PRESIDING JUDGE ERIC C. TAYLOR ISSUES GENERAL ORDER EXTENDING CERTAIN JUVENILE DEADLINES
Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor today announced a new General Order to extend certain Juvenile deadlines through March 25, 2022. The General Order is issued under the authority granted by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye pursuant to Government Code section 68115.
“While the winter surge has subsided in LA County with a decrease in Omicron cases, test positivity, and hospitalizations, the Court continues to need extensions for certain Juvenile Dependency matters and to address potential operational stresses caused by pandemic-related inventories,” Presiding Judge Taylor said. “Although the Chief Justice granted our Court’s application for authority to extend Criminal trial deadlines as well, I will not implement this authority unless needed as we work with our justice partners to normalize Criminal operations and to provide timely access to justice.”
The Order, which is attached, extends deadlines as follows:
(i) The time periods provided in section 313 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending Dependency proceedings must be released from custody to not more than seven (7) days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from February 26, 2022, to March 25, 2022, inclusive; and
(ii) The time periods provided in section 315 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending Dependency proceedings must be given a detention hearing to not more than seven (7) days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from February 26, 2022, to March 25, 2022, inclusive.
In accordance with General Order 2021-GEN-023-00, all persons – regardless of vaccination status – are required to wear face masks over their nose and mouth while in a courthouse. Children under the age of two are exempt. Court employees and judicial officers must wear masks inside courthouses. Persons whose disabilities preclude them from wearing face masks compliant with the guidance are urged to seek an accommodation under Rule 1.100 of the California Rules of Court in advance of their court appearance or appointment. A list of ADA liaisons is available at http://www.lacourt.org/ada/adahome.aspx.
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