Venue: Knowing where to file

The proper place to file a lawsuit is called “venue”, and it is not always intuitive.  It is possible; however, to get venue information relatively easily and painlessly.  For Los Angeles County, you follow the following link:

http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/FilingLocator/UI/filingSearch.aspx

It is only a matter of entering the relevant zip code or city name.

For Orange County, you need to access the court web site and go to the link for locations:

http://www.occourts.org/locations/index.html

From there, you can click on the Court Designation List and  find out what cities are served by each location and then file your matter in the correct location.

Filing in the wrong venue does not invalidate your lawsuit, but it might result in considerable expense and delay if the other side files a motion for change of venue because you filed in the wrong court.

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