San Diego County Superior Court
Published on September 20, 2016
BY CRISTINA L. CONROY, CCLS
Los Angeles County Superior Court:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that effective August 15, 2016, the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk has amended the manner in which it will accept documents to be recorded.
- The Document Recording Offices located in Lancaster, LAX, Norwalk and Van Nuys will process packages containing 3 documents over-the-counter for same day service. (Note: This is down from 10 documents.)
- Packages containing 4-10 documents will be processed in Norwalk only at the Bulk Document Window for same day recording.
- Packages containing 11 documents or more must utilize the drop-off window and will be processed within 3 business days.
The exception to this rule will be documents legally mandated to be processed within 2 court days.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Los Angeles Superior Court Appellate Division will hear infraction and misdemeanor cases at 9:00 a.m. and limited civil cases at 1:30 p.m. on the following dates: January 5 and 19, 2017; February 2 and 16, 2017; March 2 and 16, 2017; April 6 and 20, 2017; May 4, and 18, 2017; June 1, and 15, 2017; July 6, and 20, 2017; August 3, and 17, 2017; September 7, and 21, 2017; October 5, and 19, 2017; November 2, and 16, 2017; December 7, and 21, 2017. All hearings will be held in Department 70, Room 615, of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, located at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA
Sonoma County Superior Court:
FIFTH CIVIL LAW AND MOTION CALENDAR
STARTING, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
On September 16, 2016, the Sonoma County Superior Court Civil Division will start a pilot program to add a fifth civil law and motion calendar. The civil clerk’s office is currently setting matters on this calendar when the regularly scheduled department’s calendar does not have capacity to hear the matter. The calendar will be heard in Department 23, on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. by a rotating roster of judicial officers, as assigned by the Presiding Judge. This new calendar is being piloted for up to six months, at which time its effectiveness will be evaluated by court leadership.
The court will conduct a 3 month and 6 month review of the pilot program to determine the effectiveness and/or operational need to extend, permanently implement, or discontinue the program. Criteria for review will include measurement of the number of cases that are overflowed into the new calendar, resource availability to conduct the additional calendar, and the effect of the program on case dispositions.
Currently, each of the four civil departments hears law and motion on Wednesday afternoons. With the addition of this calendar on Fridays, the civil department will increase its capacity to hear civil motions by 20%. If a matter is set on this calendar, the notice presented to the civil clerk will be stamped with the assigned department and judge who will hear it. Tentative rulings for this calendar, like the other four civil departments, will be posted online. Requests for oral arguments will function exactly as they do for the other civil departments.
Any questions regarding this pilot program should be addressed to José O. Guillén, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orange County Superior Court:
The Judicial Council of California is honoring Superior Court of Orange County Juvenile Presiding Judge Maria D. Hernandez and Chief Executive Officer Alan Carlson with its 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Carlson and Robert Oyung, Chief Information Officer of the Superior Court of Santa Clara, are being honored jointly. This is the highest award presented by the Judicial Council of California.
Mission Viejo: The Court accepts payments for criminal, traffic, and collection cases at its Mission Viejo facility at 27573 Puerto Real, Mission Viejo, 92691. Payments can now be made at the public windows on Mondays, as well as Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
San Reynoso Honored: The Legal Aid Association of California presented Sal Reynoso with a Family Law Award for his work as lead attorney with the Orange County Superior Court’s Self-Help Centers. The award, presented on June 14 at the Family Law and Self-Help Conference in San Francisco, recognized his outstanding dedication and commitment to provide legal services for low-income Californians to ensure equal access to justice.
New Juvenile Department Phone Number: The Juvenile Department has new phone number. You may call (657) 622-6878 and listen to the prompts to reach Juvenile’s new automated phone system.
You may obtain general information using the automated phone system or you may enter your Juvenile traffic case number to get your upcoming appearance information or case balance. The system will not provide case specific information on delinquency, dependency and other confidential case types.
New Family Law Phone Number and Payment Option: Family Law has a new phone number. You may call (657) 622-8457 and listen carefully to the prompts given to reach Family Law’s new automated phone system. You may obtain general information using the automated phone system or you may enter your Family Law case number to get upcoming hearing information, case balance or to speak to an operator. The system will not provide case specific information on Parentage cases and other confidential matters
Collections Court Update: Effective March 1st 2016, Collections Court will only be available Wednesdays and Thursdays. All infractions with a Civil Assessment will continue to be heard only at North Justice Center (excluding court trials) on these days.
