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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: 05/28/2020

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The Superior Court of Alameda County (Court) announced today that, beginning June 1, 2020, it will resume or expand numerous court functions, effectively “reopening” to the extent that court business can be conducted remotely within existing resource and technological limitations. However, due to Alameda County’s ongoing shelter-in-place restrictions and public health concerns, the Court and its clerk’s office locations will remain closed to the public.

The Court’s decision coincides with the upcoming expiration of the May 1, 2020, Emergency Order issued by Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council of California. It also aligns with the recent Order (20-11) of the Alameda County Public Health Officer, which relaxed certain COVID-related restrictions and moved Alameda County into the early part of “Phase 2” of California’s reopening plan.

Accordingly, starting June 1, the Court will resume hearing small claims trials. Trials will be calendared in Oakland in Department 106 of the Wiley Manuel Courthouse (WWM), and in Hayward in Department 519 of the Hayward Hall of Justice (HHJ), but they will only be heard remotely via the Court’s BlueJeans platform. The Court will provide hearing specifics to litigants via notice. Litigants should also familiarize themselves with the Court’s emergency Local Rules concerning remote hearing procedures, as well as the information provided on the Court’s COVID-19 web page. Also effective June 1, the Court is expanding its hearing opportunities for civil harassment, elder abuse, gun violence, and domestic violence restraining orders calendared at both WWM and HHJ. Again, all such hearings will be conducted via remote videoconference. The Court is similarly expanding its hearing opportunities for all family law and probate matters. Litigants are encouraged to review the Court’s civil FAQ and COVID-19 web page for additional specifics. Members of the public can access these and any other non-confidential proceedings through the Court’s live audio stream.

Further, with the unanimous approval of its Judicial Executive Committee, the Court has adopted new emergency Local Rules 1.8b and 4.116, and has amended Local Rule 3.30 and emergency Local Rule 4.115, all effective Thursday, May 21, 2020. These rules are all designed to further facilitate proceedings in civil and criminal matters during the COVID-19 crisis. Among other things, they set forth guidance for participating in remote proceedings, provide clarification on how to obtain tentative rulings, and detail the process by which requests can be made under Penal Code 1269c to set bail at an amount other than as provided in the emergency bail schedules within the parameters of the Court’s Pretrial Risk Assessment Pilot Program. As the May 31, 2020 expiration of the Court’s current emergency order approaches, the Court will continue to expand remote opportunities as resource and health and safety constraints permit. For the latest Court re-opening updates, please continue to follow the Court on Twitter at @AlamedaSuperior and regularly check the Court’s COVID-19 web page. The Superior Court of Alameda County (Court) announced today that, beginning June 16, 2020, it will resume conducting in-person, time-notwaived traffic trials for defendants who have not agreed to a remote trial.

These in-person trials will be held weekly at the Fremont Hall of Justice on Tuesdays. The Court will notify affected defendants by mail of the date, time, and location of their in-person trials.

In addition, the Court is expanding the number of traffic trials it will hear via videoconference each week. Encouraged by the success of the Court’s initial remote traffic trials and the expression of public interest, beginning June 1, the Court will conduct remote trials in time-not-waived traffic cases five days per week and will more than double the number of remote trials that will be calendared for each session.


Alpine

Last updated: 04/23/2020

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Pursuant to the Emergency Orders issued by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, all criminal, civil, and traffic matters scheduled to be heard in the Alpine County Superior Court will be heard remotely, that is, by telephonic conference, until further order of court. The Alpine County Clerk’s Office can be contacted at 530 694- 2113 to provide the information necessary for remote appearances.


Criminal matters: The Court has appointed the County Public Defender, Eric Acevedo, to provide initial representation for anyone charged with a criminal offense who has not retained private counsel. lf you are charged with a criminal offense and have not retained private counsel, you are instructed to contact Mr. Acevedo at 530 542-2515 prior to the date of your scheduled hearing. You are instructed to contact Mr. Acevedo as soon as possible after receiving this notice so that he can provided meaningful representation.

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

Traffic Matters: Traffic matters will be heard on the dates indicated on your citation You retain the option of (1) paying the fine without appearance: (2) requesting a trial by declaration: or (3) appearing, via telephone conference, on the date indicated on your citation. If 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.


Amador

Last updated: 05/27/2020

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Effective June 1, 2020, the Amador Superior Court will resume all calendars. All calendars will continue to be heard remotely if possible. The clerk’s office will be open for filing and other business from 9:00am until 3:00pm. The court will regulate the number of individuals in the clerk’s office, the courtrooms, hallways, jury assembly room and other public areas. The court will ensure social distancing while in the courthouse. The court, in an effort to comply with directives issued by federal, state and local officials intended to control the spread of the covid-19 virus, will be functioning on a modified schedule.

Public access to the courthouse is available between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The clerk’s office remains closed to the public at this time. In accordance with General Order 20-006, all filings, as well as the return of documents, will continue through the drop box at the bailiff’s station.

PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN to domestic violence restraining orders, emergency child custody orders, and juvenile matters.

THE COURT WILL BE HEARING A LIMITED NUMBER OF CALENDARS, PREFERABLY BY VIDEO OR TELEPHONE, AS FOLLOWS:

  • CIVIL LAW AND MOTION – Mon at 8:30AM
  • FAMILY LAW – Mon at 8:30AM
  • FELONY MASS ARRAIGNMENTS – Mon at 10:00AM and Fri at 8:30AM
  • IN-CUSTODY ARRAIGNMENTS – Mon, Thu, Fri at 1:30
  • PRELIMINARY HEARINGS – Mon AT 1:30PM and Fri at 8:30AM & 1:30PM
  • JUVENILE EX PARTE HEARINGS – DAILY 3:00PM
  • LONG CAUSE HEARINGS (CIVIL & JUVENILE) – Tue at 1:30PM
  • MISDEMEANOR MASS ARRAIGNMENTS – Wed at 8:30AM
  • SHORT CAUSE/EX PARTE HEARINGS – Wed at 11:00AM
  • MISDEMEANOR PRE-TRIALS & CONT. ARRAIGNMENTS – Wed at 1:30PM
  • CONTESTED VOP’S – Wed at 1:30PM
  • CRIMINAL LAW & MOTION – Wed at 1:30PM
  • ADOPTION/GUARDIANSHIPS – Thu at 8:30AM (Weeks 1, 3, 5)
  • CONFLICT CASES – Thu at 8:30AM (Weeks 1, 3, 5)
  • SHORT CAUSE (TRO) – Thu at 11:00AM
  • JUVENILE 600 MATTERS – Thu at 1:30PM (Weeks 1, 3, 5)
  • JUVENILE DEPENDENCY LONG CAUSE – Thu at 8:30AM (Weeks 2, 4)
  • CONTESTED DEPENDENCY LONG CAUSE (OVERFLOW) – Thu at 1:30PM (Weeks 2, 4)
  • FELONY SHORT CAUSE – Thu at 8:30AM
  • INTERPRETER CASES – Thu at 3:00PM
  • 300 JUVENILE DEPENDENCY – Thu at 1:30PM, 2PM, 2:30PM (Weeks 2, 4)
  • MULE CREEK/CDCR CASES – Fri at 8:30AM
  • MULE CREEK/CDCR PRELIMINARY HEARINGS – Fri at 1:30PM
  • FELONY LONG CAUSE – Fri at 1:30PM
  • VETERANS COURT – Fri at 1:30PM
  • PROP 64 HEARINGS – Fri at 1:30PM AB1058
  • SHORT CAUSE – Fri at 8:30AM
  • AB1058 LONG CAUSE – Fri at 10:30AM
  • PROBATE/ESTATES/CONSERVATORSHIPS – Fri at 1:30PM
  • SHORT CAUSE FAMILY LAW MATTERS – Mon at 8:30 AM
  • CRIMINAL CALENDARS ON NORMALLY SCHEDULED DAYS and TIMES
  • CHILD SUPPORT/AB1058 MATTERS – Fri at 8:30 and 10:30 AM

