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Judicial Council Approves Temporary Emergency Measures to Aid Courts During COVID-19 Pandemic

At an emergency meeting held on March 28, 2020, the Judicial Council unanimously approved a number of measures to assist the courts. The Judicial Council’s actions follow the Governor’s emergency order empowering the Judicial Council and Chief Justice to take necessary temporary action to enable the courts to conduct business and continue to operate while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/30/2020
Statewide

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.

See the full order in the link

03/23/2020
Alameda Closed March 16, 2020 – April 7th, 2020. The Court is pleased to announce that it will resume Family Court Services mediation sessions beginning the week of March 30. These sessions will be conducted remotely via telephone conference. Also beginning on March 20, Self-Help Center will have the ability to scheduled one-on-one video appointments using the BlueJeans videoconferencing service. 03/27/2020
Alpine All scheduled court hearings, with the exception of criminal matters that have statutory time constraints, will be rescheduled to May 2020 by minute order. 03/20/2020
Amador The Court is closed until April 6th, 2020 except for certain matters. The court is preparing rescheduling notices to be sent out on Friday March 27, 2020. The phones will be open April 6th for questions. Operational staff is at a bare minimum. 03/25/2020
Butte Due to the Shelter In Place Order issued by the Governor of California and the recommendation of the Federal Government to limit gatherings of more than 10 people, the Court has substantially closed to the public from March 23, 2020 through March 27, 2020. We will be reopening the week of March 30, 2020, with reduced services and limited access. Please note that we will be closed Tuesday, March 31st, for Cesar Chavez Day. 03/27/2020
Calaveras Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, all Clerk’s Counters will be closed to the public 03/18/2020
Colusa Colusa County Superior Court will be closed for two weeks, from Friday March 20, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020. 03/19/2020
Contra Costa

The Court has requested authorization from the Chief Justice to continue its closure through April 30, 2020, and will issue a further release with details as to what Court operations will resume during any extended closure period. While Court offices and facilities remain closed, the Court will begin accepting certain urgent filings as follows

The Court will accept filings for emergency criminal and juvenile matters only beginning March 30, 2020. The Court will begin accepting certain filings for these matters on April 6, 2020. Unlawful Detainer matters may not be filed at this time. Traffic matters will not be handled at this time. The Court will not schedule hearings or reset hearings that were scheduled during the closure period until the Court reopens, with the exception of urgent matters described above and those to be set forth in Emergency Local Rules.

03/13/2020
Del Norte Court closed March 20, 2020 through April 1st, 2020. All jurt trials are suspended until May 26, 2020. 03/24/2020
El Dorado Traffic infraction arraignments postponed. All clerk’s counters in all facilities have been closed. 03/18/2020
Fresno The court will temporarily close, effective March 23, 2020 to April 3, 2020. The court will be closed for all purposes except emergency matters. Order temporarily suspending in-person visitation between foster child and their parents or guardians. 03/25/2020
Glenn Through May 18, 2020, court access is severely limited, and many court appearances are being vacated and rescheduled. Prior to visiting a court location, please review the Order of the Presiding Judge Affecting Court Operations and Access to Courthouse that modifies court operations and access polidices during this emergency. It can be viewed on the home page of the court’s website. You may appear at the courthouse if the reason for your visit is authorized by those orders or not prohibited by them. 03/30/2020
Humboldt Due to emergency court closure, all court hearings that were scheduled for March 17-20, 2020 have been rescheduled and all public court hearings will be broadcast live until further notice. 03/26/2020
Imperial Court closed Monday, March 23, 2020 through and including Tuesday, March 31, 2020. From April 1, 2020 to April 17, 2020, inclusive, all Imperial County courthouses will only allow public access to those members of the public that have business in the following: Parties, lawyers, and witnesses subpoenaed to testify may enter on the day of hearing scheduled in their case. Those people entering to file documents with the court for any case type may enter if the documents are completed and ready to be filed. No other persons will be permitted entry without good cause. 03/25/2020
Inyo Modifications to court operations have been made effective March 23, 2020 through Friday, April 17, 2020. 03/23/2020
Kern

