Covid-19 Updates for Los Angeles Superior Court

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Update: October 16, 2020

 

FAMILY LAW DIVISION ANNOUNCES
COURTROOM CHANGES
Effective November 2, the Family Law Division at the Superior Court of Los Angeles County will implement the following changes to courtroom operations:
New Restraining Order Courtroom:
Judge Lee S. Arian will preside over Restraining Order matters in Department 25 of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles.
Requests for Temporary Restraining Orders not filed in an existing Family Law case will be randomly assigned. Requests for Temporary Restraining Orders filed in an existing Family Law case will be heard in the assigned home court.
Judicial Officer Moves:
• Judge Emily T. Spear will move from Department 13 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse to Department N at the Compton Courthouse, located at 200 W. Compton Blvd., Compton.
• Judge Jeanmarie Klingenbeck Warren will be assigned to Department 13 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.
• Commissioner Kimberly Dotson will move from Department 6 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse to Department M at the Compton Courthouse.
• Commissioner Armando Duron will move from Department M at the Compton Courthouse to Department 6 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.
• Judge A. Veronica Sauceda will move from Department N at the Compton Courthouse to Department 102 at the Whittier Courthouse, located at 7339 S. Painter Ave., Whittier.
• Judge LaRonda J. McCoy will move to the Criminal Division.
All matters currently calendared in the departments mentioned above shall remain scheduled on the dates and times previously set unless otherwise notified.
Counsel and parties are instructed to identify the assigned judicial officer and department beneath the case number on the first page of all documents filed with the clerk.
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NOTICE TO ATTORNEYS
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Media Relations 111 N. Hill Street, Room 107, Los Angeles, CA 90012 publicinfo@lacourt.org www.lacourt.org @LASuperiorCourt

 

 

Update: September 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 9, 2020
ADVANCED ATTORNEY PORTAL FEATURES PROVIDE CONVENIENCE, NEW BENEFITS WITH SUBSCRIPTION
ENHANCEMENTS AVAILABLE SEPT. 14 WITH MORE FEATURES COMING THIS FALL
Effective September 14, attorneys may opt for a higher tier of subscription services available from the Court’s new Advanced Attorney Portal. The $100 cost recovery fee (annual subscription) per attorney opens exclusive access to an Advanced Attorney Portal option that saves time and makes your jobs easier:
WHAT’S NEW Activate a $100 annual Subscription to the Advanced Attorney
Portal (Effective September 14)
My Cases Access all your cases for which you are the attorney of record.
My Documents View all your electronic case documents.
My Calendar Track your upcoming hearings in the next six months.
My LACC View upcoming hearings reserved for remote appearances and click on the video link for easy access (hearings updated daily).
My Delegee(s) Authorize delegees to access case records on your behalf. *IMPORTANT* Attorneys and delegees must sign an agreement, that among other provisions, acknowledges that sharing user accounts with multiple individuals is prohibited. Delegees must register for their own Attorney Portal user account. Delegation is on a case-by-case basis; only the delegator can renew access.
Sign up now! See below for instructions.
STEP ONE – IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO, CREATE YOUR COURT IDENTITY ON THE NEW ATTORNEY PORTAL. IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A COURT ID, GO TO STEP 2.
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• At the Attorney Portal link (https://my.lacourt.org/attorney/#/), create your Court ID. It’s a one-time process.
• Your Court ID is a single sign-in credential that gives you access to basic features of the Attorney Portal and all features of LACourtConnect (LACC). Each member of your office can also create a Court ID, so they can schedule remote appearances on your behalf.
STEP TWO – USE YOUR COURT ID TO SIGN IN TO THE ATTORNEY PORTAL.
To activate the features of the Advanced Attorney Portal, use your Court ID to sign in (see upper right-hand corner of the Attorney Portal Welcome Page.) After you sign in, your Display Name is visible in the upper right-hand corner, confirming you are signed in.
STEP 3 – VALIDATE YOUR BAR NUMBER TO UNLOCK ACCESS TO SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES.
Validation as an attorney is necessary if you want to take advantage of subscription services available through the Advanced Attorney Portal. To date, thousands of attorneys already have validated their identity! (Note: this step is not required to schedule remote appearances).
After you have signed in with your Court ID, click the blue Validate button:
An agreement document then appears. Check the box to indicate you agree. Enter your bar number. Click the “Send Verification Code Button,” and look for the code in the email inbox you used to register with the State Bar of California. Copy the code from the email and enter it in the Verification Code box. Then click “Verify.”
STEP 4 – PAY FOR YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO ACCESS ADVANCED ATTORNEY PORTAL FEATURES
After completion of the verification process, you will be prompted to pay for your annual subscription. Enter your credit card information and take advantage of the My Case, My Calendar and other optional features designed for attorneys!
See details in the next section on additional subscription-based enhancements planned this fall.
WHAT’S NEXT Stay Informed–Visit the Attorney Portal Home Page Frequently
Follow a Case Free with Advanced Attorney Portal Subscription. For basic (free) Attorney Portal access, cost is $1 per case/$10 for 15 cases.
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Do a Name Search Search for a name (public fee schedule applies).
Bookmark a Case Feature allows users to bookmark a case for easy access.
Access Civil Docs Preview first page of other Civil cases unrelated to your cases (you’re not the attorney of record).
Delegation Features Get notification of expiring delegations and extend expiring delegations.
Part of the Court’s Here For You | Safe For You plan, the Attorney Portal provides a centralized location where attorneys can access services tailored for you. Single sign-on allows attorneys to use one credential to access LACC and additional features for attorneys. LACC provides a safe and convenient alternative to in-person appearances by allowing parties to appear in court via video or audio, without having to come to court. Information on Here For You | Safe For You can be found here and on Twitter (@LASuperiorCourt).
Issued by: Sherri R. Carter
Executive Officer/Clerk of Court
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Update: August 21, 2020

EASTLAKE JUVENILE COURTHOUSE DEPARTMENT 202 AND DEPARTMENT 204 TEMPORARY RELOCATION TO THE EAST LOS ANGELES COURTHOUSE

As of August 31, 2020, Departments 202 and 204 of the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse, located at 1601 Eastlake Avenue, Los Angeles, will temporarily relocate to the East Los Angeles Courthouse, located at 4848 E. Civic Center Way, Los Angeles. Individual notices for each relocated case will be delivered or sent to all interested parties.
All new petitions with an appearance date on or after August 31, filed by the jurisdictions listed below, shall be given an appearance location of the East Los Angeles Courthouse:
• LA Unified School District
• LAPD Hollenbeck
• LAPD Newton
• LASD East Los Angeles
• LASD Pico Rivera
• Montebello Police Department
• Whittier Police Department
Additional information regarding Juvenile proceedings can be found on the Juvenile section of the Court’s website (http://www.lacourt.org/division/juvenile/juvenile.aspx).
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NOTICE TO ATTORNEYS
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Media Relations 111 N. Hill Street, Room 107, Los Angeles, CA 90012 publicinfo@lacourt.org www.lacourt.org @LASuperiorCourt

 

Update: August 21, 2020

PRESIDING JUDGE KEVIN C. BRAZILE ANNOUNCES A 90-DAY GRACE PERIOD EXTENSION FOR TRAFFIC, NON-TRAFFIC INFRACTION APPEARANCES INCLUDING PAYMENT OF FINES
Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile announced all Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction matters, scheduled for appearance in any Clerk’s Office from August 22 through October 14, 2020, will be continued for 90 days.
“As the pandemic continues to impact our communities, the Court is making every effort to help those who may have been negatively affected during this public health and economic crisis,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “We want to give people more time to take care of their tickets during this unprecedented crisis.”
People do not need to contact the Clerk’s Office to take advantage of this relief. Notification of new court dates will be mailed. Due to social distancing protocols, DO NOT come to the courthouse for any in-person services without a prescheduled appointment. To schedule an appointment, telephone the Call Center (see below).
Traffic Infraction defendants who have suspended driver’s licenses due to unpaid tickets can now call the Court to set a future hearing date and immediately have the Court request a release of their Driver’s License Hold from the DMV. Defendants should be aware that COVID-19 has affected the DMV’s ability to process these requests, so there may be some delays in lifting the holds.
For general Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction questions, or if you have questions or need help with accounts already in collections, please visit the Court’s Traffic webpage at (http://www.lacourt.org/division/traffic/traffic2.aspx) or call one of the Traffic courthouses for more information and assistance. Telephone hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, except Court holidays.

