OCTOBER 2017 COURT UPDATES
Court of Appeal, Second District:
Effective Monday October 30, 2017, mandatory electronic filing through TrueFiling begins for the Second District. Pursuant to California Rules of Court (CRC), rules 8.71 and 8.73, all parties are required to file all documents electronically through the court’s Electronic Filing Service (EFS) TrueFiling. “Electronic filing” is the electronic transmission to a court of a document in electronic form. (CRC rule 8.70(c)(8).) Pursuant to California Rules of Court (CRC) rules 8.72(a) and 8.74(b), specific formatting requirements for electronic filing in the Second District are required. See 2DCA Formatting Requirements and Guidelines. Attorneys are required to register with TrueFiling for both filing documents in the court and for receipt of documents issued by the court. Self-represented parties may, but are not required to register for electronic filing, but must comply with this rule and the requirements of TrueFiling if they elect to register. Local Rule 7 is repealed. More information can be found at www.courts.ca.gov/2dca.
United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District:
This court has amended its Local Rules of Practice. Pursuant to General Order 17-02, the Local Rules will be effective as to all cases and proceedings filed or pending on or after September 26, 2017. Attorneys practicing in this district will want to take note of new Local Rule 9018-1, Filing Under Seal. This new local rule allows attorneys who e-file in our district to electronically file documents under seal. More information can be found at www.caeb.uscourts.gov.
Los Angeles Superior Court:
Effective Nov. 1, 2017, the Santa Monica Courthouse will no longer accept filings for family law cases. Documents requesting restraining orders may continue to be filed at that location. Family law matters previously filed at the Santa Monica Courthouse will be accepted for filing at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse located at 111 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles 90012.
As of Nov. 1, 2017, the Santa Monica Courthouse will no longer accept new filings for divorce and paternity cases – family law matters from the West District will be filed at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. Pending Santa Monica cases with hearing dates on or after Jan. 2, 2018, will be transferred to the Mosk Courthouse for further action. Petitions for domestic violence and civil harassment restraining orders will continue to be accepted and heard in Santa Monica. The Self Help Center and Restraining Order Clinic located at the Santa Monica Courthouse will remain open. More information can be found at www.lacourt.org.
San Diego Superior Court:
Beginning October 2, 2017, small claims will be added to the imaging program. All documents will be imaged and electronically stored for public viewing on its website.
Effective October 16, 2017, the North County Division Business Office will no longer accept the filing of new small claims cases. As of that date, all new small claims cases and any subsequent filings on those cases for the County of San Diego must be filed in the Central Division, at the Hall of Justice, 330 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. The North County Division Business Office will continue to process any subsequent filings on Small Claims cases filed prior to October 16, 2017 until the North County Division Small Claims Business Office closes at the end of the business day on December 1, 2017. More information can be found at www.sdcourt.ca.gov.