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AB-2201 Court fees: name changes: exemption.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/12/2018 09:00 PM


Assembly Bill No. 2201

Introduced by Assembly Member Mayes

February 12, 2018

An act to add Section 70635 to the Government Code, relating to courts.


AB 2201, as introduced, Mayes. Court fees: name changes: exemption.
Existing law establishes the procedure for a person to change his or her name. When a proceeding for a change of name is commenced by the filing of a petition, existing law requires the court to issue an order reciting the filing of the petition, the name of the person by whom it is filed, and the name proposed. Existing law provides that if a petition for a change of name alleges a specified reason or circumstance and the petitioner is an active participant in an address confidentiality program, as specified, the action for a change of name is exempt from this publication requirement.
This bill would exempt from court fees proceedings for name changes filed on behalf of minors who meet the requirements for the exemption from publication described above. The bill would name this exemption “Sydney’s Law.”
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 Section 70635 is added to the Government Code, to read:

 (a) No fee shall be charged to the petitioner in a proceeding for a change of name that meets the conditions for the exemption under subdivision (b) of Section 1277 of the Code of Civil Procedure if the action is filed on behalf of a minor.
(b) This section shall be known, and may be cited, as “Sydney’s Law.”