Civil eService Application: Eservice will allow the court to electronically serve documents, save material, labor and mailing costs, increase service to the public and provide for faster delivery of court documents. Implementation of eService furthers our commitment to an electronic environment. The application also includes automation of mailings that have previously been manually generated. Applicable code section authorities are California Code of Civil Procedure § 1010.6 and California Rules of Court, rule 2.251. For Questions, please call (657) 622-5314
Effective 11/20/15, the Civil Division will eServe the following documents:
• Notice of Entry of Judgment (Civil and Small Claims)
• Notice of Entry of Judgment/Ruling—Small Claims Appeals
• Notice of Fees Due
• Notice of Fees Due—Electronic Filing
• Notice to Reporter to Prepare Reporter’s Transcript on Appeal
• Minute orders (when the court clerk is ordered by the court to give notice)
DID YOU KNOW – BY CRISTINA L. CONROY, CCLS
When requesting the issuance of a summons at Central District Court, moving forward, you need to either do a separate summons for each named Defendant, or on the initial request to issue summons, at least put one of the named Defendants in the “TO” line. If not done, you will receive a Notice of Deficiency. Inquiry was made to the Court asking why this change, and the response below was provided:
For 20 years, the practice in our Court has been to leave the “TO:” section blank or list all the named defendants in that section. I few weeks ago, we were informed by our Court Operations Managers that we were not complying with FRCP Rule 4(a)(1)(B) and 4(b), “a summons must be directed to the defendant and must be issued for each defendant to be served.” Before this change, we could not issue a separate summons for each defendant. The new procedure is at least one named defendant must be listed in the “TO:” section or a separate summons request needs to be made for each defendant. I hope this clarifies things a little.
When filing an unlawful detainer Request for Court Judgment, in addition to all of the required paperwork, you must in addition file a Declaration for Default Judgment by Court (Unlawful Detainer—Code Civil Proc., § 585(d)) (Form UD-116), and you must use the Judgment—Unlawful Detainer (Form UD-116) instead of Judgment (Form JUD-100). In San Diego, please refer to your judgment checklist (Form SDSC CIV 200) to determine if your judgment should be a Court Judgment or Clerk Judgment.
REVISIONS/UPDATES—SEPTEMBER 1, 2016:
Revisions to CA Central District Bankruptcy Court Rules – Chapter 7, 9, 11 and 13 rule sets deleting related events off obsolete key events for service by mail/electronic/other means.
Revisions to CA Northern District Bankruptcy Court Rules – Chapter 7, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 15 rule sets deleting related events off obsolete key events for service by mail/electronic/other means.
Revisions to CA Southern District Bankruptcy Court Rules – Chapter 7, 11 and 13 rule sets deleting related events off obsolete key events for service by mail/electronic/other means.
Revised CA – Central District Local Rules—Judge Carter rules to add events for ex parte applications pursuant to Judge’s Initial Standing Order.
Improvements to CA- Central District Local Rules for Judges Fitzgerald, Fairbank, Gutierrez, Otero, Anderson, Wright, Bernal, Carney and O’Connell to add deadline to lodge stipulation to continue final pretrial conference prior to judge’s deadline for pretrial order.
Improvements to CA – U.S. District Court – Eastern District of California rules re Local Rule 251(a) deadline for discovery motions.
Improvements to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for Bankruptcy Proceedings and Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure – Chapters 7, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 15 rule sets to remove obsolete combined key events for date of service by mail/electronic/other means, and related events.
Last revised August 2016
New, Revised or Repealed Forms for the Judicial Council and San Diego Superior Court (July 18, 2016)
Please go to www.sdcourt.ca.gov to obtain a list of new, revised or repealed Judicial Council and San Diego Superior Court forms which are now available for use.
