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Jury Service Begins for Trials Delayed by COVID-19 Pandemic

June 26, 2020

Normally around nine million Californians are summoned to jury service each year—but not this year. Delayed by COVID-19 for nearly three months in most parts of the state, the majority of California’s trial courts are just beginning to hold jury trials again or plan to start in the coming weeks. Depending on local health requirements, building configurations, and the amount of jurors needed, superior courts are using a variety of strategies to ensure the courthouse is safe for people reporting for jury duty. Read More

Last updated: 04/29/2020

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On April 29, 2020, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye issued a statewide order further extending deadlines for California’s superior courts to hold criminal trials.  The order adds a 30-day extension of time, bringing extensions of time to hold criminal trials during the pandemic to a total of 90 days.

The Chief Justice’s order extending deadlines for criminal trials also:

  • Clarifies how to calculate the total 90-day extension of time.
  • Advises courts that further extensions must be requested under Government Code section 68115 with specific facts supporting the request.
  • Urges courts to work with justice partners to encourage and facilitate settlement of pending cases.
Last updated: 04/20/2020

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On April 20, 2020, the Judicial Council adopted Emergency Rule 13 (Effective date for requests to modify support) and revised Emergency Rule 8 (Emergency orders: temporary restraining or protective orders).

Last updated: 04/17/2020

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Emergency Rule 12 in the link provided was adopted by the Judicial Council, effective today. The rule applies in all general civil cases and proceedings under the Family and Probate Codes, unless a court orders otherwise.

Last updated: 04/06/2020

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On Monday, April 6, 2020 the Judicial Council approved 11 temporary emergency rules. See link for details — The 11 rules include: 1. Unlawful Detainers 2. Judicial foreclosures—suspension of actions 3. Use of technology for remote appearances 4. Emergency Bail Schedule 5. Personal appearance waivers of defendants during health emergency 6. Emergency orders: juvenile dependency proceedings 7. Emergency orders: juvenile delinquency proceedings 8. Emergency orders: temporary restraining or protective orders 9. Toll the statutes of limitations for civil causes of action 10. Extensions of time in which to bring a civil action to trial 11. Depositions through remote electronic means

Last updated: 03/30/2020

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California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on Monday, April 6, 2020 issued an order implementing the temporary emergency measures approved by a unanimous vote of the Judicial Council during its emergency meeting.

The order also clarifies the Chief Justice’s March 23 order suspending jury trials for 60 days. The new order clarifies that the 60-day continuance of jury trials is to be calculated from the original trial date.

Last updated: 03/23/2020

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California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye just issued a statewide order suspending all jury trials in California’s superior courts for 60 days and allowing courts to immediately adopt new rules to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her order includes the following directives:

  • All jury trials are suspended and continued for 60 days. Courts may conduct a trial at an earlier date upon finding of good cause shown or through use of remote technology when appropriate.
  • Time periods to begin criminal and civil trials is extended for 60 days, though courts may conduct trials earlier upon finding of good cause or through remote technology when appropriate.
  • Superior courts are authorized to adopt any proposed rules or rule amendment that is intended to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to take effect immediately, without advance circulation for 45 days of public comment. A court adopting any such rule change must immediately distribute the new or amended rule, and no litigant’s substantive rights shall be prejudiced for failing to comply with the requirements of a new or amended rule until at least 20 days after the rule change has been distributed.


Alameda

Last updated: 06/12/2020

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The Superior Court of Alameda County (Court) announced today that, beginning June 15, 2020, it will resume processing papers relating to appeals that have been submitted for filing during the Court’s closure period, which began on March 17, 2020. As set forth in amendments to emergency Local Rule 1.8a, which the Court adopted on June 12, 2020, appeal-related papers that were received between March 17 and March 31 will be processed first, and will be given a June 15 filing date. The Court will process other appellate papers on a rolling basis thereafter.

The Court also announced today that it is ordering the further stay of all unlawful detainer proceedings, including evictions, through and including July 15, 2020. The Court’s further stay is ordered in light of the eviction related discussions that continue at the state and local level, as well as the June 10, 2020, decision of Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council, to suspend the Council’s vote on a Circulating Order (CO-20-10) that would have lifted the statewide general moratorium on unlawful detainer actions and judicial foreclosures.

Given the suspension of the vote on Circulating Order CO-20-10, Judicial Council Emergency Rule 1, adopted April 6, 2020, remains in effect. That rule permits a superior court to issue a summons in an unlawful detainer case where the court finds that the action is necessary to protect public health and safety.

In light of the authority conferred by Emergency Rule 1, the Court, through additional amendments to emergency Local Rule 1.8a, announced today that it will begin accepting new unlawful detainer cases for filing effective June 15, but only where the complaint alleges that the action is necessary to protect public health and safety, including matters where continued occupancy poses an imminent threat to health and safety. After accepting the complaint—which must be accompanied by a declaration alleging the facts supporting the claim that the action is necessary to protect public health and safety—the Court will review the materials and determine whether the action may proceed as permitted by Emergency Rule 1. No parties may take any action on the filed complaint unless and until the Court determines there to be an appropriate emergency risk and issues the related summons. Failure to comply with emergency Local Rule 1.8a may result in sanctions as provided by law.

Finally, in recognition of the fact that most proceedings are being conducted remotely during the COVID-19 crisis, and given the need to ensure reliable electronic communication with litigants and counsel, the Court today adopted further amendments to emergency Local Rule 1.8a requiring filers to include a current email contact address on every pleading or form filed with the Court, even where doing so would otherwise be optional. The Court also adopted amendments to emergency Local Rule 1.8b that further clarify video remote hearing connections using the BlueJeans platform.


Alpine

Last updated: 06/02/2020

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Commencing June 22,2020 criminal matters will no longer be heard remotely.

The Court will be in regular session. Persons charged with criminal matters who have not retained private counsel are instructed to contact the Alpine County Public Defender, Eric Acevedo, aI 530 542-2515 or 530 541-9619 eacevedolaw mail.com at least two working days prior to their scheduled hearing.

lf you think you may have coronavirus, if you have recently traveled overseas or to a high-risk area, or if you have symptoms such as a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, do not come to the courthouse but rather, contact the court at 530 694-2113.

The following measures will be implemented to ensure the safety of those attending court proceedings:

  1. All persons coming onto the courthouse grounds will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth and to maintain proper social distancing of at least 6 feet while waiting to be admitted to the court. Properly masked members of the same household need not remain 6 feet apart. This restriction applies from the time you walk onto the courthouse grounds, while you are outside the court building itself.
  2. A “check-in” table will be set up outside the courthouse for all persons with matters on the court calendar. The tables will be equipped with a protective shield. The clerks at the tables will wear masks and gloves. No one shall address the clerks, bailiffs, or other court personnel unless they are wearing a protective mask.
  3. Those persons wishing to confer with the Public Defender must be properly masked and will be directed to a consultation area that will be equipped with a protective shield.
  4. Upon being admitted into the courthouse, you will be directed to designated seating within the courtroom. There will be a limit on the number of persons admitted into the courthouse at any given time. Those waiting outside, must continue to maintain the proper social distancing.
  5. Once your matter is concluded, you will be given direction as to the order of exit from the courtroom. Pursuant to the Emergency Orders issued by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, all civil and traffic matters scheduled to be heard in the Alpine County Superior Court will continue to be heard remotely, that is, by telephonic conference, until further order of court. The Alpine County Clerk’s Office can be contacted at 530 694- 2113 to provide the information necessary for remote appearances.

Civil Matters: Civil matters will be heard as scheduled by telephone conference. Attorneys, and/or parties without counsel, are instructed to contact the Alpine County Clerk’s Office at 530 694-21’13 to obtain the information necessary to make remote appearances.

Traffic Mafters: Traffic matters will be heard on the dates indicated on your citation. You retain the option of (1) paying the fine without appearance: (2) requesting a trial by declaration: or (3) appearing, via telephone conference, on the date indicated on your citation. lf you wish to appear, you are instructed to contact the Alpine County Clerk’s Ofiice at 530 694-2113 to obtain the information necessary for your remote appearance via telephone conference. Traffic trials will be conducted remotely. Should you wish to submit exhibits for consideration at trial, you must ensure that the exhibits are received by the court no later than the day before your scheduled trial. Be advised that you must act on one ofthe three options noted above or a finding of guilt will be entered when your matter is called pursuant to Vehicle Code 40509.


Amador

Last updated: 06/11/2020

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The court, in an effort to comply with directives issued by federal, state and local officials intended to control the spread of the covid-19 virus, will be functioning on a modified schedule.

Effective June 1, 2020, the Amador Superior Court will resume all calendars. All calendars will be heard remotely if possible.

The Clerk’s office will be open for filing and other business from 9:00am until 3:00pm. The Court will regulate the number of individuals in the clerks office, the courtrooms, hallways, jury assembly room and other public areas. The court will ensure social distancing while in the courthouse.

Jury trials continue to be suspended until June 22, 2020.

All orders issued by the Chief Justice of California remain in effect. Effective June 29, 2020 the court will resume summonsing jurors for jury trials. The court will be taking precautions to ensure social distancing for those appearing for jury service including reduced reporting numbers, modified check-in, and additional waiting areas. Face masks are not required (or provided) for entrance into the courthouse. The court has also increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of all areas within the building.


Butte

Last updated: 06/12/2020

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Access to the courthouse remains limited to only those individuals who have business with the court unless fut1her allowed or restricted as reflected herein. For all persons entering or remaining inside a Butte Superior Court, a protective mask must be worn at all times with the following exceptions: A mask worn by a judicial officer may be removed while on the bench or while in chambers. No person is required to enter chambers if the judge is not then wearing a mask. A mask worn by court personnel may be removed at a non-public work station, or a public work station where a partition is in place between court personnel and the public or other court user. A mask may be removed when addressing the court or testifying during a proceeding.

The obligation to wear a mask applies to all individuals, including defendants and regardless of custody status. The Sheriffs Office is afforded discretion on enforcement as the situation warrants, including issues surrounding a child wearing a mask and when a court user reps to the Sheriffs Office a medical need to not wear a mask. Exclusion from a courthouse or court room will be enforced to adhere to safe social distancing and limited seating. Emergency Local Rules remain in place. This order on Mitigation Measures is effective June 15, 2020 and remains in effect until rescinded by the court.


Calaveras

Last updated: 05/14/2020

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Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, the Court will be opening the clerk’s window but only to those wearing a face covering. The drop box and eFiling remains available alternative options. To minimize the amount of people in the clerk’s window lobby, everyone must use the Kiosk to pull a number. Once your number is called you will be allowed into the clerk’s window lobby area to proceed to the counter. All others will remain in the general lobby until their number is called maintaining social distancing at all times.

Those appearing in court are required to wait in the main upstairs lobby and maintain social distancing until their case is called.

The Self-Help Center will not be opening at this time, we will continue to assist people via phone at 209-754-1443 and email. (This will continue to be evaluated as the State moves into the Stage 3.) In addition, The Judicial Council of California provides a wealth of online self-help information and resources via The California Courts Self-Help Center. To access this online center visit https://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm

Mediations will continue to be conducted by phone until further notice.

Payments can be made online at wwww.calaveras.courts.ca.gov or by mail with check, money order or cashier’s check. Please do not send cash.

Record Search Requests may be submitted by mail, fax (209-754-6296), or email records@calaveras.courts.ca.gov.

General Information – Please refer to the Court’s website at www.calaveras.courts.ca.gov for information regarding services, calendars and divisions. You can contact the Court by phone at 209-754-9800 or by email at www.calaveras.courts.ca.gov/info/contact.

The Judicial Council of California also provides a wealth of online self-help information and resources via The California Courts Self-Help Center. To access this online center visit https://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm.


Colusa

Last updated: 05/29/2020

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The Superior Court of California, County of Colusa will resume limited operations to the public effective Monday, June 1, 2020.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever ▪ cough ▪ difficulty breathing,) or believe you have been exposed to the virus, please do not come to the courthouse.

The following adjustments to our calendars and operations will be made effective Monday, June 1, 2020 through Thursday, July 2, 2020.

Court calendars will be limited to:

Anyone (i.e. Attorneys, Plaintiffs/Petitioners, Respondents/Defendants, Prosecutors, Probation Officers, Interpreters, Court Reporters, Officers/Deputies, Victims, Witnesses, Observers) making a physical appearance in court is REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACIAL COVERING.

Courtroom seating is very limited. You may be asked to wait outside and if so, you will be called into the building when your case is called.

  • Title IV-D Cases (DCSS) Calendar will be held on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. in Department 1. All appearances will be made via telephone and/or Zoom. If a physical appearance is made, facial coverings are required.
  • Juvenile Calendar will be held on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. in Department 1. Counsel, Department and all parties are strongly encouraged to appear via Zoom. If a physical appearance is made, facial coverings are required.
  • Civil Law and Motion, Small Claims Calendar will be held on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. in Department 2. Counsel and all parties are strongly encouraged to appear via CourtCall. If a physical appearance is made, facial coverings are required.
  • Traffic Arraignment Calendar will be held on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. in Department 2. Counsel and/or defendants making a physical appearance are required to wear a facial covering.
  • Traffic Court Trials Calendar will be held on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. in Department 2. Counsel, Officers/Deputies, Defendants are strongly encouraged to appear via Zoom. If a physical appearance is made, facial coverings are required.
  • Civil Law and Motion Calendar will be held on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. in Department 1. Counsel and all parties are strongly encouraged to appear via CourtCall. If a physical appearance is made, facial coverings are required.
  • Criminal Felony & Misdemeanor: Atty. Williams Calendar will be held on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. in Department 2. Counsel to appear 977 on behalf of Defendant. If a defendant is making a physical appearance, a facial covering is required.
  • Criminal Arraignments Calendar will be held on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in Department 2. Counsel to appear 977 on behalf of Defendant. Counsel and/or defendants making a physical appearance are required to wear a facial covering.
  • Criminal Felony & Misdemeanor: Private Counsel Calendar will be held on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. in Department 2. Counsel to appear 977 on behalf of Defendant. Counsel is strongly encouraged to appear via Zoom. If counsel and/or a defendant is making a physical appearance, a facial covering is required.
  • Criminal Felony & Misdemeanor: Atty. Smith Calendar will be held on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in Department 2. Counsel to appear 977 on behalf of Defendant. If a defendant is making a physical appearance, a facial covering is required.
  • In-custody arraignments will be held as needed.

To further reduce the number of individuals in the courthouse, entrance shall be limited to those individuals conducting legitimate business. Parties, their attorneys, witnesses, and those required to participate may enter the courthouse on the day of their hearings. All visitors and observers are to remain outside of the courthouse.

While at the courthouse, individuals are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings, practice appropriate hygiene and maintain the suggested six-foot social distancing measures. If making a physical appearance in a courtroom a facial covering is required.

Other operations will be modified as follows:

The Clerk’s Office will be open between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday except court holidays. The court recommends all persons utilize the drop box for all filing types located at the courthouse at 532 Oak Street, Colusa, CA 95932 in lieu of visiting the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office is open as indicated above, but the number of people allowed in the lobby will be limited. The
drop box will be checked multiple times each business day by the Clerk’s Office and filings will continue to be processed in a timely manner. Filings can also be submitted by mail. If your filing necessitates a response from the Court, you should include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Court users should utilize various options available to minimize the necessity of coming to the courthouse. Those are:

  • For general questions, you may contact the Clerk’s Office by telephone between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. by calling (530)458-5149.
  • In-person Self-Help services are available, but the number of people allowed in the center will be limited. Appointment are strongly encouraged. Family Law Facilitator appointments are available by telephone and/or Zoom, Monday through Wednesday. Please call (530)458-0598 to schedule an appointment. Self-Help information is also available on our website.
  • Appointments with the Mediator will be held via phone and Zoom to the extent possible.
  • Telephone payments can be made by calling (833)460-8565.
  • Online payment options are available at www.colusacourtpay.com
  • Please call (530)458-0598 to schedule an appointment.
  • Telephonic and Video appearance are available in certain case types. Please reference the Court calendar information. For telephonic appearances, please contact CourtCall. For Zoom appearances, please email justicepartners@colusa.courts.ca.gov

Access to justice is an important right of each citizen. The decision to limit functions within the court was made based on information provided by federal and state health officials and in an attempt to protect the public and staff from exposure to COVID-19.

Further adjustments may be made to the Court’s calendar, depending on the changing circumstances of the public health threat of COVID-19. The court will monitor the situation and continue to consult with the Judicial Council. Please check the Court’s website at www.colusa.courts.ca.gov for updates. We regret any inconvenience this closure may cause.


Contra Costa

Last updated: 05/18/2020

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ALL COURT LOCATIONS WILL REOPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON MAY 26, 2020 AT 8:00 A.M.

Entrances and Exits. All buildings will operate a single entry/exit point.

Please follow all signs carefully. The Court Street entrance for the Wakefield Taylor building in Martinez will not be open; use the Main Street entrance only.

No Nonessential Parties. Due to social distancing limitations, individuals who are not essential to Court matters should not accompany parties to Court for any matter or case type.

