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Case Name Hunt v. County of Los Angeles JI-CA-0004
Docket / Court 547483 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Youth Law Center
Case Summary
On May 4, 1985, a taxpayer in Los Angeles County, California filed a lawsuit pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure § 526(a) against the County of Los Angeles in the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles. The plaintiff, who was represented by the Public Justice ... read more >
On May 4, 1985, a taxpayer in Los Angeles County, California filed a lawsuit pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure § 526(a) against the County of Los Angeles in the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles. The plaintiff, who was represented by the Public Justice Foundation and the Youth Law Center, asked for injunctive relief, alleging that the detainment of minors in a Los Angeles adult jail facilities violated the guarantee of due process and the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment under the United States and California Constitutions, as well as the California Welfare and Institutions Code. In Los Angeles County, there were practices of detaining minors without prior judicial determination that there was no other proper or adequate facility available, and of detaining minors in areas that allowed them to communicate with adult detainees.

On June 10, 1986, the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles (Judge Norman Dowds) granted the plaintiff's request for a permanent injunction and enjoined the jail from confining or detaining juveniles in any locked room prior to a judicial determination, confining or detaining juveniles in a cellblock where there were cells reserved for adults, and confining or detaining juveniles where there was opportunity for communication with adult prisoners, finding that the jail's policies violated several provisions of the California Welfare and Institutions Code. The court retained jurisdiction over the case to determine whether the revised policies and procedures were consistent with the terms and provisions of the court's decision and injunction in addition to the California Welfare and Institutions Code, and to determine the plaintiff's costs and attorney's fees. The court awarded the plaintiff costs and attorney's fees, the amount of which were appealed. On June 30, 1988, the California Court of Appeal (Presiding Judge Spencer) affirmed the Superior Court's determination as to the amount of costs and attorney's fees. A. Thomas Hunt v. County of Los Angeles, 249 Cal. Rptr. 660 (Ct. App. 1988).

Kaitlin Corkran - 06/12/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Over/Unlawful Detention
Youth / Adult separation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lennox Substation
Plaintiff Description A taxpayer petitioning against county's practice of detaining juveniles for significant periods of time in facility where they came and remained in contact with adult detainees and prisoners
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Youth Law Center
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
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 1986 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Second Amended Complaint for Injunctive Relief 06/13/1985
JI-CA-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Permanent Injunction 06/10/1986
JI-CA-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Statement of Decision 06/10/1986
JI-CA-0004-0003.pdf | Detail
Reported Opinion 06/30/1988 (249 Cal.Rptr. 660)
JI-CA-0004-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion 09/29/1988 (1988 Cal.LEXIS 1112)
JI-CA-0004-0005.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Judges Dowds, Norman R. (State Appellate Court)
JI-CA-0004-0002 | JI-CA-0004-0003
Spencer, Vaino (State Appellate Court)
JI-CA-0004-0004
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gephart, Randall L. (California)
JI-CA-0004-0001 | JI-CA-0004-0004
McFlynn, Timothy (California)
JI-CA-0004-0001 | JI-CA-0004-0004
Schauffer, Carole B. (California)
JI-CA-0004-0001
Smith, Greer M. (California)
JI-CA-0004-0001
Soler, Mark I. (California)
JI-CA-0004-0001 | JI-CA-0004-0004
Warboys, Loren M. (California)
JI-CA-0004-0001 | JI-CA-0004-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Frederick R. (California)
JI-CA-0004-0004
Clinton, DeWitt W. (California)
JI-CA-0004-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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