 

Update: August 10, 2020

PRESIDING JUDGE KEVIN C. BRAZILE ISSUES NEW
GENERAL ORDER EXTENDING TRIALS AS COVID-19
INCREASES IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Some Criminal Trials May Start in September
Civil Jury Trials Continued until January 2021; Civil Non-Jury Trials May Not
Commence Before Nov. 16 Under Terms of New Order
Some Unlawful Detainer Non-Jury Trials & Non-Jury Trials in Preference Cases
May Begin on or After Oct. 5 in Compliance with Social Distancing Protocols
Today, Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile executed a General Order to extend enumerated
legal proceedings in Civil, Family, Probate, Juvenile and Criminal Divisions of the Court
based on Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye’s approval of the Court’s request for
emergency powers under Government Code section 68115. Today’s Order seeks to
balance the need to increase the Court’s workload while keeping courthouses safe by
reducing in-person appearances as COVID-19 rates of infections continue to increase in
Los Angeles County.
“The Los Angles County Department of Public Health has expressed concerns to the
Court about commencing jury trials and bringing jurors into County courthouses given
the current COVID-19 numbers and trends,” Presiding Judge Brazile said.
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While the Court has expedited an ambitious roll-out this summer of remote courtroom
appearance solutions, Judge Brazile noted that “courthouses are not designed to
facilitate social distancing given their fixed configuration.” While the Court has made
technology available to judicial officers to hold remote hearings, the Court – for legal
and ethical reasons – cannot mandate remote appearances in every case.
“The Court cannot mandate remote appearances in criminal proceedings because
emergency California Rules of Court Rules 3 and 5 for the most part authorize remote
proceedings only where the defendant consents,” Presiding Judge Brazile explained.
Further, Presiding Judge Brazile noted, “The Court cannot mandate remote appearances
in Civil trials due to logistical and evidentiary issues.”
Since Dependency courts reopened on June 22, 2020, the vast majority of proceedings
have been held remotely. However, social distancing mandates have strictly limited the
number of cases each Dependency courtroom may hear daily. As a result, today’s Order
allows judicial officers to continue Dependency cases consistent with the Dependency
Prioritization Plan, which “prioritizes Dependency cases for judicial officers to hear as
quickly as circumstances allow in light of COVID-19,” Presiding Judge Brazile said.
All non-jury trials, except Small Claims and Traffic trials, unless statutorily required
otherwise, including in General Civil, Criminal, Mental Health, and Probate
scheduled from August 10, 2020 to September 8, 2020, inclusive, are continued until
further notice. Civil non-jury trials shall not be set to commence before November 16,
2020, except Small Claims and Traffic trials, which resumed today.
Family Law evidentiary proceedings, whether Family Code section 217 hearings or
trials, other than Restraining Order hearings, that may be completed within two court
days may be held. Family Law evidentiary proceedings expected to exceed two court
days, shall not commence before November 20, 2020, except as authorized by the
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Supervising Judge of Family Law.
Under the Order, and to safeguard the well-being of court users and enforce social
distancing:
• Prescheduled appointments are required for in-person services from the Clerk’s
Office, court support services, and/or the Self-Help Centers. Appointments may be
made the same day for persons seeking Restraining Orders who have completed
paperwork and arrive at the courthouse no later than 3 p.m. For telephone or
video assistance, or to schedule an appointment, the telephone number for each
courthouse is listed at the courthouse entrance and posted on the Court’s website
(www.lacourt.org).
• Access to proceedings shall be limited to the judicial officer presiding, Court
personnel, parties, counsel, witnesses and those members of the public (including
news reporters/media representatives) who can be accommodated in the
designated courtroom while enforcing mandatory social distancing of at least six
(6) feet. The determination of courtroom capacity shall be made by the Judge or
Commissioner presiding in the courtroom.
• Parties and counsel are strongly urged to avoid in-person appearances and make
use of technology to appear remotely whenever possible.
• Judicial officers are urged to avoid in-person hearings to the greatest extent
possible and to use technology to conduct hearings and other court proceedings
remotely for the duration of the state emergency related to the COVID-19
pandemic. However, when the interests of justice require, judicial officers retain
the discretion to require in-person appearances.
• In accordance with the July 6 General Order, all persons are required to wear face
coverings over their nose and mouth while in a courthouse. Persons whose
disabilities preclude them from wearing face coverings compliant with the
California Department of Public Health Guidance Concerning the Use of Face
Coverings issued on June 18, 2020, are urged to seek an accommodation under
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Rule 1.100 of the California Rules of Court in advance of their appearance.
• To enforce social distancing, each courtroom shall schedule only the number of
matters during each session that can be conducted while enforcing mandatory
social distancing requirements. Judicial officers will stagger their calendars to limit
the number of persons who come to the courthouse at the same time.
The Court’s Here For You | Safe For You initiative is designed to provide a safe
courthouse environment while offering services that allow court business to be
conducted remotely. Information on Here For You | Safe For You can be found here and
on the Court’s Twitter page (@LASuperiorCourt).
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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER OF THE
PRESIDING JUDGE RE COVID-19
PANDEMIC GENERAL ORDER
As the COVID-19 pandemic persists in Los Angeles County, the Superior Court of Los
Angeles County (LASC or Court) continues to seek to balance the rights of those who come to court to
enforce their rights with the health and well-being of litigants, attorneys, Court workers, judicial
officers, and others who enter the courthouse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following Governor
Gavin Newsom’s March 4, 2020 declaration of a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic
and his issuance of the stay-at-home order on March 19, 2020, the Court had to determine how best to
carry out its statutory duties while minimizing the number of people in its courthouses.
THE COURT HEREBY FINDS, AND ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:
1. Courthouse Access and Remote Appearances:
a. In the interest of safeguarding the well-being of court users and enforcing social
distancing, persons seeking services from the Clerk’s Office, court support services,
and/or the Self-Help Centers must have a prescheduled appointment. Appointments
may be made the same day for persons seeking restraining orders who have
completed paperwork and arrive at the courthouse no later than 3:00 p.m. For
telephone or video assistance, or to schedule an appointment, the telephone number
for each courthouse is listed at the courthouse entry and posted on the Court’s
website, www.lacourt.org.
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER OF THE PRESIDING JUDGE RE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
2020-GEN-020-00

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER OF THE PRESIDING JUDGE RE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

b. Access to LASC proceedings shall be limited to the judicial officer presiding, Court
personnel, parties, counsel, witnesses, and those members of the public (including
news reporters and news media representatives) as can be accommodated in the
designated courtroom while enforcing mandatory social distancing of at least six (6)
feet. The determination of courtroom capacity shall be made by the Judge or
Commissioner presiding in the courtroom.
c. In furtherance of Executive Order N-33-20, paragraph 4, subpart (b), and as required
by the California Rules of Court, Emergency Rule 12, the Court orders all parties
who use electronic filing to accept electronic service, except in those circumstances
when personal service is required by law or where any of the parties are selfrepresented.
d. Parties and counsel are strongly urged to avoid in-person appearances and make use
of technology to appear remotely whenever possible.
e. Judicial officers are urged to avoid in-person hearings to the greatest extent possible
and to use technology to conduct hearings and other court proceedings remotely for
the duration of the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However,
when the interests of justice require, judicial officers retain the discretion to require
in-person appearances.
2. Face Coverings and Social Distancing:
a. In accordance with General Order No. 2020-GEN-016-01 issued on July 6, 2020, all
persons are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while in a
courthouse. Persons whose disabilities preclude them from wearing face coverings
compliant with the California Department of Public Health Guidance Concerning the
Use of Face Coverings issued on June 18, 2020, are urged to seek an accommodation
under Rule 1.100 of the California Rules of Court in advance of their appearance.
b. To enforce social distancing, each courtroom shall schedule only the number of
matters during each session that can be conducted while enforcing mandatory social
distancing requirements. Judicial Officers will stagger their calendars to limit the
number of persons who come to the courthouse at the same time.
3. Civil Trial Continuances:
a. Public health authorities advise that the most effective means to reduce the possibility
of exposure to the virus and to slow the spread of the disease is for individuals to avoid
in-person gatherings with persons outside their households. County of Los Angeles and
State of California public health officials have also mandated that individuals must
wear face coverings over their noses and mouths, wash their hands frequently, and
observe social distancing of at least six feet. Because court proceedings inherently
involve many people,1 as the Court determines how to operate during the pandemic, it
cannot ignore the fact that many members of our community struggle to observe public
health authority guidance.
b. Moreover, courthouses are not designed to facilitate social distancing given their fixed
configuration. Changing that configuration has security implications, affects the
presentation of evidence, limits public access, and requires financial and other
resources that the Court lacks in light of the10% reduction in its 2020-2021 fiscal year
budget. In addition, the Court’s 2021-2022 fiscal year budget will be cut by an
additional 5%. Furthermore, while the Court accelerated its plans to implement
technology to allow judicial officers to conduct proceedings remotely, for legal and
equitable reasons, it cannot mandate remote appearances in every case. Specifically, the
Court cannot mandate remote appearances in criminal jury trials because California
Rules of Court (CRC) emergency rules 3 and 5 authorize remote proceedings only with
the consent of the defendant. The Court cannot mandate remote appearances in civil
jury trials due to logistical and social distancing concerns that would arise with respect
to jury selection and jury deliberations. There are also evidentiary issues that prevent
the Court from imposing mandatory remote civil jury trials.
1 A typical criminal jury trial with one witness testifying involves a minimum of 22 people. Judge, judicial
assistant, court reporter, bailiff, 12 jurors and 2 alternates, prosecutor, defense counsel, witness, and defendant.

