Litigation - Los Angeles Superior Court Reopens More Departments to Handle More Trials

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Aug 05, 2021 | 1 Comment

Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor today announced changes the Court will make over the
next 60 days to provide more timely access to justice by shifting resources to manage
caseloads, help settle more cases, offer more trial capacity by reopening departments
closed prior to the pandemic, and being prepared for any increase in Unlawful Detainer
(UD) cases, among other changes.

Over the next two months, the following changes are scheduled:

  • Adding 3 Independent Calendar (I/C) courtrooms, 2 in the San
    Gabriel Valley and one in West Los Angeles to help with high case filings.
    Converting these trial departments permits judges to assist parties by managing
    cases from the start, not just at trial.
  • Converting 2 trial courtrooms to conduct Mandatory Settlement
    Conferences (MSCs), at the Van Nuys Courthouse and the Beverly Hills Courthouse. This change will
    allow judges to dedicate time to resolve cases in impacted districts.
  • Reopening 3 now-closed trial departments, opening one courtroom in
    West Los Angeles, one in the San Fernando Valley, and one in the South Bay; all
    of which will put on trials from around the County.
  • Adding a 6th Personal Injury (PI) courtroom at the Spring Street
    Courthouse location. This change helps with delays in scheduling hearings and reduce
    case backlogs for each judge. 
  • Evictions - Adding one more courtroom in West Covina to handle increased Unlawful Detainer (UD) and Small
    Claims cases/trials, allowing other departments to focus on hearing trials of Personal Injury (PI)

More information posted on the website for the Los Angeles County Superior Court website -

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Frederic M. Douglas is an attorney practicing IP litigation. (949) 293-0442 @PhredDouglas In 1996, Mr. Douglas graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. In 1999, he received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of...


Elena DouglasReply

Posted Aug 09, 2021 at 20:06:37

Thank you for the information about Los Angeles superior court.

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