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A quick reference guide to service addresses in the Fourth District, both hard copy and email.  Send service documents to the address listed on the CHEAT SHEET, not to individual attorneys in the office.


ADI has prepared a guide to coronavirus emergency measures applicable to Fourth District cases. It includes links to Superior Court, Court of Appeal, California and U.S. Supreme Court, federal court, and other websites related to our cases.


Electronic filing through the California courts’ TrueFiling system is mandatory in all three divisions of the Fourth Appellate District and in the California Supreme Court. CCAP guide to bookmarking briefs is here.

Supreme Court’s acceptance of petition for review via TrueFiling constitutes service of the petition on the Court of Appeal under California Rules of Court, rule 8.500(f)(1). The Supreme Court says the Court of Appeal must still be listed on the proof of service. For example, "Court of Appeal (per Supreme Court TrueFiling policy)."


News alert: Attorneys are urged to use Judicial Council forms for EOT requests and to fill them out correctly. Have TrueFiling serve the EOT for you. The fee is reimbursable.


Link to Panel Portal Log-On Page.


Wednesday, January 5, Noon: AB 624: Appealing Orders Transferring Juveniles to Adult Court

Project staff attorneys Richard Braucher (FDAP), Jonathan Grossman (SDAP), and Jennifer Peabody (CAP-LA) are organizing a seminar on AB 624, which creates an interlocutory right to appeal orders transferring juvenile cases to adult court. The program will explain the law regarding transfer and the issues that are expected to arise from transfer hearings. The program is still in the planning stage. Details will be provided soon.

The program will be pre-approved for one hour of general MCLE credit and pre-approved for one hour of appellate specialization credit. FDAP is hosting this program. A registration link will be circulated before the program.

Wednesday, January 12, Noon: Dependency Case Law Update

Presented by: Laura L. Furness, ADI Staff Attorney

Case Law Update March 2020 through December 2021. The virtual seminar will cover new California cases, and discuss trends in recent case law and successes in dependency appeals.

The program is pre-approved for one hour of general MCLE credit. The program is also pre-approved for one hour of appellate specialization credit. A registration link will be circulated before the program. The seminar will also be recorded and posted on ADI's website for later viewing and self-study MCLE credit.

See Calendar of Events for details.


Panel News Alerts

Accomplice Liability for Murder (SB 1437) by Judge Richard Couzens (July 2019)

Senate Bill No. 823, Juvenile Justice Realignment and closure of DJJ - effective September 30, 2020.

Senate Bill No. 92, Juvenile Justice Realignment - effective May 14, 2021. Assembly Bill No. 1869, repeals 23 criminal administrative fees and writes off outstanding debt related to them - effective July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill No. 1950, reduces length of probationary terms - effective January 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill No. 2542, Racial Justice Act of 2020 - effective January 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill No. 3070, redefines peremptory challenge procedures to eradicate implicit bias - effective January 1, 2022.

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