State Bar Releases Latest Bar Exam Results

May 17, 2019 – The State Bar has released results of the February 2019 California Bar Exam and announced that 1,458 people (31.4 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam. This is an increase of 4.1 percentage points over last year’s February pass rate of 27.3 percent. If those passing applicants satisfy all other…

Judge Salzman to Receive Some U.S. Bankruptcy Court SFV Cases

May 23, 2019 – Judge Deborah J. Saltzman has begun receiving a portion of Chapter 11 cases filed in the San Fernando Valley Division. Judge Saltzman will hear her San Fernando Valley Division Chapter 11 cases in her Los Angeles courtroom, Roybal 1639. Parties should refer to Judge Saltzman’s self-calendaring instructions on the Court’s website for information…

SCOTUS Rules on Military Prosecutions

May 23, 2019 – The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Defense Department’s authority to prosecute retired service members for crimes they commit, even after retirement. The court chose not to hear the case of a retired Marine who was court-martialed for a sexual assault he committed three months after leaving the service in August…

Number of Unlawful Detainer Courtrooms Increased

May 23, 2019 – The L. A. Superior Court has increased the number of unlawful detainer courtrooms to five at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. As a result, matters currently scheduled for hearing in Department 94 will be heard in two new calendar/law and motion courtrooms, either Department 91 or Department 97.…

New LASC Probate Notes System Implemented

May 23, 2019 – The Probate Legal Unit has started using a new software system for drafting and posting probate notes for matters on calendar in the probate departments. The probate notes format will look slightly different to improve their organization and readability for the bench officers, attorneys, litigants, and general public. The notes will…

Los Angeles Superior Court

March 14, 2019 – The Central Family Law Division at the Los Angeles Superior Court has announced the following changes to courtroom operations: Effective April 2, 2019, Departments 2-B, 2-C and 6 will become independent calendar courtrooms. New petition filings (i.e., petitions for dissolution, legal separation, nullity, parentage, etc.), will be randomly assigned to these…