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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: 11/18/2020

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On July 10, 2020, the Superior Court of Alameda County (Court) extended the stay on execution of writs of possession issued in unlawful detainer matters to August 16, 2020. Subsequently, on July 28, 2020, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the current moratorium on evictions in Alameda County from September 30, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

Today, the Court announced that it has further extended the stay on execution of writs of possession to December 31, 2020. That extension is set forth in amendments to emergency Local Rule 1.8a, along with amendments that, among other things, remove prior limitations on motions that may be filed in unlawful detainer actions. In addition to the above, the Court today also adopted clarifying amendments to emergency Local Rule 1.10a.

Entrance Health Screenings: Yes
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:30am-3pm By phone & email
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Alpine

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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To protect court users and employees and prevent the transmission of the Covid19 virus during the cold winter months, the Alpine County Superior Court will resume hearing most matters remotely, that is, by telephonic conference, until further order of the court. The Alpine County Superior Court Clerk’s Office can be contacted at 530 694-2113 to provide the information necessary for remote appearances.

Criminal matters: The matters of persons charged with criminal offenses who are out of custody will be heard remotely unless otherwise ordered by the Court. The Court has appointed the County Public Defender, Eric Acevedo, to provide initial representation to anyone charged with a criminal offense. lf you are charged with a criminal offense and have not retained private counsel, you are instructed to contact Mr. Acevedo at 530 542-2515 prior to the date of your scheduled hearing. Please note that Mr. Acevedo will be leaving his position as public defender as of December 30, 2020. lf your matter is scheduled for hearing after December 30,2020, you are instructed to contact the Alpine County Superior Court Clerk’s Office at 530 694-21’13 and you will be given the contact information for the new Public Defender.

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 530 694-2113 to obtain the information necessary to make remote appearances.

Traffic Matters 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 Office at 530 694-2113 to obtain the information necessary for your remote appearance via telephone conference. Be advised that you must take action on one of the three options noted above or a finding of guilt will be entered when your matter is called pursuant to Vehicle Code 40509.

Entering the Courthouse: Consistent with the Governor’s order, and the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, all persons must wear face coverings when inside the courthouse, entering the courthouse or when in line to enter the courthouse.

The Court will continue to closely monitor federal, state, and local government orders and guidance and will modify these preventative measures when necessary.

Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm
Self Help Centers: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: —
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Amador

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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 clerk’s 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. Facemasks 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.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Self Help Centers: Open limited hours
Filing/Document Drop Box: —
E-Filing: Fax Filing
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Butte

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Public Health Crisis and related Emergency Orders of the State and recommendations of the Health Department, the Court has substantially modified operations to minimize gathering sizes and allow for social distancing.

Entrance Health Screenings: Yes
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Self Help Centers: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Calaveras

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 8:15am-4pm; Wed 8:15am-3pm
Self Help Centers: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: No


Colusa

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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The Superior Court of California, County of Colusa will continue with limited operations to the public until further notice.

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 in effect November 2, 2020 until further notice.

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 Appearances via telephone and/or Zoom are allowed. 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 allowed 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 allowed 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 and/or defendants making a physical appearance are required to wear a facial covering.
  • 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 are allowed 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 are allowed 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 allowed 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: Atty. Smith Calendar will be held on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in Department 2. Counsel allowed 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.

Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Self Help Centers: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Contra Costa

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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***** ALL COURT LOCATIONS ARE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC *****

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 any court facility.

You must wear a mask or face covering to enter any court facility and at all times while inside.

The above includes those who have been requested for jury duty.

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. Clerk’s offices are open 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. ( with traffic windows open until 4:00 P.M. ). Phone hours are 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-3pm, with phone hours from 10am–2pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Del Norte

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 9am-2pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: No


El Dorado

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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During the recent financial crisis in California, many of the state’s courts were forced to reduce their service hours due to the substantial budget reductions imposed on them. In the ensuing years, the courts have adjusted their operations and reduced their costs, while maintaining their commitment to service. The return of a more robust economy in California coupled with leaner operating costs has allowed this Court to now increase its operating hours, living up to its mission to provide all persons a fair, efficient, and accessible forum for resolving disputes, protecting, public safety, and righting wrongs.

Beginning September 3, 2019, all counter locations of the Superior Court of California for El Dorado County will be open for operations from 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Also effective September 3, 2019, all court location phones will be answered 8 am through 4 pm daily.

If you have any questions or comments about the Court’s increased hours and accessibility, please feel free to call Court Administration at 530-621-7414.

Entrance Health Screenings: Self-Certification
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm – By phone only
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Fax Filing
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Fresno

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: Mon-Thur: 8am-3pm, Fri: 8am-12pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Glenn

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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The Superior Court of California, County of Glenn (Court) continues to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and balance the need to provide access to justice to our community while also supporting the activities of our public health agencies and the health of the public. From March 20, 2020 to May 18, 2020, the court limited operations and facility access in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Beginning May 19, 2020 and until further notice, operations resumed and facilities are accessible with appropriate precautions in place. The court may limit operations and access in the future as warranted by the public health situation, in which case this notice will be updated.

Facility Protocol:

Do not come to a court facility if you believe you are sick or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other communicable disease. If you do, you will be required to leave. If you need assistance, please contact the Clerk’s Office by phone instead at 530-934-6446.

Is the court screening individuals in relation to COVID-19 to allow entry into a facility?

