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 - http://www.lacourt.org/newsmedia/uploads/142021851053721NRAdditionalCivilResources.pdf