New Publication Law
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
New Publication Law Replaces Judicial Districts with Public Notice Districts
A new law directing where to publish notices was signed into law by Governor Brown and replaces judicial districts with successor public notice districts when it goes into effect on January 1, 2017. The changes made by AB 2881 resulted from a recommendation of the California Law Revision Commission (CLRC), with suggestions from the California Land Title Association.
When California’s municipal and superior courts were unified, the existing judicial districts were preserved solely for notice publication purposes. Though long-used, the use of judicial districts was regarded as largely cumbersome and confusing, with the determination of district descriptions and boundary information seen as rather difficult.
Under the new law existing judicial districts have been repealed and “public notice districts” established. In so doing, the law changed where notices of nonjudicial foreclosure should be posted with regard to property not located within a city. The requirement that a copy of the notice be published once a week for three consecutive weeks remains unchanged.