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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Some Civil Lawsuits Now Are Filed at Santa Monica Court

• Small Claims Cases Also Moved Out

BY BILL KOENEKER

It may have gone unnoticed in April when the announcement was made, but the squeeze is on now that Malibuites have found out that all new limited civil, unlawful detainer and small claims cases within the jurisdiction of the Malibu courthouse must now file at the Santa Monica courthouse, Room 116, located at 1725 Main Street.
As of April 30, 2012, the Malibu courthouse no longer filed new limited civil, unlawful detainer or small claims filings, according to spokespersons at the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The Malibu courthouse continued to hear previously calendared limited civil, unlawful detainer and small claims cases until June 15.
“All limited civil, unlawful detainer and small claims cases with a calendar date on or after June 18, 2012, scheduled at the Malibu courthouse will be recalendared for hearing at the Santa Monica courthouse with notification to follow from the clerk,” the announcement from the court stated.
All limited civil, unlawful detainer and small claims cases pending in the Malibu courthouse were transferred to the Santa Monica courthouse as of June 18.
Massive budget-cutting measures are attributed for the move. Many other budget cuts have also been absorbed by the courts.

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