Court Updates


Statewide

December 7, 2020

TO: Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers of the California Courts
FROM: Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California

Advisory on COVID-19 and Court Operations: No new statewide emergency order at this time

Dear Judicial Branch Colleagues:

As we enter the tenth month of the pandemic health crisis, the state is facing a renewed COVID-19 surge that prompted Governor Newsom on December 3, 2020, to announce a regional stay-at-home order when certain conditions are met.

Under the new order, restrictions will go into effect within 24 hours in regions in the state with less than 15 percent ICU availability. It prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure, restricts access to retail, and requires 100 percent masking and physical distancing, among other constraints. More information about the new order can be found here. Orders issued over the weekend were a combination of state and local requirements based on real time responses to conditions on the ground, with stay-at-home orders imposed in Southern California, the San Joaquin Valley, and parts of the Bay Area.

As an essential service listed under the Governor’s guidelines, our courts are exempt from closure and continue to balance constitutional and statutory rights with the safety and health of all court users, employees, jurors, justice partners, and judicial officers.

The Judicial Council of California, like the Governor, recognizes that the health crisis has manifested itself differently throughout the state. Because our 58 trial courts and six appellate districts face different impacts from the latest COVID-19 surge, and have different capacities and resources, statewide orders for case processing, at this time, are inappropriate and would impair the flexibility trial and appellate courts need to respond to local conditions and access to justice. Courts should assess their circumstances and ability to operate under their local constraints.

Courts may still make requests for emergency orders based on local conditions, the ability to hold remote hearings and provide social distancing while harmonizing directives from local health officers and local government officials, as well as clarity for local emergency rules of court.

Since March 2020, I have reviewed and signed 353 emergency orders to help individual trial courts manage caseloads in the face of the pandemic. Fifty-five trial courts have needed emergency orders and 33 are currently using them.

The Judicial Council’s management team and staff are focused on supporting you, judicial officers, and court employees as we all continue to balance health and safety concerns with constitutional rights and civil liberties. Legal staff will continue to provide court leadership with information on court opinions, rules, and practices that may affect or guide court practices during the pandemic.

Below is a partial list of the available resources:

Emergency rules of court — Beginning April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council began adopting a series of temporary emergency rules of court to assist courts in continuing to provide access to justice during the pandemic. The emergency rules currently in effect can be found here.

Pandemic Continuity of Operations Resource Guide — The resource guide was compiled by the Pandemic Continuity of Operations Working Group, with the support of Judicial Council staff, and includes information outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and best practices from the National Center for State Courts as well as other courts across the state and country. Accompanying the resource guide are many materials from federal and state agencies, the National Center for State Courts, and several superior courts.

Emergency orders under Government Code section 68115 — Government Code section 68115 allows a presiding judge to seek authority, as needed, from the Chief Justice, in my capacity as Chair of the Judicial Council, to extend statutory deadlines in some but not all proceedings, among other relief. (These emergency orders can be found here, arranged by court.)

Advisories — Six advisories issued since March 2020 suggest best practices for court proceedings and operations, including for responding to individuals with behavior issues, civil matters, videoconferencing, and cybersecurity.

The Judicial Council continues to actively monitor and receive reports from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the courts. Should conditions require additional actions or other changes, you will be advised.

As each court endeavors to maintain access to justice while following all health and safety parameters, I am encouraged by your dedication and innovation to meet our public service obligations as the judicial branch of government. Thank you for all that you are doing.

Tani G Cantil-Sakauye Chief Justice of California

Last updated: 06/26/2020

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Jury Service Begins for Trials Delayed by COVID-19 Pandemic

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: 01/05/2021

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Recognizing the current “surge” in COVID-19 cases, the Court will significantly limit the number of in-person matters each day. To continue to minimize health and safety risks to the public, partner agencies, and Court personnel—and to facilitate the timely processing of cases—the Court continues to urge all defendants in both traffic and criminal matters to appear remotely whenever possible. More information about the handling of traffic matters can be found on the Court’s traffic web page. As 2021 progresses, the Court will continue to balance the public’s access to justice needs with the realities of the ongoing COVID pandemic and will make further operational changes as appropriate. Please continue to regularly check the Court’s dedicated COVID-19 web page, and please follow @AlamedaSuperior on Twitter.

