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Settlement Programs
The Court currently provides two mechanisms for general jurisdiction civil cases to be resolved prior to trial, as described below:

  1. Judicial MSC Program: The Los Angeles Superior Court’s Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC) program is free of charge and staffed by experienced sitting civil judges, who devote their time exclusively to presiding over MSC’s. The judges participating in the judicial MSC program and their locations are identified in the MSC Handout and List of Settlement Officers.

    This program is available in general jurisdiction cases with represented parties from independent calendar (IC) and complex cases. There is a separate dedicated program for personal injury cases assigned to Personal injury Hubs.

    In order to access the Judicial MSC Program the IC or complex courtroom must order the parties to the program. The parties must complete the information requested in the Settlement Conference Intake Form and email that completed form to If the parties have a preference for a particular MSC judge, they should so indicate on the intake form.

  2. Mediation Program: The Court is working with various Los Angeles County-funded agencies to ensure mediation services are provided in small claims, eviction (unlawful detainer), civil harassment and limited (collection and non-collection) cases. Please click here for additional information.

Pursuant to CRC Rule 3.221, on all general jurisdiction cases, the court provides a copy of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Information Packet. The person who files a civil lawsuit (plaintiff) must include the ADR Information Packet with the complaint when serving the defendant. Cross-complainants must serve the ADR Information Packet on any new parties named to the action together with the cross-complaint.

For further information on either of the above programs, please contact:

Gregory C. Drapac
Senior Administrator, Central Civil
111 North Hill Street, Room 109
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 830-0819
Fax: (213) 625-8536

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