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  ( Title 8 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 206. )

CHAPTER 5. The Superior Courts [69504 - 70141.11]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 206. )

ARTICLE 5. Sessions [69740 - 69741.5]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 206. )


(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, each trial court shall determine the number and location of sessions of the court necessary for the prompt disposition of the business before the court. In making this determination, the court shall consider, among other factors, the impact of this provision on court employees pursuant to Section 71634, the availability and adequacy of facilities for holding the court session at the specific location, the efficiency and cost of holding the session at the specific location, any applicable security issues, and the convenience to the parties and the public served by the court. Nothing in this section precludes a session from being held in a building other than a courthouse.

(b) In appropriate circumstances, upon agreement of the presiding judges of the courts, and in the discretion of the court, the location of a session may be outside the county, except that the consent of the parties shall be necessary to the holding of a criminal jury trial outside the county. The venue of a case for which session is held outside the county pursuant to this section shall be deemed to be the home county of the court in which the matter was filed. Nothing in this section shall provide a party with the right to seek a change of venue unless otherwise provided by statute. No party shall have any right to request the court to exercise its discretion under this section.

(c) The Judicial Council may adopt rules to address an appropriate mechanism for sharing of expenses and resources between the court holding the session and the court hosting the session.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 149, Sec. 33. Effective January 1, 2004.)


A motion for new trial, motion under Code of Civil Procedure Section 663, and a motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict may, with the written consent of all parties concerned, be heard at any place in the State of California by the judge who presided at the trial.

(Added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1656.)


There may be as many sessions of a superior court, at the same time, as there are judges elected, appointed or assigned thereto. The judgments, orders, and proceedings of any session of a superior court, held by any one or more of the judges sitting therein, shall be equally effectual as though all the judges of said court presided at such session.

(Added by Stats. 1966, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 161.)

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