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, matters not listed above are being continued.

The court will mail you a written notice setting forth the date and time of your continued hearing. Unless your case is confidential, you can check your case information and court hearing dates/times on the court’s website.


Butte

Last updated: 05/07/2020

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1. CRIMINAL CALENDARS :

1. Prior orders of this Court affecting Court Operations (dated March 18, 2020 and amended March 20, 2020 and March 27, 2020) are extended through June 12, 2020.

2. BTA Calendars (Out-of-custody Friday morning arraignments) shall recommence as of June 19, 2020. Matters set on calendar dates in May through June 12, 2020 will be re-set and re-noticed by the comt.

3. Traffic:
Matters shall continue to be called at the N01th County Courthouse (NCCH), with a limit to 15 cases at 8:30 a.m.
Any “extension fee” for non-mandatory appearances pursuant to Penal Code section 1205(e) will be waived through June 12, 2020.
Traffic Comt Trials shall recommence as scheduled as of June 1, 2020.

2. CIVIL CALENDARS:

The following calendars shall recommence as of May 18, 2020:

  • Civil Comt Trials
  • Trial Readiness Conferences
  • Mandatory Settlement Conferences
  • Pre-Trial Discovery Conferences
  • Law and Motion Calendars
  • Case Management Calendars
  • Small Claims
  • Unlawful Detainers (subject to restrictions as separately ordered by this Court, the Judicial Council and the State of California)
  • Civil Harassments

3. Probate: All Probate calendars shall recommence as regularly scheduled as of May 18, 2020.

  • LPS calendars shall continue to be heard as scheduled on Tuesdays at IO a.m. Counsel may appear by CourtCall or appear in Court. Clients may appear telephonically or the attorneys may appear on their behalf.
  • Guardianship of Minors: Annual reviews shall continue to be conducted ex-paiie and continued for one year if the guardianship continues to be in the best interest of the minor. Petitions for guardianship and termination of guardianship will still be heard on Thursdays at 1 :30 p.m. at NCCH.

4. CourtCall: Pursuant to Emergency Local Rules l.I0(b)(I) – l.I0(b)(3), all appearances in Civil and Probate matters are to be by CourtCall except that pro per litigants may appear in person if they choose to not use CourtCall.

5. Court Mediation services in Civil Harassment or Unlawful Detainer matters will not be available until after June 30, 2020. Mediation services in Small Claims may be available commencing May 22, 2020, pending mediator availability.


Calaveras

Last updated: 05/14/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Colusa

Last updated: 04/30/2020

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The Superior Court of California, County of Colusa had recently implemented emergency orders as signed by the Chief Justice, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, which provided for a Court closure from Friday, March 20, 2020 through Friday, May 1, 2020. Due to the continued state of emergency, the Court will remain closed to the public until Monday, June 1, 2020, with limited exceptions. Persons having court dates during the closure will receive written notice of their rescheduled dates and parties should consult with their attorneys for more information.


As the Court continues to balance the need to provide essential services to the public and community with the ongoing health concerns related to COVID-19, the following adjustments to our limited calendars and operations will be made effective Monday, May 4, 2020 through Friday, May 29, 2020.


Contra Costa

Last updated: 05/18/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Specific Matters

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

Del Norte

Last updated: 05/27/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


El Dorado

Last updated: 05/14/2020

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

Tentative Ruling Procedure (Please read thoroughly)

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

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


Fresno

Last updated: 05/21/2020

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From May 4, 2020 until May 29, 2020, inclusive, all courtrooms of the Court will remain closed for judicial business, except for the following time-sensitive, essential functions, and priority matters:

  • Temporary Restraining Orders in Civil or Family Law (includes initial ex parte application, as well as hearings on restraining order requests where no temporary orders were granted and, at the discretion of the Court, hearings on restraining order requests where temporary orders have been granted)
  • Ex Parte Proceedings in Civil, Criminal, Family, or Probate Law
  •  In-custody Juvenile Delinquency Detention Hearings and uncontested matters submitted without argument
  •  Emergency Probate Petitions for Temporary Conservatorship or Guardianship
  • Priority Family Law proceedings (see Emergency Family Law Rule 5.13 a copy of which may be viewed on the Court’s website)
  •  Reise Hearings
  • Search Warrants
  • In-custody Arraignments
  • In-custody Preliminary Hearings
  • Bail Bond and Cash Bond Processing
  • Bail Reviews
  • Criminal Mental Competency Hearings, sentencing proceedings 
  • Criminal Jury Trials, upon a finding of good cause
  • Writs of Habeas Corpus challenging medical quarantines

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT ALL OTHER MATTERS THAT HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED OR CALENDARED DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN MAY 4, 2020, AND MAY 29, 2020, WILL BE RESET AND CONTINUED AS STATED IN THE APRIL 29, 2020, GENERAL ORDER RE: [CRIMINAL] HEARINGS SET DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC OR THE APRIL 30, 2020, GENERAL ORDER RE: CIVIL HEARING AND TRIAL DATES DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC, A COPY OF WHICH ORDERS MAY BE VIEWED ON THE COURT’S WEBSITE.

On Wednesday May 6, 2020, the Court learned of two employees, assigned to the B. F. Sisk courthouse, who had direct, unprotected contact outside of the workplace with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. Because the health and safety of our employees, justice partners and the public is vitally important, as a preventative measure, the Court immediately closed the B. F. Sisk courthouse, and put a number of additional safety measures in place prior to reopening.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the Court learned of an employee, assigned to the Main courthouse, who had direct, unprotected contact outside of the workplace with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The Court immediately followed the CDC guidance and directed the employee to remain off work. The employee’s work area was vacated. The work station and common areas received a deep industrial cleaning and disinfecting. Employees who had close, unprotected contact were directed to remain at home for an appropriate time frame following contact.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Court has taken a number precautions, such as increased cleaning and sanitation in all buildings, screening employees by asking a series of questions at the beginning and end of each shift, requiring facial coverings for employees entering the buildings, and requiring social distancing in all work and meeting areas. The Court will continue to take precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of the virus and to keep the employees, justice partners and public safe.
Please visit the Court’s website for further updates.


