The Rules and Forms Committee of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, has proposed revisions to its Local Rules of Court. The Court is seeking comments pursuant to rule 10.613, California Rules of Court, in the following areas listed below.
Rule 180 – Photographing, Recording and Broadcasting in Court. The proposed revisions clarify what types of media events are permitted at the various justice centers, to conform to existing court policy. A definition of “media event” is added to the rule, along with a number of limitations as to when and under what circumstances media events can be held inside a justice center.
Rule 250 – Conflict of Interest Code. The proposed revisions will change the language in Section D, Designated employees who must file a Statement of Economic Interest, by replacing eight managerial classifications with “Cost Center Managers” as designated employees. Court employees who are designated as Cost Center Managers may make or participate in making governmental decisions which may have a material effect on their personal financial interests. In addition, the proposed revision changes the disclosure categories for employees in the research attorney classifications. It requires research attorneys to disclose all interests in real property located in or within 2 miles of Orange County, and all investments, business positions, and sources of income; and deletes the former disclosure category for these employees. The revision deletes current provisions for Family Centered Case Resolution and makes it more flexible to implement procedures authorized by California Rules of Court, rule 5.83, and improves the ability to use technology to resolve family law cases in a timely, fair, and effective manner.
Rule 708(D) – Expedited Judgments. Proposed rewrite of Local Rule 708(d) makes minor revisions to streamline submission of expedited attachments to family law judgments. The rule is being changed to make it current. Also, in event the Court needs to eventually renumber the expedited attachment forms, additional updates will be unnecessary.
Rule 603.10 – Notice to Public Administrator. Proposed Revision to Local Rule 603.10 will reflect the change of the public administrator being consolidated with the district attorney’s office and will show the public administrator’s name. In addition, the mailing address is being removed.
Attached please find copies of the proposed revisions and rules, which is posted on the Superior Court’s website at www.occourts.org. A form is available online to submit comments electronically or to download and submit in paper format. All comments concerning a proposed rule must be submitted no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016. Comments submitted by U.S. mail should be directed to:
Honorable Ronald Bauer
Chair, Rules and Forms Committee
Superior Court, County of Orange
P. O. Box 1994
Santa Ana, CA 92702-1994