Week of November 19, 2007

"It has apparently become common practice in the trial courts for litigants to file a “notice of unavailability” under the guise of Tenderloin Housing Clinic, Inc. v. Sparks (1992) 8 Cal.App.4th 299. The notice purports to advise the other parties to the action—as well as the court—that the deliverer will not be available for a prescribed period of time and that no action may be taken during that period which adversely affects the unavailable party. To the extent this practice attempts to put control of the court’s calendar in the hands of counsel—as opposed to the judiciary—it is an impermissible infringement of the court’s inherent powers."

The Court
Carl v. Superior Court (Nov. 21, 2007, G038766)
p. 2