Notice to Attorneys and Self-Represented Litigants Re Changes in Family Law State and Local Rules
Family Code section 245, was amended effective January 1, 2016. To implement the change in the law, the Judicial Council amended the California Rules of Court, Rules 5.92, 5.94, and 5.151, and adopted new and revised forms effective July 1, 2016. These rules of court affect procedures on the continuance of hearings and the modification or termination of orders on applications for domestic violence restraining orders and requests for orders with temporary emergency (ex parte) orders.
To eliminate any conflict with California law and the California Rules of Court, the Court suspends Local Rule 5.4.1 in its entirety, Local Rule 5.4.3 in its entirety, and Local Rule 5.5.1, subsections E and F.1., effective July 1, 2016. The subject matters of these suspended Local Rules will be governed by the Family Code and the California Rules of Court.
2016 San Diego County Grand Jury Introduced
Coronado resident Alan I. Baskin will serve as chairperson of the 2016/2017 San Diego County Grand Jury. Baskin, 69, and 18 other Grand Jurors officially began their Grand Jury service on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Baskin is a Certified Public Accountant based in Poway. “I want to use my skills and experience to give back to the County I have been part of for the past 41 years,” says Baskin, who wants to use the Chairperson position to support and enable Grand Jury members to perform at the highest level possible.
The California Constitution mandates a County Grand Jury that provides for a group of 19 citizens of the County to be brought together and to dedicate a year of full-time “watchdog” service looking into the workings of local government. Baskin hopes others will join his co-jurors and him by applying for future spots on the County Grand Jury, “I would say they should be open-minded, energetic and willing to work. They need to be able to interact with a diverse group of individuals who are focusing on reviewing governmental agency operations for the benefit of our county.”
The new Grand Jurors, five women and fourteen men, were randomly drawn from a total of 88 San Diego County residents. The names and occupations of the selected 2016/2017 Grand Jurors are listed on the Court’s website at www.sdcourt.ca.gov.
Los Angeles County Superior Court
Los Angeles Superior Court’s traffic avatar has been named to the 2016 National Association for Court Management (NACM) Top 10 Court Technology Solutions list.
When visiting the traffic section of the Court’s website, litigants can use an automated assistant, “Gina,” to received personalized service. Gina shows a user the available options for handling a particular traffic ticket, and can help the user schedule a court date, register for traffic school, or pay a ticket. She enhances the accessibility and ease-of-use of the website as she guides litigants with limited experience through the online process.
Gina is also multi-lingual and can help court users in English, Armenian, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
“We want people to be fully informed about all their legal options for handling a traffic citation. And we want to make it as easy as possible for them to choose the best option for them,” said Sherri R. Carter, Executive Officer/Clerk for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. “Recognizing the diversity of Los Angeles County’s population, it was also crucial for us to deliver this service in multiple languages.”
The award was presented to Los Angeles Superior Court on July 12, at the 2016 NACM Annual Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Van Nuys Division
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that as of August 1, 2016, the facsimile numbers for Van Nuys East Courthouse located at 6230 Sylmar Avenue, Van Nuys, California will be changed. The new numbers are:
FAX Filing Civil Unlimited, Family Law and Unlawful Detainer: 562-753-0315
FAX Filing Small Claims: 562-753-0319
West Covina Courthouse
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that effective August 8, 2016, the facsimile numbers for the West Covina Courthouse located at 1427 West Covina Parkway, West Covina CA 91790, will be changed. The new numbers are as follows:
FAX Filing Civil Criminal Clerk’s Office: 562-753-0094
FAX Filing Traffic Clerk’s Office: 562-753-0093
Business Hours: The courthouse is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the Clerk’s office is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except court holidays.
Riverside County Superior Court
Contacting Probate Examination Staff (Thursday, July 7, 2016)
Effective immediately and until further notice, Riverside Superior Court probate examination staff will no longer accept telephone calls. You may continue to contact the probate examination staff by email at email@example.com.
Orange County Superior Court
The Juvenile Department has new phone numbers
You may call 657-622-6878 and listen to the prompts to reach the Juvenile’s new automated phone system. You may obtain general information using the automated phone system or you may enter your Juvenile traffic case number to get your upcoming appearance information or case balance. The system will not provide case specific information on delinquency, dependency and other credential case types.