Drop Box Filings. Drop boxes will still be available from 9 A.M. – 3 P.M.
(one hour after clerk’s office closure). Because clerk’s offices wil experience high demand and significant wait times, the Court encourages you to file items by drop box. Items placed in the drop box before 3:00 p.m. will be file-stamped that day. Drop box locations are:

  • Civil: Main Street entrance of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez.
  • Criminal: Main Street entrance of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez.
  • Family: Main entrance of Family Law building in Martinez.
  • Juvenile: Main entrance of the Walnut Creek Courthouse.
  • Probate: Main Street entrance of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez.
  • Pittsburg and Richmond courthouses: These drop boxes are available only for filings in case types heard at those locations. Jury Service. Jury service will resume. Be assured that we are working with the County Health Department to ensure your safety. Those summoned must follow the rules above for access to the Court, including wearing masks. To obey social distancing requirements, jurors will be called in twohour blocks. See your jury summons for call-in information. No more than 50 jurors will be present in a jury assembly room at any time. If you are sick, exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or are a high-risk individual (e.g., over 60 years of age, immunocompromised, etc.), the Court will excuse you from service upon proof. Please call 925-608-1000 and follow the prompts for Jury Services.
  • Emergency Local Rules. All Emergency Local Rules remain in effect unless otherwise noted or as superseded by effect of the Court’s reopening. Rules are available at:http://www.cc-courts.org/local-rules/local-rules.aspx
  • Filing Holidays. The Court is open for filing as of May 26, 2020. Filing holidays under this Court’s Implementation Orders and/or Emergency Local Rules expire as of the Court’s reopening. Judicial Council Emergency Rules of Court and/or orders of the Chief Justice, available on the Court’s website, may further extend filing holidays in certain cases. Review these carefully.

Records. The Court Records office in Martinez remains closed. The Court will only accept records requests and requests for background checks via drop box or mail, subject to all legal confidentiality exceptions. Do not wait in line or come to a clerk’s window with a records request. Request forms may be downloaded from the appropriate Court Records webpage:

  • For Criminal matters and background checks: http://www.cccourts.org/criminal/records.aspx. Submit by mail or use the Criminal drop box.
  • For any other matters: http://www.cc-courts.org/civil/records.aspx. Submit by mail or use the drop box for the appropriate case type.

Specific Matters

  • Restraining Orders. The Court continues to accept applications for domestic violence, civil harassment, and gun violence restraining orders. For civil restraining orders, please review the Civil Emergency Local Rules. For domestic violence restraining orders and emergency protective orders, please review the Family Emergency Local Rules.
  • Traffic. The Court is in the process of rescheduling all traffic matters and you will receive a notice of new dates. Read your notice carefully: The location of your matter may differ from your original notice. All traffic matters have been granted a 120-day extension which also applies to payment deadlines as well as deadlines for traffic school and community service completion.
  • Small Claims. The Court will reschedule all small claims matters and provide notice of new dates. Read your notice carefully: The location of your matter may differ from your original notice.
  • Unlawful Detainer. The Judicial Council’s Emergency Rules of Court prohibit the Court from issuing a summons on any new unlawful detainer complaints, with limited exceptions for urgent public health and safety matters. For matters involving violence, threats of violence, and/or health and safety issues, parties should provide documents with the filing, such as a declaration under oath, relating facts supporting the urgency on those grounds.
  • Civil Limited and Unlimited.
    • Hearings and filings will proceed under the Civil Emergency Local Rules. Hearings from May 18, 2020 through May 27, 2020, will go forward on fully-briefed matters. Briefs for hearings on May 28, 2020, or thereafter must be filed under normal statutory timeframes even if that requires a filing during the closure period. Review the Civil Emergency Local Rules for further information.
    • The CourtCall process in the Civil Emergency Local Rules will be used for all hearings until further notice. Do not come to Court for your hearings.
    • Review the Complex Emergency Local Rules for procedures for Complex cases.
  • Probate. All matters should be submitted via drop box. The Probate File Examiner Office will not be open to accept ex parte submissions until further notice. Review the Probate Emergency Local Rules for information on hearings and use of remote technology. The Probate department will be providing additional guidance separately.
  • Criminal Virtual and Emergency Courtrooms. These courtrooms will close as of May 26, 2020, except by written stipulation of the parties approved by the Presiding Judge.

Del Norte

Last updated: 05/27/2020

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Del Norte Superior Court Clerk’s Office will be open to the public beginning June 1st. Public Counter hours will be 9am to 1pm. Only two people will be allowed in the lobby at one time to comply with Social Distancing Standards. Those waiting to come in the clerk’s office will need to social distance in the main lobby area. Face masks are encourage to comply with the Department of Public Health’s recommendation of May 15, 2020. The Superior Court of California, County of Del Norte will continue limited operations to the public. Starting May 26, 2020, the Court will be open daily on a limited basis to maximize safety and yet protect the public’s right to access their government and seek justice.

Most courtroom proceedings that have been temporarily discontinued since March 2020, will be conducted telephonically whenever possible, and some in-person appearances will also be held, as necessary on a limited basis maximizing social distancing.

No jury trials will be conducted until the Judicial Council’s moratorium has expired.

The clerk’s office will remain closed to the public through May 29th. Filings will continue to be accepted through the secured mailbox in the courthouse lobby or by mail. Counter hours will be opened starting Monday, June 1st , with limitations and adhering to the Public Health Officer’s Order. Paperwork received over the counter will be continued to be quarantined for a 24-hour period. Therefore, please plan accordingly.

The court recommends all persons utilize drop boxes to submit documents for filing and pick­up documents in the area provided in the courthouse in lieu of visiting the clerk’s offices. The number of people allowed in lobby areas will be limited to comply with social distancing.

The court strongly recommends all persons wear masks or face coverings and continue to follow hygiene recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Public Health. Social distancing will be enforced in court facilities and the number of public entering the building will be subject to space limitations on a first come basis.

Any person that is currently sick, displaying symptoms of COVID-19, is an older adult, or is in a high risk group due to medical conditions should contact their attorney if they have one, or the court if they do not have an attorney, to address their court date to prevent a warrant from being issued. Questions may be addressed to the court at (707) 464-8115. Otherwise, Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms or is not feeling well will not be allowed in court buildings.


El Dorado

Last updated: 05/14/2020

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In addition to the Chief’s Statewide Emergency Order of March 30, 2020: All Clerk’s Counters will be closed to the public in all Court facilities. The Office of the Family Law Facilitator / Self Help Center located at the Main Street Courthouse at 495 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667 will be closed to in-person assistance. All clinics and workshops are cancelled. Self-Help staff will be available to assist members of the public via email and telephone only. Vacating Pending Commercial Eviction Trials: All commercial eviction trials pending before the court through May 29, 2020 will be vacated. Due to the ongoing state of emergency relating to COVID-19, the court will issue tentative rulings on Family Law Request for Order matters that have been vacated between March 15, 2020, and May 30, 2020. For these matters only, the court will follow the procedure outlined below. For all other matters in which a tentative ruling is issued the procedure as outlined in Local Rule 7.10.05 will be followed. The court will provide written notice to the parties regarding the date the tentative ruling on their matter will be available. Tentative rulings will be available at 2:00 pm on the date assigned by the court. Tentative rulings can be obtained either online or by telephone. ONLINE: Tentative rulings will be posted at 2:00 pm and identified by initial hearing date. The tentative ruling posted online will provide the court’s ruling and rationale. Tentative rulings can be accessed at: http://www.eldoradocourt.org/onlineservices/tentativerulings.html
TELEPHONE: Tentative rulings will be available by calling 530-621-6726 at 2:00 pm on the date assigned by the court. Tentative rulings by telephone will provide the disposition of the matter only, without the
rationale.

Tentative Ruling Procedure (Please read thoroughly)

  1. Acceptance of tentative ruling:
    • If a party accepts the tentative ruling which has been issued, or does not wish to oppose it, no further action is necessary and the ruling will become the court’s order pursuant to California Rule of Court, rule 3.1308(a)(1).
    • If a party does not accept the tentative ruling in its entirety, that party MUST notify the court, and all other parties to the action, of their request for oral argument prior to 4:00 pm on the day the tentative ruling was issued, including the specific aspects of the tentative ruling the party wishes to challenge. A party requesting oral argument must follow the procedures listed below in section 2.
    • If the court does not receive a request for oral argument from any party before 4:00 pm on the day the tentative ruling is issued, the tentative ruling will automatically become the final order of the court pursuant to California Rule of Court, rule 3.1308(a)(1).
  2. Procedure to Request Oral Argument:
    • A notice of request for oral argument must be transmitted to the court either electronically through the court’s web site, or via telephone call before 4:00 pm on the day the tentative ruling is issued.
    • The party requesting oral argument MUST notify all other parties prior to 4:00 pm on the day the tentative ruling was issued of their request for oral argument and the specific aspects of the ruling that the party wishes to challenge. The court will not provide this notice.
    • Electronic requests must be sent directly from the tentative rulings link on the court’s web site by clicking the “Request for Oral Argument” button on the department’s tentative ruling page. The court will not accept any other form of electronic notice.
    • Phone requests must be made by calling 530-621-6725. The party making the request must provide all required information on the request form found on the court’s web site. The court will not accept any other form of telephonic notice.
    • Notice to all parties of your request for oral argument must be made by telephone or electronically pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 3.1308 and Emergency rule 12. Proof of Service showing notice must be filed with the court prior to the hearing date.
  3. Scheduling of Oral Argument
    • If the court receives a request for oral argument, the court will notify the parties of their hearing date. Due to the on-going state of emergency relating to COVID-19, and court closures, the hearing date will be set after the court resumes operations.
    • Please note that your matter may be set for a remote hearing, which may include telephonic and/or video appearances.
      • Self-represented litigants and counsel should contact the court and update their contact information as soon as possible to assist the court in providing information to the parties regarding tentative rulings and hearing dates.
    • Matters for which the total time estimate is 10 minutes or less will be heard on the Law and Motion calendar. Matters with longer time estimates will be set for a long cause hearing on another date.

The court finds good cause to deviate from the procedures outlined in Local Rule 7.10.05 and California Rule of Court 3.1308 based upon the Emergency Orders issued by Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and the Implementation Orders issued by Presiding Judge Suzanne Kingsbury, and in consideration of the public health emergency declared locally by the County of El Dorado, state-wide by the Governor of the State of California, and nationally by the President of the United States, relating to the current public health emergency.


Fresno

Last updated: 07/01/2020

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On May 1, 2020, the Court issued an Order implementing a judicial emergency order allowing the Fresno Superior Court to, inter alia, extend the time periods provided in sections 632 and 637 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending wardship proceedings and charged with a felony must be given a detention hearing or rehearing. (Gov. Code, §68115(a) (11)). This Court’s authority for the requested extension was expressly sought and granted for the period from May 4, 2020 until May 29, 2020.

In the same Order this Court reiterated that, pursuant to the Chief Justice’s March 30, 2020 statewide order the, Court continued to extend the time period provided in section 859b of the Penal Code for the holding of a preliminary examination and the defendant’s right to release from 10 court days to not more than 30 court days. (May Order, para. 4, p.3, lines 24-28.). Similarly, pursuant to the Chief Justice’s April 29, 2020 statewide order, the 60-day continuance of criminal jury trials and the 60-day extension of time in which to conduct a criminal trial under Penal Code section 1382 were extended an additional 30 days.

The total extension of 90 days was to be calculated from the last date on which the trial initially could have been conducted under Penal Code section 1382. (May Order, para. 6, p. 4, lines 6-21).

Finally, in the May 1, 2020, order of this Court, pursuant to the Chief Justice’s March 30, 2020, statewide order, the Court continued to extend the time period provided in Code of Civil Procedure sections 583.310 and 583.320 for the holding of a civil trial for a period of sixty (60) days from the last date on which the statutory deadline otherwise would have expired. (May Order, para. 8, p. 4, line 27 – p. 5, line 8).

As the Court works to overcome the detrimental impact the current pandemic has had on court operations, it was on May 1, 2020, and has been since, the intent of this Court to implement the statewide orders of the Chief Justice to their fullest.

Such statewide orders and this Court’s implementation of those orders remains in effect until the Chief Justice rescinds or modifies them. To date the Chief Justice has taken no such action. The Superior Court of California, County of Fresno, will be re-opening the archives division effective Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Following the current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Court will require adherence to social distancing guidelines – including a mandatory facial covering and a minimum of six feet distance between each person while in court facilities. Furthermore, to enforce social distancing, the archives division will only allow 2-5 members of the public in the office at any point in time and for a maximum period of 15 minutes. A line will form outside the entrance following social distancing practices.


Glenn

Last updated: 07/01/2020

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The court is requiring social distancing. Please maintain 6 feet of separation from other individuals whenever possible when at a court location. Individuals in a courtroom will be asked to sit apart from one another. You may also be asked to wait outside the courtroom, in another room, or outside the facility until your case is heard. Please note that according to the CDC, a “face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.” In alignment with the statewide guidance released on 6/18/20, which is a public health order, all individuals must wear a face mask/covering when inside a court location. Please bring your own mask when visiting a court location, but a disposable mask will be provided to you if you do not have one.

The statewide guidance can be viewed here:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID19/Guidance-for-Face-Coverings_06-18-2020.pdf

The clerk’s office is open, but the number of windows providing services and the number of individuals allowed to enter at a time are being reduced in order to maintain social distancing.

Please abide by posted notices when accessing the clerk’s office. You may be asked to stand and/or wait away from a window while being assisted.

Documents may also be filed using the drop box or by mail.


Humboldt

Last updated: 06/23/2020

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Humboldt Superior Court has been granted an Emergency Order by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil Sakauye which allows criminal trials for cases in which the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire between June 22, 2020 and August 6, 2020, inclusive, to be extended by not more than 30 days.

In addition to the issuance of the Implementation Order for the 30-day continuance of criminal trials, Presiding Judge Joyce Hinrichs also issued the Administrative Order which reinstated the Humboldt County 2020 Bail Schedule. “The Court is gearing up to reconvene jury trials and will be summoning jurors to appear beginning the middle of July. Limitations created by the COVID-19 social distancing requirement, will minimize the ability to have spectators in the courtrooms which will require ongoing use of technology to provide access to public court proceedings.”

The Clerk’s office phone hours have now been expanded – 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Documents can continue to be filed in the Court’s drop box on I Street or be sent in the mail. The Clerk’s office public counter will be opening up in the near future. Safeguards are being made which limits the number of people that can simultaneously be in the Clerk’s office lobby. Wearing masks still continues to be a requirement. Social distancing requirements will also be a limiting factor for people to be on the second floor of the courthouse.

Calendars continue to be posted daily on the Court’s website: https://www.humboldt.courts.ca.gov/

If you have a hearing scheduled do not come to the Courthouse. If you are represented by an attorney, contact your attorney, if you represent yourself, check the daily court calendar to confirm if your case is scheduled. If your hearing is scheduled, follow the directions on the Court’ s website to access the hearing with your phone or computer. If you receive a Notice to Appear for a criminal arraignment, you will need to contact your attorney if you have one, or appear in person in the arraignment courtroom. “We know that many folks are wondering what is going on with their cases, and want to assure that hearings will continue to be re-noticed for any missed court dates. If they have an attorney, they should check with their attorney, and if they do not, they will be getting information in the mail. If they are unsure if the Court has their most current address, they should provide that to the Court,” Presiding Judge Hinrichs stated.


Imperial

Last updated: 05/07/2020

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The Imperial County Superior Court is currently hearing the following via remote technology: criminal and misdemeanor cases; juvenile hearings, and some civil and probate matters. Effective May 11th, some family law matters will be heard remotely. Traffic, small claims and family support are all being continued. Attorneys and parties have received and will continue to receive notice of continued matters.

Attorneys and parties can also check the Court’s online calendars at https://imperial.courts.ca.gov/CourtCalendars/Public/MCalendars.aspx to determine if matters are on calendar. If a matter is on calendar the remote links will be provided to parties and attorneys by emailing court@imperial.courts.ca.gov and providing the name and case number of the case.

The Brawley and Winterhaven courthouses remain closed to the public. The main courthouse at 939 Main Street in El Centro is open on a limited basis for the filing of paperwork involving children, for restraining orders and cases involving public safety. Paperwork must be completed and ready to file before access is allowed. Health and safety measures are being taken for those who do enter such as the taking of temperatures, requirement of masks and social distancing.

There are currently no jury trials taking place due to the emergency but jury summonses are being sent and those receiving a summons must still comply and call in. Otherwise, if they do not call in, their names may be placed on panels a few months from now as opposed to one year from now.

The Court anticipates that jury trials will begin in the near future as California opens in stages as outlined by Governor Newsom. When that occurs, jurors and others coming into the courthouses can rest assured we are doing all we can to protect the health and safety of those who enter our buildings. The Imperial County Superior Court has been complimented by staff, other agencies, and medical personnel on the steps being taken to protect those who are doing essential work and those who enter for court business. The steps include nightly fogging with industrial disinfectant of all public areas of our courthouses, hand sanitizer stations throughout the buildings and clearly marked social distancing. When the public is allowed access, including jurors, we will continue to take steps as recommended by the respective health departments to protect those who work and enter our buildings. An outline of what has been and is being done to protect our staff and those who enter our buildings is listed on our web site: http://www.imperial.courts.ca.gov.

