Special Announcement

Posted Monday, July 12, 2021

The Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. The court follows guidance provided by the Judicial Council, the Department of Public Health, Cal/OSHA, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus.

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the court has been operating remotely with reduced on-site staff. However, beginning July 15, 2021, the Clerk’s Office in Los Angeles will open to the public by appointment only.

The court will continue to receive correspondence and filings via paper and electronically. Self-represented litigants can submit paper filings, including emergency writs, by placing them in a drop box located on the second floor at the entrance to the Clerk’s Office.

An order issued on March 16, 2020, suspended all in-person oral arguments in Los Angeles. Counsel will continue to appear remotely via video conference, telephone conference, or other electronic means as available and arranged by the Clerk’s Office for all divisions of the Second Appellate District.

These adjustments will remain in place until, by further order, it is determined to be prudent to resume pre-Covid-19 procedures.

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2nd District Court of Appeal courthouses in Ventura and Los Angeles

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January 4, 2022

Division Six Clerk’s Office - Open by Appointment Only
The Clerk’s Office in Ventura (Division Six) for the Second District Court of Appeal is open to the public by appointment only. Please contact the Clerk’s Office, 805.641.4700, to schedule an appointment.

September 14, 2021  

Clerk’s Office - Open by Appointment Only
The Clerk’s Office in Los Angeles for the Second District Court of Appeal is open to the public by appointment only. Click the link to Schedule an Appointment on the Online Booking Portal.   

September 13, 2021

Welcome Back!

In-person consultations are now available at the Appellate Self-Help Clinic:  
Public Counsel's Appellate Self-Help Clinic has reopened to the public to provide general legal information and procedural assistance to people who are representing themselves in appeals pending in the Second District Court of Appeal and the Appellate Division of any Superior Court within the Second District.

The Appellate Self-Help Clinic is open most Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Clinic consultations are by appointment only and are available in person, via video conference, or by telephone.

Appointments for the Appellate Self-Help Clinic can be requested by calling (213) 830-7234 on Wednesdays starting at 8:00 a.m. The line will remain open until all available appointments are filled. Clinic staff will notify successful or wait-listed callers of their appointment times by telephone or e-mail. Appointments are for the following Wednesday.

In keeping with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines for COVID-19 safety protocols, in person consultations are subject to the following health and safety-related restrictions:

  1. Masks are required inside the Ronald Reagan State Building at all times;
  2. Waiting inside the Clinic’s lobby or on the stair landing is not permitted, even with masks.  If you arrive early for an appointment, please wait in the atrium on the ground floor until the time scheduled for your appointment.

Anyone who does not receive an appointment confirmation or wait-list notification is encouraged to call again.

January 5, 2021

Amendments and revisions to California Rules of Court, rule 8.78 effective January 1, 2021

Rule 8.78 A party agrees to accept electronic service:
A party’s registration with the court’s electronic filing service provider (TrueFiling) and concurrent provision of an email address constitute agreement or consent to electronic service. A party wishing to opt out of electronic service may do so by filing a written notice requesting paper service instead of electronic service.
Click here to view amended rule 8.78

December 7, 2020

The Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District will be holding videoconference or telephonic oral argument for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. The courtroom will be closed to the public. The public will be able to see and/or hear videoconference proceedings via the links posted on the court’s “Calendars” page. The links will be posted at least 24 hours prior to the oral argument. 

June 12, 2020

The Supreme Court of California Issues Statement on Equality and Inclusion

Click here to read full statement

April 16, 2020

Court Files Renewed Order
On April 15, 2020, this court filed its renewed order pursuant to Rule 8.66

Click here to read the full order: Implementation Order for the Renewed Order Pursuant to Rule 8.66 of The Calfornia Rules of Court

April 9, 2020

Court Authorizes Retroactive Application of Amended Rule 8.66
The 2nd District Court of Appeal authorized retroactive application of amended rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court.

Click here to read the full order: Implementation Order for Order Authorizing Retroactive Application of Amended Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court.

March 23, 2020

Court Implements Extension of Time in Response to COVID-19
An order was issued by the 2nd District Court of Appeal authorizing the court to extend the time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court by 30 additional days (Order). No application for an extension shall be required.

Click here to read the full order: Implementation Order for the Emergency Order (Rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court)

March 20, 2020

During the current COVID-19 pandemic incoming call volume to the clerk’s office may be high and response times may be delayed. Questions of the clerk’s office can be submitted through the "Email Us" page

March 16, 2020

Court Amends Oral Argument Procedures in Response to COVID-19
The 2nd District Court of Appeal today issued an order suspending all in-person oral argument "in light of the current public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect the health and safety of the public."

Click here to read the full order.

May 31, 2019

The Second District Court of Appeal is seeking attorneys to represent inmates in death penalty-related habeas corpus proceedings.  View for more information regarding applying for an appointment

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The 2nd District main courthouse is in Los Angeles. The secondary courthouse, hosting Division Six, in Ventura. Division Six handles appeals from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, while Divisions One through Five, Seven, and Eight handle appeals from Los Angeles County. Each division has four justices.  READ MORE >>

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Ronald Reagan State Building
300 S. Spring Street
2nd Floor, North Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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Phone: (213) 830-7000 - (9:00-4:30)

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200 East Santa Clara Street
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 641-4700 - (9:00-4:30)

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