San Bern Bankruptcy Court: LBR APPENDIX IV REVISED TO INCREASE ATTORNEYS’ FEES IN CHAPTER 13 CASES

The Board of Judges approved a revision to LBR Appendix IV, increasing attorneys’ fees in chapter 13 cases when a fully executed Rights and Responsibilities Agreement Between Chapter 13 Debtors and Their Attorneys, LBR Form 3015-1.RARA (RARA) is filed. The new fees become effective with chapter 13 cases filed on or after March 23, 2015, that include the updated and fully executed RARA.

The maximum amount an attorney may charge under the RARA guidelines (excluding the petition fee), increased from $5,000 to $6,000 for cases involving a business (with a maximum amount of $5,000 to be paid prior to confirmation). For cases involving non-business debtors, the fee increased from $4,000 to $5,000.

LBR Appendix IV, Court Manual Section 2.9, and the RARA were updated to reflect the new fees and are available on the Court’s website www.cacb.uscourts.gov.

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LASC says, “Get online, not in line.”

Southern California drivers welcome the Los Angeles Superior Court’s improved website featuring lower fees and an automated online assistant that make it easy to pay traffic citations, extend fine payments and schedule traffic school. Online users avoid the time, expense and hassle of standing in long lines at the courthouses.

Effective Monday, March 30, 2015, the Los Angeles Superior Court will lower many online fees and improve the functionality of its website-based traffic services on www.lacourt.org.

Website users with traffic citations will now have the option of utilizing the automated online assistant to determine the type of traffic transaction they need and how to proceed. The assistant will provide help in English and Spanish, with service in other languages coming soon along with new and expanded features.

The introduction of the automated online assistant is featured in the Court’s new “Get online, not in line” campaign, launched to encourage Court users to take advantage of the services offered on the Court’s website, saving litigants, attorneys, and others time and money.

Fees for paying traffic fines online by credit card will be cut in half – to $5 from its present $10.  Free online services—such as registering for jury duty, retrieving courthouse information, and assistance for self-represented litigants—will remain so.

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NEW BANNING JUSTICE CENTER – MAY 4, 2015

The new Banning Justice Center will open to the public on Monday, May 4, 2015. The new courthouse is located at 311 E. Ramsey Street, Banning, CA 92220.

The new court facility will house four trial courtrooms, one large traffic/small claims courtroom, one large arraignment courtroom, in-custody holding cells, jury assembly space, a staff training room, clerks’ offices, public service windows, judicial chambers, jury deliberation rooms, and judicial library/conference rooms.   The new courthouse replaces an existing and severely over- crowded nearby two-courtroom facility that long ago outgrew the needs of the community. Exponential population growth in the Banning Pass over the past 10 years, coupled with an increase in criminal filings, interstate traffic flow directly through the city, and civil disputes, has increased the caseload far beyond the capacity of two courtrooms and two judges.

The Banning Justice Center, in addition to being a much needed courthouse in a now bustling county, is also an asset to the local community. The courthouse is constructed of concrete on a 5 acre site in the heart of the city. The facility provides pedestrian links to existing and future Banning Civic Center developments, including City Hall and the Banning Police Department. The public’s experience of the facility will include an axial progression through the parking area to a large steel canopied entryway and into a dome covered lobby, all of which will assist the public, jurors, witnesses, agency representatives and court staff with an easy navigation throughout the building.

The new courthouse is designed to achieve a certification in accordance with sustainability requirements from the United States Green Building Council. In addition, design using the principles of CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) helped shape the landscape and site work. Strategic placement of integrated concrete benches and a formal stepped plinth further enhance security in and around the courthouse.

Court operations will commence at 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2015. Law enforcement and other public agencies previously appearing in or citing to the old Banning Court should plan to redirect services to the new justice center accordingly. Jurors called for service on that day should also plan accordingly.

“We are grateful to Judge Mark Cope, who has lead this project for several years, and to the staff of the Judicial Council of California for all of the time and effort they put into making this project a success. We look forward to this splendid new courthouse serving the Banning Pass community for decades to come,” said Riverside County Superior Court Presiding Judge Harold W. Hopp

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LAW & MOTION CHANGES IN SAN BERNARDINO SUPERIOR COURT

Please be advised that effective April 1, 2015, parties will be required to file their civil motion and pay the required fees within five (5) court days from the date of reservation.

Failure to submit moving papers within five (5) court days of reservation will result in the automatic cancellation of the reservation.

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

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LOS ANGELES CO SUPERIOR COURT PHONE NUMBER ROLL-OUT

The county courthouses are still in the process of changing phone numbers.  The most recent courthouses to change or will soon change their phone numbers are:

Alhambra, Bellflower, Glendale, Los Padrinos, West Covina, Los Padrinos Juvenile, and San Fernando Juvenile

Over the next few months, the Los Angeles Superior Court will complete the installation of a new telephone system and new telephone numbers in 35 courthouses.
Telephone numbers at the Downey Courthouse, the East Los Angeles Courthouse and the Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach will remain unchanged as will the “800” number for Juror Services and the automated numbers for general traffic inquiries.