Superior Court Service Center in Mission Viejo, Public Payment Windows Now Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Contact Gwen Vieau—657-622-7097, Public Information Office, PIO@occourts.org. Mission Viejo, CA—Orange County Superior Court now accepts payments for criminal, traffic and collection at its Mission Viejo facility on Mondays, as well as Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., to 4:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome at the public service windows; appointments are not necessary.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Catalina Courthouse located at 215 Sumner Avenue, Avalon, California 90704 has set forth its schedule for the upcoming (2017) year. They are open every-other Friday, and accept filings on the days court is in session. A drop-box is available at the Avalon Sheriff’s Station located at the same address—drop-boxed documents will not be processed until the next open day of the Court. Documents may also be filed at the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse located at 275 Magnolia, Long Beach, California 90802, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
United States District Court, for the Southern District of California
In the Matter of Mandatory Electronic Submission of CJA Payment Vouchers and Ex Parte Requests for Advance Approval of Excess Compensation, Budgets, Interim Vouchers, Travel, or Other Matters Relating to CJA Payment Vouchers
General Order No. 610-A, executed by Magistrates Moskowitz and Huff, and Judges Burns and Sabraw June 30, 2016, and filed with the Court, July 5, 2016. “The Court previously ordered that as of September 1, 2012, the CJA payment vouchers for attorneys and service providers must be submitted electronically using the CJA eVoucher system. Effective August 1, 2016, CJA payment vouchers for attorneys, service providers and court reporters must be submitted to the Court electronically in the CJA eVoucher system, and all ex parte requests for advance approval of excess compensation, interim payments, travel, or other matters, must be submitted to the Court electronically in the CJA eVoucher system.
Did You Know?
From Leanna Pierce
Did you know—to obtain an Exemplified Copy of a Judgment—one can simply obtain it from the Clerk’s Office in San Diego. Provide a check for $50 made payable to the San Diego Superior Court Clerk, advising the Clerk where you would like to obtain a copy of your judgment, and the Clerk will retrieve it for you.
- Improvements to California Statutes and Rules: To clarify that California Code of Civil Procedure section 1030(e) events are for actions where plaintiff resides out of the state or is a foreign corporation.
- Minor revisions to California Family Code rule set per July 1, 2016 amendments to Form DV-100.
- Revisions to JAMS: Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures rule set pursuant to revised Demand for Arbitration Form, pdf dated June 28, 2016.
- Revisions to JAMS: Engineering and Construction Arbitration Rules and Procedures rule set pursuant to revised Demand for Arbitration Form, pdf dated June 28, 2016.
- Revisions to JAMS: Employment Arbitration Rules and Procedures rule set pursuant to revised Demand for Arbitration Form, pdf dated June 28, 2016.
- Revisions to JAMS: International Arbitration Rules rule set pursuant to revised Demand for Arbitration Form, pdf dated June 28, 2016.
- Revisions to JAMS: Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures rule set pursuant to revised Demand for Arbitration Form, pdf dated June 28, 2016.
- Revision to California Statutes and Rules: Pursuant to July 1, 2016 amendment to California Rule of Court 3.1551(b) re voluntary expedited jury trials.
- Improvements to California Statutes and Rules: To add Code of Civil Procedure sections 708.110 and 708.120 (liens on property of judgment debtor) and California Rule of Court 3.402 (deadline for court to decide whether action is complex). Also, added Code of Civil Procedure section 1030 deadline for undertaking and Government Code section 70616 deadline to pay complex fees.
- Improvements to California Statutes and Rules: Rule set and all local superior court sets (unlimited and limited jurisdiction) to add hard deadline re due date for jury fees per Code of Civil Procedure section 631(c).
- Revisions to California Code of Civil Procedure (Limited Jurisdiction) Rules: California Service Outside California – Events for Limited Cases Only, California Service Outside U.S. – Events for Limited Cases Only, and to all California local limited jurisdiction rules: Pursuant to adoption of California Rule of Court 3.1546 re mandatory expedited jury trials, effective July 1, 2016.
- Improvements to California Appellate Rules of Court (including Cal. Supreme Court): Rule set to correct authority reference and to add California Rule of Court 8.702 deadline for clerk.
- Improvement to California, 2nd Appellate District: To add deadline to reply to opposition to motion.