The Los Angeles Times had an interesting article today about a recent announcement of the closing of 10 court houses in Los Angeles County. You can find the article at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-court-cuts-20121115,0,4405776.story. What does this mean? Is the court system going to slow down even further?
In my experience many of the “regional” Courthouses, like Malibu, have not handled unlimited civil litigation (matters over $25,000) for a long time. In our real estate practice, which necessarily requires us to file complaints in the judicial district where the property at issue is located, we rarely found ourselves in the Court houses that are closing. For example, most disputes in West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Culver City wind up being handled at the Santa Monica Court House and have been handled there for many years.
That said, it is always interesting to the see how these cuts play out once they are implemented.