2013 Legislative Review Reports: AB 522

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AB 522 — Exceptions to rules for dismissal for delay in prosecution
Analysis In general, California has a five-year time limit in civil actions from the initial suit until commencement of trial, in order to protect defendants from attempts by plaintiffs to drag out proceedings indefinitely in hopes of fatiguing the defendants into settling a meritless suit, and in order to guard against the loss of evidence and forgetfullness of witnesses over a long period of time. An exception exists for divorce cases, and this bill creates additional exceptions for several other types of family law cases (specifically, those involving alimony, child support, or restraining orders), on the grounds that parties in family law cases are commonly acting for themselves and may need more time to sort through complex legal questions in preparation for trial.A five year time limit from filing to trial seems more than sufficient, and the general protection against drawn-out proceedings for baseless suits seems more important, not less, in family law cases, and this bill is not well-tailored to the problem it intends to address.
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Jerry Brown


Joel Anderson

Tom Berryhill

Marty Block

Anthony Cannella

Ellen Corbett

Lou Correa

Mark DeSaulnier

Bill Emmerson

Jean Fuller

Ted Gaines

Cathleen Galgiani

Edward Hernandez

Jerry Hill

Ben Hueso

Bob Huff

Hannah-Beth Jackson

Steve Knight

Mark Leno

Kevin De León

Ted Lieu

Bill Monning

Jim Nielsen

Alex Padilla

Fran Pavley

Richard Roth

Darrell Steinberg

Norma Torres

Mimi Walters

Lois Wolk

Rod Wright

Mark Wyland

Leland Yee

Jim Beall

Ronald Calderon

Noreen Evans

Loni Hancock

Ricardo Lara

Carol Liu

Curren Price


Katcho Achadjian

Luis Alejo

Travis Allen

Tom Ammiano

Toni Atkins

Frank Bigelow

Richard Bloom

Bob Blumenfield

Raul Bocanegra

Susan Bonilla

Rob Bonta

Steven Bradford

Cheryl Brown

Joan Buchanan

Ian Calderon

Nora Campos

Ed Chau

Wesley Chesbro

Rocky Chávez

Connie Conway

Ken Cooley

Tom Daly

Roger Dickinson

Tim Donnelly

Susan Eggman

Paul Fong

Steve Fox

Jim Frazier

Beth Gaines

Cristina Garcia

Mike Gatto

Jimmy Gomez

Lorena Gonzalez

Rich Gordon

Jeff Gorell

Adam Gray

Shannon Grove

Curt Hagman

Isadore Hall

Diane Harkey

Roger Hernández

Chris Holden

Brian Jones

Reggie Jones-Sawyer

Marc Levine

Eric Linder

Dan Logue

Bonnie Lowenthal

Brian Maienschein

Allan Mansoor

Jose Medina

Melissa Melendez

Mike Morrell

Kevin Mullin

Al Muratsuchi

Adrin Nazarian

Brian Nestande

Kristin Olsen

Richard Pan

Jim Patterson

Henry Perea

John A. Pérez

V. Manuel Pérez

Bill Quirk

Sharon Quirk-Silva

Anthony Rendon

Rudy Salas

Nancy Skinner

Mark Stone

Phil Ting

Don Wagner

Marie Waldron

Shirley Weber

Bob Wieckowski

Scott Wilk

Das Williams

Mariko Yamada

Brian Dahle

Holly Mitchell