What is the
Los Angeles County Superior Court?
The Los Angeles County Superior Court is a Superior County Court in the State of California, which exists within the realm of Common Law. A Superior Court is permitted to hear cases both criminal and civil in nature. This is in contrast to a court classified as ‘lower’, which is restricted to the judicial review of cases considered to be less severe in nature. Although this qualification differs with regard to the nature of the crime, matters considered to be of the utmost seriousness within Los Angeles County, California will typically be heard before the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Angeles County Superior Court currently is comprised of 48 locations, which are
determined in accordance with the specific hearing. The main courthouse is
located in Los Angeles County, California:
111 North Hill Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
Los Angeles County Superior Court Jurisdiction
The following cities, municipalities, and towns in the State of California are under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. However, the Los Angeles County Court System is apportioned into 48 locations with regard to the respective legal services provided. This includes the main courthouse:
La Canada Flintridge
La Habra Heights
Palos Verdes Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes
Rolling Hills Estates
Santa Fe Springs
South El Monte
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges and Personnel
In the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the following Judges and personnel are responsible for legal review of legal matters:
Charles McCoy: Presiding Judge
John A. Clarke: Court Executive Officer and Clerk.
Legal Issues Managed at the Los Angeles County Superior Court
The following legal issues, statutory legislation, and proceedings are heard in the Los Angeles County Superior Court:
Family Law: Judicial review within this legal field in the Los Angeles County Superior Court undertakes legal matters addressing matters of the family and familial, structural procedures including:
The Establishment of Paternity and Guardianship
Self-help Marital Resources
Divorce, Legal Separation, Annulment, and Alimony Payments
Child Custody and Visitation
Harassment and Domestic Violence Cases
Appellate Court: The Los Angeles County Superior Courts maintain the jurisdictional authority to retry, review, or reexamine specific cases that have received rulings from lower courts.
Small Claims Court: The Los Angeles County Superior Court provides a legal venue existing under the jurisdiction of Civil Law with which legal matters involving smaller sums of money, damages, and torts occurring within Los Angeles County may be heard.
Small Claims Court in Los Angeles County will only undertake matters not exceeding $7,500 in valuation. Los Angeles County Small Claims Court prohibits the presence of juries, rules of evidence, and legal representation.
Probate Court: A legal venue in which the appropriation of the estate belonging to a deceased individual takes place. This includes the judicial review of the following:
Wills and Testaments
Single Party Inheritance
Juvenile and Minor Law: This legal field undertakes hearings involving children and individuals not considered to be legal adults, which may include the following:
Violations Committed by Individuals Considered to be ‘Underage’
Traffic and Accident Law: Vehicular and transportation matters requiring legal administration and regulation may be heard at the Los Angeles County Superior Court. These matters will range in the requirement for a court appearance in lieu of the submission of required fees. This may include:
Required Fines and Fees
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
The Mandating of Citations
Punitive Recourse with regard to the Associated Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Criminal Law: The Los Angeles County Superior Court will address matters in both civil jurisdictions, as well as those occurring within criminal jurisdictions. Criminal cases are considered to be affronts in the form of crime with regard to the general public within the public sector.
The Establishment and Regulation of Bail
Civil Law in the Los Angeles County Superior Court
With regard to legal matters involving a resident of Los Angeles County, the following classifications of respective circumstances are applicable to Civil Law Cases:
Unlimited Civil Jurisdictions entail hearings in which the valuation of monies, assets, or properties is equal to or exceeds $25,000. These cases will require additional fees of $395 in order to be heard.
Limited Civil Jurisdictions entail hearings in which the valuation of monies, assets, or properties is less than $25,000.
Civil Cases may include class action suits involving consumer-based complains and litigation with regard to Asbestos injuries.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Administration and Fees
The Los Angeles County Superior Court provides individuals the opportunity to not only access court documentation, but also satisfy the payment of fees online. The following details are pertinent with regard to both scheduling of fee payment, as well the procedural structuring of legal fees:
Fee structures, schedules, and payments are available both in virtual and physical formats.
Court forms and applicable documentation are provided in both online, as well as in hard copy form.
The Administration of Jury Duty.