The public can watch court proceedings at kiosks located at the El Centro and Brawley courthouses. Effective May 1st, the public can listen to all court hearings that are not confidential. The phone numbers and access numbers are available on our court web page at https://imperial.courts.ca.gov/CourtCalendars/Public/MCalendars.aspx. It is against the California Rules of Court to record any court proceeding and violations are subject to contempt of court actions.


Inyo

Last updated: 03/27/2020

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Modifications to court operations have been made effective March 23, 2020 through Friday, April 17, 2020. Pending Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction Cases: Effective immediately, any promise to appear signed by a defendant in an infraction case requiring the defendant to appear in court on a specific date, scheduled between March 23, 2020 to and including April 17, 2020, is vacated on the court’s own motion. The court will reset the arraignment (or other pre-trial proceeding) for a later date, and give notice in writing to the defendant at his address of record. The court will not allow any request for an arraignment (or other pre-trial proceeding) prior to the promise to appear date stated in the citation, or the court rescheduling notice, whichever is later. Any infraction court trial previously scheduled for a date in April 2020 is hereby vacated and rescheduled by the court. Cases in which there is no time waiver will be rescheduled, pursuant to the court’s emergency authority approved by the Chief Justice, to a date within 30 days of the last date the trial could have been otherwise timely set. Notice of the rescheduled court trial will be given by the clerk in writing to the defendant at his or her address-of-record, or to his or her attorney, if represented by counsel. Cases in which there is a time waiver for court trial will be rescheduled by the court to a trial date in June 2020, (or later if the arresting officer is not available to testify at an available trial date in June). Notice of the rescheduled court trial will be given by the clerk in writing to the defendant at his or her address-of-record, or to his or her attorney, if represented by counsel.


Kern

Last updated: 05/12/2020

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Kern County Superior Court Presiding Judge Judith K. Dulcich and Court Executive Officer Tamarah Harber-Pickens are pleased to announce the addition of more court services beginning May 4, 2020 through the use of innovative Video Conferencing and Telephone Appearances. The Court now has the ability to conduct Felony Arraignments via video for Defendants who are in the custody of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department and the ability to do some felony preliminary hearings via remote video conferencing. Video remote conferencing of many court hearings will also be available on a limited basis in the Shafter and Delano Courts, and the Juvenile, Probate and Family Law Courts. Some Civil cases may be eligible to conduct video settlements on a “per request” basis. Telephone appearances by attorneys are available in all courts for many types of cases. Although all Clerk’s windows, Family Law Facilitator, Family Court Services (mediation), and Self-Help remain closed for in person visits, they are still available via telephone or webmail.

Please refer to our webpage for each Department’s contact information. The “E-file” system in Civil and Family Law and drop boxes for all Divisions are available for any filings. Additionally, the Court is working on instituting appointment systems, video conferencing, and check-in with text call back systems when these Departments are able to open fully to the public. During our period of Reduced Services, many court hearings were rescheduled to later dates. If you are unsure as to the new date for your court appearance, please contact the appropriate Court Division. Case information is also available through our website. Entry to Kern County Superior Courthouses is still restricted at this time to those persons required to appear in person for a court hearing. This will generally include and be limited to parties, their attorneys and witnesses subpoenaed to testify. Facial coverings for both the public and employees are encouraged.

Criminal jury trials and hearings are being rescheduled by the Court in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If a party believes that his/her trial or hearing is rescheduled to a date, that is in excess of what the party believes is an allowable time frame for a speedy trial, taking into consideration Penal Code §1382, in combination with the Emergency Orders issued by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court during the COVID19 pandemic, the party or counsel must notify the Court to request that the case be advanced to a date that is at least ten court days prior to the date the party or attorney believes is the last date for a speedy trial.

Failure to contact the Court to lodge an objection to the rescheduling and request an earlier date will be deemed to be consent to the new date set by the Court. The Court’s website contains contact information for the appropriate Court and Division for each case.

This rule will remain in effect unless amended or rescinded.


Kings

Last updated: 06/16/2020

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On June 15th, 2020 The Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court and Chair of the Judicial Council determined that the conditions described in Government Code section 68115(a) continue to exist in Kings County and therefore she authorized this Court to issue an implementation order extending the deadline for jury trials.

WHEREAS after balancing the Constitutional due process rights of parties in criminal and civil cases with the health and safety of these parties, the public, court staff, judicial officers, attorneys, witnesses, jurors, law enforcement officers, deputy Sheriffs, probation officers and other persons present during court proceedings;

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

  1. The time period provided in Penal Code section 1382 for the holding of a criminal trial is extended by no more than 30 days from the last date on which the statutory deadline otherwise would have expired. This order is applicable only to cases in which the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from June 16, 2020, to July 16, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code section 68115(a)(10); Executive Order N-38-20 (03-27-2020).
  2. These extensions are in addition to any relief provided pursuant to any specific emergency order issued under a subdivision of Government Code section 68115 related to any other extension or form of relief.
  3. The Kings County Superior Court is to make use of available technology, when possible, to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely.
  4. Any statute, local rule or California Rule of Court which would prevent the court from using technology to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely are suspended.


Lake

Last updated: 05/29/2020

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On March 18, 2020, Lake County Health Officer issued a Shelter in Place Order for Lake County. On March 19, 2020 Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order ordering all Californians to stay at home. As of today, both orders remain in place. Even as reopening begins, the COVID-19 pandemic continues and it is apparent that social distancing, limits on gatherings, and mandatory face coverings will remain in place for weeks and, in some form, potentially months to come.

The court provides an essential government service and has taken significant steps in an effort to comply with the Health Officer’s Order and to protect court users and staff from the spread of COVID-19. As the court prepares to reopen and begin providing in-person services to the public, we have limited the number of cases on calendar, will require social distancing in court facilities, and continue to handle
matters via remote means whenever possible. Pursuant to the Health Officer’s May 21, 2020 Order (C20-06), the court will require face coverings for anyone entering a court facility.

Remote Court Hearings

The court will continue to hold the following hearings by remote appearance only. All attorneys and parties MUST APPEAR BY PHONE/VIDEO as directed by the court. The court will provide instructions for the remote appearance. Hearing dates for the following calendars will remain as presently set.

  • Daily In-custody Criminal Arraignments
  • Juvenile Detention Hearings
  • Felony Law & Motion, Department 3, Tuesdays at 8:15 am
  • Sentencings, Department 3, Mondays at 1:30 pm
  • Misdemeanor Disposition/Setting and Motions, Department 1, Mondays at 8:15 am and 1:30 pm
  • Misdemeanor Settlement Conferences, Department 1, Tuesdays at 1:30 pm
  • Civil Law & Motion, Department 2, Mondays at 9:00 am
  • Civil Case Management, Department 2, Mondays at 10:30 am
  • Conservatorships, Department 2, Mondays at 1:30 pm
  • Probate, Department 2, Mondays at 2:00 pm
  • Department of Child Support Services Family Support, Clearlake Branch Tuesdays at 9:00 am
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Department 2, Tuesdays at 8:15 am
  • Family Law & Motion, Department 2, Tuesdays at 10:00 am

  • Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency Calendars, Mondays, 8:18am/1:30pm, Department 4
  • Civil Harassment Restraining Order Calendar, Tuesdays, 8:15am, Department 4

Trials and Contested Hearings

The court will begin conducting in-person trials or contested hearings the week of June 15, 2020. The number of cases set on a given date/time have been limited to allow for appropriate social distancing.

Felony Law & Motion, Preliminary Hearings

The felony law and motion calendar will be held by remote appearance. However, out-of-custody defendants ordered to appear will be required to attend in person. Preliminary hearings will continue to be held in person.

Misdemeanor Arraignment Calendar

The misdemeanor arraignment calendar will begin the week of June 8, 2020. This calendar will be held in person. The number of cases set on a given date/time have been limited to allow for appropriate social distancing.

Jury Trials

The court will begin conducting jury trials sometime after June 22, 2020, when necessary. If you receive a jury summons for a date after June 22, 2020 you are required to appear. Steps have been taken to minimize the risk to jurors, including reducing the number of jurors who are summoned to appear at one time. Additional details are provided with the jury summons.

Clearlake Branch Operations: Small Claims/Traffic/Unlawful Detainer
The Clearlake Branch will begin holding court calendars beginning June 22, 2020. Unlawful detainer cases will be set in compliance with Statewide Emergency Rules 1 and 2.

Self-Help Center

The Self-Help Center will continue to provide service by remote means only. Litigants can contact the Self-Help Center by phone (707) 994-4612, or email self.help@lake.courts.ca.gov for assistance.

Court Clerk’s Offices

The Court Clerk’s Offices will reopen June 8, 2020 to the public. The public is encouraged to continue to make use of the drop-box whenever possible, to avoid a person-to-person interaction. As the situation is quickly evolving, we will keep the public up to date on our website www.lake.courts.ca.gov.

All Judicial Council forms may be found at https://www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm


Lassen

Last updated: 04/02/2020

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All provisions of General Orders 2020-01; 2020-02; 2020-03; and 2020-04 remain in full force and effect unless specifically amended by this General Order. Effective March 26, 2020 to May 15, 2020: Access to the courthouse is limited to only those individuals who have business with the court and as described further herein.

Courthouse hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Access for purpose of filing documents with the clerk’s office is limited to the drop box located at the courthouse. Filing remains available through the mail.In-person self-help services are limited to restraining order or other emergency orders. All other self-help services are available online via telephone. Family law facilitator appointments are limited to telephone. Access to a courtroom is limited to actual parties to a matter or individuals with a matter on calendar that day. Such individuals include: the prosecutor, counsel, plaintiffs, defendants, victims, a member of the victim’s family, a victim investigator, support person, law enforcement, a county or state employee, a member of a Native American in a dependency or guardianship proceeding, or other person who has a legal obligation to appear in a proceeding including trial jurors, a member of the media and persons who can show good cause. Department 5 – Department of Corrections: All matters scheduled for Department 5 are suspended for 60 days or until further notice of the court. Any matter that may have a court date during this temporary suspension shall receive a new date in a notice issued by the court. Arraignments – In-Custody: Beginning March 27, 2020 through May 15, 2020, all in-custody arraignments will be held at 1 :00 p.m. Defendants held in custody will not be transported to the courthouse unless required by statute. Defendants shall appear by video.


Los Angeles

Last updated: 05/26/2020

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ATTENTION: No Traffic or Non-Traffic citation matters will be heard before June 22. If you have a hearing set before that date, please do not come to the courthouse as you will be turned away. You will receive in the mail a new date for your ticket to be heard after June 22. All Clerk’s Offices will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 23.

All jurors summoned to serve now through June 12, 2020 do not need to report.
Effective April 10, the Court implemented a 90-day grace period on all Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction matters.

If you are a litigant who requires self-help services, you may call 213-830-0845 to seek assistance with Restraining Order forms packets over the phone and referrals for additional self-help services.

Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Catalina, Central Civil West, East Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, and Spring Street Courthouses are temporarily closed. All child waiting rooms are closed.


Madera

Last updated: 06/01/2020

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Madera County Superior Court

Reintroduction Plan of Court Operations

The following represents the Court’s initial plan to reintroduce services after the operational reduction caused by COVID-19.

This initial plan was developed considering the health and safety of court users, jurors, justice partners and court employees. It is important to note that this plan is a work in progress and may be amended at the discretion of the Presiding Judge.

Juvenile Division

No changes – The Juvenile Division will continue to operate as normal.

Civil Division

Effective June 1, 2020, the Civil Division (including family law and family support) will return to offering full services, except for jury trials, Monday – Friday in Departments 37, 40, 44 & 45, and Tuesday/Thursday in Department 17.

Each department within the division will have four (4) calendars each day as follows: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

To adhere to social distancing requirements, each calendar will be limited to ten (10) individual in-court appearances. This includes appearances by attorneys and parties. For example, if a petitioner and respondent are both appearing in-person with counsel, that case would account for four (4) of the ten (10) appearances allotted for that calendar.

Appearances by available technology (Court Call/Zoom) are encouraged and will not be included in the ten (10) in-court appearance limitation.

Criminal Division

Effective June 1, 2020, the Criminal Division will return to offering full services, except for jury trials, Monday – Friday in Departments 22, 23 & 29. Jury trials are scheduled to resume beginning June 16, 2020, with the following order of priority:

  1. No time waiver matters
  2. In-custody time waivers (including cases with an out-of-custody co-defendant)
  3. Felony out-of-custody with time waivers
  4. Misdemeanor out-of-custody with time waivers

Each department within the division will have four (4) calendars each day as follows: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

To adhere to social distancing requirements, each calendar will be limited to ten (10) individual in-court appearances. This includes appearances by attorneys and parties.

Appearances by available technology (Court Call/Zoom) are encouraged and will not be included in the ten (10) in-court appearance limitation.

Traffic Division

Effective June 1, 2020, the Traffic Division will return to offering full services. Traffic cases will be heard in Departments 17 & 21 each Monday and Wednesday.

Each department within the division will have six (6) calendars each day as follows: 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

To adhere to social distancing requirements, each calendar will be limited to fifteen (15) in court appearances in Department 17 and ten (10) individual in-court appearances in Department 21.

The Traffic calendar is subject to the same priority order noted above for Criminal matters.

Appearances by available technology (Court Call/Zoom) are encouraged and will not be included in the respective fifteen (15) or ten (10) in-court appearance limitation.

Appellate Division

Effective June 26, 2020, the Appellate Division will return to offering full services.

All appeal hearings will be scheduled in Department 45 at 8:15 a.m.

Special Note:

Attorneys and litigants are reminded of the responsibility to keep contact information (including addresses and telephone numbers) current with the court. Hearing status, which is subject to change, should be regularly checked at the following site: https://madera-prod-portal.ecourt.com/public-portal/?q=node/393


Marin

Last updated: 06/26/2020

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marin County Superior Court Clerk’s Offices will be
closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This rule will remain in effect until 90 days after the Governor declares that the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted, or until amended or repealed by the Marin County Superior Court.

  • COURT PROCEEDINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN VIRTUAL COURTROOMS. Proceedings will be conducted remotely by Zoom video conference or vCourt unless otherwise noted. For more information about remote video procedures please visit: www.marincourt.org/data/hpnews/312.pdf
  • PLEASE EXPECT LONG WAIT TIMES WHILE PARTICIPATING REMOTELY. You must remain in the video conference “Waiting Room” or on vCourt until your matter is called. · DO NOT PHYSICALLY COME TO COURT UNLESS NOTED BELOW OR DIRECTED BY THE COURT.

FOR THE FEW PERSONS REQUIRED TO PHYSICALLY COME TO COURT

  • IF YOU ARE SICK, DO NOT COME TO THE COURT. No one who is sick or who is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be permitted to enter the facility.
  • YOU MUST WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING TO ENTER THE COURT FACILITY AND AT ALL TIMES WHILE INSIDE.
  • ANYONE ENTERING THE COURTFLOOR OR JURY OFFICE WILL HAVE THEIR TEMPERATURE TAKEN. If you have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, you will be denied entry for that day.
  • PLEASE EXPECT LONG LINES AND LONG WAIT TIMES. The Court will follow social distancing requirements and building access will be limited. Please obey all signs. Your patience is appreciated.

PLEASE READ THE REMAINDER OF THIS RELEASE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIFIC OPERATIONS

  • Entrances and Exits. The Marin County Civic Center is a County maintained building. Safety protocols for the building can be found at https://www.marincounty.org. · No Nonessential Parties. If a physical appearance is required, due to social distancing limitations, individuals who are not essential to court matters should not accompany parties to court for any matter or case type. Directions for public access to remote proceeding can be found on the Court’s website: https://www.marincourt.org.
  • Drop Box Filings. Drop boxes will still be available from 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Because clerk’s offices will experience high demand and significant wait times, the Court encourages you to file items by drop box. Items placed in the drop box before 4:00 P.M. will be file-stamped that day. Drop box locations are:
    • Civil, Family, Juvenile and Probate: Room 113
    • Criminal and Traffic: Room C-10
  • Jury Service. Jury service will resume on June 18, 2020. Be assured that we are working with the County Health Department to ensure your safety. Those summoned must follow the rules above for access to the Court, including wearing masks or face coverings. To obey social distancing requirements, jurors will be called in small groups. See your jury summons for call in information. Until further notice, no more than 20 jurors will be present in a jury assembly room at any time. If you are sick, exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or are a high-risk individual (e.g., over 65 years of age, immunocompromised, etc.), the Court will excuse you from service upon proof. The Court will also consider hardship excusals in advance of the appearance date. See guidance for jurors on our website: www.marincourt.org.
  • Civil Clerk’s Office. Attorneys and Litigation Services (court runners) are required to utilize the drop box or postal mail for all non-urgent filings and must make an appointment to file urgent or time-sensitive documents. All customers may make an appointment for document filing by utilizing the Civil Clerk’s Office’s online appointment feature, located here: https://square.site/book/FMP0FM4MV19RJ/marin-county-superior-court-san-rafael-ca
  • Only four people will be allowed into the Civil Clerk’s Office at a time to practice social distancing. Scheduling an appointment is highly encouraged.
  • Court Records will remain closed for in-person services. All Records requests must be submitted via phone (415-444-7080), email (courtrecords@maincourt.org), or by utilizing the drop box outside of Room 113.
  • Self-Help Office. The Self-Help Office will remain closed for in-person services. However, self-represented litigants can call (415-444-7130) or email (selfhelp@marincourt.org) to request assistance. Additional remote services will be available in the future; please check the Court website for updates.
  • Emergency Local Rules: All Emergency Local Rules remain in effect unless otherwise noted or superseded.
  • Filing Holidays. The Court is open for filing as of June 1, 2020. Filing holidays under this Court’s Administrative Orders expire at the close of business May 29, 2020. Judicial Council Emergency Rules of Court and/or orders of the Chief Justice may further extend filing holidays in certain cases. Please check the Court’s website for updates.