c. These considerations take on different urgency as the United States Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention warns that most of the U.S. population will be
exposed to the coronavirus. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
(DPH) reports that there are over 200,000 COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County
and over 5,000 deaths. The County of Los Angeles has the grim distinction of having
the highest number of cases and deaths of the 58 counties in the State of California.
For the five days from August 6, 2020 through August 10, 2020, the average number
of new COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County was approximately 2,900 per day
and the average number of deaths during this same five-day period exceeded 40 per
day. As of August 8, 2020, the number of hospitalizations in the County averaged
1,610 per day. DPH officials have also expressed concerns to the Court about
commencing jury trials and bringing jurors into County courthouses given the current
COVID-19 numbers and trends. The COVID-19 rates of infection, hospitalizations
and deaths have increased significantly in Los Angeles County in the last thirty days
such that holding jury trials substantially increases the likelihood of transmitting the
coronavirus in courthouses. Based on the foregoing, the Court finds and concludes
that conducting civil jury trials would also likely place prospective jurors, litigants,
attorneys, and court personnel at unnecessary risk and that risk outweighs the
interests of the public and the parties in a trial. Accordingly, the Court finds good
cause to continue any and all civil jury trials until January 2021.
d. In addition, pursuant to Penal Code section 1050, the Court will give preference and
priority for available jurors and jury trials to criminal cases. Presently, there are over
7,000 criminal cases that must be tried to satisfy defendants’ statutory speedy trial
rights prescribed in Penal Code section 1382.
4. Juvenile Dependency Prioritization Plan Continuances:
a. Whereas, from March 20, 2020 to June 22, 2020, the Juvenile Dependency courts
heard only those matters defined as “Essential Functions,” in the General Orders
issued by Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile. All previously scheduled Dependency
matters were continued. At the direction of Presiding Judge Brazile, in preparation
for resuming full operations the Hon. Victor H. Greenberg, Presiding Judge of
Juvenile, developed a prioritization plan (Dependency Prioritization Plan) that strictly
limited the daily number of cases each Dependency courtroom would hear. This plan
considered the social distancing capacity of the Dependency courtrooms and the
available public waiting areas in the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court and the
Alfred J. McCourtney Juvenile Justice Center. Such preparation was necessary and
designed to protect children, parents, family members, foster parents, other litigants,
attorneys, and court staff from the transmission of COVID-19, a highly contagious
respiratory virus while they waited in close proximity for hours in public areas of the
courthouse. It would also protect them in courtrooms that in most cases are too small
to hold all participants when the Court enforces social distancing protocols.
b. Whereas, efforts to safeguard the well-being of litigants, counsel, court personnel and
judicial officers preclude Dependency courts from handling the same number of
cases they did pre-pandemic. As a result, there is a substantial backlog of proceedings
that continues to grow as new cases are filed and the ability of judicial officers to
hear cases is constrained by social distancing protocols.
c. Whereas, when the Dependency courts reopened on June 22, 2020, they were
equipped with technology that enabled them to conduct hearings remotely. While
social distancing protocols limit courtroom capacity significantly, remote hearing
technology enables litigants and counsel to access the courts safely. Since
Dependency courts resumed full operations on June 22, 2020, they have held the vast
majority of proceedings remotely.
d. Whereas, when the Dependency court resumed operations, its judicial officers were
encouraged to use the Dependency Prioritization Plan as a guide but were reminded
that they retained the discretion to advance hearings on cases they continued so long
as they could do so within available resources and, if in person, in compliance with
social distancing protocols.
e. Consequently, in light of the severe risks of exposure to the coronavirus that children,
litigants, family members, attorneys, and court personnel would face if the Court
returned to pre-pandemic calendaring practices, pursuant to Welfare and Institutions
Code section 352, my authority consistent with the emergency rules the Judicial
Council adopted, and my authority under rule 10.603 of the Cal. Rules of Court, I
find good cause to continue dependency cases consistent with the Dependency
Prioritization Plan as follows:
Dependency Prioritization Plan
Type of Proceeding No. of Calendar Days from June 22, 2020
Adjudication (detained) & Disposition
(detained)
1-60
Welfare & Institutions Code
§§366.21e, 366.21f, 366.22, and 366.25
60-120
Adjudication (in home placement) and
Disposition (in home placement)
120-180
Welfare & Institutions Code §§366.3,
366.26, and 388, NMD
180-220
Welfare & Institutions Code §364,
Adoption, Progress Reports, Nonemergent
walk on requests
220-270
f. The Dependency Prioritization Plan, coupled with the discretion judicial officers have
to advance cases in need of immediate attention, is designed to address the delays
caused by COVID-19 public health concerns. It prioritizes dependency cases for
judicial officers to hear as quickly as circumstances allow in light of COVID-19.
5. Juvenile Dependency and Juvenile Delinquency Emergency Order Continuances:
a. The Court extends the time periods provided in section 313 of the Welfare and
Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending dependency
proceedings must be released from custody to not more than seven (7) days, applicable
only to minors for whom the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from August
10, 2020 to September 8, 2020, inclusive.