Glenn

Last updated: 05/26/2020

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Through May 18, 2020, court access is severely limited, and many court 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 will resume and facilities will be 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.


Humboldt

Last updated: 05/15/2020

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Presiding Judge Joyce D. Hinrichs wants to reiterate to the public that, while the Courthouse Building and County Offices may be open to the public, all Humboldt County Superior Court courtrooms and offices remain closed to the public.

The Court has, in fact, expanded the types of cases it will be hearing throughout the day, but all appearances are remote or by restricted access into the courtroom. As earlier stated, documents can continue to be filed in the Court’s drop box on I Street and phones will be open to the public from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. daily.

The Court has expanded court hearings to include family and civil. Calendars are posted daily on the Court’s website: https://www.humboldt.courts.ca.gov/. If you have a hearing scheduled, do not come to the Courthouse. If you are represented by an attorney, contact your attorney; if you represent yourself, check the daily court calendar to confirm if your case is scheduled.

If your hearing is scheduled, follow the directions on the Court’s website to access the hearing with your phone or computer.

Before opening to the public, the Court is implementing an array of measures to ensure the safety of everyone coming to the Court—court users and court staff. Fewer individuals will need to be present in Court facilities at any given time to implement necessary safeguards. “We know that many folks are wondering what is going on with their cases, and want to assure anyone that they will be re-noticed for any missed court dates. If they have an attorney, they should check with their attorney, and if they do not, they will be getting information in the mail. If they are unsure if the Court has their most current address, they should provide that to the Court,” Presiding Judge Hinrichs stated.

More information will be provided as safeguards are finalized.


Imperial

Last updated: 05/07/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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


Inyo

Last updated: 03/27/2020

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


Kern

Last updated: 05/12/2020

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

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

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

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

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

This rule will remain in effect unless amended or rescinded.


Kings

Last updated: 04/17/2020

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Exercising the authority granted under Government Code section 68115 and the April 14th, 2020 Order (“Order”) of Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chair of the Judicial Council of California, issued in response to the April 14th, 2020 request for an emergency order made by the Superior Court of Kings County (“Court”), this Court HEREBY FINDS AND ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:

1. In cases in which the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from April 18, 2020, to May 17, 2020, inclusive, any judge of the Court may extend the time periods provided in sections 583.310 and 583.320 of the Code of Civil Procedure to bring an action to trial by not more than 30 days (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(6));

2. In cases in which the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from April 18,2020, to May 17, 2020, 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));

3. Any judge of the Court may extend by not more than 30 days the duration of any temporary restraining order that would otherwise expire from April 18, 2020, to May 17, 2020, inclusive, because the emergency condition described in the Order prevented the Court from conducting proceedings to determine whether a permanent order should be entered (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(7));

This order applies to proceedings that otherwise would have taken place at the courthouse located at 1640 Kings County Drive in Hanford, California.


Lake

Last updated: 04/30/2020

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While the court provides an essential government service, in an effort to comply with the Health Officer’s Order and to protect court users and staff from the spread of COVID-19, the court will remain closed through May 29, 2020, except for services described herein. Beginning May 4, 2020, the court will continue to handle the following critical emergency matters:

  • In-custody Criminal Arraignments and Preliminary Hearings without time waivers
  • Juvenile Detention Hearings
  • Ex-parte Temporary Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Ex-parte Civil Temporary Restraining Orders, including Civil Harassment, Workplace Violence, Gun Violence and Elder Abuse
  • Ex-parte Emergency Petitions for Temporary Conservatorship
  • Ex-parte Emergency Petitions for Temporary Guardianship
  • Ex-parte Family Code Temporary Emergency Orders
  • Ex-parte Emergency Civil Injunction Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Ex-Parte applications for orders based on stipulation

Lassen

Last updated: 04/02/2020

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

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


Los Angeles

Last updated: 05/26/2020

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

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

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

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


Madera

Last updated: 04/02/2020

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Effective immediately, the Presiding Judge of the Madera County Superior Court hereby issues the attached Sixth General Order, dated April 1, 2020.

In addition, to continuously adhere to the directives of State and local public health officials, the following points, recommendations and directives should be considered:

  • Attorneys and litigants are strongly encouraged to file documents by facsimile in civil, probate and family law matters. All facsimile fees will be waived during the time frame specified in the April 1, 2020 General Order.
  • Attorneys and litigants are strongly encouraged to make court appearances telephonically via Court Call in all case types.
  • Subject to the exercise of judicial discretion, the court will liberally grant hearing continuances upon request and will make best efforts to reduce calendar sizes to minimize health and safety risks.
  • Persons conducting business in the courthouse or appearing in a courtroom must maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and other persons.
  • The court requests that no one who is ill with symptoms of COVID-19 appear at the courthouse, and that all persons appearing must allow appropriate space between themselves and others when waiting in lines and that they not crowd elevators or other confined areas.
  • Court users and visitors will be asked to wait in hallways, outside courtrooms or other designated areas to help maintain the appropriate social distancing requirement.
  • Attorneys and litigants are reminded that it is your responsibility to keep your contact information, including addresses and telephone numbers, current with the court. This is our only way of contacting you to keep you informed of developments in this fluid and rapidly changing environment. Please regularly check hearing status at the following: https://madera-prod-portal.ecourt.com/publicportal/?q=node/393

To reiterate: those who are ill, including attorneys, litigants, justice partners and court staff should remain at home. If you have a matter on calendar, you should contact the court and advise that you will not be appearing due to illness


Marin

Last updated: 05/28/2020

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CLERK’S OFFICE REOPENING AND REMOTE VIDEO COURT PROCEEDINGS GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2020

CLERK’S OFFICES ARE OPEN 8:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The number of people allowed in the Clerk’s Offices at one time will be limited. Individuals who are not conducting court business should not accompany parties to the Clerk’s Office.
COURT PROCEEDINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN VIRTUAL COURTROOMS. Proceedings will be conducted remotely by Zoom video conference or vCourt unless otherwise noted. For more information about remote video procedures please visit: www.marincourt.org/data/hpnews/312.pdf
PLEASE EXPECT LONG WAIT TIMES WHILE PARTICIPATING REMOTELY. You must remain in the video conference “Waiting Room” or on vCourt until your matter is called. DO NOT PHYSICALLY COME TO COURT UNLESS NOTED BELOW OR DIRECTED BY THE COURT.

FOR THE FEW PERSONS REQUIRED TO PHYSICALLY COME TO COURT:

IF YOU ARE SICK, DO NOT COME TO THE COURT. No one who is sick or who is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be permitted to enter the facility.

