Los Angeles, San Diego, and Sacramento counties continue to be heavily impacted by the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act (“Shriver Act”). The Shriver Act was signed into law in the fall of 2009 and gives low-income residents the right to an attorney in unlawful detainer actions. The implementation of the Act has resulted in a much larger number of attorneys representing tenants, increasing the amount of contested cases, as well as complicating these matters by serving discovery and demanding jury trials. The Shriver Act is a pilot project which is set to terminate after six years (2017) unless extended by the Legislature prior to that time.
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