Posted April 23, 2021 in Court Updates
New General Court Order for LASC:
Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor today received emergency authority from Chief Justice Tani G.
Cantil-Sakauye to issue a new General Order extending last-day deadlines for Criminal trials, as
well as Juvenile Dependency matters. With the help of effective Department of Public Health approved safety measures established in all courthouses, the Order assists the Court in the continuing safe expansion of Civil and Criminal jury trials throughout the county.
“Despite the dramatic decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County since
the winter surge, the Court continues to rely on this emergency authority to safely increase the
number of jury trials while limiting the number of people in our courthouses,” Presiding Judge
Taylor said. “The Court cannot operate at pre-pandemic levels while the COVID-19 virus remains
a concern in our community and social distancing and mask mandates are necessary. Together,
we are making progress in Los Angeles County to safely and carefully ramp up Criminal and Civil
jury trials. I am grateful to Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and our justice and community partners
for helping the Court to achieve a deliberate, safe resumption of jury trials while more Angelenos
become fully vaccinated and the COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline locally.”