Beginning March 19, through March 30, only the following case types will be heard:

  1. Felony and misdemeanor criminal arraignments
  2. Felony pre-preliminary and preliminary hearings
  3. Felony sentencings
  4. Juvenile initial hearings and jurisdictional hearings for dependency and juvenile justice
  5. Family domestic violence temporary restraining orders
  6. Family law ex parte hearings
  7. Probate applications for temporary guardianship
  8. Probate applications for temporary conservatorship
  9. Civil harassment
  10. Civil ex parte requests
  11. Any other case a judge finds good cause to hear during this time

All other hearings will be rescheduled. The court will send notice to attorneys or parties who represent themselves.

03/24/2020
Kings In an effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Superior Court of Kings County will continue to provide Self-Help and Family Law Facilitator (FLF) services in person. However, Self Help and FLF staff will be providing services inside the Court’s Lobby at the Civil Service Windows. Only one (1) person per staff member at a time will be allowed entrance into the Court’s Lobby. This will provide the recommended six (6) feet social distance space required between people. Court users will also be able to call in to the Self-Help Center to get questions answered and to be provided information regarding online services. Nothing in the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order affects child custody and visitation orders of this court as well as custodial exchanges to facilitate those orders. 03/27/2020
Lake

The court will remain closed through May 1, 2020, except for services described herein. Beginning April 2, 2020, the court will be handling the following critital emergency matters.

  • In-custody Criminal Arraignments
  • Juvenile Detention Hearings
  • Preliminary Hearings in which time has not been waived
  • Ex-parte Temporary Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Ex-parte Civil Temporary Restraining Orders, including Civil Harassment, Workplace Violence, Gun Violence and Elder Abuse
  • Ex-parte Emergency Petitions for Temporary Conservatorship
  • Ex-parte Emergency Petitions for Temporary Guardianship
  • Ex-parte Family Code Temporary Emergency Orders
  • Ex-parte Emergency Civil Injunction Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Ex-Parte applications for orders based on stipulation
03/30/2020
Lassen Limited access to the courthouse. 03/18/2020
Los Angeles

Superior Court of Los Angeles County orders release of county jail inmates awaiting trial after justice partners reach agreement.

All Clerk’s offices will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 23.

All jurors summoned between the weeks of 3/23 – 4/6/20 do not need to report.

Effective 3/20, all traffic and non-traffic infraction matters are postponed for at least 30 days.

If you are alitigant 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.

Beverly Hills, Catalina, and Spring Street Courthouses will be closed until at least April 16, 2020. Sylmar Courthouse will be closed until March 27, 2020.

All child waiting rooms are closed.

03/30/2020
Madera Attorneys and litigants are strongly encouraged to file documents by facsimile in civil, probate, and family law matters. All facsimile fees will be waived during the timeframe specified in the March 24, 2020 General Order. Attorneys and litigants are strongly encouraged to make court appearances telephonically via Court Call in all case types. 03/26/2020
Marin Court closed March 17, 2020 to April 7, 2020 except for all non-essential matters. There are no essential trials scheduled through May 22nd. 03/27/2020
Mariposa

Due to the Coronavirus Emergency (COVID-19) issued by the Governor and County of Mariposa, Mariposa Superior Court has substantially closed through April 19, 2020. This closure may continue as determined by the Court.

YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ENTRY INTO THE COURTHOUSE WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL.

