In a press release from the California Courts, it is reported that Court Filings are down. This is part of a continued decline over the past decade as stated, but doesn’t automatically mean less workload for the courts. The study cites that it is more of the lower workload cases being filed in courts such as small value civil cases and small claims cases. The majority of other cases being filed are still very time intensive for Judges and courtrooms and staff which still leaves a need for more Judges to handle the overall case load.

The article reports that over the last 10 years there has been a 26% decline in filings and when they recently compared to national averages they saw a similar trend. Despite the decline the total number of cases filed over the 10 years period were over 6.8 million. With the average filing fee of $250- the current standard petition fee of $435 it still amounts to a large revenue source for the State.

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Annette Gomez, Just Document Preparation
After earning her Bachelor’s degree and Paralegal Certificate from California State University, Annette started Just Document Preparation in 1996. After serving as an officer on the board of the California Association of Legal Document Assistants for 3 years, she was nominated to serve as Vice President in 2008. During that time, as President of the Inland Empire Chapter, she facilitated monthly educational workshops with attorneys, judges, and other professionals for the purpose of increasing professionalism in her field. Until they disbanded, she was a member of the National Association of Legal Document Preparers. While serving as an Advisory Board Member of Maric College’s Legal Document Assistant Program in Pomona, she reviewed and gave input on their curriculum and spoke to the students about the legal document assistant profession. In 2009 she became a real estate broker forming G&G Real Estate. To adhere to a higher standard of ethics, she joined the Inland Valley Association of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She is also a notary public and member of the National Notary Association. Annette is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who of Business Professionals. Bonded and Registered legal document assistant: LDA#062, Riverside County, LDA#146, San Bernardino County.