Legal Procedures

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT

New Administrative Office Director Named

June 11, 2013 – Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. has appointed U.S. District Judge John D. Bates as Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.  Judge Bates, who has served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia since 2001, will assume the duties of Director beginning July 1, 2013.  He succeeds Judge Thomas F. Hogan, who will return to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia as a senior judge.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., today announced the appointment of U.S. District Judge John D. Bates as the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.  Judge Bates has been a federal judge since 2001, when he was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Judge Bates served on the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management from 2005 to 2011.  In February 2006, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Bates to serve as a judge on the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  He served as presiding judge from May 2009 until the completion of his service on that court in February 2013.  Judge Bates will assume the duties as Director on July 1, 2013.  He will retain his commission as an active district judge while serving as Director.  Judge Bates succeeds Judge Thomas F. Hogan, who served nearly two years as the Director and is returning to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia as a senior judge.

The Director of the Administrative Office is the chief administrative officer of the federal courts.  He serves under the direction of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the principal policy-making body for the federal court system.  The Chief Justice is the presiding officer of the Conference, which is composed of the chief judges of the 13 courts of appeals, a district judge from each of the 12 geographic circuits, and a judge of the Court of International Trade.  The Chief Justice selects the Director.

In announcing his selection, the Chief Justice noted, “I am pleased that Judge Bates is willing to take on this important responsibility and carry forward the work of his colleague Judge Hogan.  Judge Bates is not only a very talented and experienced judge, but a skilled administrator with broad managerial experience.  He brings wise judgment to sensitive issues.  I look forward to working closely with John on the many challenging issues facing the judiciary.”  The Chief Justice added, “I would also like to thank Judge Hogan for his exemplary service.  I am sure there will be an orderly transition from Judge Hogan to Judge Bates, who have been judicial colleagues for more than a decade.”

Judge Bates will be responsible for the management of the Administrative Office, which has approximately 1,000 employees, and for providing administrative support to 2,335 judicial officers and more than 29,000 court employees.  Judge Bates will serve as liaison for the judicial branch in its relations with Congress, including working with congressional committees to secure the judiciary’s annual appropriation and executing the judiciary’s nearly seven billion dollar annual budget.

In accepting this appointment, Judge Bates stated, “I thank the Chief Justice for this opportunity and look forward to working with him, the Judicial Conference, and the talented personnel of the Administrative Office.  While there are considerable challenges ahead, my task has been made easier through the exceptional efforts of my friend and predecessor, Judge Hogan.”

Judge Bates graduated from Wesleyan University in 1968 and received a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1976.  From 1968 to 1971, he served in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam.  Judge Bates served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1980 to 1997, and was Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1987 to 1995.  He served as Deputy Independent Counsel under Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr from 1995 to 1997.  In 1998, he joined the Washington law firm of Miller & Chevalier, where he was Chair of the Government Contracts/Litigation Department and a member of the Executive Committee until his appointment to the U.S. District Court.

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United States Court of Appeals
For the Ninth Circuit

 January 27, 2016

The Office of the Clerk had sent out a Notice regarding a New Standing Order effective February 1, 2016 regarding the filing of “sealed materials” in separate volume of excerpts/oral argument in sealed cases.  Said Notice is available for viewing/printing by visiting http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/general/2016/01/27/standing_order_re_sealed_excerpts.pdf).

United States Court of Appeals
For the Ninth Circuit

** For the public and external users only **

Implementation of NextGen CM/ECF – Complete

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has gone live with the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen CM/ECF). This was a preliminary step towards the nationwide goal of e-filers using just one username and password to file in all federal courts. There will be a lengthy transition time before we reach that goal; however, and currently only the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Ninth Circuit are live with the NextGen CM/ECF system.

If you have an e-filing account in the 9th Circuit, it is mandatory for you to complete all of the steps below in order to e-file with the 9th Circuit.

