Unlawful Detainer trials in Los Angeles vary depending on the courthouse you are in. Most courthouses, however, manage unlawful detainer in one department through a master calendar. What this means is that one judge controls the entire case up to and many times including through trial. On the day of your unlawful detainer trial the judge determines (based on the trial time estimate) whether he/she has time to hear the matter or whether the judge prefers to transfer the matter to another judge who may have more availability for trial. With jury trials the judges typically has to either reschedule the trial for another day or refer it to another department that may or may not have availability on your day of trial.
We have seen instances with unlimited matters (matters involving over $25,000 in rent) where the court will assign the case to an independent calendar judge upon the filing of the complaint. This means that the assigned judge will preside over the entire matter inclusive of trial and give the case independent attention.
Regardless of where your Los Angeles unlawful detainer matter is assigned and where it is set for trial, these summary matters generally proceed to trial rather quickly. Accordingly, the most important thing is to be prepared on your trial date.
For help with your unlawful detainer matter and trial contact the unlawful detainer attorneys at Schorr Law or consider buying our ebook. 310-954-1877, firstname.lastname@example.org.