During these uncertain times we want to reassure you that our firm is working diligently to provide essential legal services for our clients as we adjust to the evolving directives from the Courts. Our offices remain open, and our staff is ready to assist you, by phone or email, with any questions or concerns you may have. Further, as the Courts in Los Angeles and Ventura counties reopen with limited services, we would like to provide additional information.
Los Angeles County Courts have reopened with limited services, effective March 20, 2020, until April 16, 2020, to hear emergency matters related to Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Ex Parte issues, and Hague Convention (international child kidnapping) matters. During this same period, all other non-emergency hearings, including Trials, and Mediation, have been continued for a minimum of 30 days. Further, the Court’s Self-Help Center will offer limited services only related to restraining orders. However, LA Courts are accepting filings so if you have experienced job loss or reduction in pay do not hesitate to reach out regarding options for reduction or modification of support.
Ventura County Courts have reopened as of March 19, 2020, and like Los Angeles County, the Court will only hear emergency issues such as Ex Partes and Restraining Orders. For those with Temporary Restraining Orders that expired March 16-19, have been automatically extended for between 21 and 30 days. Requests for Orders have been continued for 21 days. Trials, Special hearings, and Mandatory Settlement Conferences have been continued for 42 days, and Mediation will be continued as well.
We understand this can be a very frustrating and disconcerting development. While we are optimistic the Courts will reestablish full services in the coming weeks; we remain ready to help our clients navigate these changes. Please do not hesitate to contact our office should you have any questions or concerns; we are here to help.