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Settlement Programs
The Court currently provides two mechanisms for 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 List of Settlement Officers.

    This program is available in general jurisdiction cases with represented parties from independent calendar (IC) and Central Civil West (CCW) courtrooms. In addition, on an ad hoc basis, personal injury cases may be referred to the program on the eve of trial by the personal injury courts in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse or the asbestos master calendar court in CCW.

    In order to access the Judicial MSC Program the IC, CCW, or PI courtroom must refer the parties to the program, the parties must complete the information requested in the Settlement Conference Intake Form and email that completed form to mscdept18@lacourt.org. 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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