From the Court

The Desert Bar Association is committed to keeping members and the general community apprised of relevant information from the court system. Often we notify website visitors about changes to processes, fees, or rules, and other times there is an opportunity for public comments on proposed new and amended rules. We also convey details of new programs to utilize and legislative bills to support related to the judiciary and legal processes, such as access to justice.  Watch our website too for important announcements that affect the legal community.

Scroll down to find past announcements and check back often for important information from the court.

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  • So You Want to be A Judge…

    Are you interested or know someone who is interested in becoming a judicial candidate? Attend and find out about: Eligibility Requirements The Application Process Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation Ethics – For You and Your Family Presenters: Douglas P. Miller,...

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  • Proposed New and Amended Local Rules – Public Comments Sought

    Pursuant to California Rule of Court 10.613(g)(1), which states in part, “..the court must distribute each proposed rule for comment at least 45 days before it is adopted,” the Riverside County Superior Court proposes that local rule and form changes...

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  • Please Support Senate Bill (Sb) 229

    Several years ago the Legislative Outreach Committee was created in an effort to gain support from the community for issues of importance to the judiciary. One of the court’s highest priorities has been to increase the number of judges in...

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  • Changes to the Court

    A State Judicial Needs Study shows that our court should have 138 judicial positions in order to process the caseload in this county. With fewer than 80 judicial officers, we are left with a significant deficit. Our fewer than 80...

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  • From the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System

    Please see the following message from Justice Carol A. Corrigan and Justice William R. McGuiness, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System, requesting your response to the Commission’s survey. Your time and assistance is...

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  • Civil Tentative Rulings

    Effective July 14, 2014, Tentative Rulings will be provided by a number of judicial officers in Riverside, Southwest Justice Center, and Palm Springs for law and motion matters. Please visit the court website to find out more information on tentative...

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  • Civil Fee Changes

    Effective July 1, 2014, the court will be charging applicable motion fees for joinder filings as follows: General Motions: $60.00 Summary Judgment/Adjudication: $500.00 If you have any questions, please contact Michael Gilfillan, Civil and Probate Director, at 951-777-3027. Michael Gilfillan...

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  • Family Law Triage Pilot Program

    The Family Law Triage Pilot Program is designed to ensure self-represented litigants are ready for their scheduled hearing by providing assistance in navigating through the Family Law process. During the Triage program, participants will be offered assistance by Family Law...

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  • Proposed New and Amended Local Rules – Public Comments Sought

    Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 10.613(g)(1), the Riverside County Superior Court proposes that local rule changes be made, effective July 1, 2014. The review the proposed rule changes, please visit the court’s website at http://www.riverside.courts.ca.gov and click on...

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  • Notice of Transfer of Indio Traffic, Small Claims and Probate Cases to New Departments

    Effective December 9, 2013, all cases assigned to the Indio Probate Courtroom (currently Dept. 2H) will be transferred to the new Department 1A of the Larson Justice Center, Honorable James Cox presiding. Additionally, all traffic and small claims cases assigned...

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