As each courthouse transitions into the new telephone system, its new telephone numbers will be available in the courthouse Clerk’s Office and on the Court’s website at www.lacourt.org.  Interested persons may also follow LASC on its Twitter account @lasuperiorcourt for updates.

 

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Avoid Getting Your Mother or Your Business Sued

Are you being smart in protecting your business against lawsuits and liability? One lawyer and owner of a custom integration firm highlights tips, loopholes, and laws you should be aware of.  Read more . . .

(Tongue-in-cheek rendering by Robert Alan Fine)

Used by permission:

About the author
Robert Alan Fine is an attorney practicing in Los Angles and the owner of Finepoint Electric, Inc., a custom integration firm in operation since 1993. He can be contacted at robert.raflaw@gmail.com.

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USDC – Changes to Local Rules Proposed to Become Effective June 1, 2015

United States District Court – Central District of California

Changes to Local Rules Proposed to Become Effective June 1, 2015

The Court has preliminarily approved amendments to the Local Civil Rules listed below. Their proposed effective date is June 1, 2015.  A redline of the proposed changes accompanies the electronic version of this notice and may also be found on the Court’s website.  The proposed amended rules are the following:

Local Civil Rules:

  • 5-4.2(b)(1) [(Documents Excluded from Electronic Filing) Non-paper or Other Unusual Exhibits]
  • 5-4.2(b)(4) [(Documents Excluded from Electronic Filing) Records for Bankruptcy Appeals and Administrative Review Cases]
  • 5-4.3.1 [(Format of Electronically Filed Documents) Technical Requirements (File Format and Size Limitations)]
  • 83-17.3 [(Special Requirements for Habeas Corpus Petitions Involving the Death Penalty) Initial Filings and Petitions]
  • 83-17.7 [(Special Requirements for Habeas Corpus Petitions Involving the Death Penalty) Procedures for Considering the Petition]

Members of the public are invited to submit comments on these changes to the rules. Comments may be submitted to <lr_publiccomments@cacd.uscourts.gov (link sends e-mail)> or in hard copy to Terry Nafisi, District Court Executive and Clerk of Court, 312 N. Spring Street, Room G-11, Los Angeles, California 90012. No facsimile transmissions will be considered.

All comments must be submitted no later than March 20, 2015. All timely received comments will be considered by the Court before final adoption of the rules.

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SAN BERNARDINO SUPERIOR COURT – CHANGES TO MISDEMEANOR CASES WITH OUTSTANDING WARRANTS

Effective March 2, 2015, San Bernardino Superior Court will implement a change in its process for litigants to appear in court for the following matters:

  • Misdemeanor cases with outstanding warrants.

Currently, these matters are heard the same day as a walk-in court appearance.

Beginning March 2, 2015, to appear before a judicial officer to have the warrant recalled on a misdemeanor case, you will first reserve your court date. In order to reserve a court date you must come into the court location or call by telephone.
Once the date has been calendared, you will be able to bypass the clerk’s office and report directly to the courtroom on the date and time of the hearing.

Scheduling a court appearance does not extend or alter any statutory or court-ordered deadline. Only cases which are infractions can be scheduled on-line or via kiosks.
NOTE: The warrant will remain outstanding until you appear on the court date and are seen by a judge.

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

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EMPLOYMENT LAW: AT-WILL EMPLOYEES

Please join us on March 10th.  Our speaker Michele L. Levinson, Esq. Deputy City Attorney for the City of Long Beach will be discussing At-Will Employees.

Dinner and program are just $27.00 at the beautiful Grand Event Center conveniently located at the 405 and Lakewood Blvd. on Willow in Long Beach.

To reserve your spot now simply click here and we will see you on March 10th!

MCLE and CCLS credit available!

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THREE LASC COURTHOUSES IMPLEMENT NEW PHONE NUMBERS

. . . AND MORE TO COME

As part of the ongoing implementation of a new telephone system, on February 4th Santa Monica Courthouse changed their phone numbers and now three more Los Angeles Superior Court locations are implementing new telephone numbers.

The Compton Courthouse, located at 200 W. Compton Blvd., Compton 90220, began using new telephone numbers on Feb. 13, 2015.

The Pomona South Courthouse, located at 400 Civic Center Way, Pomona 91766, will begin using new telephone numbers on Feb.18, 2015.

The Torrance Courthouse, located at 825 Maple Ave., Torrance 90503, will begin using new telephone numbers on Feb. 20, 2015.

Over the next several months, the Los Angeles Superior Court will continue the installation of a new telephone system and new telephone numbers will be assigned to 35 courthouses. The transition will occur courthouse-by-courthouse.

Telephone numbers at the Downey Courthouse, East Los Angeles Courthouse, and the Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach will remain the same as will the ‘800’ number for Juror Services and the automated numbers for general traffic inquiries.

As each courthouse transitions into the new telephone system, its new telephone numbers will be available in the courthouse Clerk’s Office and on the Court’s website at www.lacourt.org. The Daily Journal publishes their court directory every month – keep an eye out for it as well.

Interested persons may also follow LASC on its Twitter account @lasuperiorcourt for updates.

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