The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Throws Out Lawsuit Seeking To Require Los Angeles to Reopen Closed Courthouses
Since 2000, the County of Los Angeles has closed 20 of 58 courthouses. Landlord-tenant and eviction matters were consolidated into five hub courts, which was subsequently extended to seven courts. Non-profit groups argued that the court closings adversely impacted indigent tenants who had difficulty traveling to and from court. In some instances, it might take a tenant two hours on a bus each way to attend a court hearing. The federal court ruled that it did not have the power to substitute its judgment for that of the state courts in allocation of the state court’s resources.