A self-screening process is currently required to enter a court facility. You must certify that you are not experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19, that you have not had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last two weeks, and that you have not been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional at the time. You must also use the no-touch thermometer at the facility entrance and have a temperature below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. 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. Court hearings are occurring as scheduled.

You must appear for your hearing at the noticed date and time unless you receive notice of a new date and time or are advised otherwise by your attorney or the court. Counsel and parties in civil, probate, and family law cases are strongly encouraged to appear by CourtCall. You can schedule a telephonic appearance by calling 888-882-6878 or online at https://courtcall.com/. The cost of telephonic appearances has been reduced during this state of emergency.

If you have questions about appearing by telephone for a hearing in another case type, please
contact the court at 530-934-6446.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4:30pm
Self Help Centers: Open limited hours
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


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: 11/18/2020

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The Imperial County Superior Court is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community while performing our constitutional duties. The health and welfare of each judicial officer, employee, contractor, and member of the public that enters our facilities is paramount in the decisions that are made as the Imperial County Superior Court begins to restore full services.

The Imperial County Superior Court is monitoring local, state, and federal public health directives related to COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and will continue to update the Master Plan as appropriate. This Master Plan for restoring services is fluid and will largely depend on policy-setting and guidance from the Judicial Council of California, and local, state and federal officials; therefore, this document will be updated periodically and further refined as the phases in the plan are solidified. The Master Plan to restore court services addresses public access, court facilities, and court operations.

Following the guidelines provided by Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders and the County of Imperial’s orders by the Public Health Officer, on March 23, 2020 the Court suspended all non-essential functions and began hearing only specific limited cases and emergency matters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (See General Order 2020-01 dated 03/19/20.) Since then, the Court has been able to handle many matters remotely and increased hearings in all departments. But, these types of hearings are problematic, to say the least, when not conducted in a courtroom. Also, the Access Center has been closed and the only way assistance is available is by phone which is very difficult for self represented litigants.

Beginning October 5, 2020, Imperial County Superior Court will gradually begin to conduct in person court sessions, with modifications, in a phased-in manner. This will allow for social distancing in courtrooms and public areas. This will also allow the Court to monitor the number of people in courtrooms and public areas and to insure safety measures are taken before each new phase is started.

  • Phase 1: Civil and Probate calendars and Family Law long cause matters. ** Small Claims Advisor and Access Center – by appointment only. Civil Clerk’s office, by appointment only, with the exception of emergency services such as restraining orders. Law Library, Jury Commissioner’s office, and Criminal clerk’s office will fully open without restrictions.
  • Phase 2: All other Family Law matters, Restraining Order hearings, Traffic and Small Claims. Traffic clerks’ offices will fully open without restriction. **
  • Phase 3: Juvenile and Mental Health calendars. **
  • Phase 4: Criminal and Family Support. ** In-Custody Arraignments will continue to be done remotely.
  • Phase 5: Allow full access to Court by the Public with COVID-19 precautions. **
  • Phase 6: Return to full Court operations without any COVID-19 precautions.

** Some calendars may have matters time staggered to ensure proper distancing in 9/24/20 courtrooms and public areas.

Once a phase is started, the only remote appearances allowed will be those allowed before the emergency plus any that are allowed by the California Rules of Court. (Except in-custody arraignments will continue to be done remotely).

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: No
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Inyo

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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RE: Superior Court Mitigation Efforts for COVID-19

We are aware that other courts around the state have closed for a period of time, are considering closures, or are continuing operations but only hearing very limited cases. We will continue to assess whether any of those scenarios becomes necessary for Inyo County.

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 Inyo, is taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of the community. These guidelines suggest that people maintain a six foot separation from others when in confined spaces. Facility limitations at both courthouse facilities make conforming to these guidelines infeasible in most instances.

Therefore, effective today, the Superior Court of California, County of Inyo has taken the following steps to ensure public health and safety:

  • All jury trials through April 13th have been vacated;
  • In family law cases, the Judge will exercise discretion in continuing nonemergency Request for Order  hearings and Status Conferences;
  • Attorneys and litigants are strongly encouraged to make court appearances telephonically or through CourtCall in all non-criminal case types. For telephonic appearances, please contact CourtCall at (888) 882-6878;
  • Subject to judicial discretion, the Court will liberally grant hearing continuances upon request and will be reducing calendar sizes and stagger the calling of different case types to minimize health and safety concerns;

The Superior Court of California, County of Inyo, recognizes that the current state of emergency is a rapidly evolving one. While these efforts effective today are steps to ensure public health and safety, changes may be made in the future as circumstances and additional information becomes available.

Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Kern

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Due to COVID-19 and limited space, only the following people will be allowed entry into the Metro Justice Building:

• Parties (including those submitting document(s) for their court proceedings)
• Attorneys and legal staff members
• Subpoenaed witnesses*
*Witnesses without a subpoena must wait outside for case to be called
• One support person in Family Law Domestic Violence cases as defined in Family Code §6303
• Summoned juror
• An objecting party or relative of a minor, conservatee, or decedent in a probate case
• Employees and courthouse occupants
• Law enforcement
• Individuals seeking assistance from the District Attorney’s Office
• Approved vendors, contractors and deliveries
• Media
• Individuals who have been permitted by Court order

Members of the public can access non-confidential proceedings via audio livestream. Audio proceedings are available via the Court’s website:

www.Kern.Courts.CA.Gov. Click “Court Hearing Audio Streaming” on the homepage. Select the courtroom you wish to access. To report any issues, please contact Kristin Davis (661) 808-0679.

Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: Mon–Thurs: 8am–4pm, Fri: 8am–12pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Kings

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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 on March 18, April 14, June 15, July 14, August 17, and September 16, 2020, that the conditions described in Government Code section 68115 were met with regard to the Superior Court of California, County of Kings (Court). Based on those determinations, and pursuant to the Court’s requests, six prior emergency orders issued, authorizing the Court to implement certain relief under Government Code section 68115. Upon the renewed request of Presiding Judge Robert Shane Burns, it is determined that the conditions described in Government Code section 68115(a) continue to exist (Gov. Code, § 68115(c)), and it is ordered that the Court is authorized to do the following:

  • Extend the time period provided in section 1382 of the Penal Code (section 1382) for the holding of a criminal trial by not more than 30 days, applicable only to cases in which the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from  Page 2 of 2 October 22, 2020, to November 21, 2020, inclusive. (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(10); Executive Order N-38-20 (03-27-20).)

Entrance Health Screenings: Pre-screening survey
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-5pm
Self Help Centers: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Lake

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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As the COVID-19 pandemic persists and the state and local Shelter at Home orders remain in effect, the court continues to provide necessary and essential services to court users while protecting the health of all who come before or work within the court. In response to public health orders the court has limited the number of cases on calendar, requires social distancing in court facilities, requires face coverings and will continue to handle matters via remote means whenever possible.

Remote Court Hearings

The court will continue to hold the following hearings by remote appearance until further notice. All attorneys and parties MUST APPEAR BY PHONE/VIDEO as directed by the court.

  • Daily In-custody Criminal Arraignments
  • Juvenile Detention Hearings, Department 4
  • Felony Law & Motion, Department 3, Tuesdays at 8:15 am
  • Sentencings, Department 3, Mondays at 3:00 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, 8:15am/1:30pm, Department 4
  • Civil Harassment Restraining Order Calendar, Tuesdays, 8:15am, Department 4
  • Civil Settlement Calendar, Tuesdays, 9:00 am, Department 4
  • Trial Assignment, Fridays, 8:15 am, Department 4

Trials and Contested Hearings

The court will continue conducting in-person trials or contested hearings which will be direct set for Thursdays and Fridays. The number of cases set on a given date/time will be limited to allow for appropriate social distancing.

Felony Law & Motion, Sentencing and Preliminary Hearings

The felony law and motion and sentencing calendars will be held by remote appearance. However, outof-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 continue to 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 is prepared to conduct jury trials, as necessary. If you receive a jury summons, 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. Jurors who are unable to serve because they are high-risk for COVID-19 related complications, will be excused prior to coming to the courthouse.

Additional details about the excusal process and precautions will be provided with the jury summons.

Clearlake Branch Operations: Small Claims/Traffic/Unlawful Detainer

The Clearlake Branch will continue to hold court calendars in-person. The number of cases set on calendar have been limited and staff will limit the number of people who enter the building to ensure proper social distancing.

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 continue to be open to the public daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 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.

Entrance Health Screenings: n/a
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Lassen

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 10am-2pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Los Angeles

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: Self-certification
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: Appointment only
Self Help Centers: Open by appointment only
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Madera

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Plan to Temporarily Reduce Court Operations

The following represents the Court’s proactive plan to reduce services from November 23, 2020 to January 1, 2021* to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This plan was developed considering the health and safety of court users, jurors, justice partners and court employees in response to the recent and unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases statewide and nationally. It is important to note that this plan 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 November 23, 2020 – January 1, 2021, the Civil Division (including family law) will have a reduction in services, with Departments 37, 40, 44 & 45 in session on select dates as indicated on the court’s official scheduling notices and the court’s public portal (see below for the public portal web address).

Department 17 will be in session for family support matters on the following Tuesdays:

November 24th, December 15th and December 29th

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 November 23, 2020 – January 1, 2021, the Criminal Division will have a reduction in services with two (2) departments remaining fully functional and in session on select dates as indicated on the court’s official scheduling notices and the court’s public portal (see below for the public portal web address).

Jury trials will continue pursuant to judicial discretion or judicial orders.

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 November 23, 2020 – January 1, 2021, the Traffic Division will remain fully
functional. Traffic cases and trials will be heard in Department 17 each Monday and
Wednesday as indicated on the court’s official scheduling notices and the court’s public
portal (see below for the public portal web address).

To adhere to social distancing requirements, each calendar will be limited to fifteen (15) incourt appearances in Department 17. This includes appearances by attorneys and parties. 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 November 23, 2020 – January 1, 2021, matters in the Appellate Division will be heard as scheduled in Department 45.

Notice of Reduction of Clerk’s Office Hours

On September 23, 2020, a public notice was released outlining plans to reduce Clerk’s Office hours beginning Wednesday, November 25, 2020. The public comment period is set to close on Monday, November 23, 2020, and depending on the outcome of the public comment period, the tentative plan is to move forward with the new Clerk’s Office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as specified in the public notice.