YOU MUST WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING TO ENTER THE COURT FACILITY AND AT ALL TIMES WHILE INSIDE. ANYONE ENTERING THE COURTFLOOR OR JURY OFFICE WILL HAVE THEIR TEMPERATURE TAKEN. If you have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, you will be denied entry for that day.

PLEASE EXPECT LONG LINES AND LONG WAIT TIMES. The Court will follow social distancing requirements and building access will be limited. Please obey all signs. Your patience is appreciated.

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

  • Entrances and Exits. The Marin County Civic Center is a County maintained building. Safety protocols for the building can be found at https://www.marincounty.org. · No Nonessential Parties. If a physical appearance is required, due to social distancing limitations, individuals who are not essential to court matters should not accompany parties to court for any matter or case type. Directions for public access to remote proceeding can be found on the Court’s website: https://www.marincourt.org.
  • Drop Box Filings. Drop boxes will still be available from 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Because clerk’s offices will experience high demand and significant wait times, the Court encourages you to file items by drop box. Items placed in the drop box before 4:00 P.M. will be file-stamped that day. Drop box locations are:
    • Civil, Family, Juvenile and Probate: Room 113
    • Criminal and Traffic: Room C-10
  • Jury Service. Jury service will resume on June 18, 2020. Be assured that we are working with the County Health Department to ensure your safety. Those summoned must follow the rules above for access to the Court, including wearing masks or face coverings. To obey social distancing requirements, jurors will be called in small groups. See your jury summons for call in information. Until further notice, no more than 20 jurors will be present in a jury assembly room at any time. If you are sick, exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or are a high-risk individual (e.g., over 65 years of age, immunocompromised, etc.), the Court will excuse you from service upon proof. The Court will also consider hardship excusals in advance of the appearance date. See guidance for jurors on our website: www.marincourt.org.
  • Civil Clerk’s Office. Attorneys and Litigation Services (court runners) are required to utilize the drop box or postal mail for all non-urgent filings and must make an appointment to file urgent or time-sensitive documents. All customers may make an appointment for document filing by utilizing the Civil Clerk’s Office’s online appointment feature, located here: https://square.site/book/FMP0FM4MV19RJ/marin-county-superior-court-san-rafael-ca
    • Only four people will be allowed into the Civil Clerk’s Office at a time to practice social distancing. Scheduling an appointment is highly encouraged.
    • Court Records will remain closed for in-person services. All Records requests must be submitted via phone (415-444-7080), email (courtrecords@maincourt.org), or by utilizing the drop box outside of Room 113.
  • Self-Help Office. The Self-Help Office will remain closed for in-person services. However, self-represented litigants can call (415-444-7130) or email (selfhelp@marincourt.org) to request assistance. Additional remote services will be available in the future; please check the Court website for updates.
  • Emergency Local Rules: All Emergency Local Rules remain in effect unless otherwise noted or superseded.
  •  Filing Holidays. The Court is open for filing as of June 1, 2020. Filing holidays under this Court’s Administrative Orders expire at the close of business May 29, 2020. Judicial Council Emergency Rules of Court and/or orders of the Chief Justice may further extend filing holidays in certain cases. Please check the Court’s website for updates.· Specific Matters
  • Restraining Orders. The Court continues to accept applications for emergency protective orders and domestic violence, elder abuse, civil harassment, and gun violence restraining orders. The Court continues to hear all restraining order hearings by remote Zoom video. Read your notice carefully.
  • Traffic. Individuals who desire a traffic trial will be provided a choice to either proceed with their trial by remote Zoom video, or have their matter continued. There will be no in- person traffic trials until further notice. You will receive a notice that explains your choices. Read your notice carefully.
  • Small Claims. The Court will reschedule all small claims matters and provide notice of new dates.
  • Unlawful Detainer. The Judicial Council’s Emergency Rules of Court prohibit the Court from issuing a summons on any new unlawful detainer complaints, with limited exceptions for urgent public health and safety matters.
  • Civil Limited and Unlimited. One courtroom will be dedicated to hear all civil matters. All matters will be heard by vCourt. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court. All matters calendared on or after June 1, 2020 will proceed to the greatest extent possible. Effective June 1, 2020, all Law and Motion calendars will be heard on the dates and times previously set by the Court. As before, Department A Law and Motion matters will be heard on Tuesdays at 1:30 P.M.; Department B Law and Motion matters will be heard on Wednesdays at 1:30 P.M.; and Department E’s Law and Motion matters will be heard on Fridays at 1:30 P.M. The Court process will be used for all hearings until further notice. Do not come to court for your hearings. Probate. All matters should be submitted via drop box. The Probate department will be providing additional guidance separately.
  • Criminal. One courtroom will be dedicated as a master calendar. All matters will be heard by Zoom video. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court. All matters calendared on or after June 1, 2020 will proceed to the greatest extent possible. One courtroom will be dedicated as an auxiliary courtroom to assist the master calendar. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court. Department N will be used for out of custody misdemeanor arraignments. For these matters defendants must physically appear in court, unless represented by an attorney, who can appear for the defendant. Out of custody felony arraignments where a defendant was cited to appear or posted bail with a promise to appear will be heard in the master calendar department. For these matters defendants must physically appear in court, unless represented by an attorney, who can appear for the defendant. Unless otherwise noted, Zoom video will be used for all hearings until further notice. Unless noted above, do not come to court for your hearings.
  • Family. One courtroom will be dedicated to hear all family matters. All matters will be heard by Zoom video or vCourt. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court. All matters calendared on or after June 1, 2020, will proceed to the greatest extent possible. DCSS calendars will resume June 1, 2020. The Zoom video or Court process will be used for all family and DCSS hearings until further notice. Do not come to court for your hearings.
  • Juvenile. The court will continue to hear all juvenile matters. All matters will be heard by Zoom video or vCourt. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court.

Mariposa

Last updated: 04/02/2020

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Superior Court of Mariposa County will be substantially closed through April 19, 2020. Exercising the authority granted by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chair of the Judicial Council of California, issued on March 30, 2020.


Mendocino

Last updated: 05/04/2020

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

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

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

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

Criminal Matters in both the Ukiah and Ten Mile Courthouses:

A. Orders To Appear – and General Orders

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

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

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

Merced

Last updated: 05/11/2020

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On March 17, 2020, the Merced Superior Court (Court) announced its plan to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19, which included a number of court operational changes. On March 21, 2020 the Court announced further operational changes. Court administration has been carefully monitoring the advice of public, state and federal health officials regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the ongoing risks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court will be updating its response by extending and expanding remote judicial proceedings to continue to protect the health and safety of our community.

The goal of the Merced Superior Court during this unprecedented situation is to protect the safety, health and welfare of court customers, jurors and staff. To this end, we request that individuals refrain from visiting the Court whenever possible. The Court remains open for specific case types that have been determined to be essential matters. The clerk’s offices will continue to be closed to the public, excluding essential filings limited to, restraining orders, emergency petitions and emergency ex-parte requests. Please see the clerk’s office closure notice on our website www.mercedcourt.org for detailed hours and drop box locations.

