Monday, January 12, 2015

Holidaze

Going on a vacation
Who doesn't like taking a vacation?  Better yet - how about those paid vacations?!?  As most lawyer-type people know, in addition to time off, a holiday can mean that courts may be closed for business.  In fact, in the calendar year of 2015 alone, the California Courts are closed about 13 days.

What is important about knowing this is that because when the courts are closed, attorneys can't file legal documents (it gives them an extra day to string things out). The reason I'm bringing this up is because my CEB rep, Suzanne Smith, wrote an article in Linkedin.com about a new holiday affecting California Courts. Effective January 1, 2015, California Courts will honor Native American Day on the fourth Friday in September (thanks in no small part to a recent amendment to  California Government Code section 6700). While I suspect people may be a bit confused about how to honor Native American Day (um, going to an American Indian casino, maybe?), they will still be happy to frolic with family and friends.  So, win-win!

Anyway, if you happen to need legal reference assistance and happen to be in California on the 4th Friday in September, know that the good folks at your local county (operative word being "county" as in closed for the "official" holiday) law libraries will probably be out partying with the best of em. Yeah, we do party that hard!