b. The Court extends the time periods provided in section 315 of the Welfare and
Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending dependency
proceedings must be given a detention hearing to not more than seven (7) days,
applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from
August 10, 2020 to September 8, 2020, inclusive.
c. The Court extends the time periods provided in sections 632 and 637 of the Welfare and
Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending wardship
proceedings and charged with a felony offense must be given a detention hearing or
rehearing to not more than seven (7) days, applicable only to minors for whom the
statutory deadline would otherwise expire from August 10, 2020 to September 8,
2020, inclusive.
d. The Court extends the time period provided in section 334 of the Welfare and
Institutions Code within which a hearing on a juvenile dependency petition must be
held by not more than fifteen (15) days, applicable only to minors for whom the
statutory deadline would otherwise expire from August 10, 2020 to September 8,
2020, inclusive.
e. The Court extends the time period provided in section 657 of the Welfare and
Institutions Code within which a hearing on a wardship petition for a minor charged
with a felony offense must be held by not more than fifteen (15) days, applicable only
to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 10,
2020 to September 8, 2020, inclusive.
6. Criminal Continuances:
a. One of the most important principles of our constitutional democracy is the right of
persons accused of a crime to have a speedy trial. Preserving that right while protecting
the well-being of all participants in a trial during a pandemic involving a highly
contagious respiratory virus is an unprecedented challenge for trial courts.
b. A combination of judicial emergency orders issued pursuant to Government Code
section 68115, emergency rules issued by the Judicial Council and Statewide Orders
issued by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (collectively, “Extension Authority”) have
extended the time period provided by Penal Code section 1382 for the holding of a
criminal trial in Los Angeles County from March 17, 2020 until October 13, 2020. The
extensions are applicable to cases in which the original or previously extended deadline
expired during the periods referenced in the Extension Authority.
c. Pursuant to the authority granted by the March 30, 2020 Statewide Emergency Order
by Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial
Council, which the Court implemented in its General Order No. 2020-GEN-007-00
issued on April 2, 2020, and until further notice, the Court extends the time provided by
section 859b of the Penal Code for the holding of a preliminary examination and the
defendant’s right to release from 10 court days to not more than 30 court days.
d. The Court extends the time period provided in section 1382 of the Penal Code for the
holding of a criminal trial by not more than 30 days, applicable only to cases in which
the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from
August 14, 2020 to October 13, 2020, inclusive.2
e. The Court extends by 90 calendar days the time to submit status reports and progress
reports for defendants for whom a status report or progress report was due from August
10, 2020 to September 8, 2020, inclusive. The Court shall provide notice of when the
new proceeding will be held.
f. The Court extends by 90 calendar days, unless statutorily required otherwise, the time
to hold misdemeanor post-arraignment proceedings in which the defendant is out of
2 This General Order implements the extension authority granted by the Chief Justice for all cases whose last day
falls within the emergency period (i.e., August 14, 2020 to October 13, 2020), extending the Penal Code section 1382
deadline in all such cases without the need for a further order in each individual case. General Order Nos. 2020-GEN-018-
00 and 2020-GEN-019-00 operate similarly to implement the applicable extensions in those orders, and those orders
extending the Penal Code section 1382 deadline do not expire and remain in effect unless expressly rescinded by a
subsequent order. If the last day in a case falls within the emergency period of multiple General Orders, the extension shall
apply separately and consecutively under each General Order. For example, the last day for trial in a case in which the
statutory deadline otherwise would expire on July 16, 2020 is extended to August 15, 2020 under No. 2020-GEN-018-00,
extended to September 14, 2020 under No. 2020-GEN-019-00, and further extended to October 13, 2020 under No. 2020-
custody that would otherwise be set from August 10, 2020 to September 8, 2020,
inclusive.
7. Civil Continuances:
a. Unlawful Detainer:
The Court deems August 10, 2020 to September 8, 2020, inclusive, a holiday/holidays
for purposes of computing time under Code of Civil Procedure section 1167. The Court
finds good cause to continue all unlawful detainer trials without a determination
pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1170.5(c).
b. Small Claims:
The Court deems August 10, 2020 to September 8, 2020, inclusive, a holiday/holidays
for purposes of computing the time under Code of Civil Procedure section 116.330(a)
(requires a small claims matter to be scheduled for hearing no earlier than 20 days, but
not more than 70 days from the date of the order directing the parties to appear at the
hearing).
8. Traffic and Infraction Arraignments:
All traffic and infraction arraignments scheduled from August 10, 2020 to September 8,
2020, inclusive, are continued. The parties shall receive notice of the date on which the
hearing shall be set.
9. Trial Continuances:
a. All non-jury trials, except Small Claims and Traffic trials, unless statutorily required
otherwise, including in General Civil, Criminal, Mental Health, and Probate scheduled
from August 10, 2020 to September 8, 2020, inclusive, are continued until further
notice. All pre-trial dates for trials that are continued pursuant to this paragraph are also
continued consistent with the new trial date.
b. Except as noted below, Civil non-jury trials shall not be set to commence before
November 16, 2020.
i. Small Claims and Traffic trials will resume on August 10, 2020.

11. The Court plans to set certain Unlawful Detainer non-jury trials, and those
non-jury trials in preference cases that can be tried in compliance with social
distancing protocols, to commence on or after October 5, 2020.
c. All unlimited and limited Civil jury trials, including Unlawful Detainer trials,
scheduled from August 10, 2020 to September 8, 2020, inclusive, are continued until
further notice. The parties shall be notified of the continued trial date by the court. All
pre-trial dates for trials that are continued pursuant to this paragraph are also continued
consistent with the new trial date.
1. Except as noted below, the Court will not set any Civil jury trials to
c·ommence before January 2021.
1. Certain Unlawful Detainer jury trials will be set to commence on or
after October 5, 2020.
10. Family Law evidentiary proceedings, whether Family Code section 217 hearings or trials,
other than restraining order hearings, that may be completed within two court days may be
held. Family Law evidentiary proceedings the total duration of which is expected to exceed
two court days shall not commence before November 16, 2020, except as authorized by the
Supervising Judge of Family Law.
19 THIS ORDER IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT
20 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, OR UNTIL ITS PROVISIONS EXPIRE BY THEIR TERMS,
21 ARE RESCINDED, AMENDED, OR ARE SUPERSEDED BY SUBSEQUENT ORDERS.
22 THIS ORDER MAY BE AMENDED AS CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE.
23 GOOD CAUSE APPEARING THEREFOR, IT IS SO ORDERED.

 

Update August 6, 2020

PRESIDING JUDGE KEVIN C. BRAZILE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF REMOTE COURTROOM APPEARANCES IN HUNDREDS OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY CRIMINAL, FAMILY LAW COURTROOMS

Audio and video appearances will be available this month in Criminal and Family Law courtrooms, vastly expanding remote appearance options the Court already has deployed this summer for Probate, Dependency, Delinquency, Appellate and Civil matters, Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile announced today. The availability of audio and video in 250 Criminal courtrooms expands the remote options the Court launched earlier this year when it worked with justice partners to offer video arraignments and preliminary hearings in 32 Criminal courtrooms.
“The Court has prioritized and expedited remote appearance options throughout the nation’s largest trial court system to achieve social distancing and to provide safe, convenient alternatives to in-person court appearances during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “By next month, Webex and LACourtConnect (LACC), the Court-developed remote appearance solution, will be available in all litigation types throughout the Court.” Effective Monday, August 10, 2020:
• Audio and video appearances will be expanded to all 250 Criminal courtrooms for hearings using Webex. Since April, audio and video appearances have been an option in 32 courtrooms across the county for arrestees in custody who consent to
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appear remotely for arraignment, and remote appearances for preliminary hearings also have been available since April. Remote hearings are held at the Judge’s discretion and with the defendant’s consent.
• LACC will be expanded for scheduling remote appearances for Family Law matters on calendar starting August 17.
• LACC will launch in courtrooms handling Small Claims, Unlawful Detainers and Collections cases on August 10.
To enforce social distancing and further reduce foot traffic, the Court has placed drop boxes outside courthouses for filings; established a virtual Clerk’s Office; required pre-scheduled appointments to access in-person Clerk’s Office services; enhanced virtual services to self-help litigants; and prioritized remote appearance solutions.
Under way at the pandemic’s onset, the Court accelerated an 18-month deployment schedule for LACC to three months. The Court also is working on virtual options for safe jury selection and jury service for Criminal trials, which are expected to begin in September, followed by Civil trials in 2021.
“The Court has mandated stringent measures for enhanced cleaning, facial coverings and social distancing as we gradually resume hearings after the 3-month closure when we handled only statutorily mandated, emergency and time-sensitive matters,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “As we balance due process rights, social distancing and public health considerations in the midst of a pandemic, the safety and well-being of jurors, staff, judicial officers, justice partners, attorneys and court users remains our priority.” Part of the Court’s Here For You | Safe For You plan, the court-wide expansion of audio and video courtroom appearances offers a safe and convenient alternative to in-person appearances. Information on Here For You | Safe For You can be found here and on the Court’s Twitter page (@LASuperiorCourt).
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July 27, 2020

HEARING DATE RESERVATION REQUIRED
FOR FILING CIVIL MOTIONS
Due to COVID-related changes to court operations, the Courtroom Reservation System (CRS), used in most Civil courtrooms, has not been available for the past several months. Accordingly, the Court accepted motions that were submitted for filing without a reserved hearing date. The assigned courtroom subsequently scheduled a hearing date.
As of July 6, 2020, CRS became operational again. Therefore, effective immediately, all Civil courtrooms using CRS will require all motions to be reserved via CRS prior to filing the motion.
To be accepted for filing, the motion must include:
1) The motion hearing date, time, department number, and the court reservation ID number on the face page of the motion; and
2) The reservation receipt attached as the last page of the motion.
If the filing party is rescheduling a motion, a copy of the most recent rescheduling receipt must also be attached as the last page. The hearing date and motion type as reflected in the receipt must match the face page of the motion when the motion is filed. This process also applies to rescheduled motions.
If a motion is submitted without the required information, the motion will not be filed and will be rejected.
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NOTICE TO ATTORNEYS
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Media Relations 111 N. Hill Street, Room 107, Los Angeles, CA 90012 publicinfo@lacourt.org www.lacourt.org @LASuperiorCourt

 

 

 

July 15, 2020

PRESIDING JUDGE KEVIN C. BRAZILE AMENDS
GENERAL ORDER 2020-GEN-019-00
The following amendments to the July 10, 2020 General Order 2020-GEN-019-00 are effective
today:
Paragraph 3.a.iii is revised as follows:
iii. The Court extends the time period provided in section 1382 of the Penal Code for
the holding of a criminal trial by not more than 30 days, applicable only to cases in
which the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire
from July 15, 2020 to September 14, 2020, inclusive.
Paragraph 3, subparagraph f, subsection i is revised as follows:
f. Trials:
i. All non-jury trials, unless statutorily required otherwise, including in Civil,
Criminal, Mental Health, Probate, and Traffic, scheduled from July 10, 2020 to
August 8, 2020, inclusive, are continued until further notice. All pre-trial dates
for trials that are continued pursuant to paragraph (f) are also continued
consistent with the new trial date.
Paragraph 3, is revised to add new subparagraph g.
g. Family
Family Law evidentiary proceedings, whether Family Code section 217 hearings or
trials, other than restraining order hearings, that may be completed within two court
days may be held. Family Law evidentiary proceedings the total duration of which is
expected to exceed two court days shall not commence before November 16, 2020,
except as authorized by the Supervising Judge.
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June 15, 2020

