ADLI Operating Status During COVID-19 Pandemic
First and foremost, we hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe.
As we navigate these uncharted waters together, trying to address problems, which seems to have descended upon us so suddenly and unexpectedly, ADLI is here to help. We are open for business and will continue to be here for you as we get through this together.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to take precautionary measures last week to protect our clients, our staff, and the community we serve. Following the latest national and local guidelines, it has been necessary to implement changes in our firm’s operations to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission.
Our team will be working remotely to ensure that there are limited disruptions to casework. We have been a green office for years, which means all of our documents and files are kept digitally on our server which is cloud-based. We have remote access to all client files. We will continue to collect, scan and email to recipients all mail that comes to our office on a daily basis. Our phone system allows us to receive calls to the office on our cell phones. Our phone system also emails us all voicemail messages we receive on our office lines.
We are all in this together. The attorneys and staff at ADLI Law are dedicated and capable of helping our clients through this difficult time.
Update on the Courts
While the situation is fluid, ADLI law will try to keep its clients abreast of accessibility to courts and status of hearings and trials. Here is what we know as of March 23, 2020:
US District Court, Central District of California
The court is closed to the public until May 1, 2020. Civil hearings will be continued except for emergency time-sensitive matters such as temporary restraining orders. However, even emergency hearings will be conducted by telephone only. Electronic filing is still available as it was before.
Los Angeles Superior Court
- The clerk’s offices are closed to the public until April 16, 2020.
- Electronic filings are still available as usual. Family law filings, for which electronic filing is still not available, may be submitted to the clerk’s office via drop box available at the entrance to all courthouses. A self-addressed envelope should be submitted in or to receive conformed copies of filings. Filing fees should be paid via check or credit card only. Cash will not be accepted via dropbox. If filings are placed in the dropbox by 4:30 pm, they will be deemed filed on that date.
- All trials and hearings will be continued until after April 16, 2020, including unlawful detainer trials.
- The courts will only allow hearings on emergency and essential matters, such as:
- Civil and family law temporary restraining orders
- Civil and family law ex-parte proceedings
- Family law Hague convention hearings (international kidnapping)
- Emergency orders relating to the health and safety of a child
- Some criminal proceedings
- Temporary restraining orders that would otherwise expire during the period of March 23, 2020, through April 16, 2020, are extended by 21 days.
- Deadlines for some criminal, probate and small claims cases are also extended.