  1. You must have an individual, upgraded PACER account.
    (a)   If you have an individual PACER account, it must be upgraded. View instructions to upgrade by visitinghttp://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/content/view.php?pk_id=0000000769.
    (b)   If your office has a shared PACER account, each person who e-files with the 9th Circuit must register for a new individual PACER account. To sign up for a new PACER account, view instructions by visiting https://www.pacer.gov/reg_pacer.html. Your office’s shared PACER account will continue to work, but each e-filer will need an individual PACER account.
  2. Then, link your individual PACER account to your 9th Circuit e-filing account. If you already have a 9th Circuit e-filing account, view instructions by visiting http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/content/view.php?pk_id=0000000768. If you are new to e-filing in the 9th Circuit, view instructions by visiting http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/general/2014/10/26/ToGetE-filingPermission.pdf.
  3. Once you have completed steps #1 and #2, above, you will use your PACER account to e-file in the 9th Circuit. You will no longer need to remember your 9th Circuit Appellate ECF account username and password.

NextGen CM/ECF will have a new user interface for our public filers, which will be more modern and easy to use. For 5 highlights of the new user interface, please visit http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/content/view.php?pk_id=0000000770.

Please submit your questions using the form available from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ website at http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/cmecf/feedback/.

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United States District Court
For the Central District of California

October 7, 2013 – PLEASE NOTE that the United States District, Central District of California, has a pilot program in place for “electronic filing” of new civil cases.  Through the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF), it is now possible to electronically file both new and amended complaints, but only in specific types of matters.  These specific types are:

  • student loan cases (filed pursuant to 20 U.S.C. Section 1080, et seq.);
  • patent, trademark, and copyright cases; and
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) cases (filed pursuant to 20 U.S.C. Section 1001, et seq.).

For more information about this pilot project, please visit this court’s website at www.cacd.uscourts.gov/e-filing/civil-case-opening.

To view the court’s Notice, please click here.  This pilot program shall be in effect from October 7, 2013, to December 1, 2014, which will eventually become mandatory in the Central District of California.

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United States District Court
For the Eastern District of California

Amended Eastern District of California Local Rules and
Microsoft Word Migration Information

New Local Rules Effective October 1, 2013, have been adopted by the Eastern District of California.  The amended Local Rules, contain amendments to Local Rules 101, 137, 159, 163, 202, 205, 281, 403 and 460 as adopted by General Order No. 536.  The Amended Local Rules and the amendments may be found on the Local Rules page at:  http://www.caed.uscourts.gov/caednew/index.cfm/rules/local-rules/

Effective October 1, 2013, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California is a Microsoft Word only court.  All documents required to be submitted to the court in word processing format pursuant to Local Rules 137, 163 and 281 (proposed orders, jury instructions and pretrial statements) must be submitted in Word format.   More information may be found on the Word Format page: http://www.caed.uscourts.gov/caednew/index.cfm/attorney-info/word-format

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United States District Court
For the Northern District of California

Announcement

Weekend CM/ECF Outage – Friday-Tuesday, January 17-21, 2014

January 15, 2014 – From 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2014, to 5:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2014, the ECF system will be completely offline due to a scheduled systems outage.  For information on how this affects deadlines, please contact your Judge’s staff (http://cand.uscourts.gov/judges) directly.

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Revisions to the Civil & Criminal Local Rules

Effective February 3, 2014

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Court has approved the following amendments to the Civil Local Rules and Criminal Local Rules, which will take effect on February 3, 2014.  To view a redline pdf versions of the proposed amendments, please click here.  (http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/filelibrary/1336/Civl%20and%20Criminal%20Redlines%20Effective%202.3.14.pdf)