Specific Matters

  • Restraining Orders. The Court continues to accept applications for emergency protective orders and domestic violence, elder abuse, civil harassment, and gun violence restraining orders. The Court continues to hear all restraining order hearings by remote Zoom video. Read your notice carefully.
  • Traffic. Individuals who desire a traffic trial will be provided a choice to either proceed with their trial by remote Zoom video, or have their matter continued. There will be no in- person traffic trials until further notice. You will receive a notice that explains your choices. Read your notice carefully.
  • Small Claims. The Court will reschedule all small claims matters and provide notice of new dates.
  • Unlawful Detainer. The Judicial Council’s Emergency Rules of Court prohibit the Court from issuing a summons on any new unlawful detainer complaints, with limited exceptions for urgent public health and safety matters.
  • Civil Limited and Unlimited. One courtroom will be dedicated to hear all civil matters. All matters will be heard by vCourt. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court. All matters calendared on or after June 1, 2020 will proceed to the greatest extent possible. Effective June 1, 2020, all Law and Motion calendars will be heard on the dates and times previously set by the Court. As before, Department A Law and Motion matters will be heard on Tuesdays at 1:30 P.M.; Department B Law and Motion matters will be heard on Wednesdays at 1:30 P.M.; and Department E’s Law and Motion matters will be heard on Fridays at 1:30 P.M. The Court process will be used for all hearings until further notice. Do not come to court for your hearings. Probate. All matters should be submitted via drop box. The Probate department will be providing additional guidance separately.
  • Criminal. One courtroom will be dedicated as a master calendar. All matters will be heard by Zoom video. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court. All matters calendared on or after June 1, 2020 will proceed to the greatest extent possible. One courtroom will be dedicated as an auxillary courtroom to assist the master calendar. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court.Department N will be used for out of custody misdemeanor arraignments. For these matters defendants must physically appear in court, unless represented by an attorney, who can appear for the defendant. Out of custody felony arraigments where a defendant was cited to appear or posted bail with a promise to appear will be heard in the master calendar department. For these matters defendants must physically appear in court, unless represented by an attorney, who can appear for the defendant. Unless otherwise noted, Zoom video will be used for all hearings until further notice. Unless noted above, do not come to court for your hearings.
  • Family. One courtroom will be dedicated to hear all family matters. All matters will be heard by Zoom video or vCourt. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court. All matters calendared on or after June 1, 2020, will proceed to the greatest extent possible. DCSS calendars will resume June 1, 2020. The Zoom video or Court process will be used for all family and DCSS hearings until further notice. Do not come to court for your hearings.
  • Juvenile.
    • The court will continue to hear all juvenile matters. All matters will be heard by Zoom video or vCourt. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court.

Mariposa

Last updated: 06/23/2020

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This order will be effective July 1, 2020 and will remain in effect until further order of the court.

All persons seeking to enter the courthouse will be screened by security prior to admittance as follows:

  • A. Temperature taken to determine if 100.4 degrees or greater
  • B. Ask if they have:
    • Fever
    • Sore throat
    • New or worsening cough
    • New or worsening shortness of breath.
  • C. Ask if they have been exposed to anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

If “yes” to A, or any of B, or C above, the person will be excluded from courthouse. Security staff will note the name, case number, and reason for exclusion for those scheduled to appear in court and provide that information to the courtroom clerk and will also inform the person to call or email the court the following business day to be told what their new court date is.

If “no” to A, B, and C above they will be admitted into the courthouse. All persons admitted into the courthouse must wear a mask or face covering at all times.

The only persons exempt from wearing masks or face coverings in the courthouse are a) persons under two years of age, b) persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, and c) persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication. Other than children under two years of age, any person claiming and exemption and who wishes to enter the courthouse will need to submit a Request for Accommodations by Persons With Disabilities (form MC-410). Any such requests are confidential and will not be available for public inspection.

Only one person at a time will be admitted to the Clerk’s office and only one person at a time will be admitted into the Collection’s office. Persons waiting to enter either office will remain outside the courthouse and will be asked to maintain social distancing until summoned inside by security or court staff.

No more than 10 litigants will be allowed into the upstairs courtroom at any one time. Court security at the front door will determine the name of each litigant seeking entry into the upstairs courtroom and will communicate that information to the courtroom clerk. No more than 5 additional litigants will be admitted into the courtroom after 5 have come out. Court security at the front door will communicate to the courtroom clerk the names of the additional litigants to be admitted. Persons waiting to be admitted will be asked to maintain social distancing.

Non-litigants will not be admitted in the upstairs courtroom unless there are less than 10 other litigants on calendar or in the courtroom.

Attorneys, litigants, and probation officers will maintain social distancing in the courtroom and must wear a mask and/or face covering.

Court staff will wear a mask and/or face covering at all times when in the courthouse.

The court will continue to schedule hearings by either Court Call or Zoom until further notice at the request of any party or any attorney. The Court will retain discretion to order that hearings be conducted by either Court Call or Zoom.

Only one in-custody defendant will be allowed inside the courthouse at any one time.


Mendocino

Last updated: 05/04/2020

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Jury Trials -Civil and Criminal
Pursuant to the Orders of the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court dated March 23, and March 30, 2020, all jury trials scheduled for the weeks of April 6, 2020 through and including the week of May 18, 2020 were suspended and were continued no less than sixty (60) days from the date for which the trial was set or extended under the order previously issued by the undersigned on March 16, 2020 or as provided by the modifications to Penal Code §1382 or Code of Civil Procedure §§583.310 and 583.320. Pursuant to the Order of the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court dated April 29, 2020, the 60-day continuance of criminal jury trials and the 60-day extension of time in which to conduct a criminal trial under Penal Code section 1382 are extended an additional 30 days. The total extension of 90 days shall be calculated from the last date on which the trial initially could have been conducted under Penal Code section 1382.

(For examples of computations of time see Chiefs Order dated April 29, 2020.)

Pursuant to the Order of the Chief Justice dated March 30, 2020, the time period provided in Code of Civil Procedure sections 583.310 and 583.320 for the holding of a civil trial scheduled within the time frames set forth above, is extended for a period of sixty (60) days from the last date on which the statutory deadline otherwise would have expired.

Juror Summons
All jury trials scheduled for March 23, 2020, March 25, 2020 (Ten Mile), and March 30, 2020 were vacated by previous order. All jury trials scheduled for the weeks of April 6, 2020 through the week of May 18, 2020 were suspended by way of the Presiding Judge’s Order of April 3, 2020 and the Order of the Chief Justice dated March 23, 2020. By way of this Order and the Chief Justice’s Order of April 29, 2020, all criminal jury trials are suspended through the week of June 15, 2020. Any person who has received a juror summons for any date falling within these time frames will be re-summoned for a date in the future.

Criminal Matters in both the Ukiah and Ten Mile Courthouses:

A. Orders To Appear – and General Orders

  • Effective March 16, 2020, any prior order to a defendant to personally appear in a misdemeanor case scheduled between March 17, 2020 to and including May 29, 2020 is rescinded and counsel can and should appear for clients in these proceedings via Penal Code §977. Counsel can arrange to appear via CourtCall.
  • Effective March 16, 2020, the Court will accept §977 waivers executed out of court for a defendant with a pending felony criminal matter who is out of custody and who has an appearance between March 1 7, 2020 to and including May 29, 2020 to facilitate continuances. Fax or e-signatures will be accepted but the original should also be filed with the Court at the earliest opportunity. Emergency Rule 5 passed by the Judicial Council on April 4, 2020 and revised on April 6, 2020 shall be strictly enforced.

B. All Other Pending Criminal Appearances and Hearings Including Preliminary Hearings

  • Any criminal case pending in either the Ukiah or Ten Mile courthouse with a date to appear scheduled between the dates of March 17, 2020 to and including May 22, 2020 with an in-custody defendant will be conducted via video appearance. Exceptions to this rule are only permitted with the consent of the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court.
  • Pursuant to the Order of the Chief Justice dated March 30, 2020, the time period provided in section 859b of the Penal Code for the holding of a preliminary hearing and the defendant’s right to release is extended from ten (10) court days to not more than thirty (30) court days. The extension of time is effective as of March 30, 2020. This Order is to be read in conjunction with the Order of the Chief Justice issued March 17, 2020 which may have been the basis upon which to previously extend a date for preliminary hearing.
  • Pursuant to the Order of the Chief Justice dated March 30, 2020, the time period provided in section 825 of the Penal Code within which a defendant charged with a felony offense must appear before a magistrate is extended from 48 hours to not more than seven days.
  • All out of custody no-time waiver cases with an appearance between March 17, 2020 to and including May 22, 2020 shall be continued to a date in compliance with the extended statutory timelines as provided in this Order and consistent with the ongoing Shelter-in-Place Orders in effect in Mendocino County.
  • All other criminal matters including infractions with appearances set between March 1 7, 2020 to and including May 22, 2020 that are time­waived will be re-set as determined by the judicial officer presiding over the case with the input from counsel for a date after the rescission of the Shelter in Place Orders currently in effect. Initial appearance dates set by citation, letter to appear or promise to appear will be re-scheduled by Court order. Any scheduled initial appearance date after May 22, 2020 remains as set. All initial appearances set by way of bail bond or bond to appear shall remain as set by the bonding company.

Merced

Last updated: 06/03/2020

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Merced Superior Court Updates Operations for Increased Access as Part of Its Plan to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19

On March 17, 2020, the Merced Superior Court (Court) announced its plan to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19, which included a number of court operational changes. On March 21, 2020 the Court announced further operational changes. Court administration has been carefully monitoring the advice of public, state and federal health officials regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal of the Merced Superior Court during this unprecedented situation is to protect the safety, health and welfare of court customers, jurors and staff. To this end, we request that individuals refrain from visiting the Court whenever possible.

Effective June 1, 2020, the Court is increasing access by allowing in-person proceedings for some courtrooms, subject to screening requirements.

  • Only parties, including witnesses, and attorneys required to appear in a court hearing will be permitted to enter the court facilities on the day of the hearing after submitting to screening and absent any signs of illness. Do not bring friends or family members with you as they will not be permitted inside the buildings.
  • All persons entering the court facilities shall wear a face covering or face mask while in any Merced Court facility unless otherwise ordered by a judicial officer.
  • All persons entering a Merced Court facility shall submit to a non-invasive temperature screening process and/or declaration and SHALL NOT enter if a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher is detected. Those not permitted to enter the court facilities should contact their attorney or the clerk’s office if not represented by an attorney.
  • Do not come to the court if you are ill and experiencing flu-like symptoms or have a fever or cough. If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney prior to coming to court to determine whether you need to appear in-person. In most instances, your attorney can appear for you. If you do not have an attorney, you may contact the Clerk’s Offices listed below. Telephones will be answered Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Civil Office (including Juvenile Dependency) – (209) 725-4111
    • Criminal Office – (209) 725-4113 Family Law Office – (209) 725-4117
    • Juvenile Delinquency – (209) 725-4119
    • Los Banos – (209) 725-4124
    • Traffic Office – (209) 725-4107

Remote appearances are strongly encouraged, and may be required in some courtrooms, to prevent exposure to and the spread of COVID-19. The Court has established video conferencing in all courtrooms and will continue to livestream public judicial proceedings on the Court’s website at www.mercedcourt.org .

Operations Update

Civil Operations (including Juvenile Dependency) – (209) 725-4111

  • Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Courtroom 8 – Will be combined with Courtroom 10, with hearings held in Courtroom 10. Remote proceedings only, no in-person appearances.
  • Courtroom 9 – All limited civil and small claims hearings will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are permitted, and in-person access is limited to allow for social distancing.
  • Courtroom 10 – Remote proceedings only, no in-person appearances. All hearings will resume as scheduled.
  • All civil jury trials currently set between Tuesday, March 17, and Monday August 31, 2020 will be continued on a rolling basis for 8 weeks from the currently scheduled trial date.

Criminal Operations – (209) 725-4113

  • Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Courtroom 1 – Felony calendars will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged with in-person appearances allowed.
  • Courtroom 2 – Felony calendars will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged with in-person appearances allowed.
  • Courtroom 3 – Criminal specialty calendars will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged with in-person appearances allowed.
  • Courtroom 4 – Misdemeanor calendars will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged with in-person appearances allowed.
  • Courtroom 5 – Misdemeanor calendars will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged with in-person appearances allowed.
  • Courtroom 6 — Felony calendars will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged with in-person appearances allowed.

Collections Operations – (209) 725-4220

  • Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Online payments can be made on the Court’s website at www.mercedcourt.org.

Family Law Operations – (209) 725-4117

  • Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Courtroom 7 – Family Law calendars will continue to be heard as scheduled. Remote appearances are permitted, and in-person access is limited to allow for social distancing.
  • Courtroom 4 – DCSS and DV calendars will be heard as scheduled. Remote appearances are permitted, and in-person access is limited to allow for social distancing.

Family Court Services – Child Custody Recommending Counseling will remain remote.

Juvenile Delinquency Operations – (209) 725-4119

  • Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Courtroom 11 – Juvenile Delinquency calendars resume operations as scheduled at Juvenile Hall. Remote appearances are permitted, and in-person access is limited to allow for social distancing. Privacy requirements further limit access.

Los Banos Courthouse Operations – (209) 725-4124

  • Walk-up window hours: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Courtroom 12 – Remote proceedings only, no in-person appearances. All hearings will resume as scheduled. A limited number of individuals who appear at the courthouse may be permitted to use the courthouse terminals to participate in remote hearings.
  • Courtroom 13 Family Law matters (every 2nd and 4th Tuesday) heard remotely. No in-person appearances. A limited number of individuals who appear at the courthouse may be permitted to use the courthouse terminals to participate in remote hearings.

Traffic Office – Merced: (209) 725-4107 or Los Banos (209) 725-4124

  • Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Individuals may contact the Clerk’s Office to schedule arraignment hearings
  • Online payments can be made on the Court’s website at www.mercedcourt.org.

Courtroom Operations Update

2260 “N” Street, Merced, CA Courthouse

  • Courtroom 1:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 1 will resume its normal felony calendars and will no longer handle combined calendars.
  • Courtroom 2:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 2 will resume its normal felony calendars and will no longer be combined with other departments.
  • Courtroom 3:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 3 will resume its normal criminal specialty calendars and will no longer be combined with other departments. Courtroom 4:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
  • Courtroom 4 will resume its normal calendars by in-person and remote proceedings.
  • Courtroom 5:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 5 will resume its normal calendars by in-person and remote proceedings.
  • Courtroom 6:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 6 will resume its normal felony calendars and will no longer be combined with other departments.
  • Courtroom 7:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 7 will continue its normal family law calendars and offers remote appearances for all matters but will permit individuals to appear in-person.

627 W. 21St Street, Merced, CA Courthouse:

  • Courtroom 8:
    • Courtroom 8 will be combined with Courtroom 10, with hearings held in Department 10.
  • Courtroom 9:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 9 will continue its normal traffic, small claims and limited civil matters and offers remote appearances where appropriate but will permit individuals to appear in-person.
  • Courtroom 10:
    • Courtroom 10 will provide remote hearings only, although a limited number of individuals who appear at the courthouse may by permitted use the courthouse terminals to participate in the remote hearings. Nobody will be allowed in the courtroom itself.
    • Courtroom 8 matters will also be heard in Courtroom 10 and will provide remote hearings only, although a limited number of individuals who appear at the courthouse may use the courthouse terminals to participate in the remote hearings. Nobody will be allowed in the courtroom itself.

2840 West Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA Courthouse:

  • Courtroom 11:
    • Courtroom 11 will provide remote hearings for all matters although a limited number of individuals involved with the case may be permitted to appear in the courtroom at the discretion of the hearing officer. Privacy requirements dictate that only individuals involved in a given case may be present when that case is proceeding.

1159 “G” Street, Los Banos, CA Courthouse:

  • Courtroom 12:
    • Courtroom 12 will provide remote hearings only, although a limited number of individuals who appear at the courthouse may be permitted to use the courthouse terminals to participate in the remote hearings. Nobody will be allowed in the courtroom itself.                             
  • Courtroom 13:
    • Courtroom 13 will resume its family law matters and will provide remote hearings only, although a limited number of individuals who appear at the courthouse may be permitted to use the courthouse terminals to participate in the remote hearings. Nobody will be allowed in the courtroom itself.