Those feeling ill and experiencing flu-like symptoms, have a fever or cough, should not come to the
courthouse.

If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney prior to coming to court to determine whether you need to appear at court. In most instances, your attorney can appear for you. All attorneys continue to be required to appear remotely as per General Order #2020-05. If you are not represented and have not been contacted by the Court, please call the respective clerk’s office for further information. Call (209) 725-4100 for a full directory listing. Telephones will be answered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If you absolutely feel that you need to come to a court facility, the information below describes what you can expect when you arrive.

Only individuals having business with the Court should come to court. Please do not bring any friends or family with you; they will not be able to attend the court proceeding and will not be permitted inside the buildings.


Modoc

Last updated: 04/08/2020

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

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

Criminal Matters:

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

Mono

Last updated: 03/23/2020

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The Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport courthouses will be closed to the public except for the following time-sensitive, essential functions:

  • Ex-parte Temporary Restraining Orders: Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment and Requests for Gun Violence Restraining Orders;
  • Emergency Temporary Family Law Orders;
  • Juvenile Court Temporary Restraining Orders;
  • Juvenile Court warrants to protect the health, safety, and welfare of a minor;
  • Emergency Probate Orders, including Emergency Conservatorships and Emergency Guardianships;
  • Search Warrants and Ramey Warrants;
  • Writs of Habeas Corpus or writs seeking emergency relief;
  • Such other matters that the court finds to be necessary and essential.

Monterey

Last updated: 05/26/2020

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  1. Since March 4, 2020, the State of California has been in a State of Emergency as a result of the threat of COVID-19.
  2. Effective March 18, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., the County of Monterey issued an order directing all individuals living in Monterey County to shelter at their place of residence except to provide or receive essential services or to engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and governmental agencies. Court personnel are categorically exempt from the order and the subsequent order issued on April 2, 2020.
  3. On March 12, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order mandating compliance with state and local public health officials to control the spread of COVID-19.
  4. On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an order directing all Californians to shelter in place at their place of residence with certain exceptions.
  5. On March 30, 2020, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, and Chair of the Judicial Council, Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye issued a Statewide Emergency Order encouraging courts to make use of available technology, when possible, to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely in order to protect the safety of the public, court personnel, judicial officers, litigants, and witnesses.
  6. On April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council adopted Emergency Rules providing for the use of technology for remote appearances and allowing the courts to require that judicial proceedings and court operations be conducted remotely.
  7. On May I, 2020, the Monterey County Health Officer reissued a shelter at home order, effective May 4, 2020 through May 31, 2020. This order supersedes the April 2, 2020 order and allows for additional essential services not included in the April 2, 2020 order. Court personnel remain categorically exempt from this order.
  8. Since March 18, 2020, the Superior Court has focused on providing the capability for conducting proceedings remotely to limit the physical appearance of litigants or attorneys at the courthouse.
  9. Governor Newsom provided a Resilience Roadmap noting stages for modifying the statewide order. As of May 8, 2020, the State of California had progressed from Stage I: Safety and Preparedness to Stage 2: Lower Risk Workplaces.
  10. During Stage 1, the Superior Court has focused on implementing measures and protocols to provide safe courthouses. Workspace for employees and staff has been modified, moved, and adjusted to provide for social distancing and to promote safe working spaces. Protocols have been put in place to allow for remote work for some staff and for the overall safety of employees. Public spaces used by litigants, justice partners, attorneys and the public have been prepared to resume the conduct of court business in a safe manner, putting in place social distancing and additional security measures.
  11. Consonant with the above orders of the Governor, Monterey County, and the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, and consistent with the efforts made to provide safe working environment and spaces for the public, the Superior Court of California, County of Monterey is resuming functions that have been limited by the COVID 19 threat.

COURTHOUSE ACCESS: 1. All courthouses are open to the public.
2. Information regarding telephonic access to the public to listen to public court hearings is provided on the court website.

ELECTRONIC FILING: All filings in all case types should be filed electronically. Persons who are unable to file documents electronically may file by mail; by using the drop box; or in person at any courthouse location.
CRIMINAL MATTERS
: Calendars in criminal matters are being heard in all departments. Jury trials will resume in criminal matters beginning June 1, 2020.
TEMPORARY BAIL/OWN RECOGNIZANCE (O.R.) RELEASE CHANGES:

Pursuant to Emergency rule 4 adopted by the Judicial Council on April 6, 2020, a statewide Emergency Bail Schedule is in effect beginning April 13, 2020 until 90 days after the Governor declares the state of emergency order related to the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted, or until amended or repealed by the Judicial Council.
JUVENILE MATTERS
:
Juvenile matters are currently being heard.TRAFFIC MATTERS:
Traffic matters are currently being heard. Traffic payments will be accepted through the court’s online portal or at the clerk’s window.
FAMILY MATTERS:

Family law matters are being scheduled and heard. The court encourages the use of telephonic and remote appearances. The court may require remote appearances in some cases or continue matters at its discretion. Trials will resume in family law matters on June 15, 2020.

  • CIVIL MATTERS: Civil matters are currently being heard. The court encourages use of telephonic and remote appearances. Jury trials will resume in civil matters on June 15, 2020.
  • Ex Parte matters are currently being heard. The court encourages use of telephonic and remote appearances.
  • If all parties agree in writing, a request may be submitted for the court to rule on a filed noticed motion without a hearing for matters that were scheduled to be heard on the following civil calendars:                                                                                                                                          
    • Dept 13 Civil Law & Motion Monday at 9:05
    • Dept 13 Civil Complex Law & Motion Tuesday at 8:30
    • Dept 13 Civil Ex Parte Thursday at 10:00
    • Dept 14 Civil Law & Motion Friday at 9:00
    • Dept 15 Civil Law & Motion Friday at 9:00 All interested parties must waive the hearing in writing. After the agreement is processed, the court will determine whether the filed motion is appropriate to rule on without a hearing.
  • PROBATE MATTERS: Beginning June 17,2020, all probate matters will be heard. The court encourages the use of telephonic and remote appearances. The court may continue hearings pursuant to Probate Code 1045 upon request by an interested party unable to attend a hearing. For matters that are continued, temporary orders set to expire may be extended by court order. A copy of such orders will be mailed to the parties.
  • UNLAWFUL DETAINERS/EVICTIONS: Processing of unlawful detainer/eviction actions will continue consonant with Emergency Rule 1, adopted by the Judicial Council on April 6, 2020, and any local orders or ordinances enacted in response to the COVID-19 threat and the impact thereof.