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: 01/01/2021

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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 County Public Defenders, Lori London and Kimberly Hunt, 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 Ms. London or Ms. Hunt a|530 544-2509 prior to the date of your scheduled hearing.

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 triai 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.

Enterinq 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: 01/11/2021

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All jury trials with time waivers are suspended until February I. 2021.

Any and all infraction (traffic) arraignments and trials will be continued for 60 days. Parties will be notified of the new dates.

All civil matters including case management conferences and settlement conferences will be continued or 60 days. Civil filings may occur but they will be filed as staffing allows. The documents shall be stamped as received to comply with any statutory issues.

All probate matters will be continued for 60 days. Probate lilings may occur but they will be filed as staffing allows. The documents shall be stamped as received to comply with any statutory issues.

All family law matters including case management conferences and settlement conferences will be continued for 60 days. Family law filings may occur but they will be filed as staffing allows. The documents shall be stamped as received to comply with any statutory issues.

All child support matters will be continued for 60 days. Parties will be notified of the new dates. Child support filings may occur but they will be liled as staffing allows. The documents shall be stamped as received to comply with any statutory issues. The following matters will be filed and expedited and heard: Criminal matters. No Time Waiver jury trials. Dependency matters. Delinquency matters. LPS Conservatorships, Unlawful Detainers. Emergency Family Law matters. Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, or Restraining Orders. All filings will be dropped off between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm in the filing box located at the bailiffs” station inside the front door of the courthouse and will be checked by staff every half hour. Public access to the courthouse will be closed as of 3:00pm except if a matter is being heard. In order to protect the health and safety of the public. including court users, personnel, judicial officers, and others, all judicial proceedings are encouraged to be conducted remotely by either video or telephonic means.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: —
E-Filing: Fax Filing
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Butte

Last updated: 01/11/2021

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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. Emergency Order of the presiding Judge Suspending Jury Trials 12-7-2020 through 1-4-2021

Entrance Health Screenings: Yes
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Self Help Centers: Open Limited Hours
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: 01/11/2021

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

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

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: 01/11/2021

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CONTINUED LIMITED COURT ACCESS THROUGH JANUARY 29, 2021

The spike in COVID-19 cases continues and stay-at-home orders remain in effect. To limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the Court will continue to LIMIT COURT ACCESS through January 29, 2021.

  • PUBLIC ACCESS WILL BE LIMITED. Exceptions are criminal preliminary and other evidentiary hearing witnesses, attorneys, defendants and victims in matters with time not waived. Masks are required for entry.
  • JURY TRIALS ARE SUSPENDED. Criminal preliminary and other evidentiary hearings with time not waived will proceed.
  • JURY SERVICE. Jurors summonsed to report on or before January 29, 2021: Your service has been completed. You do not need to call or report for jury duty.
  • THE COURT OR YOUR ATTORNEY WILL NOTIFY YOU OF RESET HEARINGS. If your matter is to be reset, the Court or your attorney will notify you of the new date, with hearings to be by Zoom or CourtCall. Instructions and links for Zoom/CourtCall, public access to audio streaming where available, and court calendars may be found on our Court Calendar webpage.
  • ALL CLERK’S OFFICES ARE CLOSED TO PUBLIC ACCESS. FILINGS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY MAIL OR DROP BOX AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE TIMELY PROCESSED. The limited closure is NOT a Court holiday for filing deadlines.

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


Del Norte

Last updated: 01/11/2021

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Due to the high active COVID-19 cases in our county the Del Norte Superior Court Clerk’s Office filing counters will again be closed until further notice.