COURT MAKES IT EASIER FOR INDIVIDUALS TO RESOLVE
TRAFFIC AND NON-TRAFFIC INFRACTION MATTERS

Many Options Available for Handling Citations from Home –
No Need to Come to Court
As part of the Court’s continuing efforts to help people resolve their Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction matters, roughly 256,000 information packets are being mailed to individuals with Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction citation compliance dates to help them resolve their cases. The Court offers many options for resolving these citations online without having to come to court, a process that will now require a reservation which must be made in advance in order to speak with a clerk at a courthouse.
The compliance date is the date by which a person must respond to the citation or complete an action such as: the ‘appear by’ date provided on the citation, traffic school completion date and payment due date. It does NOT include anyone who has a scheduled court hearing date with a judicial officer.
The packets are being sent so that people with Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction citations will have detailed information and understand the options they have to resolve their cases without having to come to court.
The packets contain the following documents:
• READ ME FIRST! Advisement in English and Spanish which explains that an appointment to meet with a clerk must be scheduled in advance and provides Clerk’s Office Call Center numbers;
• FAQs in English and Spanish which provide answers to common questions regarding Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction citations;
• Request for Trial by Declaration Form – used to contest a ticket in writing without coming to court*;
• Instructions for Trial by Declaration which explain the process and how to file;
• An Ability to Pay Petition – used when the court has decided that you owe the fine;
• Agreement to Pay Form – used when an individual wants to resolve the citation without coming to court and is unable to pay the full amount of the citation*. Submit an Ability to Pay Petition along with the Agreement to Pay Form.
Traffic and Non-Traffic infraction appearances scheduled between March 17 and June 22, 2020, have been rescheduled and notifications of new court dates have been sent. All due dates for tickets with a date to appear have been extended 90 days.
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When the Clerk’s Office opens on June 15 for the first time since closing on March 23, the public will be offered convenient telephonic and online options to conduct court business. As part of the effort to enforce social distancing, it will be required to set an appointment in advance to receive in-person services for Traffic and Non-Traffic citations. (Note, traffic trials are not conducted telephonically or online at this time.)
Please visit the Court’s Traffic webpage or call one of the Call Centers below for more information and assistance. Traffic Courthouse Locations Clerk’s Office Call Center Numbers Automated Traffic Assistance Numbers
Beverly Hills Courthouse (310) 281-2499
(213) 742-6648
Chatsworth Courthouse (818) 407-2200
(213) 742-1884
Compton Courthouse (310) 761-8659
(213) 763-1644
Downey Courthouse (562) 803-7046
(213) 763-1645
El Monte Courthouse (626) 401-2299
(213) 742-1928
Glendale Courthouse (818) 265-6499
(213) 742-1928
Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse (Long Beach) (562) 256-2313
(213) 742-8809
Inglewood Courthouse (310) 419-1399
(213) 742-8860
Metropolitan Courthouse (213) 745-3201
(213) 742-1884
Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse (661) 483-5799
(213) 742-8860
Pasadena Courthouse (626) 396-3399
(213) 742-1928
Santa Clarita Courthouse (661) 253-5600
(213) 742-1884
Santa Monica Courthouse (310) 255-1964
(213) 742-6648
Torrance Courthouse (310) 787-3699
(213) 742-8860
Van Nuys West Courthouse (818) 989-6999
(213) 742-1884
West Covina Courthouse (626) 430-2599
(213) 742-1928
The mailing of the Traffic and Non-Traffic information packets is part of the Court’s Here For You | Safe For You initiative that focuses on providing a safe courthouse environment and offers expanded choices to conveniently conduct court business remotely — which promotes social distancing by reducing the number of people appearing in person. Whether appearing by phone or video from home, the office or coming to the courthouse, Here For You | Safe For You provides safe, efficient options to access justice. Information on Traffic and Here For You | Safe For You can be found on the Court’s website
(www.lacourt.org) and Twitter page (@LASuperiorCourt).
Issued by: Sherri R. Carter, Executive Officer/Clerk of Court
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Update: May 31, 2020

PRESIDING JUDGE KEVIN C. BRAZILE ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF ALL SUPERIOR COURT OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSES

Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile this evening ordered all 38 courthouses closed on Monday, June 1, 2020, in the interest of public safety. Presiding Judge Brazile made the decision to close all courthouses in the nation’s largest trial court after Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced a countywide curfew that took effect at 6 p.m. on May 31, 2020.

“Out of an abundance of caution, I am taking the extraordinary step of closing our courthouses tomorrow to protect the safety of the public, judicial officers and employees,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “This is not a decision I make lightly. But public safety is always our paramount concern.”

Additional updates will be provided tomorrow as information becomes available.

Since Presiding Judge Brazile released his March 17 General Order to scale back operations in alignment with State and County COVID-19 public health directives, the Court has implemented drastic changes to court operations. During this time, 473 of the Court’s 600 courtrooms, approximately 80 percent, have been closed.

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COURTHOUSES CLOSED 2-2-2-2

The June 1, 2020, countywide courthouse closure comes as the Court plans to reopen its Clerk’s Office operations on June 15 with a revised service model that prioritizes telephonic and online services, and appointments to meet in-person with court personnel, in order to achieve social distancing protocols. Face masks and/or facial coverings also will be mandatory and required for entry into any courthouse or courtroom by the general public or authorized persons.

Check for updates on the Court’s website (www.lacourt.org) and Twitter page (@LASuperiorCourt).


Update: May 13, 2020

PRESIDING JUDGE KEVIN C. BRAZILE EXTENDS ORDER
CLOSING COURTROOMS, DELAYING TRIALS AND
NON-ESSENTIAL MATTERS THROUGH JUNE 10
Nation’s Largest Trial Court to Launch ‘Here For You | Safe For You’ Plan to Open
Virtual and Physical Courthouse Doors Starting June 15 with the Clerk’s Office
Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile announced today he has extended his April 14 Order pursuant
to the emergency powers granted to him by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye under
Government Code 68115. Under today’s Order, all courtrooms will remain closed for judicial
business through June 10 — except time-sensitive, essential functions. To prepare for the
resumption of court hearings beginning June 22, the Clerk’s Office will reopen on June 15.
“This extension is necessary to continue social distancing in our courthouses as we balance
public health and safety and prepare to reopen the virtual and physical doors of the nation’s
largest trial court with a broad array of safeguards and services under the Court’s new ‘Here For
You | Safe For You’ plan,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “Whether you are an attorney or party
appearing from a remote location or seeking assisting from a courthouse, the Court will fulfill its
access to justice mandate while prioritizing safe, accessible and efficient service delivery for the
public, judicial officers and employees.”
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Extension
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Under the Order, these matters scheduled between May 13-June 10, 2020, will be continued or
reset:
• Criminal jury trials and non-jury trials;
• Civil jury and non-jury trials;
• Processing of all Unlawful Detainer cases;
• Family Law trials and evidentiary hearings, excluding Restraining Order and international
kidnapping proceedings;
• Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction trials; and
• Dependency and Delinquency arraignment/detention hearings.
In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Presiding Judge Brazile exercised his authority
to scale down operations on March 17 under the powers conveyed to him by the Chief Justice on
March 16, 2020. The initial Order led to the closure of 400 out of 580 courtrooms throughout the
Court’s 38 courthouses. Those courtrooms will remain closed through June 10, with hearings
resuming on June 22.
Access to all Los Angeles County courthouses remains restricted to Judges, Commissioners,
court staff, co-lessees, Judicial Council staff and vendors, and authorized persons, which
includes but is not limited to news reporters and news media representatives.
To prepare for the June 22 reopening of the closed 400 courtrooms and resumption of hearings
and court operations, the Clerk’s Office — which has been closed since March 23 — will reopen
on June 15. Court employees are preparing calendars and implementing new ways to virtually
deliver services. Information regarding the new Virtual Clerk’s Office and Court Service
Departments including virtual Jury Service, telephonic and video Webex assistance, and how to
reserve a seat in the courthouse for in-person assistance, will be coming soon.
In addition to the new virtual services coming soon, under the new Here For You | Safe For You
plan, the Court:
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• Requires the use of face coverings by all judicial officers, employees and all Court visitors,
with limited permissible exceptions;
• Manages social distancing with signs, floor, wall and seating markings inside and outside
courthouses;
• Works with Sheriff’s Deputies to help manage social distancing requirements;
• Offers hand sanitizer and wipes at entrances, inside courtrooms and other high traffic
areas; and
• Provides enhanced disinfection and cleaning of courthouse facilities, including disinfectant
cleaning of many areas twice daily in areas such as courtrooms, Clerk’s Office, and all
high- traffic areas, such as hand rails, door handles and knobs, elevator areas and
buttons, and escalators. Public restrooms also are disinfected twice daily, and sometimes
more frequently, if needed.
The Here For You | Safe For You plan focuses on providing a safe courthouse environment while
offering services that allow court business to be conducted remotely. Whether appearing by
phone, from home, the office or coming to the courthouse, the Here For You | Safe For You plan
provides safe, efficient options to access justice. The Court’s remote technology options promote
social distancing by reducing the number of people appearing in person. Updates on COVID-19
impacts to court operations are available on the Court’s website (www.lacourt.org) and Twitter
page (@LASuperiorCourt).
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Update: May 9, 2020

