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August 4, 1997 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Superior Court administrators today kick into gear a "one-step" phone-in service for jury duty, a pilot program they're touting with excitement as "convenient" and "user-friendly." Beginning today, some prospective jurors will receive by mail a different kind of summons, one that directs them when and where to report for duty--with instructions to call a toll-free number first.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1997 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Superior Court administrators today kick into gear a "one-step" phone-in service for jury duty, a pilot program they're touting with excitement as "convenient" and "user-friendly." Beginning today, some prospective jurors will receive by mail a different kind of summons, one that directs them when and where to report for duty--with instructions to call a toll-free number first.
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January 12, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with a shortage of funds for courthouse construction, Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to indefinitely postpone six projects on which they already have spent millions of dollars and to complete only two buildings--one in Chatsworth and the other near Los Angeles International Airport.
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March 10, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former architect of the much-delayed Antelope Valley courthouse construction project has sued Los Angeles County, alleging he was wrongfully fired and is owed millions of dollars in back pay and expenses. In the suit, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, architect Peter G. Kudrave claims he properly prepared the project designs. But, he claims in the suit, he was fired without good reason after county officials made "numerous, excessive, unwarranted and untimely design changes."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1993 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The trial of four men accused of launching a gunshot-punctuated mini-crime spree in the Antelope Valley is due to begin here today after court officials rescinded a controversial decision to send the case to a court in distant Norwalk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former architect of the much-delayed Antelope Valley courthouse construction project has sued Los Angeles County, alleging he was wrongfully fired and is owed millions of dollars in back pay and expenses. In the suit, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, architect Peter G. Kudrave claims he properly prepared the project designs. But, he claims in the suit, he was fired without good reason after county officials made "numerous, excessive, unwarranted and untimely design changes."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1992 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A running battle with vandals who have ravaged the landscaping surrounding the California Mission-style San Fernando County Courthouse has forced Supervising Judge David M. Schacter to come up with creative solutions. First, he offers defendants sentenced to community service the option of helping maintain the trees and shrubbery at the courthouse and two nearby county parking lots. The alternative is picking up trash alongside freeways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Most judges in Los Angeles County have opted to give up a day's pay to help fill a budget shortfall that has led to monthly court closures and furloughs, according to a report submitted Monday. While other Superior Court employees were subject to mandatory furloughs beginning last month, judges were spared because of a constitutional provision that says judicial officers' salaries cannot be reduced during their term. Instead, the court set up a fund so that judges could donate a day's pay every month to help sustain court operations.
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March 23, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
Jailers using hand-held metal detectors will soon screen all dangerous prisoners as they enter courthouses in Los Angeles County, supervisors were told Tuesday. Now most inmates are body-searched but are not required to pass metal detectors. The security upgrade comes after a gang member on trial for double murder slashed his attorney in the arm last week with a razor blade he brought into a San Fernando courtroom.
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May 21, 2009 | Victoria Kim
When courthouses in Los Angeles County start closing their doors one day a month because of the state's financial crisis, one group of workers will escape much of the financial fallout: judges. Although the rest of the court's more than 5,000 employees will get what one union official said would amount to about a 5% pay cut, judges will collect their full salary whether or not they show up for work on the 12 days that courts are closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with a shortage of funds for courthouse construction, Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to indefinitely postpone six projects on which they already have spent millions of dollars and to complete only two buildings--one in Chatsworth and the other near Los Angeles International Airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1993 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The trial of four men accused of launching a gunshot-punctuated mini-crime spree in the Antelope Valley is due to begin here today after court officials rescinded a controversial decision to send the case to a court in distant Norwalk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1992 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A running battle with vandals who have ravaged the landscaping surrounding the California Mission-style San Fernando County Courthouse has forced Supervising Judge David M. Schacter to come up with creative solutions. First, he offers defendants sentenced to community service the option of helping maintain the trees and shrubbery at the courthouse and two nearby county parking lots. The alternative is picking up trash alongside freeways.
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May 21, 2002 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and local governments are not financially liable for unforeseen shootings and other crimes in public buildings, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday. Ruling in a 1995 Los Angeles courthouse murder, the state high court said government is not responsible for random acts of violence it could not have anticipated or provoked. The decision was a loss for the three children of Eileen Zelig, who was fatally shot in the chest by her former husband, Dr.
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March 21, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a time when Glenda Biersbach dreaded jury duty. "It used to be just horrible," said the Van Nuys secretary, who has served five times in the past. "You get there and you wait. You wait and wait and wait and wait" for up to two weeks in the "stuffy" jury assembly room, Biersbach said. "You feel like you couldn't get air."
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