03/24/2020
Mendocino Order temporarily suspending in-person visitation. 03/26/2020
Merced The Court remains open for specific case types that have been determined to be essential matters. Beginning on March 23, 2020, the courtrooms will transition to essential matters. The clerk’s offices will be closed to the public, excluding essential filings limited to, restraining orders, emergency petitions and emergency ex-parte requests. 03/21/2020
Modoc All jury trials scheduled to commence on or before April 13, 2020 xe vacated and any person who has received a juror summons will be resummoned for a date in the future. 03/17/2020
Mono The Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport courthouse will be closed to the public except for time sensitive, essential functions. 03/23/2020
Monterey Court closed for all non-essential functions starting March 18, 2020 through April 3, 2020 03/18/2020
Napa Court closed to the public at all locations beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020 03/18/2020
Nevada The Nevada County SuperiorCourt announces a significant reduction to in-person services provided at both courthouses. 03/27/2020
Orange The Orange County Superior Court will remain closed to the public until April 24, 2020, with minimal exceptions for time sensitive matters or matters pertaining to the safety and security of the community. 03/30/2020
Placer “Effective, Monday, March 23, 2020 the Placer County Superior Court will reduce to critical minimum functions. The Court will focus on efforts on matters involving civil liberties, restraining orders, and similar emergency matters. The Court’s operations will be limited to the following: Felony and misdemeanor in-custody matters. Felony out-of-custody matters where time has not been waived. Felony out-of-custody arraignments, preliminary hearings, trial assignment and trials. Felony and misdemeanor mental health cases on the mental health treatment calendars. Felony and misdemeanor sex offense cases. Misdemeanor arraignments, including driving under the influence but excluding all other traffic related offenses. Search and arrest warrants and petitions related to bail. Juvenile justice and juvenile dependency matters. Temporary Guardianships, Temporary Conservatorships, civil restraining orders including but not limited to Civil Harassment and Elder Abuse Restraining orders, petitions related to firearms, requests for unlawful detainer stays, and all requests for emergency relief. Family Law domestic violence restraining orders, adoptions, petitions for freedom from custody and control, and termination of parental rights. The court acknowledges that it remains in the public’s interest to minimize the number of jurors summoned to the court during the current State of Emergency. There are currently no jury trials set through March 27.” 03/20/2020
Riverside Effective March 20 through April 3, 2020: The Riverside Superior Court is operating in a limited capacity and many court locations are closed or have limited hours. Additionally, the Court is hearing only specific emergency matters at this time in order to comply with federal, state, and local recommendations on social distancing. 03/30/2020
Sacramento As a result of the Court Closure due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Sacramento remains closed to the public. When the court returns to a partial closure, the court will set new dates for all affected cases, taking into consideration the order and any statutory priorities for the affected cases. 03/27/2020
San Benito

Public counters are closed. Effective immediately through May 4, 2020, the San Benito Superior Court will rescheduled the following matters in order to curtail the effect and spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

  • Out of Custody Criminal Arraignments, excluding felony arraignments on informations.
  • Out of Custody Misdemeanor Pre-Trial Conferences.
  • Truancy Court.
  • Drug Court.
  • Behavioral Health Court.
  • Traffic Arraignments.
  • Criminal Fine Reviews.
  • Civil and Probate Jury and Court Trials.
  • Unlimited Civil Motions.
  • Limited Civil Motions and Trials – excepting Unlawful Detainers.
  • 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
03/26/2020
San Bernardino Courth is closed for non-emergency matters from March 17, 2020 to April 2, 2020. 03/18/2020
San Diego The court is temporarily closed and is hearing only emergency matters from March 20, 2020 through April 3, 2020. All jury trials in the County of San Diego are suspended and continued for a period of sixty (60) days from the date of this order (through Friday, May 22, 2020). San Diego County residents summonsed to appear between March 16 – May 22 in the Superior Court are asked not to report to any courthouse. Jury service will be considered complete for any juror with a summons within that date range. Self-Help assistance available for San Diego Superior Court emergency services during COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic and ensuring “shutdown,” it is unsafe to convene criminal defendants or juveniles in juvenile justice proceedings, attorneys, court staff, and judges to conduct criminal/juvenile justice proceedings. 03/27/2020
San Francisco The Court has reduced operations and is only providing necessary and essential services. The Court intends to reduce the number of jurors, parties, and attorneys in the Court for the time period of March 17 through April 15, 2020, as advised by public health officials. 03/24/2020
San Joaquin

