 employees who will be laid off.
A budget committee of the California legislature agreed Monday evening to provide $60 million in new funding to the state trial courts; close to $20 million of that funding may be provided to the Los Angeles Superior Court. Nevertheless, even if the additional funds are provided, the amount is insufficient to avoid the contraction of court size and services necessitated by repeated, cumulative budget cuts since 2008. As Presiding Judge David S. Wesley stated, the legislative action is “too little, too late, to stop the layoffs, or the reduction in access to justice that state funding cuts have produced, although they give us hope that we will not have to make further cuts to staff or services in the foreseeable future.”
Decreases in state support for the California trial courts now total $725 million annually. Net of mitigations (such as increased fees for court users imposed by the legislature), and including unfunded cost increases, the Los Angeles Superior Court must manage a structural budget deficit of $195 million. Previous actions, including layoffs in 2010 and 2012, hiring freezes, cuts in supplies and other cost-saving measures, have reduced the Court’s annual spending by $110 million.
Friday’s actions will reduce spending by another $56 million.
“Assuming that Governor Brown signs into law the budget increase proposed for the trial courts, our Court’s share will barely cover the remainder of our structural deficit. For the first time since the budget crisis began, we will have finally resolved our structural deficit,” said Wesley.
As of July 1, 2013, the Court will have eliminated 30% of its budgeted staff positions since 2002 – a 24% reduction since the state budget crisis began in 2008.
To manage the Court after Friday’s staffing reductions, the Court has implemented a consolidation plan that has resulted in:
- Closure of eight courthouses: Pomona North, Whittier, Huntington Park, Beacon Street, San Pedro, Kenyon Juvenile, West Los Angeles and Malibu;
- Significant reductions in court services at the Beverly Hills and Catalina courthouses;
- Consolidation of personal injury, collections, small claims, probate, unlawful detainer and traffic cases in fewer courthouse locations;
- Elimination of the remaining part-time court reporters in civil courts;
- Elimination of all full-time referee positions in the juvenile courts and reduction of juvenile dependency mediation services; and
- Elimination of the Court-managed Alternative Dispute Resolution unit.
“We have reached the new normal,” said Wesley. “And there is nothing to like about it.”
“When the Municipal and Superior Courts unified, our vision was to be the largest neighborhood court and to maintain a presence in many communities throughout LA County,” said Wesley. “This is not the neighborhood court we worked so hard to build. It is not our vision for access to justice. But this is the Court that the state is willing and able to support. We will be using our collective energy as a court to provide access to justice in every case type within the limits of the resources we have been provided.”
To save $56 million annually, the Court is eliminating 511 budgeted positions. The elimination will have the following effects on court employees:
- 177 people will lose their jobs;
- 139 people will be demoted to previously held positions; those demotions will, in turn, bring about reductions in pay for those employees;
- 223 employees will keep their jobs with the Court, but will be reassigned to new locations on Monday, June 17.
In all, 539 people are being impacted: one in seven employees. Notices to affected employees are being hand-delivered tomorrow.
“It is a particular irony that many of the people being impacted have been working long and hard to restructure the Court over these past few months,” noted Assistant
Presiding Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl. “They and all our employees have done the impossible: moving hundreds of thousands of case files, and dismantling and rebuilding large parts of our Court. I admire their commitment to serving the public. It has not wavered.”
NOTICE TO ALL ATTORNEY SERVICES AND MESSENGERS
COMMENCING FRIDAY JUN 14
THROUGH WEDNESDAY JUNE 19
ALL DOCUMENTS FILED AFTER 12:00 P.M.
AT THE CENTRAL CIVIL FILINGS WINDOW
ROOM 102 MUST BE DROPPED OFF
THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS!