The Clerk’s Filing Mailbox (Courthouse Mailbox #31) will continue to be available for filings. Paperwork will be held for a 24-hour period (no exceptions) so please plan accordingly. You can drop off proofs of corrections for traffic infractions at this mailbox as well. Payments should be done on-line through our website to NCourt or by phone by calling NCourt at 707-460-4123.

Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: Closed until further Notice
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: 01/11/2021

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Pursuant to authorization granted by the Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil¬Sakauye, Chair of the California Judicial Council (“Chief’), the Superior Court of El Dorado County (“Court”) orders the time period provided in Penal Code section 13 82 for holding of a criminal trial extended by not more than 30 days applicable only to cases in which the initial or previously extended statut01y deadline otherwise would expire from 12/3/2020 to 1/31/2021, inclusive.

In addition, the Comi orders all civil jmy trials currently set between 12/3/2020 through 1/31/2021 to be vacated and reset.

This order is made as a result of the local widespread condition of COVID-19 and in consideration of the rising positivity rate of the virus in El Dorado County. This order is compliance with the recommendations made by the California Department of Public Health to reduce the size of gatherings and maintain physical distancing of six (6) feet.

The attached order of the Chief and the Comi’ s General Order are incorporated as pa1i of this Administrative Order.

Entrance Health Screenings: Self-Certification
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: Fax Filing
Jury Trials: No
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Fresno

Last updated: 01/11/2021

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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: 01/11/2021

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Effective Monday, December 14, 2020 through Tuesday, January 19, 2021, pursuant to Judicial administrative Order No. 2020-014, the Humboldt Superior Court Clerk’s Office Lobby is ordered closed for walk-in service. Documents can be filed in the drop box located next to the Clerk’s Office on “I” Street or be sent by mail to 421 “I” Street, Eureka, CA 95501. Clerk’s Office staff will continue to be available via phone (707-445-7256) and email and will continue to process all filings within statutory guidelines.

If you have received a notice regarding your scheduled court date please validate the date to appear by checking the online calendars on the Court’s website. Only parties that have been instructed to appear in-person will be allowed into the courtrooms. All other matters require appearance by zoom; please use the links above to join your hearing using zoom. Public proceedings can be viewed using the links above.

Please do not call County offices for court information; review the information contained on this page or contact your attorney if you are represented.

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: Yes


Imperial

Last updated: 01/11/2021

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Exercising the authority granted under Government Code section 68115 and the December 22, 2020 Order (“Order”) of Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chair of the Judicial Council of California, issued in response to the December 21, 2020 request to extend the emergency order made by the Superior Court of Imperial County (“Court”), this Court HEREBY FINDS AND ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:

1. In cases in which the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from December 30, 2020, to January 30, 2021, inclusive, 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 (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(10));

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: 01/11/2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten our community with health and safety concerns, which has resulted in proclamations of states of emergency by federal, state, and local officials and has resulted in continued operational impediments to the Kern County Superior Court.

Pursuant to Government Code section 68115 and the Order issued by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court and Chair of the Judicial Council, the Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on December 23, 2020, this Court HEREBY ORDERS:

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 30 days, applicable only to cases in which the previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from January 4, 2021, to January 29, 2021, inclusive.

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 30 days, applicable only to cases in which the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from February 1, 2021, to February 26, 2021, “inclusive.

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: 01/11/2021

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The Self-Help Center will remain open during normal operating hours of Monday-Thursday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM. However, until further notice all assistance will be provided exclusively by phone or email. The Self-Help Center public window located in the Clearlake Courthouse will be closed. This action is necessary to reduce the number of people physically coming to the building and remaining for extended periods of time.

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: 12/31/2020

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As Los Angeles County faces a dangerous rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County (LASC or Court) must take more stringent measures to continue to operate safely.

