Family Law Changes: West District

Family law cases in the Santa Monica Courthouse are being transferred to the downtown Stanley Mosk Courthouse. No documents other than restraining orders will be accepted as of November 1, 2017.

Department “F” will become a long cause trial and voluntary settlement court, with Judge Hank Goldberg presiding. Active cases in the West District have been sent to Dept. 2 downtown for reassignment.

These changes may be the result of financial pressures, or the plan to make electronic filing mandatory in Family Law courts next year.

Commission St. George and his clerk, Ellen, will transfer to Dept. “E” to handle Small Claims matters.

Changes are constant in Family Law. Fortunately, there are experienced family law judges downtown who can handle the case work.