  • Civil Local Rule 3-14:  To eliminate the 14-day delay for the effective date of an order transferring a case to another district;
  • Civil Local Rule 5-1(a) and 5-4(a)2):  To make mandatory the electronic filing of new civil cases filed by represented parties;
  • Civil Local Rule 5-1(f):  To delete the subsection allowing litigation to manually file oversized documents;
  • Civil Local 7-2(a):  To change the rule so that the 35-day notice for a motion hearing flows from date of filing of the motion rather than date of service of the motion, in order to eliminate any ambiguity as to whether Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(d) applies;
  • Civil Local Rule 7-9:  To make clear that diligence must be shown as to each of the grounds for seeking leave to file a motion for reconsideation;
  • Civil Local Rule 7-9:  To make clear that a motion for leave to file a motion for reconsideration may be decided by a judge other than the judge who issued the interlocutory order for which reconsideration is sought;
  • Civil Local Rule 11-1(a):  To add to the list of exceptions to the requirement for membership in the Bar of this court a reference to the new Fed. R. Civ. P. 45(f);
  • Civil Local Rule 83:  To revise the local rule amendment process; and
  • Criminal Local Rules 8-1(b):  To amend subsection (b) so that it conforms with subsection (a).

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E-Filing of New Civil Cases to Become Mandatory

Effective February 3, 2014 -Since August 2013, registered CM/ECF users in the Northern District of California have been able to open new civil cases electronically, file civil cases initiating documents and pay filing fees, all in a single CM/ECF transaction.  The Court also began issuing summonses electronically via CM/ECF.  Effective February 3, 2014, the Court will require the electronic filing of all new civil cases that are filed by attorneys.

Online Training Resources:

  • A step-by-step guide for e-filing new civil cases and a PowerPoint presentation may be found on the court’s E-Filing A New Civil Case inforamtion page.  (http://cand.uscourts.gov/ecf/caseoperating.)

Classroom Training Opportunities:

  • The Clerk’s Office is offering in-person training in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.  To view class dates, times, locations, and registration information, please visit http://www.eventbrite.com.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Chris Wolpert, Chief Deputy of Operations, at Chris_Wolpert@cand.uscourts.gov or (415) 522-2003.

With regard to the status of this “Online” and “In-Person” training being referred to above, the last session was held on 1/16/14; however, feel free to visit the Clerk’s Office to see all upcoming classes and events.  More classes are added “as need demands,” so check back regularly the Clerk’s Office website for upcoming events.

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California covers 15 counties, namely:

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Del Note
  • Humboldt
  • Lake
  • Marin
  • Mendocino
  • Monterey
  • Napa
  • San Benito
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sonoma.

The court has four courthouses (San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Eureka), 14 district judgeships (aka as Article III judgeships), and 11 magistrate judgeships.

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AMENDMENTS TO THE CALIFORNIA RULES OF COURT

Adopted by the Judicial Council on June 28, 2013
Effective July 1, 2013

The following amendments to the California Rules of Court, Title Two:  Trial Court Rules, were adopted by the Judicial Council on June 28, 2013, effective July 1, 2013:

Rule 2.252. Documents that may be filed electronically General rules on electronic filing of documents.

Rule 2.253. Permissive electronic filing, mandatory electronic filing, and electronic filing by court order requiring electronic service or filing.

Please click here for a complete description of these recently adopted changes.

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Rule Change to Code of Civil Procedure, § 631 – Jury Fees

Senate Bill 1021 (SB 1021) is an amendment to California Code of Civil Procedure, §631, and was filed with the Secretary of State on June 27, 2012.  This rule amends the manner in which civil litigants are to deposit jury fees prior to trial.  It states that the jury fees are now due prior to the initial Case Management Conference.  The deposit is also now nonrefundable.  The amended Code Civ. Proc., § 631 reads:

“(a)     The right to a trial by jury as declared by Section 16 of Article I of the California Constitution shall be preserved to the parties inviolate.  In civil cases, a jury may only be waived pursuant to subdivision (f).

(b)       Each party demanding a jury trial shall deposit advance jury fees with the clerk or judge.  The total amount of the advance jury fees shall be one hundred fifty dollars ($150) for each party.

(c)       The advance jury fee deposit shall be made on or before the date scheduled for the initial case management conference in the action.  If no case management conference is scheduled in a civil action, the advance jury deposit shall be made no later than 365 calendar days after the filing of the initial complaint.  If the party has not appeared before the initial case management conference or has appeared more than 365 calendar days after the filing of the initial complaint, the deposit shall be made as provided in subdivision (d).