THE COURT HEREBY FINDS, AND ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Courthouse Access and Remote Appearances:
    1. In the interest of safeguarding the well-being of court users and enforcing social distancing, persons seeking services from the Clerk’s Office, court support services, and/or the Self-Help Centers must have a prescheduled appointment. For telephone or video assistance, or to schedule an appointment, the telephone number for each courthouse is listed at the courthouse entry and posted on the Court’s website, www.lacourt.org.
    2. Access to LASC proceedings is governed by General Order 2020-GEN-025-00 issued on November 23, 2020.
  2. Face Coverings:
    1. In accordance with General Order No. 2020-GEN-016-02 issued on October 13, 2020, all persons are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while in a courthouse. Persons whose disabilities preclude them from wearing face coverings compliant with the California Department of Public Health Guidance Concerning the Use of Face Coverings issued on June 18, 2020, are urged to seek an accommodation under Rule 1.100 of the California Rules of Court in advance of their court appearance or appointment.
  3. Judicial Emergency Order Continuances:
    1. Juvenile Dependency
      1. The Court extends the time periods 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 seven (7) days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from January 4, 2021 to January 28, 2021, inclusive.
      2. The Court extends the time periods 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 seven (7) days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from January 4, 2021 to January 28, 2021, inclusive.
    2. Criminal
      1. Pursuant to the authority granted by the March 30, 2020 Statewide Emergency Order issued by the Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council which the Court implemented in its General Order No. 2020-GEN-007-00 issued on April 2, 2020, and until further notice, the Court extends the time provided by section 859b of the Penal Code for the holding of a preliminary examination and the defendant’s right to release from 10 court days to not more than 30 court days.
      2. The Court extends 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 original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from January 4, 2021 to January 28, 2021, inclusive.
      3. The Court extends by 90 calendar days post-conviction progress reports set on January 4, 2021 to January 28, 2021, inclusive.
      4. The Court extends by 90 calendar days, unless statutorily required to be held sooner and the defendant does not consent to a continuance, out-of-custody misdemeanor pretrial hearings set on January 4, 2021 to January 28, 2021, inclusive.

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: 12/08/2020

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Madera County Superior Court

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
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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) in court  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-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


Marin

Last updated: 01/11/2021

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Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases which has resulted in a new stay-at home order by Governor Newsom, Marin County’s Public Health Department has issued an additional stay-athome order for the county effective December 8 th at 12:00 PM. To limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission, Marin County Superior Court will enact a limited closure starting on Wednesday December 9th until further notice.

All Clerk’s Offices will be CLOSED starting on December 9th for in-person visits. Filings will be accepted by mail or drop box only. The limited closure is not a Court holiday for filing deadlines. Drop boxes will be available from 8 AM – 4 PM in front of 113 and the lobby area of the Court Floor. Furthermore, the Records Department will remain CLOSED for in-person visits. Please see the following webpage to make record requests electronically:

http://www.marincourt.org/records_management.htm

In addition, since hearings are primarily conducted using remote technologies, the Court will continue with the current hearings as scheduled, other than jury trials. Jury trials have been suspended for the month of December. As a result, all jurors summoned for December will be notified that they are no longer needed for jury service.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm (Closed 12-1)
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


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: 01/11/2021

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SUSPENDING ALL JURY TRIALS DURING SPECIFIED DATES

Due to the unprecedented increase in positive cases of COVID-19 in this county and elsewhere, the daily positivity rate within Mendocino County, the widespread infection rate currently affecting all inmates and staff at the Mendocino County jail and Governor Gavin Newsom’s Regional Stay-At-Home Order that became effective on December 5, 2020, the Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino, on January 4, 2021 again sought emergency relief from Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye from various statutory deadlines involving jury trials. This relief is sought to reduce the public safety risk arising from convening large venire panels and conducting jury selection in physical circumstances that may increase the risk to potential jurors, court staff, lawyers, spectators and other individuals involved in such proceedings to contracting COVID-19. Due to the physical limitations of both courthouses, the risk to public safety exists in both branches of the Mendocino County Superior Court.