Jury Service

  • Jury service will resume effective June 15, 2020. Be assured that we are working with the County Health Department to ensure your safety. The court has installed hand sanitizing stations throughout the facilities and will be observing social distancing for juror deliberations. Additional precautionary measures are currently under review. Additional information about jury service will be released soon.
  • Self Help Center – Remote Services Available
  • Center is closed for walk-in services
  • Service is available via telephone Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at (209) 725-4168
  • Telephone appointments are available Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Email assistance is available at selfhelp@mercedcourt.org or smallclaims.advisor@mercedcourt.org

Drop Box Locations

  • Drop-boxes – Payments and court documents may be deposited before 4:00pm at the following locations:
    • Merced courthouse, near the set of double doors on the southwest corner of 627 West 21st Street
    • Merced courthouse, outside the front doors at 2260 “N” Street
    • Merced Traffic, outside the front doors at 720 West 20th Street
    • Los Banos, 1159 “G” Street, in the parking lot

Electronic Filing

Mandatory Electronic Filing

  • Local Rule of Court 2E mandates e-filing for limited, unlimited, and complex civil actions and in non-DCSS family law and probate matters. Parties that are exempt from e-filing are encouraged to utilize this service at http://www.odysseyefileca.com/.

The Court remains committed to serving the people of Merced County while balancing the health and safety of jurors, litigants, courthouse visitors, attorneys, justice partners and court staff. We appreciate the patience and understanding of the public and our justice partners during these challenging times. The Merced Superior Court will resume jury trials the week of June 15, 2020, and therefore will begin calling Merced County residents for jury service. The Court is committed to providing a safe environment for jury service and trials by adhering to local and state public safety and social distancing guidelines, implementing health and safety precautions at Court locations, and implementing additional precautions for jury service.

Jury service in California involves one day or one trial physical appearance or one week of on-call service. The Court appreciates your willingness to serve as a juror, and to help the Court continue to provide this vital function of our democracy during these extraordinary times.


Modoc

Last updated: 04/08/2020

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The Court currently plans to resume regular court operations on Monday, June 1, 2020, subject to any further orders that may be made by the Court or state of federal authorities.

Emergency orders have been issued by the Chief Justice of California with regard to the Modoc County Superior Court, declaring March 30, 2020 through May 29, 2020 holidays for the purpose of computing time under various statutes and extending various statutory time periods. This Court’s orders implementing those orders are issued separately and hereby incorporated.

Criminal Matters:

  1. Effective immediately, any prior order to a defendant to appear in a misdemeanor case scheduled on and before May 29, 2020 is rescinded and counsel can and should appear for clients in these proceedings via Penal Code §977.
  2. Effective immediately, the Court will accept §977 waivers executed out of court for a defendant with a pending criminal matter who is out of custody and who has an appearance on and before May 29, 2020 to facilitate continuances.
  3. The current Court calendar schedule remains in full force and effect.
  4. The Court retains the ability to move criminal cases forward as expeditiously as possible.

Mono

Last updated: 06/15/2020

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Effective June 15, 2020, the court will allow a limited number of persons to appear personally in court, depending on the type of matter before the court, subject to court’s safety measures. The policy of this current order is to allow persons to come to court when they believe that their rights to due process, a fair hearing, to protect a constitutional right, or for other specific reasons, warrant appearing in open court. The policy continues to encourage all persons to appear by remote technology pursuant to Emergency Rules adopted by the Judicial Council. The court finds that the court’s use of Zoom has been effective and fair, and that remote appearances provide access and due process to all persons who appear in that manner. The court also finds that the use of remote technology provides access to members of the public who wish to observe open court proceedings. There shall be no cost to anyone appearing electronically by Zoom.


Monterey

Last updated: 06/17/2020

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Monterey Courthouse – UPDATE The clerk’s office is CLOSED and will reopen on June 25, 2020. Courtrooms will remain open for all hearings that are currently scheduled. If you are on calendar and your hearing has been scheduled as a remote appearance, please appear remotely, otherwise you should appear for your hearing. If you are unsure, please contact your attorney or the court. Self Help staff are available to assist. For restraining order assistance please email your name and telephone number to selfhelpcenter@monterey.courts.ca.gov, or call (831) 647-5800 x3005.

Marina Courthouse – UPDATE FOR JUNE 15 THROUGH JUNE 24, 2020: The clerk’s office will be open but operating with limited staff and window hours. To avoid longer than normal in person wait times, many matters can be handled by phone (831) 883-5300 Ext. 3011 English and ext. 3007 Spanish or online. The clerk’s office window will be open 8 am to 1 pm daily . Scheduled matters are being heard. If you are on calendar and your hearing has been scheduled as a remote appearance, please appear remotely, otherwise you should appear for your hearing. If you have an appearance date on your citation, please call to schedule an appearance. If you are not sure please call the court.

Salinas Courthouse – The clerk’s office is open. Scheduled matters are being heard. If you have a scheduled hearing you should appear for your hearing. If you have an attorney, please contact your attorney regarding your hearing date.

Juvenile Courthouse on Natividad Road – All scheduled matters are being heard. Please contact your youth’s attorney regarding whether you and your youth may appear for the hearing remotely. If your youth does not yet have an attorney, you and your youth will need to appear at the courthouse; an attorney will be appointed at your youth’s first appearance.

We will be enforcing social distancing and limiting the number of people allowed into courthouses. Face masks are required. Members of the public entering the courthouse will be asked screening questions and their temperature will be checked. You may experience lines and delays.


Napa

Last updated: 05/29/2020

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NAPA, CA—Following an unprecedented period of limited services due to the ongoing public health emergency, all court operations will resume beginning Monday, June 1, at 8:00 a.m.

What to expect if you plan to visit the court:

  • If you are sick, do not come to the court. Anyone who appears sick or demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter any court facility.
  • You must wear a mask or face covering to enter a court facility and when you cannot maintain six-feet physical distancing from other court users or staff.
  • Prepare for the potential of long lines and extended wait times. The court has implemented and will enforce social distancing requirements. Please observe all signage.

Please note the following recommendations and service changes:

  • Check the online Court Calendars to confirm when and where your hearing is scheduled before coming to the courthouse. Many cases have been rescheduled multiple times and you may have the option to participate via telephone or video appearance.
  • All in-person hearings will be heard in the Criminal and Historic Courthouses. The Juvenile Courthouse will remain closed.
  • Self-help service will be available by appointment and offered by phone or video every weekday from 8am to 4pm. Call 707-299- 1137 or email Selfhelp@napa.courts.ca.gov to schedule your appointment for forms and other assistance.
  • Pay traffic tickets here. If you need to make payment arrangements, please call (707) 299-1160.
  • If you have been called for Jury Service, please check your status here or call 707-299-1150 for more information. Jury service is expected to begin on June 15.
  • Research and records terminals will be limited by capacity and time limit, please plan accordingly and look-up case information using the court’s Case Information Access System.
  • Drop boxes are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at both the Criminal and Historic Courthouses. The court encourages you to file items by drop box to avoid significant wait times at clerk offices.

Expanded Use of Technology to Conduct Court Business

During the recent closure, the court has pursued the expanded use of telephonic and remote video to conduct mandatory court hearings, such as in-custody arraignments and juvenile hearings. These efforts have been in coordination with the Napa County justice system partners and have been driven by the need to follow social distancing guidelines through reduced foot traffic in the courthouse. As part of the restoration of services, the court is continuing to pursue the expanded use of remote video, in several other court calendars, primarily covering the following areas:

Criminal: Felony, Misdemeanor, and Criminal Settlement Conferences
Family Law: Master Calendar (Represented and Unrepresented), Ex Partes,
and Child Support

Civil and probate cases are being heard by remote proceedings when possible. All upcoming mediations are being rescheduled for telephonic and video appearances. Selfhelp services will now be offered by appointment only with phone and video options.

To continue to support social distancing, the court encourages remote participation but will also continue to provide in-person access as needed.

Jury Service

Jury service will resume on Monday, June 15. The court has implemented various health and safety protocols, such as requiring face coverings and installing hand sanitizer stations, in addition to social distancing measures to limit the amount of people in any given court area. Trials will be scheduled to minimize the number of jurors needed for selection. If you are sick, exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or are a high-risk individual, the court will excuse you from service upon proof. If you’ve received a juror summons, please check your status here or call 707-299-1150 for more information.

For any additional questions, please contact the Court Executive Office by email at Court.Administration@napa.courts.ca.gov.


Nevada

Last updated: 06/01/2020

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In furtherance of compliance with the California Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control guidelines and recommendations, the Superior Court of California, County of Nevada, is taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of the community. The court is now entering Phase 2 of its service expansion plans.

The Superior Court of California, County of Nevada has taken the following steps to ensure public health
and safety:

  • Significantly increased cleaning protocols for all staff and public areas;
  • Increased availability of video, phone, email, and drop-box options to facilitate regular court transactions while conforming with social distancing protocols;
  • Mandated the wearing of face coverings for all without an approved accommodation; and
  • Enforcing social distancing of at least six feet throughout the courthouse

Please only enter the courthouse if you are symptom free and have not had any known exposures to COVID-19. Please minimize entry to the courthouse and take advantage of remote access options whenever possible. Always respect social distancing guidelines and face covering requirements within the
building.

The court has expanded the scope of its operations county wide to include family law and civil matters as well as traffic matters at the Truckee courthouse. The full details of the court’s service expansion can be found in Executive Order #190 on the court’s website at http://nccourt.net/documents/public/EO190.pdf.
The court will begin issuing jury summons to restart jury trials. The first group of jurors will be summoned for a trial tentatively scheduled for June 23rd at the Nevada City Courthouse. The court will be instituting a pre-screening process for jurors to complete in advance to reduce overall foot traffic into courthouses and continue to encourage social distancing.

For more information visit the court’s COVID-19 info page at http://nccourt.net/onlinesvcs/covid.shtml, contact 530-362-4309, or email info@nccourt.net. During this time, and in hopes of reducing the need to
come to the courthouse, the court will temporarily respond to questions for the clerk’s office in Nevada City at nccounter@nccourt.net and for the clerk’s office in Truckee at trcounter@nccourt.net.


Orange

Last updated 06/05/2020

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We anticipate being open for normal operations Friday, June 5th.

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Court reopened courthouses for limited in-person services. But Members of the public should not visit a courthouse unless they have been notified by the Court that they have an in-person hearing scheduled on their matter or the they have scheduled an appointment to enter the building for counter services.

The Court launched a new online scheduling tool to allow members of the public to self-schedule an in-person appointment at the public counters.


Placer

Last updated: 07/09/2020

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The Public Health Officer further cautioned Placer County residents that it was likely that Placer County would be placed on the California Department of Public Health’s “watch list” for potential roll back to a more restrictive stage of California Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience due to the county’s change in hospitalization and ICU rates.

In light of these factors, effective July 13, 2020 through August 28, 2020, the court will be postponing all traffic infraction and non-traffic infraction matters for sixteen weeks. In addition, the court will be postponing all traffic misdemeanor pre and post-trial hearings set in Departments 30 and 14 for sixteen weeks. All traffic infraction and non-traffic infraction trials will be postponed at least eight weeks. Traffic misdemeanor trials and all driving under the influence matters will be heard as set.

Individuals with pending traffic citations do have the following options to address their pending matters:

  • Online Traffic Payments: Individuals may pay their fines online via the court’s website at http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/online-case-access.shtml
  • Request a Trial By Written Declaration: Individuals may request that their trial proceed by written declaration. Requests can be made online at https://webportal.placerco.org/eCourtPublic/
  • Sign Up for Traffic School: Individuals may choose to participate in traffic school. Please visit https://webportal.placerco.org/eCourtPublic/ for more information and to determine if your case is eligible.
  • Ability to Pay: Anyone who is unable to pay their traffic fine may complete and submit Judicial Council Form TR-320 (https://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/tr320.pdf) to the Court.

In addition, effective July 20, 2020 all small claims hearings will be held remotely. All parties will be required to appear by video and submit their evidence electronically to the opposing party and the court using the court’s remote appearance and evidence sharing website (http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/RAS.shtml). Parties may request an in person appearance, subject to judicial approval. The Court’s Local Rules will be amended effective July 20, 2020 to reflect this change in requirement.

The following additional restrictions remain in effect:

Superior Court of California, County of Placer

  • Remote appearance is required for most civil, probate, and family law hearings, excluding trials. Please see the court’s Emergency Local Rules for details.
  • Remote appearance is available, upon request, for most pre-trial criminal hearings.
  • Remote appearance for preliminary hearings is subject to judicial approval.
  • eDelivery is mandatory in family law and civil cases for attorneys and represented parties.
  • Unrepresented parties are encouraged to use the eDelivery system. For more information on eDelivery and how to use the eDelivery system, please visit http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/online-edelivery-access.shtml
  • The State Department of Public Health has mandated face coverings for anyone entering a public building, including courthouses. Physical distancing protocols have been implemented in the courthouses.
  • The Court’s Self-Help Center has discontinued all in-person services. Please visit the SelfHelp Center page on our website to schedule a telephone or video appointment. Self-Help will only assist with matters currently being heard by the court.
  • Modified practices remain in effect for those called to jury service. For more information, please visit: http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/public_notice/COVID/QAJury%20Duty_Eff.%205%2028%202020.pdf

The court reminds members of the public that they should only come to the courthouse for official court business or to observe a court hearing. The court continues to strongly discourage individuals who do not have an active role in court hearings from attending court at this time. Court proceedings will remain open to the media.

If you believe you are sick, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other communicable disease, please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at 916-408-6000 for further information. If you have an attorney, contact your attorney first before calling the court.

Defendants who have posted bail are encouraged to discuss the bail issues with their attorney and the bail bonding company.

The court will continue to monitor the key metrics noted above and continue to consult with public health officials. The court will make further adjustments to services, whether to add or restrict, based on changes in the public health crisis and/or other relevant circumstances


Riverside

Last updated: 07/01/2020

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The Riverside Superior Court is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community while performing our constitutional duties. Following guidelines provided by Governor Newsom’s executive orders and the County of Riverside’s orders by the Public Health Officer, the court has suspended all non-essential functions and is hearing only specific limited emergency matters at this time; many court locations are closed through July 10, 2020 and have limited public hours.


Sacramento

Last updated: 06/12/2020

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The court’s prior Temporary Court Closure Order issued March 19, 2020, and all subsequent amendments thereto, are hereby extended in full force and effect from June 13, 2020 to and including July 10, 2020.

The period June 13, 2020 to and including July 10, 2020, inclusive, remains a declared court holiday for all purposes except as specified in the court’s Temporary Court Closure Order issued March 19, 2020, and as to those additional court services and operations that have been expressly resumed by court order in all subsequent amendments thereto. All courthouses and courtrooms remain closed for judicial business, except as required to process and adjudicate those limited matters expressly excepted from the continuing court holiday and pursuant to the court’s published protocols consistent with the prevailing state and county health orders. Further, pursuant to the authority provided under California Government Code Section 68115, the court hereby implements the renewed emergency relief granted in the June 12, 2020 order of Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chair of the Judicial Council of California,

IT IS ORDERED:

  1. Except as to filing types expressly excluded from the filing holiday by separate court orders, the court declares that from June 13, 2020 to July 10, 2020, inclusive, is deemed a holiday for purposes of computing the time for filing papers with the court under Code of Civil Procedure sections 12 and 12a. The court makes this declaration because the emergency conditions attendant to the Covid-19 pandemic shall continue to substantially interfere with the public’s ability to file and process papers falling within the holiday at the court’s facilities during that period. (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(4));                      
  2. The Court declares that from June 13, 2020, through July 10, 2020, inclusive, are deemed holidays for purposes of computing time under Welfare and Institutions Code sections 334 and 657, if the emergency conditions cited in the Chief Justice’s order prevent the Court from conducting proceedings or accepting filings as necessary to satisfy these deadlines on those dates (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(5))       
  3. The court extends the time period provided in section 334 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a hearing on a juvenile dependency petition must be held by not more than 15 days. This relief applies only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire on from June 13, 2020 to July 10, 2020, inclusive. (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(12)); and~
  4. The court extends the time period provided in section 657 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a hearing on a wardship petition for a minor charged with a felony offense must be held by not more than 15 days. This relief applies only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from June 13, 2020 to July 10, 2020, inclusive. (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(12))
  5. The court declares that from June 13, 2020 to July 10, 2020, inclusive, is deemed a holiday/holidays for purposes of computing time under Code of Civil Procedure 1167 (five-day period within which defendant must respond to a complaint in unlawful detainer action).

