Petitions for Abandonment of Interment Properties

Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code section 9069, the City of Santa Monica has filed petitions with the Los Angeles County Superior Court to recover apparently abandoned graves at the City of Santa Monica’s Woodlawn Cemetery, Mausoleum, and Mortuary.  The City is seeking to recover possession of the grave sites that were sold more than 50 years ago, but have not been used for interment purposes. 

Hearings on these petitions will be heard at 9:00 a.m. beginning February 4, 2022 and continuing through May 6, 2022 according to the schedule below in Department G of the Los Angeles Superior Court, West District (the Santa Monica Courthouse), located at 1725 Main Street.  Any person may review the petitions in person at the office of the cemetery at 1847 14th Street, Santa Monica, or at the City Clerk’s Office, 1685 Main Street, Room 102, Santa Monica, or by clicking on the links below.

Hearings Schedule

City's Notices

Petitions Part 1 - Ainsworth - Dean

Petitions Part 2 - Dickens - Hipple

Petitions Part 3 - Hollenbeck - Moyiner

Petitions Part 4 - Mulkern - Thorpe

Petitions Part 5 - Tullis - Witte


The Court has issued Orders that become final one year after the date on which the Order is dated. The orders are linked below by hearing date.

February 18, 2022 Hearing Orders

February 25, 2022 Hearing Orders

March 4, 2022 Hearing Orders

March 11, 2022 Hearing Orders

April 8, 2022 Hearing Orders

April 15, 2022 Hearing Orders

April 22, 2022 Hearing Orders