(d)       Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (c), the deposit of advance jury fees shall be made at least 25 calendar days before the date initially set for trial, except that in unlawful detainer actions the fees shall be deposited at least five days before the date set for trial.

(e)       The parties demanding a jury trial shall deposit with the clerk or judge, at the beginning of the second and each succeeding day’s session, a sum equal to that day’s fees and mileage of the jury, including the fees and mileage for the trial jury panel if the trial jury has not yet been selected and sworn.  If more than one party has demanded a jury, the respective amount to be paid daily by each party demanding a jury shall be determined by stipulation of the parties or by order of the court.

(f)        A party waives trial by jury in any of the following ways:

(1)       By failing to appear at the trial.

(2)       By written consent filed with the clerk or judge.

(3)       By oral consent, in open court, entered in the minutes.

(4)       By failing to announce that a jury is required, at the time the cause is first set for trial, if it is set upon notice or stipulation, or within five days after notice of setting if it is set without notice or stipulation.

(5)       By failing to deposit with the clerk, or judge, advance jury fees as provided in subdivision (c) or (d), as applicable.

(6)       By failing to deposit with the clerk or judge, at the beginning of the second and each succeeding day’s session, the sum provided in subdivision (e).

(g)       The court may, in its discretion upon just terms, allow a trial by jury although there may have been a waiver of a trial by jury.

(h)       The court shall transmit the advance jury fees to the State Treasury for deposit in the Trial Court Trust Fund within 45 calendar days after the end of the month in which the advance jury fees are deposited with the court.

(i)        Advance jury fees deposited after the effective date of the act that amended this section during the 2011-12 Regular Session shall be nonrefundable.”

For additional information about “frequently asked questions” with regard to the deposit of advance jury fees (SB 1021 (2011-2012 Regular Session), effective June 27, 2012, please click here.

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Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”)

New Civil Rules and Forms
Effective January 1, 2014

December 18, 2013 – Today, I attended a Luncheon Meeting hosted by the San Francisco Association for Docket, Court & Clerk Services (“SFADC & CS”) with topic on “New Civil Rules and Forms” that will take effect on January 1, 2014, and March 1, 2014.  Our speakers were Anne Ronan, Esq. and Heather Anderson, Esq., staff attorneys, Legal Services Office of the AOC.  Our speakers’ main presentations covered changes as mentioned below:

Heather Anderson:

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Appellate Procedures.

Anne Ronan:

  • Civil Procedures
  • Civil Forms
  • New Proposals Circulating for Public Comments.

A summary of their respective presentation are found on the attached handout.

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New Court Hours
Effective Monday, July 8, 2013

Commencing Monday, July 8, 2013, the B.F. Sisk Courthouse (Civil, Family Court Services, Family Law, Family Support, Probate, and Small Claims) will be changing its hours.

The filing window and telephone hours will be as follows:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
(previous hours:  8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday)

These hours will not affect the Courtroom calendars or operations in the least.  The Self-Help hours remain the same (8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., with the exception of Wednesdays, when the Self-Help Center is closed).

A drop box is available, and is located on the first floor of the B.F. Sisk Courthouse.

All documents must be time-stamped prior to being deposited by using the time stamp provided.

Documents must be time stamped on or before 5:00 p.m., in order to be considered processed “same day.”  Anything time-stamped after 5:00 p.m. shall be considered filed the following business day.

No cash is accepted at the drop boxes; only checks and money orders.

For further information, please click here.

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Humboldt County Superior Court

Public Notice Pursuant to Government Code, § 68106
Reduction in Clerks’ Office Hours

Effective Monday, November 3, 2014, the Superior Court of California, County of Humboldt, finds it necessary to reduce the hours the Clerks’ Office is available to the public.  For a complete copy of said Notice, please click here.