PRESIDING JUDGE KEVIN C. BRAZILE ANNOUNCES MANDATORY USAGE OF FACE COVERINGS BY JUDICIAL OFFICERS
Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile announced today that all Los Angeles County Superior Court bench officers will be required to wear face coverings while on the bench and in public areas inside courthouses.
“The Court is committed to protecting the health and safety of the public, attorneys, justice partners, judicial officers and employees,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “Most medical and healthcare experts recommend the use of face coverings during this pandemic. Paired with the protocols for social distancing, we can help to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our courthouses and communities.”
The Court has provided each judicial officer and employees with two face masks to use while at their courthouses. Court employees also are required to wear face coverings.
“By mandating that bench officers wear face coverings, we will also decrease the chances of an asymptomatic Judge or Commissioner spreading the virus to others,” Presiding Judge Brazile said.
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NEWS RELEASE: COVID-19
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Media Relations 111 N. Hill Street, Room 107, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 830-0801 publicinfo@lacourt.org www.lacourt.org @LASuperiorCourt
Exceptions to the Presiding Judge’s directive may be made for judicial officers to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, to address medical conditions and for recognized good faith reasons, such as religious beliefs.
Although the Court is exempt from the County’s order requiring people to wear masks in public, it has strongly encouraged the use of face coverings in the courthouses. The Court gives out paper masks at courthouse entrances for any member of the public who does not have one.
In addition, the Court is only handling essential, time-sensitive proceedings to keep as many people as possible out of the courthouses during the Safer-At-Home orders. The Court also has implemented the use of remote appearance technology and established customer service call centers to provide alternatives to coming to courthouses.
For the latest updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19-related impacts to Court operations, please consult the Court’s COVID-19 News Center located at the top of our homepage (www.lacourt.org) and follow us on Twitter (@LASuperiorCourt).
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Update: May 6, 2020

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2020
NEW ONLINE TOOL TO HELP PARENTS RESOLVE CUSTODY DISPUTES WITHOUT COMING TO COURT
No Charge for the Online Dispute Resolution Program During the Pandemic
Parents seeking to negotiate and resolve Family Law child custody and visitation issues without coming to court may take advantage of a new free online tool to help them reach a Parenting Plan Agreement. The Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) program is part of the Court’s many initiatives that offer access to justice in convenient, efficient ways during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective May 18, an attorney, or a parent who is self-represented or represented by an attorney, may initiate a negotiation invitation through the ODR program. The other party will then receive an email invite to participate. The other parent or attorney then has the option to provide a response. Once the parents agree on a plan, the ODR tool will generate a Parenting Plan Agreement, which the parents may file with the Court via fax, U.S. mail or drop box outside the courthouse. If accepted, the plan becomes the order of the court.
“I want to thank the Court’s Executive Officer/Clerk of Court Sherri R. Carter for finding an online solution for parents to resolve their child custody disputes,” Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile said. “The Court is not currently scheduling or conducting Child Custody Mediations as part of essential services during the
COVID-19 pandemic. This new online tool is another way the Court is continuing to offer convenient, safe ways to help Los Angeles County residents access justice from anywhere, which helps to promote social distancing in our courthouses. Over the past six years, the Court has prioritized and developed technology innovations to integrate online tools for convenient, modern access to justice. Those improvements have provided the framework for the Court to quickly expand technology improvements during this pandemic.”
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NEWS RELEASE: COVID-19
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Media Relations 111 N. Hill Street, Room 107, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 830-0801 publicinfo@lacourt.org www.lacourt.org @LASuperiorCourt
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Rusty Smith, president of Tyler Technologies’ Courts & Justice Division, provider of
the new ODR tool, said: “The Superior Court of Los Angeles County is at the
forefront of courts finding ways to increase access to justice with online tools. Tyler
values our partnership with the nation’s largest trial court, and we are enthusiastic
about working together to help ensure all residents have equal access to justice by
allowing parents to remotely establish custody agreements. While this type of
service is critical now more than ever, we believe the platform will remain a
valuable resource to the community even after the immediate public health crisis
subsides.”
The ODR program will be accessible later this month at this link:
http://www.lacourt.org/division/familylaw/familylaw.aspx.
If the parties are unable to resolve all child custody and visitation issues, they will be
required to attend a Family Court Services mediation appointment in-person at a
future date.
Family Court Services handles more than 12,500 mediation cases and conducts
over 1,500 parenting plan assessments annually. Currently, in-person mediation
appointments are scheduled many months from now due to the COVID-19
restrictions that prioritize essential, time-sensitive matters. The ODR program
offers an alternative to those mediation appointments and allows the parties to
resolve their cases much sooner.
Issued by: Sherri R. Carter
Executive Officer/Clerk of Court
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Update: April 21, 2020

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 21, 2020
PRESIDING JUDGE KEVIN C. BRAZILE LAUDS
COUNTY JUSTICE PARTNERS FOR
COLLABORATION ON NEW COUNTY-WIDE
VIDEO APPEARANCE PROJECT
The Court is launching a comprehensive Video Appearance Project in 32 courtrooms
in 17 courthouses in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
and County law enforcement agencies to promote social distancing in the nation’s
largest trial court.
“I want to express my gratitude and respect to all the dedicated essential Court,
law enforcement and justice partner employees who have spent many hours over
the past two weeks to organize, test and launch this ambitious, County-wide Video
Appearance Project,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “Remote video arraignments are
a priority in our Court as we devote our resources to time-sensitive, essential
functions during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
People facing arraignment on criminal charges in Los Angeles County must
consent to the Webex video appearance. The use of 13 Sheriff’s Department hubs
will significantly reduce the number of Sheriff’s Department transports
to county courthouses. However, if the arrestees do not consent, the Sheriff’s
Department transports them to the courthouse for an arraignment with social
distancing measures required under Judge Brazile’s General Order.
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RELEASE: COVID-19
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Media Relations
111 N. Hill Street, Room 107, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 830-0801 publicinfo@lacourt.org www.lacourt.org @LASuperiorCourt
VIDEO APPEARANCE PROJECT
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Persons who consent to a video arraignment will appear from Custody Locations –
13 Sheriff’s Department substations and 19 police departments throughout the
County. They will have the opportunity to confer privately with their attorney via
remote video connection from a separate room in the Custody Location. They will
then sit before a monitor with video connections to the courtroom, where the
Judge, Judicial Assistant and Court Reporter will be located and separated by at
least 6 feet. Remote connections will be made, if requested, to separate locations
for the defense attorney or deputy public defender, an interpreter, if needed, and
the prosecuting attorney. Interpreters also will be available for the person’s
interview with a defense attorney and/or law enforcement.
Another efficient feature of the Video Appearance Project is a newly launched
Custody Paperwork Portal, which allows courtroom clerks to upload release orders
and other paperwork to an online web application for law enforcement agencies to
access electronic release and/or bail documents. If the Judge orders the release of
the arrestee on his or her own recognizance, this new process allows the release to
take place directly from the booking station, eliminating unnecessary transports to
county courthouses.
Here is a list of the Courthouses and associated Custody Locations:
Courthouse and Department Law Enforcement Agency Booking Station
Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley
Courthouse; Department S01
LASD Palmdale
Pasadena Courthouse; Department D and
Department G
LASD Temple, Pasadena PD, Arcadia PD, and
Monrovia PD
Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center;
Department 30, Department 40, and
Department 48
LASD East LA, LAPD Metropolitan Detention
Center
Burbank Courthouse; Department 1 Burbank PD
San Fernando Courthouse; Department S and
Department E
LASD Santa Clarita
Compton Courthouse; Department D and
Department F
LASD Carson, LASD Lakewood, and LASD South
LA
El Monte Courthouse; Department 1 LASD Industry, LASD Temple and Baldwin Park
PD
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Glendale Courthouse; Department 1 LASD Temple
Pomona Courthouse; Department F,
Department M, and Department N
LASD Industry, LASD San Dimas, and
Claremont PD
Alhambra Courthouse; Department 1 and
Department 2
LASD Temple and Monrovia PD
Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse;
Department S01 and Department S02
Long Beach PD
Van Nuys Courthouse; Department 100 and
Department 103
LASD Malibu/Lost Hills and LASD West
Hollywood
Downey Courthouse; Department 3 LASD Lakewood, LASD Norwalk, and Whittier
PD
Downey Courthouse; Department 5 LASD Century, LASD East LA, LASD Norwalk,
Bell Gardens PD, and City of Bell PD
Inglewood Courthouse; Department 1 and
Department 5
LASD South LA
Torrance Courthouse; Department 3 and
Department 4
LASD South LA, LASD Lakewood, Torrance PD,
Gardena PD, Redondo Beach PD
Airport Courthouse; Department 30 and
Department 31
LASD South LA, LASD West Hollywood, Santa
Monica PD and Beverly Hills PD
West Covina Courthouse; Department 4 and
Department 5
LASD Industry, LASD San Dimas, Azusa PD,
Glendora PD, and Covina PD

