Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner 2018, Volume 24, Issue 4

Beware the Pitfalls in Calculating California State Court Deadlines

By Julie Goren

Julie Goren is the author and publisher of Litigation By The Numbers®, the essential California civil litigation handbook revised twice yearly, California Civil Litigation and Discovery, its substantive companion, numerous articles, and a one-hour step-by-step calendaring video, "Calendaring in California State Court: Steps and Traps for the Unwary." Formerly with the L.A. offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger, Julie left the practice in 2003 to devote her time to writing, publishing, and teaching. She can be reached through her website,

There’s an old saying – "we learn from our mistakes." That’s decidedly not how you or your staff should learn the many pitfalls and hidden traps inherent in calculating California state court deadlines. Instead, you can save a lot of time, and even avoid malpractice, by learning from other people’s mistakes.


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