Exercising the authority granted under Government Code section 68115 and the Request for Judicial Emergency Order approved on January 6, 2021 by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil­Sakauye, Chair of the Judicial Council of California, Presiding Judge Ann Moorman ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:

Any judge of the Mendocino County Superior 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 thirty (30) days in cases in which the statutory deadline otherwise would expire on and between January 11, 2021 to and including February 11, 2021, inclusive. (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(10).) This Order is to be read and interpreted in conjunction with the Order of the Presiding Judge of December 4, 2020 granting identical powers for the time period commencing December 7, 2020 to and including January 8, 2021;

All other jury trials scheduled to commence on or between January 11, 2021 and February 11, 2021 are hereby vacated and shall be re-set by the assigned department or any judicial officer. his Order is based on a finding of good cause arising out the current State of Emergency declared in March 2020 and the underlying public health Crisis and the above recitations. This Order will facilitate the Court’s goal and that of our state and county of eliminating the need to gather large numbers of people in enclosed spaces that jury trials necessarily require.

THIS ORDER IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

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: 01/11/2021

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Effective January 4, 2021, the Merced Superior Court Clerk’s Office Hours are Updated as Follows:

Administration – 627 West 21st Street, Merced, CA 95340

  • Office will be closed with the exception of deliveries Civil/Probate and Juvenile Dependency Divisions – 627 West 21st Street, Merced, CA 95340
  • Clerk’s Office will be open from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm to address essential functions only (restraining orders, ex parte matters, emergency petitions, etc.) on Mondays – Thursdays and from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm on Fridays Criminal Division (Merced) – 2260 “N” Street, Merced, CA 95340
  • Clerk’s Office will be open from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm to address essential functions only (criminal protective orders) on Mondays – Thursdays and from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm on Fridays Family Court Services
  • Mediations will continue to be conducted remotely until further notice Family Law Division – 2260 “N” Street, Merced, CA 95340
  • Clerk’s Office will be open from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm for essential functions only (restraining orders, emergency petitions, protective orders, and emergency ex parte matters) on Mondays – Thursdays and from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm on Fridays Human Resources – 627 West 21st Street, Merced, CA 95340
  • Office will be closed Jury Office — 2260 “N” Street, Merced, CA 95340
  • Clerk’s Office hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Juvenile Delinquency – 2840 West Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 95341
  • Clerk’s Office hours: Office is closed to the public. Electronic filings only.

Entrance Health Screenings: Temperature Checks
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-3pm (Limited Windows)
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: 101/11/2021

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There will be no jury service, minimally through the week of February 5, 2021.

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: No
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Nevada

Last updated: 12/08/2020

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As to all jury trial cases in which the statutory time deadline would otherwise expire between December 8, 2020 and January 29, 2020 inclusive, last dates for trial are hereby extended by thirty (30) days from the current statutory time deadline. Trial dates currently set in cases extended by this order will be continued to new dates to be set by the court.

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: No
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: 101/11/2021

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THE SUPERIOR COURT OF PLACER COUNTY ANNOUNCES UPDATED ACTIONS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 VIRUS UPDATED JANUARY 7, 2021

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 December 9, 2020, the State Department of Public Health announced the Greater Sacramento Region, which includes Placer County, will be subject to the Regional Stay at Home Order effective 11:59 pm on December 10, 2020. The Regional Stay at Home Order was subsequently extended on January 2, 2021 due to projections that intensive care unit capacity did not meet the benchmarks for exiting the Regional Stay at Home Order. This move highlights a substantial transmission of COVID-19 in our local community. Based on that factor, along with the case rates remaining high over the past several weeks and the severe impact on intensive care, the court is announcing an extension of changes in court calendars and postponements of some hearings.

