Los Angeles County Superior Court set to close one complex litigation courtroom

According to the Daily Journal (subscription required), Los Angeles Superior Court will close one of its seven complex litigation courtrooms as of April 12, 2010.  The closure is projected to save the Court $600,000.  "Judge Peter Lichtman will be transferred from his current assignment at Central Civil West to the Stanley Mosk courthouse downtown, and employees working in his courtroom will be reassigned."  The complex litigation program has, in the last year, declined to take class actions with increasing frequency.  The closure of one of the complex litigation courtrooms is a significant loss for the people of Los Angeles County.  The concentration of experience with the management of complex litigation matters and class actions simply cannot be duplicated in the general civil departments.  But here we see yet another casualty of the grossly incompetent management of California's fiscal affairs.