San Benito

Last updated: 04/14/2020

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Effective immediately through June 12, 2020 the San Benito Superior Court will reschedule the following matters in order to curtail the effect and spread of COVID-19 (Corona Virus):

  • Out of Custody Criminal Arraignments.
  • Out of Custody Criminal Pre-Trial Conferences and Non-Urgent Hearings On Motions.
  • Truancy Court.
  • Drug Court.
  • Behavioral Health Court.
  • Traffic Arraignments.
  • Criminal Fine Reviews.
  • Civil Jury and Court Trials and Probate Trials
  • All Criminal Trials are Suspended Per Order of Chief Justice.
  • Unlimited Civil Motions.
  • Limited Civil Motions and Trials – except Unlawful Detainers related to Health & Safety.
  • Judicial Foreclosures.
  • Small Claims Hearings.
  • Adoption Proceedings.
  • Non-urgent Trust & Estate Matters.
  • Case Management Conferences.
  • Mandatory Settlement Conferences.
  • Non-Emergency Family Hearings and Trials.
  • Non-Emergency Child Support Hearings.
  • Friday Morning Walk-In Calendar.

San Bernardino

Last updated: 05/18/2020

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From March 17 through May 28, San Bernardino Superior Court is partially closed and operating at reduced hours due to the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. During this court closure, the Court is only hearing emergency matters at the following locations: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 12 Noon

  • Victorville & Joshua Tree – Criminal and Family
  • Juvenile Dependency (San Bernardino) – Dependency and Delinquency
  • San Bernardino Justice Center (SBJC) – Criminal & Civil/Probate/LPS
  • Historic (San Bernardino) – Family Law Matters

Only emergency matters can be filed or heard during this court closure.

Criminal:

  • In-custody arraignments
  • Pre-preliminary and preliminary hearings
  • Other time-sensitive and critical matters
  • Emergency bail review hearings
  • Electronically submitted day and nighttime warrants (see General Order signed April 8 for a full list)

Civil:

  • Temporary Restraining Orders involving violent conduct
  • Ex Parte hearings for parties to appear remotely

Family:

  • Ex Parte including domestic violence and other safety issues
  • Hague Conventions (international kidnapping)

Probate:

  • Ex parte hearing concerning elder abuse
  • Emergency petitions for temporary guardianship
  • Emergency petitions for temporary conservatorship
  • Reise Hearings
  • Emergency Writs (challenging COVID-19)

Juvenile Dependency & Delinquency:

  • Protective custody warrants
  • Detention hearings
  • Psychotropic medication applications
  • Emergency medical requests
  • Petitions for re-entry for a non-minor dependent
  • Petitions filed that require immediate response based on the health and safety of a child
  • Hearing on any request for a warrant on a child
  • Probable cause for children who have been detained, but have not had a detention hearing
  • Electronically submitted day and nighttime warrants (see General Order signed April 8 for a full list)

San Diego

Last updated: 06/24/2020

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San Diego Superior Court has received approval from the Judicial Council of California to extend the suspension of all non-emergency services through May 22, 2020. The Court will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, making the revised planned re-opening date Tuesday, May 26. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the San Diego Superior Court’s closure from March 17-May 22, all hearings on civil motions set in an Independent Calendar Department have been vacated through the end of the year and may need to be re-scheduled by the moving parties.

The process to re-schedule a civil motion in an Independent Calendar Department is to first meet and confer between the moving and opposing parties. If it remains necessary to go forward with the motion, the moving party must schedule a Status Conference with the Court through the Online Civil Status Conference Scheduling Assistant on the Court’s website no later than Wednesday, June 24.

Status Conferences began on June 1, 2020 and will only be held for six weeks to request to reset a civil law and motion matter. Motions will not be re-scheduled unless a Status Conference is held within the six-week period from June 1, 2020 – July 10, 2020.

The Court extends the time period provided in Penal Code § 859b for the holding of a preliminary examination from ten (10) court days to not more than thirty (30) court days, applicable only to cases in which the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from July 1, 2020, to July 31, 2020, inclusive. Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, jury trials are suspended through July 17, 2020.

Currently, no jurors have been summoned for dates past May 23, 2020. Individuals who deferred jury service to a date between May 26 – July 10, 2020, will not need to report, and jury service will be considered complete.

People who originally had jury service scheduled during the Court’s closure date range (March 16 – May 22, 2020), but deferred their jury service for a date after July 10, 2020, should please monitor the Court’s website for additional information.


San Francisco

Last updated 06/01/2020

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The San Francisco Superior Court is restoring a number of services to its operations on June 1 that were reduced at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the court remained open during the pandemic, the need to follow City and County of San Francisco and Department of Public Health guidelines required the court to reduce a large amount of its operations in order to meet social distancing and other health and safety rules.

However, even with the resumption of many court services, health and safety guidelines remain our top priority. Those guidelines apply to our employees and the public and will impact staffing levels and operations. Please note that the following rules apply to everyone coming to any of our courthouses.

You must wear a mask or face covering to enter any court facility and during all times you remain inside a courthouse. The court will not provide masks or face coverings.

If you are sick, please do not come to court. No one who is sick or is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be permitted to enter any court facility.

Please expect longer lines and wait times. The court will follow social distancing requirements inside and outside our facilities and some building access will be limited.

Please note and adhere to the posted signs regarding social distancing, face coverings and health and safety guidelines. Please wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the courthouses.

The court encourages you to visit our website at https://sfsuperiorcourt.org/ to see what services are available before you visit any of our facilities. Beginning on June 1, the following services will be available.

CIVIL COURT

  • Complex Litigation: The Complex Litigation Departments will begin scheduling telephonic conferences. For all pending motions prior to June 1, 2020, please continue to file opposition and reply briefs on the previously agreed upon schedule. If counsel need a continuance on their briefing deadlines, they shall meet and confer to adjust any briefing schedules, and them email the court on their agreed upon deadlines. For all Joint CMC statements for CMCs set before June 1, 2020, counsel should continue to meet and confer to prepare the statement and file these statements on the day their hearing would have occurred. Based on the filed statements, the court will set further dates.
  • Records: The Records Public Viewing Room is closed. Records requests may be mailed or dropped off in the Court’s Dropbox in the first-floor lobby. All records request must have a self-addressed stamped envelope for returned paperwork. There are no pick-up options for records requests. Please see the Court’s website for additional information and the Court Form to request Records. The Court Clerk’s office will be open with limited hours and service.
  • Restraining Orders: The Court continues to accept applications for civil harassment restraining orders. The Court Clerk’s office will be open with limited hours and service, but there is a drop box in the first-floor lobby. If restraining order applications are submitted before 10 a.m., a person will receive a call to come pick up the restraining order the same day after 2:30 p.m. If restraining order paperwork is submitted after 10 a.m., a person will receive a call to pick up the restraining order the next business day.
  • Civil Filings Office: The Civil Filings Office will reopen on June 8, 2020. When services are restored, the office will re- open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Filers are encouraged to electronically file, mail in their filings or use the drop boxes located in the first-floor lobby. If documents are mailed or put in the drop box, the filer must include copies and a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive returned filings. There are no document pick up boxes located at the Civic Center Courthouse.
  • Civil Courtroom Hearings and Proceedings: Where possible, courtroom proceedings will proceed via CourtCall or by another videoconferencing application. Please check the Court’s website at https://sfsuperiorcourt.org for the Court’s most recent updates regarding court operations. In addition, please use the Court website’s Online Services to access the most recent updates in your case.
  • Small Claims Filings and Hearings: The Court Clerk’s office will reopen on June 8, 2020. When services are restored, the office will re- open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Small Claims filings may be submitted by mail or dropped off in the first-floor lobby drop box. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and copies for returned filings. All Small Claims hearings have currently been continued and notices have been mailed with future court hearing dates. To see the latest updates to your previously filed case, please access the court’s website online services at https://sfsuperiorcourt.org.

CRIMINAL COURT

The Criminal Office will reopen on June 8, 2020. When services are restored, the office will re- open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Phone service is currently open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., until further notice. Please call (415) 551-0651 and ask to speak to a clerk. It is highly recommended that you phone the criminal office as many services are now available over the phone, online or by mail. You may experience long wait times to enter the Hall of Justice and receive in-person service at the windows. The drop box remains available outside of room 101.


San Joaquin

Last updated: 05/27/2020

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STOCKTON, California (May 26, 2020): The San Joaquin County Superior Court is partially reopening and resuming court operations. See Public Notice, May 19, 2020. The Stockton and French Camp Courthouses are open, but entry is subject to the Presiding Judge’s Order of May 26, 2020.

The court is accepting all filings in all case types and initiating new actions. Although, the clerks’ offices remain closed to the public, drop boxes are available outside the Stockton Courthouse between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Effective, May 28, 2020, e-filing will be available for civil, family and probate cases.

The court will begin conducting jury trials in the month of June. Persons who receive a jury summons asking them to appear for jury duty should check the court’s website for further instructions.

Everyone entering the courthouse will have their temperature taken. No individual will enter a courthouse with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more. Failure to submit to a temperature reading is grounds for denial of entry into a courthouse.

Only those with court business will be allowed into the building, including attorneys, those with calendared cases, victim advocates, and subpoenaed witnesses.

Those who do attend court proceedings must follow court physical distancing guidelines and all instructions provided by court security related to enforcement of these guidelines. Judge Villapudua said, “As we move forward and expand court operations, we must balance the health and safety of the employees, justice partners and the public we serve with the duty to maintain fair and equal access to justice for defendants, victims and others in our community.”

Please refer to the Court’s website for information regarding services, calendars and divisions. San Joaquin Superior Court’s website: www.sjcourts.org.


San Luis Obispo

Last updated: 05/28/2020

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Public access to the San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Grover Beach courthouses is limited to matters on the calendar that day. The document drop-box is available in San Luis Obispo only.

All other business with the Court is currently being done remotely.


San Mateo

Last updated: 06/16/2020

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By order of our Presiding Judge, Judge Jonathan E. Karesh, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Juvenile Court in San Mateo County will be operating with one Judge, rather than two, for the foreseeable future. Judge Etezadi and Judge Jakubowski will continue to rotate during this period of time.

The Court Is hearing contested matters in the morning and the Court’s afternoon calendars continue to operate. To the extent that parties have reached agreements on pending cases that are set for contest on our morning calendars, the Court will make every effort to handle those matters.

As of Monday, June 22, 2020, the Juvenile Clerk’s Office will reopen during the hours of 10 a.m, and 2 p.m. The Juvenile Clerk’s Office will also have open phone hours from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Fridays. There Is a drop box In the lobby on the second floor outside of the Juvenile Clerk’s office where parties and attorneys may still file documents with the Court. Attorneys and parties may also mail documents and correspondence to the Court.

To address the backlog of time waived cases that were previously continued because of COVID- 19, the Court is now calendaring time waived dependency and juvenile Justices cases that had previously been continued for settlement conferences to facilitate resolution, where possible.

Presiding Judge Jonathan E. Karesh again requested that the Chief Justice extend timelines. In dependency and juvenile justice cases because of this on-going pandemic emergency and the Chief Justice granted that request on June 11, 2020. As It relates to Juvenile Dependency and Juvenile Justice cases, on June 12, 2020, the Presiding Judge Implemented the Chief Justice’s Order as follows:
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to health and safety concerns resulting in substantial operational impediments, and the proclamations of states of emergency by federal, state, and local officials, It was determined that the conditions described in Government Code section 68115 were met with regard to the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo as of March 16, 2020; April 1 and 10, 2020; and May 14, 2020. At this Court’s request, the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Issued orders on March 16, 2020, April 2, 2020, April 10, 2020, and May 14, 2020 authorizing this court to implement certain relief pursuant to Government Code section 68115. The Traffic Clerk’s Office will open Monday 6/22/2020.

Hours: 10am-2pm Monday through Friday
Traffic Phone Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm Monday through Thursday;
8:30am-2:00pm Fridays
Traffic Arraignments will resume as already scheduled commencing 6/24/2020


Santa Barbara

Last updated: 05/11/2020

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THE COURT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

  • Chamber ex-parte requests for Civil Harassment TROs, Domestic Violence TROs, and Gun Violence Protective Orders
  • Emergency ex-parte proceedings in Unlawful Detainers
  • Ex parte Guardianship requests where a minor’s safety is at risk
  • Emergency conservatorship and other emergency orders in Probate
  • Parties seeking emergency ex parte orders should call:
  • North County phone number: (805 )614-6500
  • South County phone number: (805) 882-4590
  • All search warrants (day and night) will be electronically submitted

EXCEPT AS INDICATED BELOW THE COURT WILL BE CLOSED FOR:

CRIMINAL

  • All criminal proceedings, except in-custody arraignments.

CIVIL

  • All civil proceedings will be rescheduled
  • All Unlawful Detainer (UD) matters will be rescheduled
  • All temporary restraining orders which would otherwise expire during this closure will be automatically extended for 30 days

FAMILY

  • All family court departments are closed; family law & family support matters will be rescheduled
  • The Family Law Facilitator’s Office is closed for public transactions
  • All clinics and workshops have been cancelled
  • The Family Law Facilitator’s office will conduct appointments telephonically
  • Family Court Services office is closed for public transactions
  • All family court mediation matters are being conducted telephonically

JUVENILE

  • Juvenile matters are still being heard

TRAFFIC

  • All traffic matters will be rescheduled
  • All those cited to appear in Traffic Court will have a 30-day grace period starting when the court reopens all services (monitor www.sbcourts.org for service updates)

SMALL CLAIMS

  • All small claims matters will be rescheduled

PROBATE

  • All Probate hearings will be rescheduled
  • All in-person visits related to guardianship and conservatorship cases are suspended
  • The Probate Facilitator’s office is closed for public transactions; appointments will be conducted telephonically

Santa Clara

Last updated: 04/01/2020

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The Santa Clara County Superior Court is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community while performing our Constitutional duties. Following guidelines provided by the County of Santa Clara’s “shelter in place” orders and Governor Newsom’s executive order, the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara has suspended all non-essential functions until May 1, 2020 or such time as the orders are extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended. Currently, 17 departments and four courthouses continue to hear matters on a limited number of case types.


Santa Cruz

Last updated: 06/03/2020

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The Superior Court of Santa Cruz County is committed to protecting the health and
safety of court users while trying to maintain its core mission of providing equal
access to justice and due process under the law. The Court has been closely
monitoring conditions in the community and following the public health guidelines
from Santa Cruz County Public Health Agency, Center for Disease Control, and the
Judicial Council of California. The Court has taken the following active measures to
protect the public during this time including the following:

  • Face Coverings: Staff, judges, attorneys and members of the public are required to wear face-coverings at all times in the courthouses due to the County Public Health Officer’s Orders.
  • Hand Sanitizing Stations: The court has installed hand sanitizer stations at most public entry/exit points for court users to disinfect their hands while in the courthouse.
  • Social Distancing: Signs and floor decals are placed throughout the courthouse to guide the public to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between each other.
  • Elevators will be limited to one person at a time. Plexiglass barriers are installed in all locations where 6 feet of distancing is not possible.
  • Occupancy Limits: Courtrooms occupancy is limited to the number of people who can occupy the space with 6 feet of distance between them.
  • Staggered Calendars: Calendar start-times will be staggered to control the flow of people in and out of the courthouse and through entry weapons screening.
  • Employee Health Screenings: All employees undergo daily health screenings, including temperature checks (self-administered).
  • Daily Cleaning: Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all court facilities. Deep cleaning daily with additional cleaning and wiping down frequently touched surfaces occurring throughout the day.
  • Air Movement: The following adjustments are in effect to comply with CDC guidelines for increased air movement: run the system 24/7; improve the air filtration; and increase the use of outdoor air for ventilation.

Shasta

Last updated: 05/08/2020

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The Superior Court of California, County of Shasta resumed services to the public on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. All court facilities are open and all courtrooms are in operation.

The public is advised that anyone having a criminal case must appear in court unless excused. People charged with misdemeanor violations must appear on their court date unless they are represented by an attorney who will appear on their behalf. If a person is ordered to appear for arraignment on a misdemeanor charge and does not have an attorney, they must appear in court on the date set. Anyone who fails to appear in court will have a warrant issued for their arrest.

Any person that is currently sick, displaying symptoms of COVID-19, is an older adult, or is in a high risk group due to medical conditions should contact their attorney if they have one, or the court if they do not have an attorney, to address their court date to prevent a warrant from being issued. Questions may be addressed to the Criminal Division at 245-6789.

The court strongly recommends all persons wear masks or face coverings and continue to follow hygiene recommendations of the CDC and the Department of Public Health. Social distancing will be enforced in court facilities and the number of public entering the building will be subject to space limitations.


Sierra

Last updated: 04/30/2020

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Pursuant to the Declaration of Local Health Emergency issued by the Public Health Officer of Sierra County and the Sierra County Board of Supervisors Resolution proclaiming the existence of a local state of emergency in Sierra County as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic virus, the courthouse was closed to the public on March 18, 2020, and remains closed to the public. There is no projected date when the courthouse will reopen to the public.

***PLEASE NOTE: Sierra County Superior Court will be holding all court matters remotely until further notice. Please see links below for current court operations and instructions to appear via Zoom.


Siskiyou

Last updated: 06/01/2020

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the court has issued emergency orders, primarily impacting couit calendaring and court operations. The court has also implemented various orders authorized by the Chief Justice of California and the Judicial Council, as well as statewide emergency orders and emergency amendments to the California Rules of Court.

While the public health crisis has not passed and various state and local orders remain in effect, including a statewide State of Emergency, Siskiyou County was given authority by the state to move further into Stage 2 and staff lifting some restrictions. The Court continues to balance health and safety concerns with the needs of the community to ensure access to justice and due process.