The court is announcing that:

  • No jury trials will be held in the month of January 2021.
  • Family Law mandatory settlement conferences will proceed by mandatory video appearance until further notice. Parties unable to appear via remote technology must request an inperson appearance (PL-CV014 Personal Appearance Request Form), subject to judicial approval. Please see the court’s remote appearance website for more details http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/RAS.shtml .
  • Further postponement of misdemeanor cases, as follows:
    • All in-custody matters will remain as set.
    • All arraignments, trial assignment hearings, and trials will remain as set. o All drug court and mental health court cases will remain as set.
    • All driving under the influence and domestic violence misdemeanor hearings not specifically noted above that are set between November 23, 2020 and January 29, 2021 are postponed 12 weeks. Defendants are ordered to appear on a date 12 weeks from their scheduled hearing. The court will provide notice. Defendants and sentenced individuals must comply with all existing orders related to their release, probation, parole, post-release community supervision, or mandatory supervision including any criminal protective orders.
    • All misdemeanor hearings, excluding driving under the influence, domestic violence, drug court cases, mental health cases, and traffic cases, not specifically noted above that are set between November 23, 2020 and January 29, 2021 are postponed 12 weeks. Defendants are ordered to appear on a date 12 weeks from their scheduled hearing. The court will provide notice. Defendants and sentenced individuals must comply with all existing orders related to their release, probation, parole, post-release community supervision, or mandatory supervision including any criminal protective orders. The following changes, announced November 17, 2020, remain in effect:
  • 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.
  • Family centered case resolution six month and twelve month conferences set November 23, 2020 through January 31, 2021 will be dropped from calendar. All 18 month family centered case resolution conferences will remain as set.
  • Family Law trials and other matters set from the family law trial assignment calendar, excluding contempt proceedings and matters involving domestic violence, will proceed by mandatory video appearance effective November 23, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Parties are required to upload all evidence to the court’s evidence sharing platform prior to their court date. Parties unable to appear via remote technology must request an in-person appearance (PL-CV014 Personal Appearance Request Form), subject to judicial approval. Please see the court’s remote appearance website for more details http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/RAS.shtml . There is no change to the mandate for remote appearances in most family law non-trial matters.
  • All small claims cases will continue to be held by video appearance. Parties unable to appear via remote technology must request an in-person appearance (PL-CV014 Personal Appearance Request Form), subject to judicial approval. Please see the court’s remote appearance website for more details http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/RAS.shtml.
  • Although the court removed the mandate for remote appearances in most civil and probate hearings effective October 1, 2020, appearances in these hearing types will remain strongly encouraged. Remote appearances are still required in family law and certain other civil and probate hearing types. Please see the Court’s Emergency Local Rules for details.
  • Court trials in civil and criminal matters will continue to be heard.
  • Juvenile justice and juvenile dependency matters will continue to be heard primarily through remote appearances. Please check with your attorney for further information. Individuals with pending traffic citations do have the following options to address their pending matters:
  • Online Traffic Payments: Individuals may pay their fines online via the court’s website at http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/online-case-access.shtml.
  • Request a Trial By Written Declaration: Individuals may request that their trial proceed by written declaration. Requests can be made online at https://webportal.placerco.org/eCourtPublic/ .
  • Sign Up for Traffic School: Individuals may choose to participate in traffic school. Please visit https://webportal.placerco.org/eCourtPublic/ for more information and to determine if your case is eligible.
  • Ability to Pay: Anyone who is unable to pay their traffic fine may complete and submit Judicial Council Form TR-320 (https://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/tr320.pdf) to the Court.

The court will continue to hear all felony, family law, and civil hearings as currently set. In addition to the above, the following additional restrictions remain in effect:

  • Remote appearance is available, upon request, for most pre-trial criminal hearings. Remote appearance for preliminary hearings is subject to judicial approval.
  • eDelivery is mandatory in family law and civil cases for attorneys and represented parties. Unrepresented parties are encouraged to use the eDelivery system. The court anticipates moving to a new eFiling system in early-2021. Please watch the court’s website for updates.
  • The State Department of Public Health has mandated face coverings for anyone entering a public building, including courthouses. Physical distancing protocols have been implemented in the courthouses.
  • The court’s Self-Help Center has discontinued most in-person services. Please visit the SelfHelp Center page on our website to schedule a telephone or video appointment. The court has added limited in-person services for landlord-tenant matters on a temporary basis. The court has also introduced a new live chat pilot on its website. Please check the court’s website for service hours http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/self-help-lhc.shtml.
  • Modified practices remain in effect for those called to jury service. For more information, please visit: http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/public_notice/COVID/FAQ%20Jury%20Duty.pdf

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

If you believe you are sick, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other communicable disease, please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at 916-408-6000 for further information. If you have an attorney, contact your attorney first before calling the court. Defendants who have posted bail are encouraged to discuss the bail issues with their attorney and the bail bonding company.