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Kern Superior Court

Upcoming Service Changes – Notice Per Government Code, § 98106

April 2, 2013 – Permanent service reduction, as described in the attached Public Notice, are required to balance the Court’s budget, despite the Court’s realization of significant, permanent budget reductions of $9.7 million or 27% of base funding since 2008.  While the Court has implemented a number of cost savings measures, such as reduction in staff, increased pass through of pension and health care benefits to court employees, reduction of controllable expenses in excess of $3 million, still this Court will have a structural deficit of $3.7 million in the upcoming 2013-2014 budget year.  Anyone is invited to submit a comment on these planned closures using the email address WMAdmin@kern.courts.gov.

Mandatory Online Hearing Reservation/Reduced Court Hours

March 21, 2013 – Last year, the Court notified the Civil Bar that there were going to be reductions in allocated Superior Court Departments for the “Fast Track” Unlimited cases in Kern County Superior Court.  As a part of that announcement, it was recommended that a new automated system for motions calendaring be developed to help with the timely processing of motions by legal research and the Court.  To that end, the programming for the Attorney Motions Reservations System (AMRS) is now complete and was launched on April 8, 2013.

To streamline the process, the AMRS will require attorneys that are submitting requests for law and motion hearing dates to utilize the AMRS to reserve a date to proceed with their case.  This system has been designed to allow attorneys to calendar their motions in the future, on available days, and ensure the motions do not conflict with other hearings.  This process will provide for sufficient processing time, available motion dates, and will update the Kern County Superior Court civil case management system when completed.  This will require attorneys to confirm their reservation date when their motion’s filing and fees are submitted to the Court within statutory time frames.

A tutorial video has been developed for attorneys, and can be viewed on the Court’s website at http://www.kern.courts.ca.gov.  By doing so, it shall make the entire reservation/hearing process more streamlined.

Additionally, the Kern County Superior Court shall reduce its counter and telephone service hours commencing June 10, 2013.

The new hours shall be as follows:

Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Fridays 8:00 a.m.-Noon

Drop boxes will be available at all court locations.  Documents deposited therein shall be deemed filed same day if deposited by 5:00 p.m.  The courtroom hours shall remain unchanged (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).

For further information on this Court’s upcoming service changes (Gov. Code, § 68106), please visit click here.

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Los Angeles Superior Court

New Procedures re Motion for Preference Cases
Effective December 2, 2013

November 22, 2013 – For those of you who have current cases before the Los Angeles Superior Court, Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012, attached is a copy of the November 22, 2013, Notice to Counsel regarding new procedures for “Preference Cases” (please note sample marked “Exhibit A” which requires the phrase “Preference Motion Granted” immediately above the document caption) only if it is granted by the presiding judge.

Please note; however, that Motions for Preference cases will continue to be calendared and heard in Department 324, before Judge Emilie H. Elias, located at 600 South Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90005.

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Los Angeles Superior Court
Stanley Mosk Courthouse

November 3, 2014 – Notice regarding preference motions set for November 6, 2014 in Department 37.  Please see attached 11/3/14, Notice eserved by the Clerk’s Office of the Los Angeles Superior Court regarding continuance of preference motions to November 7, 2014, starting at 8:30 a.m.

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Los Angeles Superior Court
Central Division, Stanley Mosk Courthouse

Room 102 Civil Filing Window Document Drop Off

June 13, 2013 – Commencing Friday, June 14, 2013, through Wednesday, June 19, 2013, all documents filed after 12:00 p.m. at the Central Civil filing window, Room 102, must be dropped off.  There will be no exceptions.  (Please note that this only applies to Central Civil filing window, Room 102, at this court location.)

Also, attached is a link (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-ln-court-reductions-20130611,0,5724761.story) to an online article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times (June 13, 2013) regarding the Los Angeles Superior Court’s plan to eliminate more than 500 jobs by the end of the week in a sweeping cost-cutting plan to close a projected $85-million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.