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, San Joaquin County Superior Court will adjust its court operations as follows:

  • All San Joaquin Courthouses will be closed to the public for general business except for limited purposes. The Lodi Courthouses are closed. The Court will be closed Monday March 30th and Tuesday MArch 31st.
03/27/2020
San Luis Obispo Public access to the courthouses in Paso Robles and Grover Beach will be closed. Public access to the San Luis Obispo courthouse will be limited those appearing for matters on the calendar that day Remote options including contact by telephone are now reserved for critical and essential court business only. 03/20/2020
San Mateo

Court closed Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through April 7, 2020.

For unlawful detainer matters, March 18, 2020 through March 31, 2020 are deemed holidays. Jury trials to be suspended or extended for 60 days. The Court will not be hearing Law and Motion matters from, at least, March 17 through April 7, 2020.

Because the Court is operating at reduced staffing levels through April 7, 2020, we anticipate that Law and Motion hearings will not be heard until after April 7, 2020. Therefore, all Law and Motion matters are continued and will need to be rescheduled.

03/27/2020
San Barbara

Santa Barbara Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 – April 3, 2020. EXCEPT AS INDICATED BELOW THE COURT WILL BE CLOSED FOR:

All criminal proceedings, except in-custody arraignments. 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. All family court departments are closed; family law & family support matters will be rescheduled. Juvenile matters are still being heard. All traffic matters will be rescheduled. All small claims matters will be rescheduled. All Probate hearings will be rescheduled.

03/27/2020
Santa Clara County of Santa Clara has suspended all non-essential functions for three weeks or until such time as the order is lifted. All clerk’s office functions, including the Self-Help Center, will be closed to the public while the order remains in place. All traffic matters currently scheduled for Court between Tuesday, March 17, and Friday, April 3, 2020 will be continued on a rolling basis for 45 days. 03/27/2020
Santa Cruz

Staring Friday, March 27th the Court is taking further steps to promote public and employee health and safety by reducing its hours beyond those reductions previously in place. The following is a breakdown of new hours for both WAtsonville and Santa Cruz Court locations:

All clerk’s office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. each weekday (excluding court holidays).

The Self-Help Center (SHC) in Watsonville will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. weekdays (excluding court holidays) for emergency and time sensitive matters only. The Law Library has temporarily eliminated in-person services while the Santa Cruz County shelter in place order is in effect.

All public computer terminals at the Watsonville Court, Civil (Room 110 at 701 Ocean Street), Criminal (Room 120 at 701 Ocean Street) are closed until further notice.

03/27/2020
Shasta Effective March 25, 2020, pursuant to the additional authorization granted by the Chief Justice of California, County of Shasta orders are set forth in the General Order dated today. This order is made furtherance of compliance with the CDC and California Department of Public Health guidelines and recommendations to take precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our community. 03/25/2020
Sierra Court clerk’s office in Sierra County will be closed through April 3, 2020. 03/19/2020
Siskiyou The Court will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays only. The Court will be closed on Thursdays except for emergency orders. 03/22/2020
Solano

Effective March 20, 2020: Filings in Fairfield and Vallejo courthouses will be accepted via the drop-box. The clerk’s office will not be open for in-person processing. All time waived felony and misdemeanor arraignments, hearings, and court appearances in both the Vallejo and Fairfield courthouses, that are set between March 20, 2020, and April 5, 2020, are continued 60 days from their current date unless you have been otherwise notified.

All no time waived felony and misdemeanor hearings and court appearances in both the Vallejo and Fairfield courthouses, that are set between March 20, 2020, and April 5, 2020, will be heard in the Fairfield courthouse on the date presently set.