Various statewide orders issued by the Chief Justice and Emergency Rules of Court remain in effect and will continue to apply until the orders expire or are rescinded.

Given the continuing state and local orders and the continued public health risks, the Court makes the following temporary orders. These orders shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded.

General

All persons entering the courthouse are encouraged to wear a face covering and shall follow social distancing guidelines and remain at least six feet apart. Parties, attorneys, witnesses and members of the public shall not congregate in hallways or other public areas and may be asked to wait in open courtrooms, overflow courtrooms or other areas of the courthouse or courthouse grounds.

Courtrooms will continue to practice social distancing, with any persons in the courtroom instructed to sit at least six feet apart and persons encouraged to wear face coverings. Court customers who do not have a case on calendar or business with the Court are encouraged to not enter the courthouse. Court customers who have business with the court are encouraged to limit the number of people they bring with them to court.

Criminal Matters

  • Orders to Appear and General Orders
    • Pursuant to the California Emergency Rules of Court, counsel can and should appear for clients pursuant to Penal Code section 977 for matters that do not require the personal appearance of the defendant.
    • The Court will accept section 977 waivers executed out of court for a defendant with a pending felony criminal matter who is out of custody, with a representation from counsel that he or she explained the waiver to the defendant consistent with Emergency Rule 5: Personal appearance waivers of defendants during health emergency. (Amendments to the California Rules of Court, adopted by the Judicial Council on April 6, 2020, effective April 6, 2020.) Counsel for a defendant with a pending misdemeanor criminal matter may appear as authorized by section 977.                                                                                  
    • Counsel and parties may appear via Court Call pursuant to the California Emergency Rules of Court.

Civil, Conservatorsbip, and Probate Matters:        

  • Generally
    • Civil, conservatorship, and probate matters will continue to be heard as currently set on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. Any matters set at a different time under previous emergency orders shall be heard as already set. Counsel and self-represented litigants are encouraged to use Court Call for telephonic appearances. Court Call is at no charge for pai1ies who qualify for a fee waiver. Attorneys who appear in court are encouraged to appear for their clients whenever possible to minimize the number of people in the courtroom. Parties who appear in court are encouraged to appear alone or with no more than one necessary support person whenever possible to minimize the number of people in the courtroom.
    • Evidentiary hearings in civil, conservatorsh.ip and probate matters may be set on Fridays at 8:30 a.m., beginning Friday, June 19, 2020, or at a specific time set by the court so as to minimize the number of people in the courtroom.
  • Civil Jury Trials: All civil jury trials scheduled to commence beginning June 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020 are vacated. Th.is Order is based on a finding of good cause arising out of the ongoing public health crisis, a backlog of criminal trials with time constraints that take priority and court resource issues.
    • Cases in which trials are vacated will be put on calendar for resetting per court notice.

Unlawful Detainers, Foreclosure Injunctions and Small Claims Trials: Beginning June 1, 2020, all matters will be heard as calendared, subject to Emergency Rules 1 and 2 of the Amendments to the California Rules of Court.

Family Law Matters:

  • Department of Child Support Services  
    • All child support hearings scheduled beginning June 3, 2020 will be heard as scheduled.
  • Family Law, Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment and Guardianships
    • Family law matters will continue to be heard as currently set on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. Domestic violence, civil harassment, and guardianships will remain on calendar at 9:30 a.m. All guardianship annual reviews will be reviewed by a judge and handled by way of a chambers order. In all cases, attorneys and self represented litigants are encouraged to use Court Call. Court Call is at no charge for parties who qualify for a fee waiver. Attorneys who appear in court are encouraged to appear for their clients whenever possible to minimize the number of people in the courtroom. Patties who appear in court are encouraged to appear alone or with no more than one necessary support person whenever possible to minimize the number of people in the courtroom.
  • Evidentiary hearings in family law, domestic violence, civil harassment and guardianship cases will be heard on Fridays at 8:30 a.m., beginning Friday, June 19, 2020, or at a specific time set by the court so as to minimize the number of people in the courtroom. Any hearings already set under prior emergency orders on a different day or time will be heard as set.
  • Family law settlement conferences will be scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays, beginning June 19, 2020.

Mediations

  • Mediations shall be coordinated by the mediator and may be telephonic or by video conferencing when available. The mediator will be available for interim mediation on Wednesdays. Interim mediation may be conducted telephonically (via cell phones) and may not exceed one hour, except in unusual cases.

Court Closure: The Court will continue to be closed on Fridays through June 12, 2020, except for specially set matters. Judges will continue to be available telephonically on Fridays to handle emergency requests consistent with the existing after-hours duty schedule.


Solano

Last updated: 06/23/2020

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Daily Notice of Continued Hearings Posted Daily, please see link provided. The court will accept filings as follows:

Effective July 1, 2020, all criminal departments in both Fairfield and Vallejo will be up and running their own calendars with the new social distancing setting guides prepared by each department, in each departments’ respective assigned Courtroom.


Sonoma

Last updated: 06/01/2020

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDING JUDGE, BRAD DEMEO

SONOMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT IS INCREASING COURT SERVICES AND OPERATION

JUNE 1, 2020 It is time for the Sonoma County Superior Court to expand services. Our experience in the last two months has reminded us that our courts provide essential services to the people of Sonoma County. From custody orders impacting the lives of small children to the constitutional rights of litigants in all areas of the law, we impact thousands of lives every day. We take great pride in our work. Every person employed by the Superior Court of Sonoma County performs valuable duties as a part of our team. We are required to continue our services to those who need us most in the face of adversity. Even with partial operations, we continue to have an impact on the lives of thousands. As we expand services to the public, we will ensure a safe, healthy, and clean working environment for our employees, our judicial officers, and all persons in and around the courthouses. Only people with matters before the court or required to be present will be permitted to enter the courthouses at this time to comply with the requirements of the public health orders. When you come to court, you are required to observe the CDC’s health guidelines and Governor and the local Public Health Officer’s orders during the shelter in place. All persons entering any of our courthouses are required to wear a face-covering and maintain six-foot social distancing at all times. Gathering in groups, leaving designated areas without permission, and close personal contact is prohibited in and around the courthouses. Instructions and messages will be posted throughout the courthouses with these and other rules, included. Any violation of these rules may result in removal from the premises at the discretion of the court administration or a judicial officer. Please anticipate delays in processing filings, calendars, and other matters each day. We ask for your patience and understanding as we progress into the new normal in Sonoma County.

Be well, and welcome back to the courthouse!


Stanislaus

Last updated: 05/13/2020

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Due to COVID-19, the number of persons entering the courthouse must be limited in order to meet social distancing requirements per public health guidelines. Therefore, effective May 18, 2020:

  • The Courthouse remains open to the public, but priority to enter will be given to:
    • Attorneys, parties and witnesses scheduled to appear in court that day
    • Persons who need to conduct business in the clerk’s office
  • Friends and relatives of parties do not have priority status to enter the building (These restrictions do not apply to a designated support person (Family Code section 6303))
  • Only a limited number of attorneys, parties and witnesses will be allowed entry at any given time
  • Once maximum social distancing capacity is reached, no one will be allowed entry until another person exits
  • Social distancing of six (6) feet must be maintained to the maximum extent possible at all times
  • Due to the high volume of cases on the court’s calendar, if you are not scheduled to appear in court or do not have official court business in the clerk’s offices, it is unlikely you will be allowed to enter the building
  • All persons are required to wear face coverings when conducting business at the court
  • Please do not come to court if you are sick or have a temperature.

COURT CLERK’S OFFICES

  • Clerk’s Offices will be closed through May 29
    • Phone services will be reinstated May 18
  • Drop Boxes are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Use the Drop Boxes to file documents without waiting in line for a clerk

Sutter

Last updated: 06/05/2020

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The Sutter County Superior Court will remain open for restricted business as
follows through May 8, 2020.

Crimlnal Matters:
Search warrants (electronic submission accessible 24 hours)
All in-custody cases
All Felony cases
Bailreviews
Writs of habeas corpus
Other criminal matters as determined by the Presiding Judge or designee

Juvenile Matters:
Delinquency
ln custody detention, jurisdictional and dispositional hearings
Other matters as determined by the Presiding Juvenile Judge or designee
(Parents may appear telephonically.)

Dependency
Detention, jurisdictional and disposition hearings
Review hearings requiring federally mandated flndings
Other matters as determined by the Presiding Juvenile Judge or designee (Parents may appear telephonically.)

Family Law, Probate & Civil Matters:
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
Emergency Petitions for Temporary Conservatorships
Emergency Petitions for Temporary Guardianships
Emergency Child Custody Hearings
Other matters as determined by the Presiding Judge or designee

Mental Health matters:
Detained/in-custody Mental Health Hearings

Litigants
If you are represented by an attorney, please call your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, contact the court clerk’s office to request a continuance in your case by calling:
Civil/ Probate/ Family 530-822-3304
Criminal 530-822-3306
Juvenile 530-822-3312
Traffic 530-822-3303

Attorneys or litigants who wish to appear remotely, your case may be eligible to be heard through CourtCall by scheduling in advance.
Please contact CourtCall at (888) 882-6878. Jurors
To postpone your service until you have recovered, please call (530) 822-3307 or go to the Sutter Courts Jury Services Page


Tehama

Last updated: 05/29/2020

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Issued: May 29, 2020

The Superior Court of California, County of Tehama recently implemented emergency orders as signed by Chief Justice, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye which provided for a Court closure from Thursday, March 19, 2020 through Friday, May 29, 2020. Due to the ongoing state of emergency, the Court will continue to limit the number of in-person hearings and utilize telephonic and video options to reduce foot traffic within the courthouse through Thursday, July 2, 2020. Persons having court dates previously scheduled between Monday, June 1, 2020 and Thursday, July 2, 2020 should check the Court’s website for their rescheduled dates at http://www.tehamacourt.ca.gov or consult with their attorney.

As the Court continues to balance the need to provide essential services to the public and community with the ongoing health concerns related to COVID-19, the following adjustments to our normal calendars and operations will be effective Monday, June 1, 2020 through Thursday, July 2, 2020.

Court calendars will be limited to:

  • Hearings for in-custody arraignments, juvenile detentions, restraining and emergency orders will be
  • held Monday through Thursday at 1:15 p.m. and Friday at 11:00 a.m.
  • Felony preliminary hearings will be held Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.
  • Felony settlement conferences/trial confirmations will be held on Fridays at 9:00 a.m.
  • Certain juvenile dependency matters will be held on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.
  • Civil law and motion calendar will be held on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. by video and telephone.
  • DCSS calendar will be held Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. by telephone only.

As previously stated, the number of hearings on each calendar are reduced to the extent possible and to reduce the number of people within the courthouse. When possible, telephonic and video options will be utilized and many hearings are being continued to July, August, and September.

To further reduce the number of individuals in the courthouse, entrance should be limited to those individuals conducting legitimate business. Parties, their attorneys, witnesses, and those required to participate may enter the courthouse on the day of their scheduled hearings. All visitors and observers are encouraged to remain outside of the courthouse.

While at the courthouse, individuals should practice appropriate hygiene and suggested six-foot social distancing measures. Face masks are strongly encouraged.

Filings and other operations:

A drop box for all filing types is available outside of the main entrance of the courthouse located at 1740 Walnut Street, Red Bluff, CA. The drop box will be checked multiple times each business day by the Clerk’s Office and requests for emergency orders will continue to be processed in a timely manner. Filings can also be submitted by mail. If your filing necessitates a response from the Court you should include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Beginning June 15, 2020, public service counters at the Court Clerk’s Office will be open and available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00
p.m.

For general questions, you may currently contact the Court Clerk’s Office by telephone between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. by calling (530) 527-3484. Beginning June 15, 2020, telephone hours will be expanded and available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Court users should continue to utilize various options available to minimize the necessity of coming to the courthouse. Those are:

  • Telephone payments can be made by calling (530) 737-5100.
  • Self-Help Center will be closed but remote assistance by email is available at asksharp@buttecourt.ca.gov. or by visiting https://www.sharpcourts.org.
  • Online payment options are available at https://www.tehama.courts.ca.gov/onlineservices/index.htm.
  • Telephonic and video appearances are available in certain case and hearing types. More information can be found on our website at https://www.tehamacourts.ca.gov/divisions/civil-familylaw.htm .
  • Appointments with the Mediator and Family Law Facilitator will be held by phone and video to the extent possible.

Access to justice is an important right of each citizen. The decision to limit functions within the court was made based on information provided by federal and state health officials and in an attempt to protect the public and staff from exposure to COVID-19.

Further adjustments may be made to the Court’s calendar, depending on the ever changing circumstances of the public health threat of COVID-19. The Court will monitor the situation and continue to consult with the Judicial Council and local public health officials. Please continue to check the Court’s website at www.tehamacourt.ca.gov for any and all updates


Trinity

Last updated: 04/01/2020

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Pursuant to the signed emergency order by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye the Court will continue to hear juvenile detention hearings, no time waiver preliminary hearings, and in-custody arraignments and review temporary restraining orders. In the interim, the Court is vigorously looking at ways to implement video conferencing, provide the public with a live feed of the courtroom from our website, as well as establishing temporary e-filing/fax filing guidelines. The Court wants to assure the public that we value your well-being during this time. We hope to be able to adhere to our plan and open to the public on April 20, 2020, however, if that date doesn’t change, the Court will ask that your personal appearance to the courthouse, on and after that date, be solely for critical and necessary reasons. Please plan on providing any case information and/or your reason for a personal appearance while the social distancing order remains in place.


Tulare

Last updated: 06/26/2020

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The Tulare County Superior Court announced today the South County Justice Center in Porterville will be closed for deep cleaning and sanitizing after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Individuals with hearing dates scheduled on June 29th, will be notified of a new hearing date. The Tulare County Superior Court announced today it will begin lifting some restrictions on access to its courthouses to the extent it can be conducted safely within existing health and public safety resource and technological limitations. Courtrooms will begin conducting hearings in most case types beginning June 4. All Traffic and Small Claims hearings will be heard starting September 8, 2020. Measures have been put into place to promote safe social distancing in all court locations. In addition to social distancing in all
public spaces, the court is alternating calendar times and promoting the use of remote video and telephonic appearances.

Public service counters will remain closed until June 10 when they will re-open to the public by appointment only. Parties seeking appointments may visit the court’s website on or after June 10 at www.tularesuperiorcourt.ca.gov for details on scheduling an appointment.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, General Order 20-03, signed by Presiding Judge, Brett Alldredge, will remain in effect, ordering all access to courthouses restricted to only those required to appear in person, including parties, victims, witnesses, attorneys and those conducing necessary business. Parties are strongly encouraged to appear via remote video and teleconference when available. Visit the court’s website at to request a remote appearance.

All court processing divisions are currently available via phone Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:00 and drop boxes remain available for public use. A drive-up drop box will be installed at the Visalia location by June 9. The box will be located on the east side of the courthouse and will accept drops for any court offices located within the building. The public should continue to conduct business via drop box, mail and e-file when available. Walk-up service window 2 in the South County Justice Center remains available as a drop box location for south county court users.

The court will continue to expand operations as resource and health and safety constraints permit. For the latest Court re-opening updates, please visit the Court’s website.


Tuolumne

Last updated: 06/04/2020

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The Court will be phasing in an increase of our services and operations. The first phase will begin on Monday, May 18, 2020.

In the first phase, cases currently on a court calendar will be heard on the date the cases were scheduled to be heard, and will not be continued unless for good cause.

Further, our staff will return to our normal work day schedule, five days a week, with only a few exceptions, such as mediators and the Family Law Facilitator who will continue to provide services to the public telephonically or by videoconferencing until further notification.

The court counter located at 60 N. Washington St., Sonora, will also return to normal hours of service from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The court counter located at the old courthouse, 41 W. Yaney Ave., will continue to be closed to the public.

In an effort to keep our staff, justice partners, and the public protected as much as possible from exposure to COVID-19, the Court will continue to use precautions such as:

  • Scheduling in-person hearings in a manner to reduce the number people in the courthouse at one time
  • Conduct remote proceedings when possible
  • Make accommodations to reduce appearances of vulnerable individuals or those who live with or care for vulnerable individuals
  • Enforce social distancing of at least six feet for all individuals in the courthouse when possible
  • Encourage face coverings for individuals while in the courthouse.

Naturally, anyone exhibiting possible COVID-19 symptoms such as feeling feverish, coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, or having known close contact with a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19 must refrain from entering either courthouse locations.

The court is taking steps to protect the health and safety of those who appear for jury duty. For felony trials that have a large number of people reporting for jury duty, the court will be asking persons summonsed for jury duty to report to the Sonora Fairgrounds. Court will be held at the Sonora fairgrounds for jury selection only. Once the jury is selected, the jury trial will be moved to a regular courtroom.

The court will be applying social distancing and other protective measures at the Fairgrounds for everyone reporting for jury duty. For misdemeanor jury trials, which normally have a smaller number of people reporting for jury duty, persons summoned for jury duty will report to the courthouse indicated on their summons. Jurors will be assembling in courtrooms where there will be sufficient space to social distance.