Notice of Fee Changes – Effective July 8, 2013

July 3, 2013 – As a result of the enactment of California Senate Bill 75 (An act to amend section 116.232 of the Code of Civil Procedure, to amend Sections 12419.10, 68086, 68502.5, 68511.7, 70628, and 77203 of, and to add Section 68502.6 to, the Government Code, to amend Sections 1203.2, 1229, 1230, 1231, 1233, 1233.1, 1233.15, 1233.2, 1233.3, 1233.4, 1233.6, 1233.61, and the 3000.08 of, and to repeal Section 1233.8 of, the Penal Code, to amend, repeal, and add Section 19210 of the Public Contract Code, and to amend Section 903.45 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to courts, and making an appropriation therefor, to take effect immediately, bill related to the budget), the following changes shall take place in the Los Angeles Superior Court:

Increased Fees

The fee for mailing a Plaintiff’s Claim to each defendant in a small claims action has been increased from $10 to $15.  (Code Civ. Proc., § 116.232.)

The fee for exemplification of a record has been increased from $20 to $50.  (Gov. Code, § 70628.)

Changed Fee

Government Code, § 6806(a)(1)(A), changes the Fee Schedule description for the existing $30 fee for services of an official court reporter, pursuant to section 269 of the Code of Civil Procedure, to reflect “$30 for each proceeding lasting less than one hour.”  Section 6806(a)(1)(B) has also changed to reflect $382 for any proceeding lasting one hour or more, during a one-half day session.

To view the Court’s Notice, please click here.

Effective immediately, the Los Angeles Superior Court, Central District, is only accepting two (2) filings per person.  This has caused much longer lines and wait times than normal.  It is unknown how long this “two filings per person” mandate shall be in effect.  There is no official notice, only the sign at the Court’s filing window.  To expedite your Court filings to the extent possible, please allow extra time to send your documents in advance to your service provider or vendor to avoid delay and missing deadlines.

* – This is also typical of virtually every other Court in California with the exception of Orange County.

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Orange County Superior Court

April 29, 2013 – The Orange County Superior Court, Harbor Justice Center-Laguna Hills facility located at 23141 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, California  92655 has provided its 60-day notice of closure and reassignment of cases to other locations.  For further information, please click here.

 Public Efiling Notice

Effective January 1, 2013, pursuant to amendments to Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6 and Orange County Superior Court Rule 352, all documents filed in limited, unlimited, and complex civil actions must be filed electronically unless the Court rules otherwise.

Commencing January 14, 2013, electronically filed documents subject to the mandatory electronic filing requirements in civil limited, unlimited, and complex actions can be filed until midnight on the day that the filing is due, and will be considered timely pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6, subdivision (d)(1)(D).  The document is “filed” at the date and time it is received by the court and the confirmation of receipt is created.  (See Cal. Rules of Court, rule 2.259(a)(1).)  Any electronically filed document received by the Court on or after midnight will be file stamped on the next court day.

Reserve a Motion Date (RMD) is Now Active

Effective May 6, 2013, the Orange County Superior Court’s newly created system, “Reserve a Motion Date” went live for Unlimited Civil Cases.  Please click here to view a copy of the Court’s notice on how to reserve a RMD.

What this system does is it enables parties to reserve hearing dates online.  The website is available 24 hours a day.  Moving papers must be e-filed within 24 hours after completing the online reservation.

Please note; however, that the RMD system will not extend service or filing deadline.

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Riverside Superior Court

Public Notice – Daily Filing Deadlines

November 13, 2014 – Effective December 1, 2014, filing cut-off times will be 4:00 p.m. for all types of filings. This includes in-person, drop box; efile and fax filing (Code Civ. Proc., § 1010.6(b)(3), provides that electronic filings should have the same filing cut-off as all other filings). Filings will be accepted at the counter until 4:00 p.m. on any court business day. Any document deposited in a court’s drop box up to and including 4:00 p.m. will be deemed to have been filed that day. All documents deposited in drop boxes after 4:00 p.m. will be deemed filed ‘next day.’ The same will apply to filings that come in an electronic manner, whether by efile or fax file.

Members of the public will be assisted until 4:00 p.m. on each court business day. If a customer is not at the counter by 4:00 p.m., they may utilize other options within the courthouse, such as the drop boxes, self-help terminals, kiosks, and Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) phones, where available.