The new Video Appearance Project is the most recent addition to the remote
appearance options the Court has made available to facilitate access to justice while
promoting social distancing. The Court also has launched remote appearance
technology in all essential Dependency hearings and in Delinquency hearings, to the
extent permitted by law. Pilots are under way in other litigation types, including LPS
Conservatorships in the Hollywood Courthouse. Since last year, the Mental Health
courts have used video from the California Department of State Hospitals to allow
for remote testimony by treating physicians. Remote technology also is used for
Competency proceedings.
For the latest updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19-related impacts to Court
operations, please consult the Court’s COVID-19 News Center located at the top of
our homepage (www.lacourt.org), and follow us on Twitter (@LASuperiorCourt).
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Video
Appearance
Project
Expanding Access to Justice and Promoting Social Distancing
The Court launched the new Video Appearance Project in just two weeks
a􀅌er unprecedented collaboration with County justice partners and law
enforcement agencies. The project added Felony and Misdemeanor
arraignments to the Court’s new and existing remote appearance options to
facilitate access to justice while promoting social distancing. The Court also
has launched remote appearance technology in all essential Dependency
hearings, Delinquency hearings to the extent permitted by law, and
hearings for Mental Health LPS Conservatorships.
The Video Appearance Project consists of:
• 32 courtrooms in 17 courthouses in each of the Court’s 12
judicial districts.
• 32 Custody Locations: 13 Sheriff’s Department substations and
19 Police Departments.
• Additional Police Departments have already reached out to the
court to participate and will be added as resources allow.
How it Works:
The Court uses the Cisco Webex system to conduct video arraignments. All
persons being arraigned must agree to appear by video before it takes
place. If they do not agree, they are taken to the courthouse for an
arraignment with social distancing measures in effect.
Prior to the arraignment, the system allows counsel to remotely consult
with their client privately using a separate Webex connection.
A􀅌er necessary interviews are conducted, the Court iniates video
arraignment proceedings through the Webex system according to the
Court’s calendar of arraignments scheduled for that day.

Please note that media are authorized access to courthouses and
courtrooms under the Presiding Judge’s Emergency General Order.
Remote access for the media will be provided at a later date.
For more information on the actions the Court has taken in response to the
COVID-19 Pandemic, please visit the Court’s COVID-19 News and Resources
Center at http://www.lacourt.org/newsmedia/ui/covid19NewsCenter.aspx
and follow us on Twitter (@LASuperiorCourt).

TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020
1:30 p.m.
The Superior Court of Los Angeles County is the largest trial court in
the nation and the only state court for the County of Los Angeles,
an area which encompasses 88 cities, 140 unincorporated areas and more than
90 law enforcement agencies. It serves a population of more than
10 million people. The Court includes 38 courthouses located in 12 judicial districts
throughout the County’s
4,752 square miles.

FACT SHEET OPTION TO APPEAR REMOTELY:
•Counsel for the arrestee
•Prosecuting Agency
•Interpreter
AT THE BOOKING STATION:
•Arrestee
•Law Enforcement
IN THE COURTROOM:
•Judicial Officer
•Judicial Assistant
•Court Reporter

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 10, 2020

PRESIDING JUDGE KEVIN C. BRAZILE ANNOUNCES IMMEDIATE TEMPORARY RELIEF FOR ALL TRAFFIC AND NON-TRAFFIC INFRACTION DEFENDANTS FOR 90 DAYS
Immediate Temporary Relief Includes A 90-Day Grace Period On All Traffic And Non-Traffic Infraction Tickets As Well As A Streamlined System For Release Of Driver’s License Holds
Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile today announced the Court will immediately institute a program of temporary relief for all Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction defendants.
“Our Court’s sole focus during this crisis has been how best to serve our community and this has remained my North Star,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “Our traffic operations — the part of our Court that has the broadest interaction with the public and touches Angelenos from all walks of life — presents a unique opportunity for our Court to join the efforts of numerous public and private entities in acknowledging the economic devastation caused by this virus and mitigating its impact. I look forward to working with our community partners in getting the word out to the people of Los Angeles County: while you are facing an unprecedented threat to your lives and your livelihood, one thing you do not have to worry about is paying a traffic ticket or losing your license. Focus on staying safer at home and riding out this storm.”
The relief announced today includes a 90-day grace period on all Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction matters. The Court will take no action to send such matters to collections if they remain unpaid or assess the permissible Civil Assessments. Defendants do not need to contact the Clerk’s Office to take advantage of this relief.
In addition, Traffic Infraction defendants who have suspended driver’s licenses due to unpaid tickets can now call the Court to set a future hearing date and immediately have the Court request a release of their Driver’s License Hold from the DMV. Defendants should be aware that COVID-19 has affected the DMV’s ability to process these requests, so there may be some delays in having the holds lifted.
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Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Media Relations 111 N. Hill Street, Room 107, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 830-0801 publicinfo@lacourt.org www.lacourt.org
@LASuperiorCourt
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Finally, for individuals who are experiencing financial or other difficulty related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19, and are unable to pay or need an extension for their Traffic and Non-Traffic ticket matters, the Court has options available such as:
• Filing an Ability to Pay Petition
• Establishing a Payment Plan
• Requesting a reduction in the monthly payment amount
• Requesting an extension of a Payment Plan due date
• Requesting a Trial by Declaration without having to post bail
• Requesting an extension of Community Service completion date by calling the Court
• Requesting an extension of a Traffic School completion date
• Scheduling a court date in June or beyond or establishing a Payment Plan to remove a DMV license hold now
If a Traffic or Non-Traffic citation is due and action has not yet been taken to resolve it, individuals may request a due date extension by contacting the courthouse the citation is assigned to and speaking with a clerk to discuss their options. Traffic courthouse telephone numbers are shown below, and addresses can be found here.
If the Traffic matter has gone to collections: Contact GC Services, whose staff will be able to advise you of your options.
GC Services
P. O. Box 7835
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
English: 1-800-352-3778 Spanish: 1-800-352-3778
https://Courtpay.gcserv.com
For any other questions: Please visit the Court’s Traffic webpage or call one of the Traffic courthouses for more information and assistance.
Telephone hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
Beverly Hills Courthouse – Closed – contact the Santa Monica Courthouse
(213) 742-6648
Chatsworth Courthouse
(213) 742-1884
Compton Courthouse
(213) 763-1644
Downey Courthouse
(213) 763-1645
El Monte Courthouse
(213) 742-1928
Glendale Courthouse
(213) 742-1928
Gov. George Deukmejian
Courthouse (Long Beach)
(213) 742-8809
Inglewood Courthouse
(213) 742-8860
Metropolitan Courthouse
(213) 742-1884
Michael D. Antonovich
Antelope Valley Courthouse
(213) 742-8860
Pasadena Courthouse
(213) 742-1928
Santa Clarita Courthouse – Closed – contact the Chatsworth Courthouse
(213) 742-1884
Santa Monica Courthouse
(213) 742-6648
Torrance Courthouse
(213) 742-8860
Van Nuys West Courthouse
(213) 742-1884
West Covina Courthouse
(213) 742-1928
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April 6, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 6, 2020
COURT ADVISES THE PUBLIC TO BE AWARE OF
CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 SCAMS
The COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in a surge of phishing scams and other cyber attacks. The Court is advising the public to exercise caution when opening any COVID-19 or pandemic-themed email or when responding to calls from anyone alleging to offer assistance.
Examples include emails appearing to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, or other reputable authorities.
Fake emails (also known as spoofs) generally purport to offer information and updates on the unfolding crisis from trusted authorities or companies to trick users to click links and attachments to malicious content.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most court hearings, except those considered essential or time-sensitive, have been continued and jurors are not being asked to report for jury service at this time.
Some of these fake electronic communications may contain an attachment or a link that installs a virus or other spyware on the computer or mobile device. Other communications, for example a telephone call, make fraudulent demands to pay a fine or provide personal information, such as a Social Security number.
The Court sometimes makes automated phone calls reminding people of a court appearance or jury service, but will not demand any personal information, payment or donations.
The Court uses a vendor to collect on certain delinquent fees and fines. To confirm an inquiry about delinquent court-ordered debt, you can call GC Services at 1-800-352-3778, or visit their website: https://courtpay.gcserv.com
Anyone with questions about a suspicious communication that appears to be from the Superior Court of Los Angeles County should contact the Court. Phone numbers and additional information regarding the Court’s response to the pandemic can be found on the Court’s website.
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Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Media Relations 111 N. Hill Street, Room 107, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 830-0801 publicinfo@lacourt.org www.lacourt.org @LASuperiorCourt