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 for access to the public portal:

Entrance Health Screenings: Pre-screening survey
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Marin

Last updated: 08/20/2020

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, on March 16, 2020, March 17, 2020, April 1, 2020, April 28, 2020, May 26, 2020, June 19, 2020, and July 20, 2020, the Court issued Administrative Orders 20- 04, 20-05, 20-06, 20-07, 20-08, 20-09, and 20-10. Since those orders were issued, the pandemic has continued or worsened. The President of the United States, the Governor of California, the California Judicial Council and the Chief Justice have all issued orders that recognize the continued need to protect the health and safety of the public and court personnel. In addition, the Judicial Council passed temporary Emergency Rules related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pursuant to the authority granted under Government Code section 68115, issued in response to the renewed request for an emergency order made by the Superior Court of Marin County (“Court”), the August 18, 2020, Order (“Order”) of Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chair of the Judicial Council of California, and based on the Court’s inherent authority to control its own calendars and the Presiding Judge’s duty to take into account the needs and safety of the public and the Court as they relate to the efficient and effective management of the Court’s calendar (California Rules of Court, rule 10.603(c)), this Court HEREBY FINDS AND ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. This Administrative Order 20-11 supplements Administrative Orders 20-10, 20-09, 20-08, 20- 07, 20-06, 20-05, and 20-04. Except as specifically modified herein, Administrative Orders 20- 10, 20-09, 20-08, 20-07, 20-06, 20-05, and 20-04 remain in full force and effect;
  2. Any judge of the Court is hereby authorized to make use of available technology, when possible, to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely, in order to protect the health and safety of the public, court personnel, judicial officers, litigants, and witnesses. This includes the use of video, audio, and telephonic means for remote appearances, reporting, and interpreting in judicial proceedings, and the electronic exchange and authentication of documentary evidence. Any rule in the California Rules of Court to the extent such rule would prevent a court from using technology to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely is suspended (March 30, 2020 Statewide Emergency Order by Chief Justice, paragraph C);
  3. Consistent with the Governor of California’s March 27, 2020 Executive Order N-38-20, related statutes that impose limitations on the subject of these emergency orders are suspended.
  4. The Self-Help Office will be physically closed until further notice, but help is accessible by email and phone;
  5. Court sessions may be held anywhere in the county, including in correctional and juvenile detention facilities, from August 19, 2020 to September 16, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code § 681 IS(a)(l));
  6. For purposes of computing time under Welfare and Institutions Code sections 313, 315, 334, 631,632,637, and 657, August 19, 2020 to September 16, 2020, inclusive, are deemed holidays (Gov. Code, §681 IS(a)(S));
  7. Any judge of the Court may extend the time period provided in section 1382 of the Penal Code for the holding of a criminal trial by not more than 30 days, applicable only to cases in which the initial or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 19, 2020, to September 16, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, §68115(a)(l0); Executive Order N-38-20 (03-27-20));
  8. Any judge of the court may extend the time period provided in section 313 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending dependency proceedings must be released from custody to not more than 7 days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 19, 2020 to September 16, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, §68115(a)(l 1));
  9. Any judge of the Court may extend the time period provided in section 315 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending dependency proceedings must be given a detention hearing to not more than 7 days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 19, 2020 to September 16, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, §68115(a)(l 1));
  10. Any judge of the Court may 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 to not more than 7 days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 19, 2020 to September 16, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, §68115(a)(l l));
  11. Any judge of the Court may extend 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, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 19, 2020 to September 16, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(12));
  12. Any judge of the Court may extend 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, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 19, 2020 to September 16, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, §68115(a)(l2));
  13. The Court has instituted protocols to comply with the most recent Public Health Order issued by the County of Marin Public Health Officer on May 15, 2020 and thereafter modified and/or supplemented by said Health Officer;
  14. All proceedings, unless otherwise noted, will be conducted through the use of remote technology. In person appearances, unless otherwise noted, are prohibited. Check the Court’s website for details and instructions about how to appear remotely;
  15. The limitations of Court operations, including the requirement that all proceedings will be through the use ofremote technology, are to protect the health and safety of the public, court personnel, judicial officers, counsel, litigants and witnesses in connection with the Covid-19 threat while at the same time protecting individual and procedural constitutional and civil rights protections; and
  16. All Court fees are waived for all courtrooms from August 19, 2020 to September 16, 2020, inclusive (Cal. Rules of Court, Rule 3.670G)(2)).

Mariposa

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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

  1. All persons seeking to enter the courthouse will be screened by security prior to admittance as follows:
    1. Temperature taken to determine if 100.4 degrees or greater;
    2. Ask if they have:
      • Fever
      • Sore throat
      • New or worsening cough
      • New or worsening shortness of breath.
    3. Ask if they have been exposed to anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Non-litigants will not be admitted in the upstairs courtroom unless there are less than 10 other litigants on calendar or in the courtroom.
  8. Attorneys, litigants, and probation officers will maintain social distancing in the courtroom and must wear a mask and/or face covering.
  9. Court staff will wear a mask and/or face covering at all times when in the courthouse.
  10. 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.
  11. Only one in-custody defendant will be allowed inside the courthouse at any one time.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-5pm By phone
Self Help Centers: Closed
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Mendocino

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: Visual Screening
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:30am-3pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Merced

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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. Due to the ongoing risks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court will be modifying its response by extending and expanding remote judicial proceedings to continue to protect the health and safety of our community.

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. Clerk’s Offices remain open. Effective Monday, November 2, 2020, Clerk’s Offices will be open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm with the exception of Merced Traffic which will be open from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Court operations will continue with remote appearances strongly encouraged. Entry to court facilities are subject to screening requirements.