Napa

Last updated: 05/29/2020

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

What to expect if you plan to visit the court:

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

Please note the following recommendations and service changes:

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

Expanded Use of Technology to Conduct Court Business

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

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

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

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

Jury Service

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

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


Nevada

Last updated: 04/13/2020

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The court will be regularly calendaring those hearings proceeding in accordance with the latest Executive Order #186 in Department 1 or Department 2 in Nevada City or Department A in Truckee, and will do so only on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The court will remain open in the current limited capacity to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays, but matters will not be regularly set for hearings on these days.


Orange

Last updated 05/26/2020

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On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Superior Court of California, County of Orange will re-open courthouses for limited services.

But members of the public should not visit a courthouse unless they have been notified by the Court that they have a hearing scheduled on their matter.

The Court will be strictly enforcing health protocols. The the use of facemasks or face coverings is mandatory for anyone entering a courthouse. Social distancing rules will also be strictly enforced in all facilities.


Placer

Last updated: 05/29/2020

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Updates and Information Regarding Novel Coronavirus

EFFECTIVE: May 29, 2020

For more detailed information, please visit the Court’s website at: www.placer.courts.ca.gov.

COURTHOUSES

  • Gibson Courthouse, Roseville – OPEN.
  • Tahoe Courthouse, Tahoe City – OPEN.
  • Department 12, Auburn – Open to juvenile court participants only.
  • Historic Courthouse, Auburn – CLOSED.

eDelivery is MANDATED for attorneys and represented parties. Self-represented parties are encouraged to use eDelivery, via the Court’s website,to submit filings.

SELF-HELP CENTER

No in-person services. Telephone and video appointments offered.

JURY SERVICE

Jury trials resume on June 1, 2020. Please be sure to check reporting instructions daily because you may be instructed to report to a location other than a courthouse.

CIVIL CASES

eDelivery mandated for attorneys and represented parties. Telephone appearance
required for all hearings, except for restraining orders, mental health and firearms, where video appearance will be available, subject to request process. Small claims and unlawful detainer hearings postponed through June 5, 2020.

TRAFFIC CASES

All hearing and trials for cases beginning with “41-” postponed through June 12, 2020.

FAMILY LAW CASES

eDelivery mandated for attorneys and represented parties. Telephone appearance required for all hearings, except for restraining orders, other emergency matters, and mandatory settlement conferences. Video appearance may be available for restraining orders and mandatory settlement conferences.

CRIMINAL CASES

All felony cases will be heard as set. All misdemeanor arraignments and misdemeanor in-custody hearings will be heard as set. Most other misdemeanor hearings will be reset. See the court’s detailed notice for specifics.

JUVENILE CASES

Please contact your attorney


Riverside

Last updated: 05/18/2020

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The Riverside Superior Court is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community while performing our constitutional duties. Following guidelines provided by Governor Newsom’s executive orders and the County of Riverside’s orders by the Public Health Officer, the court has suspended all non-essential functions and is hearing only specific limited emergency matters at this time; many court locations are closed through May 29, 2020 and have limited public hours. (See charts below for details.)

Over the coming days and weeks, the Riverside Superior Court may be frequently changing the services available to the public. Given the fluid nature of this COVID-19 crisis, and the ever-changing availability of resources, you are encouraged to check the website frequently. Limited Emergency Matters (by Case Type)

Criminal: The court continues to hear in-custody arraignments via video for both misdemeanor and felony cases, preliminary hearings where time has not been waived, bail motions, priority sentencing hearings and is accepting bail motions, 977 waivers, OR Release Agreements, stipulations, and ex parte gun violence restraining orders.

All criminal jury trials are being continued for a period of 60 days from the date the trial was set or extended.

For Law Enforcement:

  • A Daytime Duty Judge is available at open court locations.
  • Search Warrants are being accepted electronically.
  • Night and Weekend Magistrate services are still available.
  • Daytime Emergency Protective Order (EPO) requests can be made.
  • Court Clerk’s Office staff are only processing criminal filings (documents) related to the limited emergency matters being heard by the Court.

Civil: The court continues to accept temporary civil harassment restraining orders, other types of temporary civil restraining orders, requests to renew restraining orders, ex parte applications, stipulations, and inspection and abatement warrants.
Limited civil trials are suspended until May 25, 2020.
Unlimited and complex civil court and jury trials will be scheduled at Trial Setting Conference (TSC) hearings only. Litigants that would like to seek priority on a trial date may either stipulate or file an ex parte to shorten the time on the TSC. The court will not accept stipulations to set trial dates. ADR and Mediation Services will be suspended.

Court Clerk’s Office staff are only processing civil filings (documents) related to the limited emergency matters being heard by the Court.

Family Law: The court continues to accept ex parte domestic violence restraining order requests, requests to renew restraining orders, request to dismiss restraining orders, ex parte applications. stipulations, and surrogacy petitions wherein birth is imminent in-person at the Blythe Courthouse, Hall of Justice, Larson Justice Center and Southwest Justice Center.

Effective May 18, 2020, the court will rescind the court holiday provision as to family law filings and DCSS documents. Customers may file documents online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, Mail or by placement in the drop box.

On May 18, 2020, the court resume in-person hearings on permanent restraining orders at the Blythe Courthouse, the Hall of Justice, Southwest Justice Center, and Larson Justice Center.

On May 18, 2020, the court will conduct mediations via videoconference or telephonically. (Telephonic appearances for mediations will need prior approval).

On June 8, 2020, Requests for Orders (RFOs) proceedings will be heard telephonically.

On June 15, 2020, the family law clerk’s office will resume accepting of all Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights filings and rescind the court holiday provision.

Customers may file documents online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, Mail or by placement in the drop box.


Sacramento

Last updated: 05/28/2020

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The Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento will resume jury trials on June 15, 2020, as part of its phased restoration of court operations. Jury trials were suspended when the Court limited court facilitity access to the public on March 20, 2020, due to public health directives ordered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 26, 2020, the Court resumed two criminal jury trials that were suspended due to the Court facility closure. We will commence additional criminal jury trials as of June 15th.

The Court has implemented a plan for safe access to the justice system. The program is designed to assure strict enforcement of safety precautions in order to protect jurors, staff and members of the public who enter Court facilities. This plan includes the following:

Stay Home if you are Sick – Anyone who is sick or who is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter any court facility.

Reduction in Jurors – We are significantly reducing the number of jurors being asked to report for jury service at any one time and will be staggering arrival times throughout the day.

Mandatory Facial Coverings – Employees, jurors and members of the public will be required to wear facial coverings within the courthouse. For more information on face coverings please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-facecoverings.html

Non-Invasive Temperature Screening – Anyone entering a court facility will have their temperature taken through non-invasive means. Anyone exhibiting a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be permitted to enter any court facility.

Physical Distancing – We have implemented physical-distancing policies throughout the courthouse with floor and seat guides to assist and remind of appropriate physical distancing. Elevator use is being restricted to 2 users at a time.

Enhanced Sanitation – We have increased the amount of routine cleaning, with a focus on high-touch surfaces and common areas including elevators, courtrooms, jury assembly rooms and restrooms.

