928 days: Playhouse case waiting for an open courtroom

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
Ojai Playhouse Theater owner Khaled Al-Awar’s lawsuit against the Golden State Water Company (GSWC) will be back Feb. 24 in Ventura County Superior Court, if not sooner.
Attorneys representing both sides in the litigation were in court Jan. 30, at which time the case was continued to the end of the next month.
Although listed in the docket information as a scheduled jury trial Jan. 30, that court appearance is better understood not as an actual start date but as a “trial call,” according to Ned Elfrink, supervisor of the Ventura County Civil Clerk’s Office, a stage in the process for both parties to declare themselves ready for trial, after which the court specifies a tentative date to begin.
In the interim, Elfrink said, the case would be “trailing,”  meaning that if a courtroom becomes available, the court would issue a 48-hour notice for the 15-day trial to get under way.

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