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Case Name Hollingsworth v. Orange County JI-CA-0003
Docket / Court 51-08-65 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Youth Law Center
Case Summary
On January 2, 1987, plaintiffs filed a civil rights lawsuit in the Superior Court of Orange County, California, challenging conditions of confinement at the Orange County Juvenile Hall (OCJH). The lawsuit was a continuation of the litigation begun in Matt X. v Orange County. Case no. CV 86-5693 (U. ... read more >
On January 2, 1987, plaintiffs filed a civil rights lawsuit in the Superior Court of Orange County, California, challenging conditions of confinement at the Orange County Juvenile Hall (OCJH). The lawsuit was a continuation of the litigation begun in Matt X. v Orange County. Case no. CV 86-5693 (U.S. District Court, Central District of California). Plaintiffs sought injunctive and declaratory relief.

On August 13, 1987, the Court certified this lawsuit as a class action comprised of all minors who were, or would be during the pendency of the lawsuit, confined in Orange County Juvenile Hall.

The case proceeded to trial on April 16, 1990 on the allegations raised in plaintiffs' Third Amended Complaint, as amended. The evidence presented at trial focused on the use of restraint practices at the OCJH, a fully locked juvenile detention facility. During trial, defendants agreed to eliminate use of the soft-ties to restrain minors to a bed. Following the trial, on July 27, 1990, the Superior Court Linda Hodge McLaughlin) issued its order and findings. The Court held that the defendants' use of soft-tie restraints and practice of placing minors in a rubber/safety room were unconstitutional. The Court issued an injunction to enjoin those practices. Plaintiffs were awarded attorneys' fees and costs.

We have no further information on this matter.

Dan Dalton - 02/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Restraints : physical
Totality of conditions
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Orange County Juvenile Hall
Plaintiff Description All minors who were, or would be during the pendency of the lawsuit, confined in Orange County Juvenile Hall.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Youth Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1990 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion 04/14/1987 (191 Cal.App. 3d 22)
JI-CA-0003-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Third Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 01/19/1990
JI-CA-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Statement of Decision and Judgment 07/27/1990
JI-CA-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
Order of Reference 07/27/1990
JI-CA-0003-0003.pdf | Detail
Order to Post Notice of Judgment, and Notice to Class 07/27/1990
JI-CA-0003-0004.pdf | Detail
Judges Crosby, Thomas (State Appellate Court)
JI-CA-0003-0005
McLaughlin, Linda Hodge (State Trial Court, C.D. Cal.)
JI-CA-0003-0002 | JI-CA-0003-0003 | JI-CA-0003-0004
Sonenshine, Sheila Prell (State Appellate Court)
JI-CA-0003-0005
Trotter, John K. Jr. (State Appellate Court)
JI-CA-0003-0005
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Burrell, Susan L. (California)
JI-CA-0003-0001
Hagar, John H. Jr. (California)
JI-CA-0003-0001 | JI-CA-0003-0005
Herman, Richard P. (California)
JI-CA-0003-0001 | JI-CA-0003-0005
Hoffman, Paul L. (California)
JI-CA-0003-0001 | JI-CA-0003-0005
Jensen, Cathy L. (California)
JI-CA-0003-0001
Jurado, Rebecca (California)
JI-CA-0003-0001
Lerner, Harry (California)
JI-CA-0003-0005
Soler, Mark I. (California)
JI-CA-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Epstein, David (California)
JI-CA-0003-0001
Pursell, Michael (California)
JI-CA-0003-0001
Other Lawyers Duran, Edward N. (California)
JI-CA-0003-0005
Kuyper, Adrian (California)
JI-CA-0003-0005

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