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How is the Mental Health Court Organized?

The Mental Health court of the Los Angeles Superior Court is composed of Departments 95, 95A, 95B, the Office of the Counselor in Mental Health, and the Clerk's Office. Each of the departments handles specific types of cases.

Department Number Case Types

Handles cases involving the mentally ill and the criminal justice system:

  • Competency proceedings for all misdemeanor defendants in the county and all felony defendants prior to the preliminary hearing
  • Hears Mentally Disordered Offender commitment petitions and handles all of the trials of these matters
  • Hears not guilty by reason of insanity extension requests including the trials

Handles all of the conservatorship proceedings for the mentally ill including:

  • Jury trials
  • Placement issues
  • Do Not Resuscitate petitions
  • Rehearings
  • Electro convulsive therapy requests
  • Medical petitions

Handles cases involving:

  • Sexually Violent Predator probable cause hearings
  • Habeas corpus proceedings for persons who have been involuntarily committed after having been certified as gravely disabled, a danger to self, or a danger to others as a result of a mental disease, defect, or disorder (WIC 5275 et seq.)
  • Commitment petitions related to those who are developmentally disabled and deemed to be dangerous (WIC 6500)
  • Murphy Conservatorship
  • Petitions filed by persons who previously have been involuntarily committed and, as a result, do not have the right to own, use or possess a firearm for five years, who seek to have those rights restored before the prohibition period expires (WIC 8103)
More Mental Health Q&A Topics
Mental Health Basics
Questions about Organization of Mental Health Court
Questions about Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act
What are the different hearings held under the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act
Initial Conservatorship
Private Conservatorship
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