Remember, we cannot do this without the participation of citizens. Trial by jury is more than just a fundamental Constitutional right in the United States and California. It is a critical safeguard of individual liberties and helps keep us anchored to our constitutional principles. Along with representative government, “trial by jury [is] the heart and lungs of liberty.” – although history credits John Adams with this profound quote, there is increasing historical evidence that Abigail Adams, a prolific writer in her time, may have been the actual author.

In the Sacramento County Superior Court, and in every courthouse in our nation, jurors set standards of conduct by deciding what is fair, reasonable and tolerable, and what is wrong, unreasonable and intolerable in our society. The Court cannot provide jury trials without the participation of citizens. With our plan for safe access to the justice system, the Court is ready to safely welcome this critical part of the justice system back into our courtrooms. Jurors are encouraged to follow the steps outlined in their jury summons. For more information on jury service or to request a postponement of jury service, please visit www.saccourt.ca.gov and click on “Info Centers” or call Jury Services at (916) 874-7775.


San Benito

Last updated: 04/14/2020

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

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

San Bernardino

Last updated: 05/18/2020

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

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

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

Criminal:

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

Civil:

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

Family:

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

Probate:

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

Juvenile Dependency & Delinquency:

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

San Diego

Last updated: 04/29/2020

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San Diego Superior Court has received approval from the Judicial Council of California to extend the suspension of all non-emergency services through May 22, 2020. The Court will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, making the revised planned re-opening date Tuesday, May 26.


San Francisco

Last updated 05/28/2020

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On June 1, 2020, the Court will be restoring a number of services to its operations that were reduced at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All changes to operations are reflected in the Presiding Judge’s General Order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • ALL COURTHOUSES AND FACILITIES: A local health order requires all members of the public to wear face coverings when interacting with others outside the home and at essential businesses and government. Anyone arriving to the court’s facilities must wear a face covering or will be denied entry. Once admitted into the courthouse, parties must wear a face covering at all times.
  • CRIMINAL:The court hereby extends the time period provided in Penal Code § 859b for the holding of a preliminary examination from 10 court days to not more than 30 court days.
  • TRAFFIC: All traffic matters currently set between Tuesday, March 17, and Tuesday, June 16,, 2020, will be rescheduled to a future date. Notice of new hearing and trial dates will be mailed.
  • CIVIL TRIALS: The trial dates for all cases on the civil trial calendar with trial dates from March 23, 2020, through June 1, 2020 (“applicable cases”) are hereby vacated. The court will set a new trial date for each case which will be 60 days from the vacated trial date (new trial date).
  • LAW & MOTION: The hearing dates for all law and motion and discovery matters currently calendared in departments 301 and 302 are hereby vacated. Any party to a law and motion matter filed before March 17, 2020 for hearing in department 302 may request the court to set a new hearing date on the matter. Details on how to have a previously filed matter heard are in the April 30, 2020 General Order of the Presiding Judge.
  • REAL PROPERTY AND HOUSING COURT: All actions in unlawful detainer cases, including trials, motions, discovery, and ex parte applications, with the exception of unlawful detainer cases resulting from violence, threats of violence, or health and safety issues, are stayed for 90 days, until June 19, 2020. Parties in all matters that are not stayed may appear by telephone. Telephone appearances must be arranged through Court Call by calling 1-888-88-COURT. All unlawful detainer filings will continue to be processed as they are submitted for filing. The period from March 18, through June 19, 2020 is deemed a holiday for purposes of computing time under Code of Civil Procedure § 1167, with the exception of unlawful detainer cases resulting from violence, threats of violence, or health and safety issues. The hearing dates for all law and motion matters in unlawful detainer cases will be continued by the Court to a date after June 19, 2020 on a rolling basis..
  • PROBATE: All trust, estate, guardianship, and probate conservatorship matters on calendar through June 22, 2020 will be continued for 12 weeks subject to further continuances as required. New filings will be given dates to accommodate future calendars. Temporary letters will be extended to the continued hearing date on presentation of an order from counsel. All motions calendared through June 22, 2020 will be continued to dates set by the Court..
  • UNIFIED FAMILY COURT: All family law trials and Family Code § 217 evidentiary hearings in Departments 403, 404, and 405, excluding Requests for Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) where child custody and visitation are an issue, scheduled between Monday, March 23, 2020, through Monday, June 22, 2020, (affected family case) are hereby vacated. DVRO trials will remain on calendar as scheduled but will be continued by the court for 21 days. When the court resumes normal operations, the court will set new trial dates for all applicable cases, taking into consideration the order and any statutory priority for the applicable cases. Department 416 will continue to reset matters as needed. Click here for more information about Child Support Services.
  • CLERK’S OFFICES: The Clerk’s Office at all locations will be closed during the period of Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, May 29, 2020. A drop box is available will be checked throughout each court day. The period of Wednesday, March 18, through Monday, June 1, 2020, is deemed a holiday for purposes of computing time for filing papers with the Court for certain matters. Please see the Presiding Judge’s Implementation Order for details.

San Joaquin

Last updated: 05/27/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


San Luis Obispo

Last updated: 05/28/2020

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

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


San Mateo

Last updated: 05/18/2020

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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 that the conditions described in Government Code section 68115 were met with regard to the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo as of March 16, 2020,
April 1, 2020, and April 10, 2020. At the request of Presiding Judge Jonathan Karesh, orders issued on March 16, April 2, and April 10, 2020, authorizing the court to implement certain relief pursuant to Government Code section 68115.

Upon the renewed request of Presiding Judge Karesh, it is determined that emergency conditions, as described in Government Code section 68115, continue to exist. Accordingly, pursuant to Government Code section 68115(a) and (b), the Superior Court of San Mateo County is authorized to do the following:

  • Hold sessions anywhere in the county, including in correctional and juvenile detention facilities, from May 15, 2020, to June 14, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(l));
  • Declare that from May 15, 2020, to June 12, 2020, inclusive be deemed holidays for purposes of computing the time for filing papers with the court under Code of Civil Procedure sections 12 and 12a, if the above ­described emergency conditions substantially interfere with the public’s ability to file papers in a court facility on those dates (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(4));
  • Declare that from May 15, 2020, to June 12, 2020, inclusive, be deemed holidays for purposes of computing time under Welfare and Institutions Code sections 313,315,334,631,632,637, and 657, if the above­described emergency conditions prevent the court from conducting proceedings or accepting filings as necessary to satisfy these deadlines on those dates (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(5));
  • Extend the time period provided in section 313 offi1e Welfare andInstitutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pendingdependency proceedings must be released from custody to not more than five days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from May 15, 2020, to June 12, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, § 681 l 5(a)(ll));                                                                    
  • Extend the time period provided in section 315 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending dependency proceedings must be given a detention hearing to not more than five days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from May 15, 2020, to June 12, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(l l));
  • Extend the time periods provided in sections 632 and 637 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending wardship proceedings and charged with a felony offense must be given a detention hearing or rehearing to not more than five days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from May 15, 2020, to June 12, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(l 1));
  • Extend the time period provided in section 334 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a hearing on a juvenile dependency petition must be held by not more than 15 days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from May 15, 2020, to June 12, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(12)); and
  • Extend the time period provided in section 657 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a hearing on a wardship petition for a minor charged with a felony offense must be held by not more than15 days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from May 15, 2020, to June 12, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(12)).