For information on specific cases, please visit the court’s website or call 916-408-6000.

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: No
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: 01/11/2021

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In response to the continuing “stay at home” order by Governor Newsom, the Sacramento Region falling within the parameters of that order on December 8, 2020 and the current surge in COVID-19 activity in the region, the Sacramento Superior Court will extend the temporary suspension of its jury trials and jury service until January 29, 2021. For prospective jurors, please continue to check the court’s website for additional updates at https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/jury/jury.aspx.

The court is deemed an “essential service” and will in all other areas of court operations remain open to the public and serve the public through remote means. The court is committed to reducing the number of people in our facilities to protect the public, judicial officers and employees.

Again, the pause in jury trials and jury service is temporary and in direct response to the current health environment.

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 most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


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: 01/11/2021

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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-12pm
Self Help Centers: Open limited hours
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: No
Remote Proceedings: Yes


San Diego

Last updated: 01/08/2021

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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 12/08/2020

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COURT TO REDUCE SERVICES STARTING DECEMBER 7. 2020

The San Francisco Superior Court is closing the Civil Clerk’s Office effective December 7, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Court is following the City and County of San Francisco and Department of Public Health guidelines by reducing a large amount of its operations in order to meet social distancing and other health and safety rules.

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

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

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

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

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

The court encourages you to visit our website at www.sfsuperiorcourt.org to see what services are available before you visit any of our facilities.

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: 01/01/2021

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Due to the increase in COVID cases, San Mateo Superior Court, Redwood City and South San Francisco Clerk’s Offices are closed to the public, effective Monday, December 14, 2020. Exceptions: The Redwood City Clerk’s Office will process the following documents in person for self-represented parties: Emergency Ex Parte, Domestic Violence and all Temporary Restraining Order Petitions, and Civil Ex Partes. All other documents may be electronically filed, mailed, or dropped off in the clerk’s office drop boxes.

Entrance Health Screenings: Yes
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: Closed except for emergency ex-parte and restraining orders
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: No
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: 01/01/2021

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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: Self-certification
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: 12/08/2020

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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: None
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: 01/11/2021

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In response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and Governor’s regional stay at home order that went into effect December 6, 2020, the Superior Court of California, County of Tulare, is not currently accepting appointments for in-person service. At this time, court staff phone hours are 8:00am-1:00pm, Monday through Friday. For limited assistance after 1:00 p.m., individuals may contact the Self Help Resource Center at 559-737-5500. Drop-box options are available to facilitate regular court transactions. Payments will be accepted online, by telephone or drop box. Scheduling information below is only informational at this time.

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: 12/08/2020

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Due to recent state and local shelter-in-place orders, effective close of business on December 8, 2020, the court will suspend all in-person, in-court proceedings at all Northern District of California courthouses. This suspension will remain in effect through January 3, 2021, with a planned resumption of some limited proceedings, if possible, on January 4, 2021.


United States District Court Eastern District of California

Last updated: 01/04/2021

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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, 621 and 624 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 624 having expired on December 29, 2020;

WHEREAS, for the reasons previously set forth in 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: 01/11/2021

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The United States District Court for the Central District of California’s Continuity of Operations (“COOP”) Plan has been extended through and including January 29, 2021. Extension of the COOP Plan is necessary to ensure the continuous performance of essential functions and operations of the Court in light of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic. Since the Court’s COOP Plan went into effect on December 9, 2020, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and test positivity rates in the Central District have continued to increase. The ICU availability in the Southern California region, which includes the entire Central District, is currently at 0.0%, and the State’s regional stay-at-home order remains in effect in the Southern California region.

