COVID-19 in Court: Legal Coalition Sues to Stop Some In-Person Civil Trials

February 25, 2021

A lawsuit filed against Los Angeles County Superior Court by five pro bono legal services asks the court to suspend in-person hearings for traffic and unlawful detainer cases “until doing so no longer poses a public health threat,” and they claim problems with remote access, which is offered now, though sporadically, also presents an undue burden for many of their clients.

The nonprofit firms, Public Counsel, Inner City Law Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, sued after months of negotiations with the court broke down, according to Public Counsel attorney Silvana Naguib, who wrote a declaration in suit on behalf of clients.

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