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In case you were out this week and missed the new fee increases,  (lucky you if you are), I am attaching the new Statewide Fee Schedule for your reading pleasure.   Of course, you should check with your county to make sure when the fees increase there, I know they did in the county in which I work effective July 2nd.

In reviewing the new fees for my county, I was shocked to learn that the fees for the filing for a Complaint and an Answer in Civil, a Petition for Dissolution or Legal Separation or First Paper Fee in Family, and Petitions in Probate all increased from $395 to $435.

Be sure to check out the other increases, such as filing motions, delivery of a will to the court, court reporter fees and child custody evaluations.  Also, don’t forget that your local rules may have changed effective July 1st as well.

Stay safe and have a wonderful Fourth of July!

 

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The Judicial Council has advocated funds to keep the California Courts open after the June 16, 2010 mandated court closure.  For more information, see the Judicial Council media advisory.

I don’t know about you, but this makes me oh so happy to be able to calculate those dates without looking to see if the court closure date falls within the response time. 

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I received the following information from Julia A. Goren, Esq., Author/Publisher at Litigation By The Numbers.

At the upcoming Judicial Council meeting (Jan. 21st), the Administrative Office of the Courts will make the following recommendation:

“Based on survey responses from the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, 54 superior courts, and 275 justice system partners, the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) recommends continuing the one-day-per-month judicial branch closures through June 2010, as directed at the July 29, 2009, Judicial Council meeting. The closures provide a viable method in the short term to absorb the significant budget reductions imposed on the branch, although they are far from a perfect tool and have unquestionably affected court operations and the smooth and effective delivery of justice. The AOC further recommends that the council reaffirm its commitment to keep courts open and accessible to the public and to advocate for sufficient resources to avoid the need for court closures in fiscal year 2010–2011 and direct the Administrative Director of the Courts, in consultation with branch leaders to develop recommendations and guidelines for limited closures for 2010–2011 should sufficient resources not be provided.”

Access the full report here: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/jc/documents/reports/012110item3.pdf

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In February, courts were cut at least $250 million, and now the Governor is talking about an additional 10% cut to the trial courts, amounting to approximately another $168 million.  Both the Governor and Legislature understand that these cuts will be devastating, and will almost certainly lead to closures, furloughs, and layoffs, but there are few if any options remaining.

Although many people believe that it is simply not possible to fill a $24 billion hole without new revenues, there does not appear to be any political will to raise taxes in any way.

At the recent Legal Secretaries Inc. Annual Conference in Long Beach, many attendees asked about eFiling and CCMS (California Case Management System .)  What is the latest regarding the CCMS?

CCMS is at the stage where the development phase is concluding, and implementation is beginning in selected courts.  Nearly $500 million has been spent already.  The courts are concerned that slowing CCMS down too much could jeopardize the investment in the system thus far, and of course the old “legacy” systems are going to continue to fail until the entire system is upgraded.  On the other hand, given the court budget situation, some “elongation” of the implementation phase is probably inevitable.

The Chief Justice has announced an intention to seek legislative authority to close all trial and appellate courts one day per month, starting in July.  Court employee groups and sheriffs are opposed to the plan.

Effective July 15th, LA Superior will be closed the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Click here for more details.

Effective July 1st, Riverside Superior will be stopping its unified filing program.  All documents must be filed in the courthouse where the case is pending as of July 1, 2009. Click here for more details.

Effective June 1st, Sacramento Superior has changed their closing time to 4:00 p.m.
Click here for more details.

Fresno Superior has recently changed their hours of operation.
Click here for more details.

Effective July 1st, Ventura Superior will be changing their hours.
Click here for more details.

This information was provided by an article written by Mark Schwartz with One Legal LLC in an interview with Mike Belote, a partner in California Advocates, Inc.  Mr. Schwartz represents the California Judges Association and the California Association of Legal Support Professionals, as well as other groups.

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