Please Note:   The Blythe Court is closed to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays. A drop box will be available outside the building, and any filings dropped on one of those days, prior to 4:00 p.m., will be considered.

For a copy of the court’s Notice, please click here.

Amendment to Local Rules and Forms

The judges of the Riverside County Superior Court have voted to make changes to the Court’s local rules and forms as listed below.  The Court’s complete set of updated local rules will be available prior to July 1, 2013, on the Court’s website at http://riverside.courts.ca.gov, by clicking on local rules under the general information tab.  Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 10.613(g)(1), all proposed rule and form changes were circulated for a 45-day comment period, and any comments received were considered in the adoption process.

Title 3 – Civil

Division 1 – Civil Case Management

  • Rule 3115 – Where to File Documents (Amended)
  • Rule 3116 – Response to Orders to Show Cause (New)

Division 2 – Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Rule 3290 – Mandatory Settlement Conference Statements (New)

Division 4 – Trial Rules and Procedures

  • Rule 3401 – Pre-Trial Rule for Trials Called in Master Calendar Departments (New)

Title 4 – Criminal

  • Rule 4001 – Where to File Documents (Amended)

Title 5 – Family and Juvenile Rules

Division 1 – Family Rules

  • Rule 51 – 5101 – Where to File Documents (Amended)

Division 2 – Juvenile Rules

  • Rule 5225 – Where to File Documents (Amended)

Title 7 – Probate

Division 1 – General Provisions

  • Rule 7001 – Venue (Amended)

Division 3 – Guardianships

  • Rule 7311 – Confidential Gaurdianship Status Report (New)
  • Local Form – Confidential Cohabitant Screening Attachment (Amended)

Title 8 – Appeals

  • Rule 8005 – Where to File Documents (Amended)

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Budget Update

May 17, 2013 – On May 14, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised budget for California for fiscal year 2013-2014 confirming that no additional funds were provided to the judicial branch, which means that the ongoing reductions to the trial courts will remain at $475 million, providing Riverside’s share at over $20 million.

For additional information regarding this “Budget Update” from Riverside County Superior Court Executive Officer Sherri R. Carter, dated May 17, 2013, please click here.

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No More Fast Track For Riverside County Superior Court Cases
Civil Calendar Changes Effective July 1, 2013

June 24, 2013 – As of July 1, 2013, all General LIMITED Civil Cases will no longer be on fast track rules in Riverside County Superior Courts.  A Trial Setting Conference will be scheduled twelve (12) months from the date of filing a new case.  Case Management Statements will no longer be required.  These new rules have no bearing on Unlawful Detainer and Collection cases.

That said, for Temecula Collection Cases, filing a responsive pleading automatically schedules a Mandatory Settlement Conference, and a Court Trial six (6) months from the filing date.  These hearings will take place on Fridays in Department S303, at the Southwest Justice Center located at 30755-D Auld Road, Murrieta, California  92563..

For a copy of the Court’s notice, please click here.

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Sacramento Superior Court

Public Case Access System (“PCAS”) – Online Services

April 10, 2014 Search for Sacramento Superior Court cases by name, case number, and filing date. View Civil and Probate documents as well as Tentative Rulings for Law and Motion and other departments. Search by case number, by name, or by filing date to locate case documents for viewing or downloading.  All documents are in PDF format. Search by case number or department to find Tentative Rulings or Probate Notes. Establish an online account and subscribe to a Civil or Probate case and receive automated notifications whenever a new document is filed.

The Public Case Access System online service provides you with the ability to search for cases by name, case number, or filing date.  In Civil and Probate cases, you are able to view information regarding case participants, events, and documents (where applicable).  All documents are in .pdf format.  The Traffic section allows you to look up and pay your traffic citation online.  Other case types provide limited case information, primarily the case number, date filed, and the case participants.

Depending on your load of cases before this particular county, it is highly requested that you establish an online account and subscribe to a Civil or Probate case and receive automated notifications whenever a new document is filed.

The following is a list of helpful information accessible through the PCAS, but please be aware that prior to using this system, kindly review the Court’s Use and Privacy Policy.