During trials, in the courtrooms the court will be applying social distancing and other protective measures to protect jurors, parties, attorneys, the public and court staff.


Ventura

Last updated: 06/16/2020

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Beginning Monday, June 15, 2020 – Hall of Justice , 800 Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA:

If you have an appointment for the Civil, Family, Criminal/Traffic, Small Claims, Appeals & Mental Health clerk’s offices, Records & Exhibits, self-help centers, Collections, Family Law Mediation or District Attorney’s Office, you must check-in at the North entrance of the Hall of Justice, (Ventura Courthouse, entrance closest to the 126 freeway). Please use parking lots A, B, C or D. Entrances to the parking lots are from Victoria Ave., and or Weber St.

Masks Required to Enter the Courthouse. If you have a hearing or trial on calendar and are represented by the Ventura County Public Defender you must check-in at the South entrance of the Hall Justice (Ventura Courthouse) in the Courtyard. Please use parking lots E, F or G. Entrances to the parking lots are from Hill Road and Telephone Road.

If you have a hearing or trial on calendar and are not represented by the Ventura County Public Defender your attorney/self-represented litigant must check-in at the North entrance of the Hall of Justice, (Ventura Courthouse, entrance closest to the 126 freeway). Please use parking lots A, B, C or D. Entrances are from Victoria Ave., and or Weber St.

Courtroom Live Audio Streams Beginning Monday, June 15, 2020 – East County Courthouse 3855-F Alamo Street, Simi Valley, CA:

The East County Courthouse lobby remains closed to the public. Criminal, Traffic and Collections payments can be handled at the exterior walk up window. All Small Claims documents must be filed in Ventura.

If you have a hearing or trial on calendar, you must check in at the East County Courthouse entrance no more than 30 minutes before your scheduled hearing time.


Yolo

Last updated: 06/19/2020

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Yolo Superior Court has implemented an email and telephonic appearance process for all Ex Parte hearings for emergency civil, family law custody and guardianship matters. Effective immediately, requests and documents shall be submitted via email.

  • Any person allowed or required to appear in the Courthouse must wear a face covering. This may include a mask, scarf, or any other cloth material that covers both mouth and nose.
  • Except for good cause, as determined by the Judge, this Order applies to all public areas of the Courthouse. Unless authorized by statute or Court order, all Court appearances in Yolo Superior Court shall be presumptively by Video.

The Court reserves the right to continue a hearing if the attorney or party fails to appear by Video. Telephone appearance by a party is only allowed when the individual does not have access to Video technology. Physical appearance is subject to either statute or a good cause finding made by a judicial officer. (Effective June 19, 2020).


Yuba

Last updated: 05/01/2020

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The court will reopen on Friday, May 1, 2020, with strict social distancing in place.

If you are SICK, do not enter the building.

Masks or face coverings will be required to enter the building.

All persons entering the courthouse building will be screened for COVID-19, consisting of a temperature scan and some questions.

Pending criminal case? Contact your attorney. Your attorney may be able to appear for you in court, so you don’t have to go to court. You may search for your case information on the Portal link, “Online Case Access” to the left.

Social distancing areas are marked out on the floor in BLUE tape.

Courtroom seating is very limited. You may be asked to wait on the front lawn area and if so, you will be called in to the building when the court can hear your case.

Wait time for window clerks, as well as for phone calls, may be longer than usual.


Supreme Court of California

Last updated: 06/04/2020

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The Supreme Court continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation, and is following guidance provided by federal, state, and local health authorities to limit the spread of the virus. In response to the coronavirus situation, the court has adopted expanded e-filing rules for litigants, previously extended the deadlines under the California Rules of Court for an additional 30 days for all Supreme Court proceedings under an amended Administrative Order, and until further notice will be conducting oral argument from the San Francisco Supreme Court Headquarters building with counsel appearing through teleconferencing, videoconferencing, or similar methods of remote participation. The court has also implemented additional social distancing and density controls for oral argument.


United States District Court Northern District of California

Last updated: 06/24/2020

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In light of the continuing COVID-19 public health emergency, all civil hearings and most criminal hearings in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California will be conducted either by teleconference or videoconference until further notice. Commencing July 1, 2020, a limited number of criminal jury trials may be permitted at the court’s discretion. See General Orders 72-4 and 74. Following guidance from the Judicial Conference of the United States, and under authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES ACT”), members of the press and public may remotely observe hearings via videoconference or teleconference.

For information on how to observe court proceedings held by videoconference, visit cand.uscourts.gov/zoom. A list of upcoming hearings that will be held by videoconference is available at apps.cand.uscourts.gov/telhrg/. Log-in or call-in information is available on the assigned judge’s home page or calendar, or by emailing media@cand.uscourts.gov.

PLEASE NOTE: Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings (including those held by telephone or videoconference). See Court Rules Affecting the Media and General Order 58 at Paragraph III. Any recording of a court proceeding held by video or teleconference, including “screen-shots” or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court-issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary by the court. Members of the press and the public are also expected to mute their phones during telephonic hearings and to not disrupt proceedings in any manner.


United States District Court Eastern District of California

Last updated: 04/17/2020

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WHEREAS, the court previously has issued General Orders addressing the national, regional and local public health emergency posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak by continuing all trials and closing its courthouses to the public until May 1, 2020;

WHEREAS, since the issuance of the court’s prior orders circumstances related to the outbreak have continued to evolve, with state and local public agencies instituting still further enhanced measures to manage the spread of the virus and limit the potential for the illness and death it can cause;

WHEREAS, this week the President of the United States has announced federal guidelines for reopening the economy, while at the same time deferring to governors to determine when states will resume normal operations;

WHEREAS, this week the Governor of California has outlined six steps for reopening public and private sector operations and lifting restrictions in place throughout the state, without providing a definite date by which restrictions will be lifted;

AND WHEREAS, the Judges of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, in consultation with the Clerk of Court, continue to closely monitor developments and balance the various interests implicated by the COVID-19 outbreak and the court’s response to the outbreak, including: the health of jurors, witnesses, parties, attorneys, the public whom it is our privilege to serve, Clerk’s Office and all court staff, Probation and Pretrial Services staff, chambers staff and judges; the constitutional rights of criminal defendants and other parties; and the public’s interest in, and the court’s duty to ensure, the effective and expeditious administration of justice;

NOW THEREFORE, in light of the best information available to the Judges of the Eastern District of California at this time, effective immediately through June 1, 2020, I hereby issue the following Order on behalf of the Court to supplement the prior orders issued on March 12, 17, 18 and 30, 2020, with the findings relied on in those orders incorporated in full herein:

  1. In light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all courthouses of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California shall remain closed to the public. Only persons having official court business as authorized by a Judge of the District Court or the Bankruptcy Court, or a healthy building tenant having official business on behalf of a tenant agency, may enter courthouse property. This order applies to the following divisional locations:
    • The Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse, 501 I Street, Sacramento;
    • The Robert E. Coyle United States Courthouse, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno;
    • The Redding Federal Courthouse, 2986 Bechelli Lane, Redding;
    • The Bakersfield Federal Courthouse, 510 19th Street, Bakersfield;
    • The Yosemite Federal Courthouse, 9004 Castle Cliff Court, Yosemite; and
    • The Modesto U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1200 I Street, Second Floor, Modesto.
  2. The court will not call in jurors for service in civil or criminal jury trials until June 15, 2020, at the earliest, if courthouses reopen to the public on June 1, 2020. All civil and criminal jury trials in the Eastern District of California scheduled to begin before June 15, 2020 are further continued pending further order of the court.
  3. All of the court’s civil matters will be decided on the papers, or if the assigned Judge believes a hearing is necessary, the hearing will be by telephone or videoconference. This applies to all matters including motion hearings, case management conferences, pretrial conferences and settlement conferences.
  4. In civil matters and bankruptcy matters in which parties represent themselves (pro se litigants), those parties continue to be strongly encouraged to file documents by mail. For those unable to file by mail the court is providing drop boxes for filing inside the entrances to the Sacramento, Fresno and Modesto courthouses, that otherwise previously have accepted hand delivered pro se filings in the Clerk’s Offices for those courts.
  5. In the court’s criminal matters, all initial appearances, arraignments and other essential proceedings will continue to be held before the duty Magistrate Judges, unless the parties agree to continue them; to the full extent possible matters that are maintained on calendar shall be conducted by telephone or videoconference as provided by General Order 614.
  6. In criminal cases before the District Judges, the assigned District Judge may continue matters to a date after June 1, 2020, excluding time under the Speedy Trial Act with reference to the court’s prior General Order 611 issued on March 17, 2020, the court’s subsequent declaration of a judicial emergency based on 18 U.S.C. § 3174, and the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council’s Order of April 16, 2020 continuing this court’s judicial emergency for an additional one-year period and suspending the time limits of 18 U.S.C. § 3161(c) until May 2, 2021, with additional findings to support the exclusion in the Judge’s discretion; if any criminal matters are maintained on calendar, to the full extent possible they shall be conducted by telephone or videoconference, also as provided by General Order 614.
  7. Any Judge may order case-by-case exceptions to any of the above numbered provisions for non-jury court matters at the discretion of that Judge or upon the request of counsel, after consultation with counsel.

United States District Court Central District of California

Last updated: 04/13/2020

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The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the following further measures taken in response to the threat posed by COVID-19, also known as the “Coronavirus.”

The Court’s Continuity of Operations Plan (“COOP”) remains activated and is extended through and including June 1, 2020.

The Court will not call in jurors for service in civil or criminal jury trials until after June 1, 2020. All filing deadlines will remain in place unless otherwise ordered by the presiding Judge.

Pursuant to the COOP, hearings in civil cases will only go forward by video or telephonic conference. Hearings by video and telephonic conference may be held by individual Judges in certain criminal matters.

Criminal duty matters before Magistrate Judges, such as initial appearances, arraignments, detention hearings, and the issuance of search warrants, shall continue to take place in the ordinary course, with a preference for appearances made by video or telephonic conference as set forth in Order of the Chief Judge No. 20-043. All signatures on documents including, but not limited to, financial affidavits, statement of the defendant’s constitutional rights, consents to waive preliminary hearing, consents to appear by video or telephonic conference, waivers of the defendant’s presence, Pretrial and Probation reports, and appearance bonds/orders for release shall be performed electronically with the [s/name] format. For the defendant, defense counsel may sign on behalf of the defendant, after receiving consent, and submit the documents electronically to the duty Judge’s criminal duty email address by no later than 2:00 p.m. the day of the criminal duty calendar.

In-person meetings of the grand juries shall remain suspended and that period of suspension is extended through and including June 1, 2020.

The naturalization ceremonies scheduled in April and May 2020 are cancelled.


United States District Court Southern District of California

Last updated: 07/06/2020

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On June 10, 2020, upon the recommendations of the Strategic Committee on Resumption of Regular Court Proceedings, the Chief Judge issued Order of the Chief Judge (OCJ) 29 adopting certain safety protocols for in-person proceedings conducted in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Many of the circumstances giving rise to the COVID-19 public emergency have not abated since the entry of OCJ 29. To continue to protect the public safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Chief Judge hereby extends the safety protocols set forth in that Order.

This Order is effective immediately and will remain in place until August 9, 2020 absent further order of the Court.


California Courts of Appeal – First District

Last updated: 07/8/2020

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The Court of Appeal, First Appellate District continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. The court is following guidance provided by the Judicial Council, the Department of Public Health, and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus.

Because of the emergency due to the COVID-19 virus, and in cooperation with the orders of various Bay Area county departments of public health, the court is operating remotely, with few staff at the courthouse. The court will continue to receive correspondence and filings both via paper and electronically.

Pursuant to Misc. Order 2020-2, all in person oral argument sessions in the Court of Appeal, First District, are suspended. Counsel who choose to present oral argument must do so via video conference.

Any further updates will be communicated through the court’s website, both in this place, and in the “Latest News,” below on this page, as appropriate.


California Courts of Appeal – Second District

Last updated: 06/24/2020

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The Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. The court is following guidance provided by the Judicial Council, the Department of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus.

Because of the emergency due to the COVID-19 virus, the court is operating remotely with reduced staff present at the Court. Questions directed to the clerk’s office should be made via e-mail at http://www.courts.ca.gov/25071.htm

The court will continue to receive correspondence and filings both via paper and electronically. All paper filings submitted by self-represented litigants, including emergency writs, may be made by dropping them in a drop box at the entrance to the clerk’s office. An order was issued on March 16, 2020 suspending all in-person oral argument in Los Angeles. Counsel will appear remotely via video conference, by telephone conference, or by other electronic means as available and arranged by the clerk’s office.

These adjustments will remain in place until, by further order, it is determined to be prudent to resume normal procedures.


California Courts of Appeal – Third District

Last updated: 06/02/2020

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Following the recommendations of the Department of General Services (DGS) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in Sacramento is closed Tuesday, June 2, 2020. E-filing is still available through the court’s website. The court will continue to monitor the situation and review recommendations from DGS and the CHP.

The Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. The court is following guidance provided by the Judicial Council, the Department of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus.

Further, the court has obtained an Emergency Order from the Chair of the Judicial Council permitting it to issue an order extending the time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court, which it has done by Order dated April 13, 2020.

On April 15, 2020, the court obtained an Emergency Order from the Chair of the Judicial Council permitting it to issue an order extending by no more than 30 days the time periods occurring between April 20 and May 18, 2020, which it has done by Order dated April 17, 2020. Second extensions of time are limited to acts and events that occur prior to the filing of a decision by the Court of Appeal.

Any further updates will be communicated through the court’s website, both here and in Latest News below, as appropriate.


California Courts of Appeal – Fourth District

Last updated: 05/27/2020

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Because of the emergency due to the COVID-19 virus, and in response to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20, the court is operating remotely, with few staff at the courthouse. The court will continue to receive correspondence and filings both via paper and electronically. Access to the court by phone will be limited.

Additionally, pursuant to Division One’s Misc. Order 041420 , all in-person oral arguments have been suspended until further order of the Court. Any further updates will be communicated through the court’s website, both in this place, and in the “Latest News,” below on this page, as appropriate.


California Courts of Appeal – Fifth District

Last updated: 04/20/2020

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The Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. The Court is following guidance provided by the Judicial Council, the Department of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus.
The Court has issued an order suspending all in-person oral argument. This order supersedes the order dated March 17, 2020. Telephonic appearances can be arranged at CourtCall.com, External link icon. Video appearances will be arranged by the Court. As always, oral arguments can be viewed live on the Court’s website using the “Oral Argument Webcast” button.

The Court has obtained Emergency Orders (Emergency Order 1/Emergency Order 2) from the Chair of the Judicial Council permitting it to issue an order extending the time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court, which it has done by orders dated March 23, 2020, April 13, 2020, and April 16, 2020.

NOTE: Juvenile dependency matters are excluded from the April 16 order. See order dated April 20, 2020.


California Courts of Appeal – Sixth District

Last updated: 05/22/2020

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The Sixth District Court of Appeal has made the following adjustments for the health of the public and its employees in light of the COVID-19 health emergency, and in cooperation with the orders of Governor Newsom issued March 27, 2020, and updated on May 7, 2020, and of the Director of the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health issued May 18, 2020.

In compliance with the orders of Governor Newsom and the Santa Clara County Public Health Director, all persons coming to the Sixth District Court of Appeal are required to wear a face covering, maintain at least 6 feet of social distance from others not in their household, and observe rules of hygiene established in the order. If you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, you should not come to the Sixth District Court of Appeal.

Pursuant to Misc. Order 20-002 oral argument sessions in the Sixth District Court of Appeal are being conducted telephonically. Court proceedings will be open to the public and members of the press telephonically.

The Clerk’s Office window is currently closed. However, court operations are functional. The court continues to receive phone calls, correspondence by email and U.S. Mail, and electronic filings. If you are unable to file your papers electronically, you may drop off paper filings, including emergency writs, in the drop box located on the 10th floor at 333 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, California, next to the Sixth District Court of Appeal Clerk’s Office entrance. If you need to review a document filed in this court, please contact the Clerk’s Office via phone at 408-277-1004 or email at Sixth.District@jud.ca.gov to make an appointment.

Any further updates will be communicated through the court’s website as appropriate.


9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Last updated: 03/17/2020

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Oral Arguments: Arguments currently scheduled in March, April, and May 2020 are being evaluated one at a time and orders will issue in those cases giving direction to the parties. Panels may exercise their discretion under the rules to submit cases without argument; to postpone argument to a later date; or to hold argument via telephone or video. When argument is held, it will be live streamed to facilitate public access. Access to the Courthouse: Until further notice, our courthouses are closed to the public during non-court weeks. Attorneys and parties who have access to CM/ECF are strongly encouraged to use it for everything, including new petitions for review and original proceedings. Filing Deadlines & Paper Copies: Because the national response to the pandemic has disrupted services of all kinds, the Court will extend non-jurisdictional filing dates as needed. Due dates for notices of appeal, petitions for review, and any document that confers jurisdiction on this Court, are set by statute or rule and a e unaffected by this notice. Please follow the instructions in the next section to seek an extension of time to file a brief. The court will issue instructions for seeking extensions of other types of non-jurisdictional deadlines in the coming days.

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