(a) All dissolution actions, to the greatest extent possible, shall be assigned to the same superior court department for all purposes, in order that all decisions in a case through final judgment shall be made by the same judicial officer. However, if the assignment will result in a significant delay of any family law matter, the dissolution action need not be assigned to the same superior court department for all purposes, unless the parties stipulate otherwise.
(b) The Judicial Council shall adopt a standard of judicial administration prescribing a minimum length of assignment of a judicial officer to a family law assignment.
(c) This section shall be operative on July 1, 1997.
(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 352, Sec. 7. (AB 939) Effective January 1, 2011.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018