Civil Programs

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The description of the programs below represent efforts by individual trial courts to enhance access
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Discovery Facilitator Program - Sonoma Superior Court
Discovery facilitators provide up to two hours of free service to any parties to attempt to facilitate the resolution of discovery disputes, eliminate unnecessary discovery law and motion hearings, and shorten the wait time for setting hearing dates.

Early Legal Assessment - Orange Superior Court
A retired judge or appellate justice provides confidential legal assessments of pivotal legal issues early in the litigation process to eliminate lengthy mediation and trials.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution: Civil Mediation Project - Nevada Superior Court
Free mediation services are provided at the time of trial for unlawful detainer, small claims, civil harassment restraining orders, and probate cases providing litigants better access to justice and relieving some calendar congestion.

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Loan Modification Settlement Conference - Santa Clara Superior Court
An innovative program to help limit litigation in foreclosure cases by assisting both the home owner and the financial institution to come to a mutual agreement.

Criminal: Comprehensive Case Flow Management Reports - Riverside Superior Court
Comprehensive criminal and civil case flow reports generated from the court case management system provide judicial leaders with the information necessary to make decisions to allocate resources.

Language: Unlawful Detainer Web Portal for Interpreter Requests - Los Angeles Superior Court New Program
The Unlawful Detainer Web Portal for Interpreter Requests allows parties in unlawful detainer cases to schedule an interpreter for a language other than Spanish via a web portal on the court's website. The online scheduling service allows the court to make more efficient use of scarce interpreter resources, so that unlawful detainer litigants can have access to interpreters where they might otherwise not be able to.

Technology/Digital Court: Online Notice of Intent to Appear and Request Oral Argument - El Dorado Superior

Parties responding to law and motion tentative rulings may electronically submit their request for appearance via the court's website. By making the request online, litigants and attorneys are no longer required to appear in court to request oral argument and to set a hearing date.

Tribal-State: Protocol for Registering Tribal Court Protective Orders - El Dorado County Superior Court and Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court
The El Dorado Superior Court, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court, and the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department, developed a joint protocol that enabled all tribal protective orders (DVPA and civil harassment) be entered into the California Restraining and Protective Orders System (CARPOS) through the California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (CLETS) just as a state court order would be.