  1. 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.
  2. Limited seating is available for in-person observations of criminal jury trials. Additional limited accommodations are available for remote trial observations.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Do not come to the court if you are ill and experiencing flu-like symptoms or have a fever or cough. Do not come to the court if you have a scheduled appointment for COVID testing, have tested positive or likely have COVID-19. Do not come to the court if you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive or are in quarantine. 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
  6. 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.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-3pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Modoc

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Recommended
Clerk Hours: 8:30am-3pm
Self Help Centers: Open by appointment only
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: No


Mono

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: Yes
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Open by appointment only
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Fax filing
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Monterey

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Monterey Courthouse

The Clerk’s Office is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and scheduled hearings are being conducted. 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

The Clerk’s Office Windows are open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and scheduled hearings are being conducted. The lobby will remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Many matters can be handled by phone (831) 883-5300 Ext. 3011 (English) or Ext. 3007 (Spanish) or online. If you need assistance regarding your traffic citation or wish to request a hearing, please see our Traffic Page.

Payments / Collections

The Court temporarily discontinued sending cases to collections for failing to appear or failing to pay during the period of March 17, 2020 through June 1, 2020.

If you previously signed up for a payment plan, or were ordered to make payments, and missed any payments during the period of February 16, 2020 through June 1, 2020, you are encouraged to bring your account current by July 17, 2020. The Court will resume sending unpaid cases to collections starting July 17, 2020 which may result in an additional $300 civil assessment. Payments can be made online, in person or by mail.

If you had a Pay or Appear date on your citation during the period of February 16, 2020 through June 2, 2020, and you did not appear or pay your bail, you must take care of this as soon as possible. The Court will resume sending failure to appear cases to collections starting July 6, 2020. For information on your options see the Traffic Options page or call the Clerk’s Office at (831) 883-5300 ext 3011 English or ext 3007 Spanish. Failure to pay or appear will result in your case being sent to Collections and an additional $300 civil assessment and/or a hold on your driver’s license.

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.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Napa

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: Self-certification
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Open by appointment only
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Nevada

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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All persons, two years of age and older, who enter the courthouse must wear an acceptable face covering in all public areas of the court and shared workspaces. The following are examples of an Acceptable Face Coverings: Multilayer disposable surgical masks, N95 / KN95 masks, Multilayer cloth mask, homemade face coverings are ok if they comply. Unacceptable Face Coverings: Face shields, Shirt raised over the face/nose, Coverings made of yarn, lace or similar fabrics, Scarves and/or bandanas, Masks with valves/vents on the front.

Entrance Health Screenings: Self-certification
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Orange

Last updated 011/18/2020

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The courthouses of Orange County Superior Court are open for limited in-person services. Members of the public should NOT visit a courthouse unless they have been notified by the Court that they have an in-person hearing or they have scheduled an appointment to enter the building for counter services.

Entrance Health Screenings: Visual Screening
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: Appointment only
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Placer

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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The Superior Court of Placer County is announcing changes to its operations, due to the recent increase in the spread of COVID-19 in Placer County and several neighboring counties. On November 17, 2020, the State Department of Public Health moved Placer County to the more restrictive “Purple Tier” of the Blue Print for a Safer Economy. This move highlights a substantial transmission of COVID-19 in our local community. Based on that factor, along with increasing case rates during the current week since that announcement, and the 90% increase in hospitalizations in the month ending November 6, 2020, the court is announcing changes in court calendars, postponements of some hearings, and a move to additional remote proceedings.

These updates will take effect November 23, 2020.

The court is announcing that:

  • The court will postpone all traffic infraction and non-traffic infraction pre-trial and post-trial matters set November 23, 2020 through January 31, 2021 to an available date at least 16 weeks from the currently scheduled court date. This includes all pay or appear dates for traffic infractions.
  • The court will postpone all traffic misdemeanor pre and post-trial hearings set November 23, 2020 through January 31, 2021 to an available date at least 16 weeks from the currently scheduled court date.
  • The court will postpone all traffic infraction and non-traffic infraction trials set November 23, 2020 through January 31, 2021 to an available date at least 12 weeks out.

Entrance Health Screenings: Self-certification
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-3pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: E-delivery
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Riverside

Last updated: 11/18/2020

Governor Newsom’s closure on July 13, 2020 of business operations, both statewide and at the county level, will not affect current court operations. In recent months, the court has implemented multiple protocols and procedures related to mask wearing, social distancing, remote and staggered court hearings, and increased sanitation in an effort to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19, while at the same time continuing to provide access to justice for the citizens of this county. Our business practices will continue to be reevaluated on a daily basis to ensure we comply with all federal, state and local health orders.

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 restored most court functions and has resumed hearings in certain case types. Some courthouses are closed until further notice. Clerk’s offices are only open to the public for specific limited emergency matters and have limited public hours. Customers may submit documents for filing either online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, by U.S. Mail, or by placement in a drop box at one of our court facilities.

Entrance Health Screenings: Self-certification
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 7:30am-2pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Sacramento

Last updated: 08/17/2020

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Pursuant to the authority granted by order of the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court as Chairperson of the Judicial Council dated August 17, 2020, and upon the grounds specified in California Government Code section 68115, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED,

  1. This Court may hold sessions anywhere in the county, including in correctional and juvenile detention facilities, from August 23, 2020, to September 21, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(l));
  2. Except as to filing types · expressly excluded from the filing holiday by prior separate court orders [consult the Court’s public website for all prior orders excepting specified filing types from the filing holiday], the court declares that from August 10, 2020 to September 8, 2020, inclusive, is deemed a holiday for purposes of computing the time for filing all other 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));
  3. The Court declares that from August 17, 2020 to September 15, 2020, inclusive, be deemed holidays for purposes of computing time under Welfare and Institutions Code sections 632 and 657, if the above-described emergency conditions prevent the Court from conducting proceedings or accepting filings as necessary to satisfy these deadlines on those dates (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(5));
  4. The Court extends the time period provided in section 825 of the Penal Code within which a defendant charged with a felony offense must be taken before a magistrate from 48 hours to not more than 7 days, applicable only to cases in which the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 14, 2020 to September 12, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(8));
  5. The Court extends the time period provided in section 13 82 of the Penal Code for the holding of a criminal trial by not more than an additional 30 days, applicable only to cases in which the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 19, 2020 through September 19, 2020, inclusive. (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(10); Executive Order N-38-20 (03-27-20));
  6. 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, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 17, 2020 to September 15, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(12)); and
  7. 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, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 17, 2020 to September 15, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(12)).

