Los Angeles Superior Court

Los Angeles County


Contact: Public Information Office 213-974-5227

Acting Public Information Officer: Mary Hearn

NOTICE TO††††††††††††


June 8, 2011

Central District Civil Voluntary Efficient Litigation Stipulations (VELS) Proposed


The Los Angeles Superior Court and the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association have drafted Voluntary Efficient Litigation Stipulations (VELS) and proposed the stipulations for use in general jurisdiction civil litigation in the Central Judicial District of Los Angeles County.††

The Early Meeting Stipulation, Discovery Resolution Stipulation, and Motion in Limine Stipulation are voluntary stipulations entered into by the parties in civil cases. The stipulations are meant to encourage cooperation between the parties and assist in resolving issues in a manner that promotes economic case resolution and judicial efficiency.

The parties may enter into one, two, or all three of the stipulations; however they may not alter the stipulations as written, because the Court wants to ensure uniformity of application.

The following organizations have endorsed the goal of promoting efficiency in litigation and have asked that counsel consider using these stipulations as a voluntary way to promote communications and procedures among counsel and with the Court to resolve issues fairly in their cases:

       Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Section

       Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section

       Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

       Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles

       Association of Business Trial Lawyers

       California Employment Lawyers Association


For further information, visit the Courtís Internet site www.lasuperiorcourt.org; locate the Civil column, click on its General Information option and then click on Voluntary Efficient Litigation Stipulations.††††††††††††††###