At Schorr Law, our attorneys appear in front of between 5-10 different judges during the average week. Each judge tends to have his/her own set of local local rules. This is not a typo. Local local rules are rules the judge has typically published that indicate how that particular judge runs his/her courtroom and, most importantly, what that judge requires before trial and before the final status conference.
How Do Rules of Court Work?
First, there are the California Rules of Court. Those are statutory rules that control throughout California. They are always worth checking and good source for information on litigation practice within California.
Second, there are county rules. For example, Los Angeles County publishes its own Local Court Rules that provide guides how the Courts try to routinely apply rules across court cases in Los Angeles County. Here is a link to the Los Angeles County Local Rules.
Third, there are essentially courtroom rules that are often published by individual judges. These rules are typically made available in the courtroom themselves and are handed out (made available) at case management conferences. And, some judges publish their rules through the Los Angeles County Superior Court Website.
Why are the Local (Local) Rules Important?
The rules published by the individual judges are very important because they tell the attorneys and parties what they should be doing in advance of trial in order for that individual judge to allow their case to proceed to trial. Many of the local local rules are designed to reduce the number of issues that go to trial through identification and meet and confer responsibilities on all issues.
At Schorr Law, our Los Angeles based litigators have experience litigating in front of literally hundreds of judges. If there is one thing we can impart on everyone is to study all the rules and comply with them. This is a good opportunity to show diligence and to get on the good side of a judge. For a free consultation on your Los Angeles based litigation contact us today at 310-954-1877, firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the contact us box on this page.