The following actions taken pursuant to the COOP Plan remain in effect:

Access to the Courthouses

All Courthouses of the Central District of California will be closed to the public except for hearings on criminal duty matters, as set forth below.

All federal Pro Se Clinics in the District are closed.

The Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside 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
Riverside: (951) 778-9878 or RiversideProSeBankruptcyClinic@gmail.com(link sends e-mail)

Court Hearings

No in-person hearings will go forward except for hearings on criminal duty matters, as set forth below.

In civil cases, all appearances will be by telephone or video conference.

Criminal bench duty will continue to take place in each division by telephone or video conference with the defendant’s consent and in court absent consent. All criminal document duty will be handled by each division in the normal course of business. In other criminal matters, all appearances will be by telephone or video conference.

For members of the press or public who wish to listen in on a hearing, refer to the assigned judge’s procedures and schedules web page or calendar for login-in or call-in information. If login-in or call-in information is not available, submit a Hearing Access Request Form at least four hours prior to the hearing.

Jury Trials

Jury trials remain suspended.

Grand Jury Proceedings

All regularly scheduled grand jury proceedings are suspended and grand jurors will not otherwise be required to report for service or to call in to the United States Attorney’s Office for reporting purposes during the period for which grand jury proceedings are suspended.

Filing Information

The intake sections in each courthouse will be closed to the public. To post a bond or submit an emergency, time-sensitive filing such as a temporary restraining order, call the following telephone numbers:

Los Angeles – (213) 894-8288
Riverside – (951) 328-4450
Santa Ana – (714) 338-3958 or (714) 338-4760

All criminal duty matters filed by the United States Attorney’s Office and handled by district judges shall be filed electronically.

All criminal document duty matters handled by a magistrate judge shall be filed electronically.

For all other intake and records questions, call the following telephone numbers:

Los Angeles Civil Intake – (213) 894-3535
Los Angeles Criminal Intake – (213) 894-8288
Riverside Civil and Criminal Intake – (951) 328-4450
Santa Ana Civil Intake – (714) 338-2886
Santa Ana Criminal Intake – (714) 338-4786

The court’s CM/ECF system is available 24/7 for electronic filing of documents.

Unrepresented litigants who cannot electronically file their documents and attorneys who are required to manually file documents pursuant to the local rules must mail their filings to the Clerk of Court at 255 E. Temple Street, Suite TS-134, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3332.

Non-paper physical exhibits or other exhibits exempted from electronically filing shall be sent via U.S. Mail or other commercial delivery to the Clerk of Court at the above address.

Mandatory Chambers Copies

Until further notice, all district judges and magistrate judges do not require mandatory chambers copies during the pandemic.

Any judge can require chambers copies in a particular case if desired. The chambers copies shall be mailed to the judge via Fed Ex. Chambers copies cannot be hand-delivered to the courthouse.

The Court continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves and will provide updates concerning the Court’s operations as adjustments are made.


United States District Court Southern District of California

Last updated: 01/11/2021

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On December 9, 2020, this Court issued Order 52A in conformity with the State of California’s statewide regional stay-at-home directive predicated on “an unprecedented surge in the level of community spread of COVID-19.” https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/12.3.20-Stay-at-HomeOrder-ICU-Scenario.pdf. The Governor recently indefinitely extended the stay-athome directive (https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/health/story/2020- 12-30/state-extends-stay-at-home-order-in-southern-california), which governs San Diego County. The current Order 52A suspending jury trials and other in-person appearances will expire on January 8, 2021. Based upon the Governor’s action, and the renewed danger to health and safety posed by the recent resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have determined to extend OCJ 52A until Friday, January 22, 2021. All cases previously scheduled for personal appearances between January 8, 2021 and January 22, 2021, will be continued until after January 22, 2021 or rescheduled for video conference proceedings by the assigned judges. This Order is effective immediately and will remain in place until January 22, 2021 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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