Jury Services recognizes the public’s concerns presented by COVID-19. Many criminal jury trials are being continued. As this occurs, the need for jurors lessens. Follow the reporting instructions on your jury summons to know the outcome of your jury service.

All non-traffic infraction and traffic infraction matters scheduled between March 20, 2020 and April 5, 2020 will be continued. The court will provide notice of the continued hearing date.

All juvenile delinquency and dependency detentions, arraignments and other hearings will remain as scheduled unless you have been notified not to appear or the parties have an approved stipulation or order for continuance. Matters will be heard in Courtroom 101 in the Hall of Justice in Fairfield.

The Court will continue to process requests for Temporary Restraining Orders, including domestic violence, civil harassment and elder abuse orders, and requests for emergency relief in Civil and Probate matters. Hearings currently scheduled for these matters will remain as scheduled unless case-specific arrangements are made with the scheduled department.

Orders establishing temporary guardianships and temporary conservatorships will be extended by operation of the emergency order. Any hearings currently scheduled will be continued up to 60 days and notice will be provided.

All Family Law matters, including DCSS, scheduled between March 20, 2020 and April 5, 2020 will be continued 60 days from currently set date. The court will provide notice of the continued hearing date. The court will continue to process requests for emergency Family Law orders on an ex parte basis.

The Self-Help Center is closed for public access. Requests for assistance may be made by email at flf@solano.courts.ca.gov.

Civil matters scheduled between March 20, 2020 and April 5, 2020 will be continued. All civil jury and court trials, including small claims and unlawful detainer hearings, set between March 20 and April 5, 2020 are continued. The court will provide notice of the continued hearing date. Any civil case which required publication of notice by newspaper will remain on calendar.

03/19/2020
Sonoma All court locations closed Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020 03/24/2020
Stanislaus Stanislaus County Superior Court Clerk’s Offices are CLOSED until further notice. 03/22/2020
Sutter Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, Sutter County Superior Court will further adjust its court operations. The court is reducing operations to focus on those that impact essential court functions, constitutional functions, public safety, children’s safety, and those in other vulnerable categories. 03/20/2020
Tehama Court closed for approximately two weeks from Thursday, March 19, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020. 03/18/2020
Trinity Court will be closed from Monday, March 23, 2020 through Friday, April 17, 2020 03/20/2020
Tulare

Due to the shelter in place order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, the Tulare County Superior Court is substantially closed to the public from March 23, 2020, through April 16, 2020. Pursuant to a General Order signed by Presiding Judge, Brett Alldredge, the court is restricting public access to the courthouses. Access to courthouses will be limited to parties appearing at essential hearings, witnesses, attorneys and only those individuals conducting essential business at the courthouse.

03/27/2020
Tuolumne Court is open, with changes to operations: No jury duty from March 23, 2020 through April 22, 2020
Ventura The Venture Superior Court will continue with limited operations from Monday, March 23, 2020 to Friday, April 17, 2020. During this period, the majority of courtrooms and all clerk’s offices at all court locations remain closed to the public. A small number of courtrooms will be operating to hear urgent criminal, juvenile, temporary restraining order issues and emergency ex parte Family Law, Civil and Probate matters only. 03/20/2020
Yolo 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. 03/24/2020
Yuba Court is closed through April 9, 2020. 03/24/2020
Supreme Court of California 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, extended the deadlines under the California Rules of Court for an additional 30 days for all Supreme Court proceedings, 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. 03/27/2020
United States District Court Northern District of California Chief Judge Hamilton has issued General Order 74, Temporary Use of Teleconferencing, Videoconferencing, and Other Procedures in Criminal Matters Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES ACT”), and General Order 75, Temporary Suspension of Rules Regarding Personal Service by the United States Marshals Service During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. 03/30/2020
United States District Court Eastern District of California