(THIS ONLY APPLIES TO CENTRAL CIVIL
FILING WINDOW, ROOM 102)
Effective June 10, 2013, the Los Angeles Superior Court will launch a pilot of its new real-time online Court Reservation System (CRS) in the three personal injury (PI) courtrooms (Departments 91, 92, and 93) at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles 90012. Parties with a case assigned to a PI courtroom may reserve a date for law and motion hearings, via CRS, on the Court’s website at http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/, under Civil.
A reservation for a Motion to Compel Further Discovery Responses cannot be made using CRS as certain conditions must be met (i.e., the reservation can only be made after an Informal Discovery Conference has taken place and the motion must be heard by the judge who conducted the conference). Parties who wish to make a reservation for a Motion to Compel Further Discovery Responses may do so by contacting the courtroom directly.
CRS will be available 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made using CRS for available dates in the month of July 2013 and beyond. Parties who wish to make reservations for any date before then may do so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 213-974-1394 between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Parties who prefer to make reservations by telephone for dates in the month of July 2013 and beyond may call 213-974-1394 between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Parties with cases assigned to other courtrooms should continue to follow existing procedures of the respective courtrooms.
When using CRS, the reserving party will receive an email notification (and optional text message) when:
• a reservation is made,
• the Court has received and processed the motion document(s),
• a reservation is rescheduled by the Court, or
• a reservation is canceled.
Once the pilot program is completed, it is anticipated other courtrooms throughout the Court will utilize this new online program. Use of CRS or its content does not supersede any statutes, rules, and/or policies/procedures related to motions and/or giving notice.
This information is also available on the Los Angeles Superior Court website at www.lasuperiorcourt.org.
Amended Local Rules Effective June 1, 2013
The Local Civil and Criminal Rules listed below have been amended, effective June 1, 2013. The amended rules are available on the Court’s website or click here and accompany the electronic version of this notice.
Amended Local Civil Rules:
• 4-4 [Summons - Service of Process - Habeas Corpus Proceedings]
• 5-3 [Serving Documents]
• 5-4 [Filing Documents]
• 7-3 [Conference of Counsel Prior to Filing of Motions]
• 54-2 [Application to Tax Costs Pursuant to F.R.Civ.P. 54(d); Bill of Costs]
• 54-11 [Filing Date for Motions to Award Costs Not Governed by F.R.Civ.P. 54(d)]
• 83-2 [Attorneys; People Without Attorneys]
• 83-4 [Student Practice]
Amended Local Criminal Rules:
• 46-1.2 [Bail Previously Fixed by District Judge]
All proceedings in cases commenced on or after June 1, 2013, and, insofar as just and practicable, all proceedings then pending will be governed by these amended rules.
The judges of the Riverside County Superior Court have voted to make changes to the court’s local rules and forms as listed below. The court’s complete set of updated local rules will be available prior to July 1, 2013, on the court’s website at http://riverside.courts.ca.gov/ by clicking on local rules under the general information tab. Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 10.613(g)(1), all proposed rule and form changes were circulated for a 45-day comment period and any comments received were considered in the adoption process.
Title 3 – Civil
Division 1 – Civil Case Management
Rule 3115 – Where to File Documents (Amended) Rule 3116 – Response to Orders to Show Cause (New)
Division 2 – Alternative Dispute Resolution Rule 3290 – Mandatory Settlement Conference Statements (New)
Division 4 – Trial Rules and Procedures
Rule 3401 – Pre-Trial Rule for Trials Called in Master Calendar Departments (New)
Title 4- Criminal
Rule 4001 – Where to File Documents (Amended)
Title 5 – Family and Juvenile Rules
Division 1 – Family Rules
Rule 5101 – Where to File Documents (Amended)
Division 2 – Juvenile Rules
Rule 5225 – Where to File Documents (Amended)
Title 7 – Probate
Division 1 – General Provisions
Rule 7001 – Venue (Amended)
Division 3 – Guardianships
Rule 7311 – Confidential Guardianship Status Report (New)
Local Form – Confidential Cohabitant Screening Attachment (Amended)
Title 8 – Appeals
Rule 8005 – Where to File Documents (Amended)