  • Search for Case Information
  • View Civil & Probate Documents
  • View Tentative Rulings
  • Civil – Complex Case Calendar
  • Daily Trial Calendar
  • Civil Trial Readiness Notification
  • Criminal Trial Readiness Notification System
    – Criminal Trial Readiness Reporting Requirements
    – Account Registration Form.

Registration Instructions:

  • Private Counsel, City Attorney, and Attorney General
  • District Attorney, Public Defender, and Conflict Criminal Defense Panel.

Public Access Fees

Effective July 1, 2014, name searches and document downloads will incur a public access fee that reimburses the Court for the cost of providing public access to its electronic records1.  A credit card is required for payment of these fees.  If you want to see documents on a case you are part of and have an approved fee waiver, you must come to the court to view your documents for free.  Members of governmental entities within California and the Federal government may use the system for free.

You may also come to the court and access the case information and documents online through one of the court’s kiosks free of charge.

Creating an Account for PCAS

There are several options for creating an account.

For additional information and instructions, please click the following links, respectively:  http://sflpa.org/?attachment_id=1165 and http://sflpa.org/?attachment_id=1166, which provides helpful information on how to set up an online account, as well as court fees.

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San Francisco Superior Court

Voluntary E-filing Takes Effect for 16 New Civil Case Types on January 27, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Superior Court – poised to launch a significant expansion of its mandatory e-Filing program on Monday – instead is implementing voluntary E-Filing for 16 new Civil case types, Court Executive Officer T. Michael Yuen announced today (January 24, 2014).

For further information, please click here.

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San Bernardino Superior Court

Public Notice

NEW CALENDARING SYSTEM FOR
FAMILY LAW FILINGS WITH CUSTODY AND VISITATION ISSUES

October 21, 2013 – The San Bernardino County Superior Court has announced the implementation of a new Calendaring system for Family Law Cases that involve custody and visitation disputes. This will take effect as of October 28, 2013.

For a complete copy of this Court’s Notice, please click here.

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Santa Clara Superior Court

Important Public Notice re Reduced and Telephone Hours

September 24, 2014 – Beginning Monday, November 24, 2014, the daily office and telephone hours will be from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  The Court finds this action necessary due to the significant and continuing cuts to the State Judicial Branch Budget.  This limited amount of funding restored in FY 2014-2015 does not make it fiscally feasible to keep the same business hours.

If you would like to submit comments about the proposed reductions, please do so by sending them to David H. Yamasaki, Court Executive Officer, 191 First Street, San Jose, California  95113, by November 24, 2014.  For a copy of the Court’s Notice, please click here.

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Stanislaus Superior Court

Notice of Extended Clerk’s Office Hours

Effective Monday, September 30, 2013, Stanislaus County Superior Court offices will extend service hours for the public filing windows by remaining open until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  This change does not affect Friday closures at noon, phone hours, the Self-Help Office hours from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and the established court runner hours for the Civil and Family Law Divisions.

Document drop boxes are located outside the Family Law and Civil Division Clerk’s offices for filing papers or submitting payments.  Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 2.210(b), any document deposited in a court’s drop box up to and including 4:00 p.m. on a court day, is deemed to have been deposited for filing on that day.

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Ventura Superior Court

Notice of Relocation of Unlawful Detainer Cases in Ventura

June 27, 2013 – Effective July 29, 2013, the Ventura County Superior Court will handle the processing of all Unlawful Detainer cases out of its Clerk’s Office located on the second floor of the Hall of Justice, Room 210.  Furthermore, all Unlawful Detainer matters shall be heard in Courtroom 44, at 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The Court is encouraging all Unlawful Detainer documents to be dropped for filing at this location to the extent possible.  Any documents dropped off at the East County Courthouse, on Mondays or Tuesdays, will be received stamped and forwarded to Ventura for processing.

To view the Court’s Notice, please click here.

Public Notice (Government Code, § 68106) of Limited Operation Days for the Month of December 2013

October 21, 2013 – Please see attached flyer received from the Clerk’s Office of this Court.

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