Effective immediately through May 1, 2020, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California hereby issues the following Order to supplement its prior orders issued on March 12 and 17, 2020, with the findings relied on in those orders incorporated in full herein:

In light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all courthouses of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California shall be 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:

  1. The Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse, 501 I Street, Sacramento;
  2. The Robert E. Coyle United States Courthouse, 2501 Tulare Street, Fresno;
  3. The Redding Federal Courthouse, 2986 Bechelli Lane, Redding;
  4. The Bakersfield Federal Courthouse, 510 19th Street, Bakersfield;
  5. The Yosemite Federal Courthouse, 9004 Castle Cliff Court, Yosemite; and
  6. The Modesto U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1200 I Street, Second Floor, Modesto.

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 video conference. This applies to all matters including motion hearings, case management conferences, pretrial conferences and settlement conferences.

In civil matters and bankruptcy matters in which parties represent themselves (pro se litigants), those parties are strongly encouraged to file documents by mail. For those unable to file by mail the court will provide 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.

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 video conference.

In criminal cases before the District Judges, the assigned District Judge may continue matters to a date after May 1, 2020, excluding time under the Speedy Trial Act with reference to the court’s prior General Order 611 issued on March 17, 2020, 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 video conference.

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.

03/18/2020
United States District Court Central District of California The United States Courthouses in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Riverside will remain open for business, subject to the following limitations. March 17, 2020. Effective immediately, the Court will not call in jurors for service in civil or criminal jury trials until April 13, 2020 or otherwise ordered by the Court. The Court may issue other orders concerning future continuances as necessary and appropriate. All courtroom proceedings and filing deadlines will remain in place unless otherwise ordered by the presiding Judge. Effective immediately and until further notice, the Court grants to mediators the authority to excuse a party, a party’s representative, or an attorney from in-person attendance at a mediation conducted under General Order No. 11-10. At the discretion of the assigned mediator, mediations held through the Court’s ADR Program may be conducted by video or telephone conference. 03/23/2020
United States District Court Southern District of California On March 1 7, 2020, the Court issued Order of Chief Judge No. 18, limiting Court operations in response to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, most criminal proceedings in the Southern District of California have been continued until at least April 16, 2020. 03/23/2020
California Courts of Appeal – First District Oral arguments scheduled for March 18, March 19 and April 6 have been canceled and will be rescheduled. All in-person oral arguments have been temporarily suspended. Attorneys who chose to present oral arguments must do so by telephone. 03/18/2020
California Courts of Appeal – Second District Suspended all in-person oral arguments. Counsel must now appear by video or telephone. An order was issued by the 2nd District Court of Appeal authorizing the court to extend the time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court by 30 additional days (Order). No application for an extension shall be required. 03/23/2020
California Courts of Appeal – Third District Sacramento has postponed oral arguments set for the month of April. The chief justice issued an emergency order for the court on March 23. 03/24/2020
California Courts of Appeal – Fourth District Courts received an emergency order from the chief justice on Friday extending by up to 30 days “any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court. ” The court has offered additional guidance to counsel and litigants. 03/20/2020
California Courts of Appeal – Fifth District The Court has issued an order PDF file type icon suspending all in-person oral argument. Telephonic appearances can be arranged at CourtCall.com. As always, oral arguments can be viewed live on the Court’s website using the “Oral Argument Webcast” button. 03/23/2020
California Courts of Appeal – Sixth District San Jose court building is closed to the public. Pursuant to Misc. Order 20-001 oral arguments sessions in the Sixth District Court of Appeal are suspended. The court will continue to receive correspondence and filings electronically. Access to the court by phone will be limited. Court users who cannot file their papers electronically are asked to use the Dropbox at the Santa Clara County Superior Court on North First Street in San Jose. The chief justice issued an emergency order on Wednesday authorizing the court to extend by 30 days the deadline for any act required or permitted under California Rules of Court. 03/18/2020
9th Circuit Court of Appeals

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 are 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

03/17/2020

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