Special Announcement

Posted Wednesday, March 9, 2022

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.

The Clerk’s Office in Los Angeles and Ventura are open to the public by appointment only. 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.  

These adjustments will remain in place until 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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September 27, 2022

Appellate Clinic For Self-Represented Litigants – Open Three Days a Week

Public Counsel's Appellate Clinic For Self-Represented Litigants is open three days a week 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 Clinic For Self-Represented Litigants is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 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 Clinic For Self-Represented Litigants can be requested by calling (213) 830-7232 every Tuesday starting at 8:00 a.m. The line will remain open until all available appointments are filled.

May 23, 2022

2DCA resumes in-person oral arguments. Protocols can be viewed on the court's website Calendars page.

May 18, 2022

The Second District Court of Appeal, Division Eight, announces the confirmation of Justice Maria E. Stratton as Presiding Justice. Read more on the California Courts Newsroom: Commission Confirms Appointments to Courts of Appeal.

May 3, 2022

Job Announcement – Appellate Court Attorney

The Second District Court of Appeal is accepting applications for two Appellate Court Attorney positions. View more information about the Appellate Court Attorney position.

May 3, 2022

In-person oral argument update

Second District Court of Appeal to resume in‑person arguments effective May 2022

This announcement rescinds the Administrative Presiding Justice’s March 16, 2020, order suspending in‑person oral arguments.

The Second District Court of Appeal, is resuming in‑person arguments consistent with updated state and local public health guidance. Face coverings in the courtroom will be required for all visitors regardless of vaccination status. Those who are fully vaccinated may remove their masks only while presenting oral argument. Division Two will conduct the first in‑person oral argument on May 19, 2022. The District’s policy is for in-person argument and may begin for the entire district as early as June 2022 subject to our experience with changing and fluid circumstances. Until further notice, each division will make adjustments in accordance with its special needs and circumstances. 

For any counsel appearing in-person for oral argument, please be advised you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test result for COVID‑19 within 48 hours of your scheduled appearance. Those who do not provide proof as outlined will not be permitted to enter the courtroom. The Clerk’s Office will be providing more detailed information regarding the procedures which will be used to conduct the oral arguments. Public access will be limited consistent with health and safety protocols.

March 3, 2022

California Chief Justice Rescinds Temporary Emergency Measures

Click here to view the order

February 23, 2022

Attorneys to Represent Inmates in Death Penalty-Related Habeas Corpus Proceedings
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.
For a list of Statewide Habeas Attorneys visit HCRC Panel.

February 1, 2022

Court Files Miscellaneous Order 2022-01
Recently enacted laws effective January 1, 2022 may affect criminal judgments currently under review in this court, including SB 567 (amending Pen. Code, §§ 1170 and 1170.1), AB 1540 (adding Pen. Code, § 1170.03), AB 518 (amending Pen. Code, § 654), SB 317 (amending Pen. Code, § 4019), SB 483 (adding Pen. Code, §§ 1171 and 1171.1), SB 775 (amending Pen. Code, § 1170.95), and AB 333 (amending Pen. Code, § 186.22).
Click here to read the full order

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.  

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

June 12, 2020

The Supreme Court of California Issues Statement on Equality and Inclusion

Click here to read full statement


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

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