California Court Update

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Important California Court Update:

Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor today received emergency authority from Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to issue a new General Order extending last-day deadlines for Criminal trials, as well as Juvenile Dependency matters.

The news release continues…

“Despite the dramatic decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County since the winter surge, the Court continues to rely on this emergency authority to safely increase the number of jury trials while limiting the number of people in our courthouses,” Presiding Judge Taylor said.

“The Court cannot operate at pre-pandemic levels while the COVID-19 virus remains a concern in our community and social distancing and mask mandates are necessary. Together, we are making progress in Los Angeles County to safely and carefully ramp up Criminal and Civil jury trials. I am grateful to Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and our justice and community partners for helping the Court to achieve a deliberate, safe resumption of jury trials while more Angelenos become fully vaccinated and the COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline locally.”

COVID-19 continues to change the way California courts interpret your constitutional right to trial, to find out how to protect your rights and use these changes to your advantage, call the Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher today at 800-797-8406 for a free consult regarding your specific legal situation.

To download the full press release in PDF form, including the extended deadline dates and additional orders set by the Court, please click here:

DMV APS Hearing Guide

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DMV APS Hearings….

Do you have questions about your DMV APS hearing? We’ve got answers! We also have a free and simple downloadable guide to help you get back on the road if you’re facing a potential license suspension due to a DUI!

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Don’t forget that every case is unique and if you have questions about your specific situation, give us a call at 800-797-8406.

COVID-19 Court Updates

Impacts COVID-19 has had on California Courts

COVID-19 Court Updates:

Generally, jury trials are not happening anywhere right now in Southern California. The few jury trials that have gone forward during the pandemic are taking much longer than usual with the need for social distancing of jurors, witnesses, court staff, and litigants.

Court dates for traffic matters, misdemeanors and even felonies are often being rescheduled unilaterally by the court without any input from the defense or the prosecution. Many matters are proceeding through the use of Zoom, Microsoft teams, Webex and telephone.

The severely restricted access to our court system caused by COVID-19 has made the lawyer’s job less a matter of getting out of court, and more a matter of finding a way to get your case in front of a Judge so that you can resolve your matter, clear a warrant or license hold, argue for release on bail, etc.

If you have any questions about a case you or a family member or friend may be facing, please give us a call so we can talk about a solution.