 

 

Release Date:   March 23, 2020

 

THE CLERK’S OFFICES AT THE SUPERIOR COURT OF LOS

ANGELES COUNTY WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC; SERVICES

TO BE TRANSITIONED TO TELEPHONIC AND REMOTE SOLUTIONS

Effective March 23, 2020, and until further notice, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County will close the Clerk’s Offices at all 38 courthouses in response to the COVID-19 public health threat. Most courthouses, except the Beverly Hills and Catalina courthouses, will remain open for time-sensitive, essential court hearings and matters in accordance with Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile’s General Orders.

 

The Court is establishing telephone numbers and other means for litigants, counsel and the public to conduct limited, time-sensitive and essential services. Special provisions will be made for the filing and processing of Restraining Orders, ex parte proceedings in Family Law, Probate and Civil, and certain types of Emergency Writ Petitions. These new procedures will be outlined soon in a subsequent public notice and posted on the Court’s website.

 

For individuals needing to file court documents, drop boxes will be set up at the entrances to all courthouses. If a conformed copy of the filed documents is needed, leave a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the filing. No cash will be accepted at the drop boxes, only credit cards and checks. The documents will be deemed filed same-day if received by 4:30 p.m. Drop boxes will be checked frequently.

 

Nationwide Legal is open and ready to handle all your requests

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

 

 

 

RELEASE DATE:
March 19, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUPERIOR COURT OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY TO RE-OPEN TOMORROW FOR ESSENTIAL AND EMERGENCY FUNCTIONS
36 of 38 Courthouses Will Open at 8:30 a.m.

Nearly 400 courtrooms will Remain Closed At Least Through April 16, 2020

Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile today announced an amended General Order that clarifies the time-sensitive and essential functions the Court will handle when it reopens most of its courthouses tomorrow after a three-day closure.

“The Court is working with our Judicial Officers and employees on a court-wide operations plan designed to keep as many people out of our courthouses as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19, while prioritizing our time-sensitive, essential functions,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “Although 36 of 38 courthouses in Los Angeles County will re-open tomorrow, our trial court operations will be downsized and scaled back substantially due to the closure of nearly 400 courtrooms starting Friday, March 20, 2020.”

Today’s “Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge Re: COVID-19 Pandemic” retroactively amends his original 30-day emergency order signed on March 17, 2020, and remains in effect until April 16, 2020.

Under today’s amended Order, the Court finds good cause to continue all Unlawful Detainer trials without a determination pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1170.5(c).

Presiding Judge Brazile’s Order also retroactively deletes from Paragraph 4 of the original General Order these matters from the list of time-sensitive, essential

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functions:

Contempt Proceedings in Family Law Where Custody is at Issue
Traffic Arraignments and Traffic Trials

Today’s amended Order also retroactively adds these matters to the list of time- sensitive, essential functions:

Emergency Protective Orders
Proceedings under the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act
Judicial Commitments for Dangerous Persons based on Mental Health Conditions
Parole and post-release community supervision revocation hearings
Juvenile Arraignment/Detention Hearings, Adjudication and Disposition

All courthouses will re-open tomorrow except the Beverly Hills Courthouse and the Catalina Courthouse. Signs in the courthouses will indicate the open courtrooms.

The Order also retroactively amends the original order by clarifying that, “The duration of any emergency protective order that would otherwise expire because the emergency condition requiring all courthouses be closed to the public prevented the party from obtaining a temporary restraining order in a timely manner is
extended to March 20, 2020.”

“The Court has used the last three days to plan for measures to adhere to and promote social distancing,” Judge Brazile said. “The public is reminded that when they return for court business tomorrow, we are seeking their help to remain at least six feet away from any other person.”

As the nation’s largest trial court continues to adapt to a vastly reduced operation
through April 16, it is important to emphasize that:

All Civil and Criminal jury and non-jury trials are suspended;
Jury service is suspended temporarily;
No pre-trial conferences will be held; and
Next week, more courtrooms and/or departments will be closed to reflect the Court’s reorganized functions and further downsizing.

The original General Order was issued March 17, 2020, under the authority granted by Government Code Section 68115 and the March 16, 2020, authorization and order of Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

For the latest updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19-related impacts to Court
operations, please consult the Court’s COVID-19 News Center located at the top of our homepage and follow us on Twitter.
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Updated Thursday March 19 4pm

 

SUPERIOR COURT OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY TO SCALE DOWN OPERATIONS EFFECTIVE TODAY

 

Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile today announced the Court will begin scaling down operations tomorrow to achieve social distancing in all 38 courthouses. Additional public protection measures will be evaluated and announced tomorrow or Tuesday.

“As the largest trial court in the nation, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County is methodically scaling back non-essential court operations as part of a phased approach,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “We will continue to provide services for the most vulnerable in our communities and remain open to handle criminal matters subject to statutory deadlines.”

Over the weekend, Presiding Judge Brazile notified the Judges of the Los Angeles County bench that:

 

  • No new jurors will be summoned for any Civil or Criminal jury trials for the next 30 days;

 

  • The trial Judge for any jury trial in session may exercise his or her discretion to either continue the trial or declare a mistrial;

 

  • The trial Judge for any non-jury trial in session may exercise his or her discretion to either continue the trial or declare a mistrial; and

 

  • Self-help centers will be closed tomorrow, except for telephone assistance with restraining order preparation by calling (213) 830-0845.

 

  • Judges were encouraged to consider ways to achieve social distancing in their courtrooms by offering telephonic appearances and other strategies to reduce courtroom traffic; and

 

Here are some additional updates:

 

  • Additional signage, which is attached to this news release, will be posted beginning tomorrow on courthouse entry points and on courtroom doors advising the public about restrictions on entering our courthouses or courtrooms;

 

  • The Court’s website homepage (www.lacourt.org) has been updated with a new COVID-19 news center at the top of the page;

 

  • The Court will continue to communicate updates on its Twitter page;

 

  • The Court continues to emphasize the importance of staying home when you are sick and frequent, proper hand-washing; and

 

  • The Court expanded its custodial cleaning program and has made sanitizing products available throughout courthouses in response to CDC and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommendations.

 

The Superior Court of Los Angeles County has 550 judicial officers and more than 4,600 permanent employees serving a diverse population of more than 10 million people. The largest trial court in the nation, the Court has 38 courthouses in 12 judicial districts located throughout the county’s 4,752 square miles.

For the latest updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19-related impacts to Court operations, please consult the Court’s COVID-19 News Center located at the top of our homepage(www.lacourt.org), and follow us on Twitter (@LASuperiorCourt).

 

 

 

Click here to see the courts official notice.

 

As always should you have any questions or require immediate assistance contact us at (213) 249-9999 and you will be able to speak to a live person.