San Benito

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Effective July 6, 2020, the courthouse is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Face Masks and Temperature checks are required. All Court appearances wil be in person unless you receive prior authorization from the Court to appear via Zoom or Court Call, at least 2 days in advance. The public filing/payment windows are open from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. , Monday – Friday. You may continue to use the drop box for filings and payments located inside the lobby or you may come to the window for assistance.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


San Bernardino

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Beginning May 29, San Bernardino Superior Court will gradually reopen with modified service hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Face coverings and social distancing are required.

BEFORE YOU COME TO COURT VIEW THIS FLYER ON ENHANCED SECURITY MEASURES.

You may not be allowed to enter into the courthouse unless your case is being heard or your filing is being accepted inside. Alternative filing options may include outside service windows and at drop box locations. U.S. mail, fax, and other methods are available to file documents, make a payment and for other court business.

Entrance Health Screenings: Self-certification
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-2pm
Self Help Centers: Open limited hours
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


San Diego

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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The Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental responses. The Court will continue to follow the guidance provided by local, state, and federal public health authorities, including, but not limited to, conducting temperature and symptom screenings, requiring face coverings, enforcing social distancing, implementing increased cleaning measures, and providing hand sanitizer kiosks.

Please do not come inside any courthouse if, within the last 14 days, you, or anyone you reside with or have had close contact with, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, experienced symptoms of COVID-19, or traveled from a country identified on the CDC Warning Level 2 or 3 Travel Advisory. Individuals seeking emergency services who fall into any of these categories will be assisted outside of the courthouse.

Jury Trials Resumed October 13

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several statewide and local emergency orders suspended all jury trials in San Diego County throughout most of 2020. The San Diego Superior Court recently resumed jury trials on October 13. Several additional precautions have been built into welcoming prospective jurors as jury trials resume. For example, significantly fewer jurors are being summoned and the Court will use telephone standby and a new online portal to assist in not calling in more people than necessary.

Court Appearances:

Most hearings are currently conducted remotely via video or telephone conference. This is to protect the health and safety of the public, including court users, both in-custody and out-of-custody defendants, witnesses, court personnel, judicial officers, and litigants. Notices are mailed to participants and indicate how hearings will be conducted.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:30am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


San Francisco

Last updated 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: Visual Screening
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:30am-12:30pm
Self Help Centers: Open limited hours
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


San Joaquin

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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ALL PERSONS MUST WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING TO ENTER ANY COURT FACILITY AND AT ALL TIMES WHILE INSIDE.

For questions regarding your case, phone lines for the Clerk’s offices are available from 8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Please visit the division’s webpage for their contact information. In the alternative, you may submit your question using the support button located above.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-5pm
Self Help Centers: Open by appointment only
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


San Luis Obispo

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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. See the list of Remote Access Options below.

See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below for specific information by case type and topic. Face coverings and social distancing are required in all San Luis Obispo County courthouses.

Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:30am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


San Mateo

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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The COVID-19 crisis continues, with no end in sight. Because of COVID-19, this Court was forced to take definitive action on our provision of court services to the public. As a result, on March 16, 2020, the Court issued a “Second Amended Court’s Emergency Response to Novel Coronavirus Pandemic.” The purpose of this Calendar Memo Order was to temporarily discontinue all courtroom and public services that were deemed non-essential. The plan substantially reduced the number of visits by the public to the courthouse and minimized exposure to our court judicial officers and staff, who had to maintain our court services. Additional calendar memo orders were issued after the March 16th Order, most recently on October 2, 2020.

With the gradual opening of the state, most judges returned to work in June. Most of the staff who had been sheltering at home have returned to work. By issuing this Ninth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order, the Court balances the necessity of court operations to resume while protecting its employees and the public to the greatest extent possible.

The Court hereby reissues and extends its October 2, 2020 Amended Eighth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order to continue to do the following:

  • Curtail court calendars, but safely hear certain court calendars that had been closed.
  • Suspend Civil, Family Law and LPS trials through December 31, 2020.
  • The Court will continue to hear time-not-waived felony trials, time-not-waived misdemeanor trials and time waived felony trials.
  • Effective November 2, 2020, the Court will hear time waived misdemeanor trials.
  • The Court will continue to hear Unlawful Detainer trials.

With this Order, this Court reestablishes the following changes, which originally took effect on March 17, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

Entrance Health Screenings: Yes
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: Civil/Family Law/Probate 8:30am–12:30pm; Crim 10am–2pm; Traffic 9am–2pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Santa Barbara

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-3pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Santa Clara

Last updated: 011/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: Visual Screening
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: Mon.-Thurs.: 8:30am-1:30pm; Fridays: 8:30am-12pm
Self Help Centers: Open for in-person and remote services with limitations
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Santa Cruz

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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.

Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-3pm
Self Help Centers: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Shasta

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:30am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Sierra

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
POSTED OCTOBER 06, 2020
SIERRA COURT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19

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.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: Phone only, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm.
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: —
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Siskiyou

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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The Court has resumed most calendars and clerk’s office hours remain the same, 8am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm, Monday through Friday, except for holidays. In our effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, all court users are required to wear a mask, if not you could be denied access to the courthouse. Seating in courtrooms is limited capacity, only parties that must attend court should come to the courthouse to help accommodate social distancing requirements. If you are sick or are not feeling well, please do not come to the courthouse. For Civil, Family Law or Juvenile matters you may call the clerk’s office at (530) 842-8238. For Traffic matters you may call the clerk’s office at (530) 842-8243. For Criminal matters you should contact your attorney about your hearing.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 9am-12pm and 1-4pm.
Self Help Centers: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Fax Filing
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: No


Solano

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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.

Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: By Appointment Only
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Sonoma

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: Yes
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-3:30pm
Self Help Centers: Open by appointment only
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Stanislaus

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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On June 22, 2020, the Court adopted Emergency Rule ER-1.02, which requires all persons entering a court facility to wear a face covering. The rule applies to all courthouses in the county and is effective immediately. Anyone who is unable to wear a mask can request an accommodation by submitting a Request for Accommodation form (MC-410) to the Court’s ADA Coordinator.

Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:15am-12:15pm; Phone hours 8am-3pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Sutter

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: Self-certification
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm
Self Help Centers: Open by appointment only
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Tehama

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm
Self Help Centers: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Trinity

Last updated: 011/18/2020

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The Trinity Superior Court is currently OPEN.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:30am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: —
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Tulare

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Pursuant to General Order signed by Presiding Judge, Brett Alldredge, the court is restricting public access to the courthouse. Access to the courthouse will be limited to parties appearing on calendar, and those with appointments in the clerk’s offices.

Entrance Health Screenings: Yes
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: Phone hours 8am–4pm Lobby hours by appointment only. Outside service windows 8am-4pm (South County Justice Center only)
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Tuolumne

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: —
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-3pm
Self-Help Center: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Ventura

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Entrance Health Screenings: Pre-screening survey
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm By appointment only
Self-Help Center: Open by appointment only
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: E-delivery
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Yolo

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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The Court remains open with virtual calendars.

Entrance Health Screenings: —
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm
Self-Help Center: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Yuba

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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. 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.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4:30pm
Self-Help Center: Open
Filing/Document Drop Box: —
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: No
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Supreme Court of California

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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. The court has issued a third standing orderconcerning oral argument relating to the time allocation for uninterrupted opening argument.

Entrance Health Screenings: —
Face Coverings: Required
Jury Trials: N/a
Remote Proceedings: Yes


United States District Court Northern District of California

Last updated: 07/27/2020

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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. Criminal jury trials will not be conducted until October 1, 2020. This period may be extended by further order. See General Orders 72-5 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: 09/30/2020

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This court issues this General Order as another in a series of General Orders in response to the continuing spread and persistence of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Eastern District of California and elsewhere, making the following findings and orders:

WHEREAS on March 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and  Economic Security (CARES) Act, H.R. 748 (the “Act”), into law;

WHEREAS on March 29, 2020, pursuant to Sections 15002(b)(1) and 15002(b)(2)(A) of the Act, the Judicial Conference of the United States found that emergency conditions due to the national emergency declared by the President under the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq.) with respect to COVID–19 have affected and will materially affect the functioning of the federal courts generally;

WHEREAS, this court has previously issued General Order Nos. 610, 611, 612, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 620 and 621 making findings and implementing temporary emergency procedures in response to the COVID–19 crisis, and these General Orders either remain in effect or have been superseded by a subsequent General Order extending their provisions, with General Order 620 having expired on September 29, 2020;

FILED Sep 30, 2020
CLERK, U.S. DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

WHEREAS, for the reasons previously set forth all of those prior orders, I specifically find that felony pleas under Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and felony sentencings under Rule 32 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure generally still cannot be conducted in person in this district without seriously jeopardizing public health and safety;

WHEREAS, the court has been able to address many infrastructural and technological limitations both within the court system, the various jails in the district housing federal detainees, and the Bureau of Prisons, making videoconferencing often reasonably available to conduct most if not all criminal hearings in the Eastern District of California, if all parties have secure connections to the internet, and telephone conferencing is almost always reasonably available as an alternative;

As Chief Judge, under the authority granted by Section 15002(b)(1) of the CARES Act, I hereby order as follows:

(1) I hereby authorize the use of videoconferencing, or telephone conferencing if
videoconference is not reasonably available, for all events listed in Section 15002(b) of the
CARES Act, including:
a. Detention hearings under 18 U.S.C. § 3142;
b. Initial appearances under Fed. R. Crim. P. 5;
c. Preliminary hearings under Fed. R. Crim. P. 5.1;
d. Waivers of indictment under Fed. R. Crim. P. 7(b);
e. Arraignments under Fed. R. Crim. P. 10;
f. Probation and supervised release revocation proceedings under Fed. R.
Crim. P. 32.1;
g. Pretrial release revocation proceedings under 18 U.S.C. § 3148;
h. Appearances under Fed. R. Crim. P. 40;
i. Misdemeanor pleas and sentencings as described in Fed. R. Crim. P.
43(b)(2); and
j. Proceedings under 18 U.S.C. ch. 403 (the “Federal Juvenile Delinquency
Act”), except for contested transfer hearings and juvenile delinquency
adjudication or trial proceedings.
(2) If a judge in an individual case finds, for specific reasons, that a felony plea or sentencing
in that case cannot be further delayed without serious harm to the interests of justice, the judge
may, with the consent of the defendant after consultation with counsel, use videoconferencing, or
teleconferencing if videoconferencing is not reasonably available, for the felony plea or
sentencing in that case. The defendant’s consent may be obtained on the record at the time of the
relevant event and need not be in writing.
(3) As provided by Section 15002(b)(3) of the CARES Act, the authorization provided in this
order will continue to remain in effect for another 90 days unless terminated earlier. If
emergency conditions continue to exist 90 days from the entry of this order, I will again review
this authorization and determine whether to extend it.


