(Stanley Mosk Courthouse)
111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Located in downtown Los Angeles; Divorce lawyers, Family Law attorneys, and the public may file their cases either at this location or the cognizant local Family Law Court House. The Stanley Mosk Courthouse has 21 Family Law Judges and Commissioners. This court has greater resources and support staff than the branch courts. Use of this courthouse can still be time-consuming and expensive due to time spent commuting, parking fees and the high volume of cases handled at this location. This sometimes means that a morning court hearing extends, or is not heard, until the afternoon. This is the courthouse where most southern California celebrity divorces are heard. Consequently, the judges quickly become familiarized with high asset cases.
Parking for the public is really difficult at this courthouse as two major parking structures have become unavailable in the last year. I had a particularly bad experience trying to park in the open air lot on first street across the street from the court house. I got in a line of cars on first street at 8:00 a.m., which is usually plenty of time to be in court at 8:30 a.m. However, what I didn’t realize (until I got to the front of the line) because no signs were posted, was that the lot was full! Fortunately, I was able to park in the underground Music Center parking facility on Grand (also across the street from the courthouse) and arrive in court by 9:00 a.m. I recommend using this parking lot as I’ve never seen it completely full. Also, if you happen to be traveling on Temple you might try the underground parking at our Lady of Angels Cathedral. There is much less parking available here but it is convenient if open.