United States District Court Central District of California

Last updated: 08/06/2020

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Access to the Courthouses

Effective immediately, all Courthouses of the Central District of California will be closed to the public, until further notice, and except as set forth below.

All federal Pro Se Clinics in the district are closed.

The Los Angeles and Santa Ana Clinics are providing remote assistance via telephone and/or email. Please contact them for more information:
Los Angeles: (213) 385-2977, Ext. 270 or tinyurl.com/fedproseclinic
Santa Ana: (714) 541-1010, Ext. 222
Court Hearings

All appearances in civil cases will be by telephone or video conference.

Hearings in any criminal matter may proceed in court when the defendant does not consent to appear by telephone or video conference. Members of the public will have access to such proceedings with a limit of 10 people present in the courtroom or in an overflow courtroom at one time at the discretion of the assigned judge.

Criminal bench duty will continue to take place in the Roybal Courthouse in Los Angeles and the Santa Ana Courthouse, by video or telephonic conference with the defendant’s consent and in-court absent consent.

Jury Trials

Until further notice, no jury trials will be conducted in civil cases. However, individual judges, at their discretion, may offer bench trials by video conference in lieu of postponement.
Until further notice, no jury trials will be conducted in criminal cases.

The Court has adopted gating criteria that will be used to inform when the Court resumes jury trials, which is Phase 3 of the Court’s Plan for Phased Resumption of Court Operations. The gating criteria is designed to determine local COVID-19 exposure risks based on 14-day trends of facility exposure, community spread, and community restrictions.


United States District Court Southern District of California

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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 (June 10, 2020) or since the subsequent extensions with OCJ 32 (July 6, 2020), OCJ 35 (August 12, 2020), OCJ 42 (September 10, 2020), and OCJ 46 (October 10, 2020). 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 December 10, 2020 absent further order of the Court. “


California Courts of Appeal – First District

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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.

Entrance Health Screenings: —
Clerk Hours: 8:30-4:30 – By phone only
Self-Help Centers: Online
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: N/a
Remote Proceedings: Yes


California Courts of Appeal – Second District

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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.

Entrance Health Screenings: —
Clerk Hours: 8:30-4:30 – By phone only
Self-Help Centers: Online
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: N/a
Remote Proceedings: Yes


California Courts of Appeal – Third District

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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.

Entrance Health Screenings: —
Clerk Hours: 8:30-4:30 – By phone only
Self-Help Centers: Online
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: N/a
Remote Proceedings: Yes


California Courts of Appeal – Fourth District

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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.

Entrance Health Screenings: —
Clerk Hours: 8:30-4:30 – By phone only
Self-Help Centers: Online
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: N/a
Remote Proceedings: Yes


California Courts of Appeal – Fifth District

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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.comExternal 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.

Entrance Health Screenings: —
Clerk Hours: 8:30-4:30 – By phone only
Self-Help Centers: Online
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: N/a
Remote Proceedings: Yes


California Courts of Appeal – Sixth District

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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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.

Entrance Health Screenings: —
Clerk Hours: 8:30-4:30 – By phone only
Self-Help Centers: Online
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Mandatory e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: N/a
Remote Proceedings: Yes


9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Last updated: 06/29/2020

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Oral Arguments

Arguments continue to be conducted as scheduled, with all judges and counsel appearing remotely by video or telephone. We expect fully remote hearings to continue at least through August 2020, and we will post an update if and when that changes. Panels will continue to 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 Courthouses

Until further notice, our courthouses remain closed to the public. 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. If unrepresented litigants have access to email, they are encouraged to submit their filings, including petitions for review and all other pleadings, as PDF attachments, directly to the Court at this email address: prose_pleadings@ca9.uscourts.gov. We also have a drop box in the lobby of the Browning Courthouse at 95 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, and the Court continues to receive filings sent via U.S. Mail or commercial delivery services.

Filing Deadlines

Because the national response to the pandemic has disrupted services of all kinds, the Court will continue to extend non-jurisdictional filing dates as needed, but will now require a motion and a showing of cause pursuant to Circuit Rule 31-2.2. You are encouraged to use Form 14 in lieu of a written motion, or you may request a Streamlined Extension if eligible. As of July 1, 2020, the Court will no longer grant automatic extensions of time based solely on a notice.

Court Hours & Staffing

Because we have limited staff available in the courthouses to answer phone calls, we continue to accept and encourage that queries be sent by email to: questions@ca9.uscourts.gov. We will do our best to prioritize incoming filings and questions, but there might be some delay in responding.

Emergency Applications

A lawyer or litigant who seeks an emergency stay or relief that requires immediate attention should file a request per the instructions set out in the rules, by contacting the court at emergency@ca9.uscourts.gov or (415) 355-8020.

Further Updates

Further updates will be posted on the Court’s website as the situation warrants.

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