Santa Barbara

Last updated: 05/11/2020

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THE COURT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

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

EXCEPT AS INDICATED BELOW THE COURT WILL BE CLOSED FOR:

CRIMINAL

  • All criminal proceedings, except in-custody arraignments.

CIVIL

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

FAMILY

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

JUVENILE

  • Juvenile matters are still being heard

TRAFFIC

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

SMALL CLAIMS

  • All small claims matters will be rescheduled

PROBATE

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

Santa Clara

Last updated: 04/01/2020

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


Santa Cruz

Last updated: 05/05/2020

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Pursuant to the April 29, 2020 Statewide Emergency Order (“Statewide Order”) of Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chair of the Judicial Council of California, this Court HEREBY FINDS AND ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:

Any judge of the Court may extend the time period provided in section 13 82 of the Penal Code for the holding of a criminal trial by not more than a total of 90 days from the last date on which the trial would have otherwise been conducted in any case on which the last day occurred or will occur between March 16, 2020 and June 15, 2020

Any previous extensions of time issued by a judge pursuant to this Court’s General Implementation Orders of March 18, 2020 and April 1, 2020 shall run concurrently with the extension authorized by paragraph 1. above, such that the authorized extension of the section 1382 deadline in any case may not exceed a total of 90 days.

The following scenarios are provided as examples of the authority authorized by this Order:

  • In a misdemeanor case where the defendant is first arraigned on May 14, 2020 and declines to waive time, the last day may be extended to September 14, 2020 ( e.g. 90 days from June 15, 2020) because no previous extensions of time were issued;
  • In a felony case where the defendant was previously arraigned on an Information, and trial was previously set with a last day of March 29, 2020, and the trial was hereafter extended by 60 days to May 29, 2020 (pursuant to the authority of this Court’s Second General Implementation Order of April I, 2020), the last day may be extended an additional 30 days to June 29, 2020.
  • In a felony case where the defendant is first arraigned on the Information on May 14, 2020 and declines to waive time, the last day is July 13, 2020 and may not be extended because the last day under section 1382 does not “occur between March 16, 2020 and June 15, 2020”.
  • In a felony case where the defendant was previously arraigned on the Information, subsequently failed to appear and was placed in warrant status, is returned to court on the bench warrant on March 6, 2020 and then declines to waive time, the last day may be extended to August 3, 2020 (e.g. 90 days from May 5, 2020) because the initial last day falls within the qualified time period and no previous extensions of time were issued.

This Implementation Order is temporary. It may be rescinded or modified upon directive or authorization of the Chief Justice and/or Judicial Council of California. It is issued due to the emergency circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic manifesting in Santa Cruz County which make it currently impossible for the Court to safely conduct jury trials, open and staff the courtrooms that would be capable of meeting social distancing mandates, and because of the May 1, 2020 Order of the Santa Cruz County Public Health Officer which indefinitely extends the Shelter in Place Order applicable to all Santa Cruz County residents thereby preventing the Court from summoning sufficient qualified venire and impaneling jurors.

This Order is issued on the express authority of the Chief Justice of California.


Shasta

Last updated: 05/08/2020

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

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

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

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


Sierra

Last updated: 04/30/2020

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

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


Siskiyou

Last updated: 03/30/2020

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Beginning March 23, 2020 through April 17, 2020, the Court will be closed on Thursdays and Fridays. A judge will be available in the courthouse on Thursdays to handle emergency requests. Judges will be available telephonically on Fridays to handle emergency requests consistent with after-hours duty schedule. Additional orders in pursuant to implementation of March 30, 2020 statewide Emergency Order by Hon. Tani G. Cantil­ Sakauye, Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council.


Solano

Last updated: 04/13/2020

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

  • Drop Box ~ Drop box is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Please include an original, two copies and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Copies will be mailed to you in the envelope provided.
  • Mail ~ Include an original, two copies and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Copies will be mailed to you in the envelope provided.

Sonoma

Last updated: 04/28/2020

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Unless the Sonoma County Health Officer’s shelter in place order is extended, it is anticipated that all courthouse locations will resume normal business operations on Monday June 1, 2020. Until June 1, 2020, the court is not open to the general public at any of the court locations, and only required persons, including, but not limited to, litigants, parties, lawyers with matters on calendar, witnesses and jurors, are allowed access to the courthouses. Between the effective date of this order, and May 31, 2020, the court will continue to provide essential services as outlined in this order. Whether the court locations will reopen is subject to compliance with further orders of the Sonoma County Health Officer.

All persons authorized to enter any court location must comply with all active orders of the Sonoma County Health Officer and any other health and safety measures required by the Court. As of April 15, 2020, the respective clerks’ offices are filing documents-however the offices remain closed to the public until June 1, 2020.

The Juvenile Court is hearing all matters within the statutory deadlines. The Dependency Court is hearing all matters within the statutory deadlines.

Presently, the Criminal division is hearing all in-custody matters, both by in court and by remote video proceedings. In-custody misdemeanor matters are heard at 8:30 am in Department 9 Monday through Friday. In-custody Felony matters are heard in Department 15 at 8:30 am.

As of April 15, 2020, in-custody preliminary hearings are being held via remote video proceedings in Department 9, as scheduled. The Department 9 proceedings are live-streamed to the public by audio connection to this Court’s YouTube channel.


Stanislaus

Last updated: 05/13/2020

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

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

COURT CLERK’S OFFICES

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

Sutter

Last updated: 04/13/2020

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

  • Criminal Matters:
    • Search warrants (electronic submission accessible 24 hours)
    • All in-custody cases
    • All Felony cases
    • Bail reviews
    • Writs of habeas corpus
    • Other criminal matters as determined by the Presiding Judge or designee
  • Juvenile Matters:
    • Delinquency
    • ln custody detention, jurisdictional and dispositional hearings
    • Other matters as determined by the Presiding Juvenile Judge or designee
    • (Parents may appear telephonically.)
  • Dependency
    • Detention, jurisdictional and disposition hearings
    • Review hearings requiring federally mandated findings
    • Other matters as determined by the Presiding Juvenile Judge or designee (Parents may appear telephonically.)
  • Family Law, Probate & Civil Matters:
    • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    • Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
    • Emergency Petitions for Temporary Conservatorships
    • Emergency Petitions for Temporary Guardianships
    • Emergency Child Custody Hearings
    • Other matters as determined by the Presiding Judge or designee
  • Mental Health matters:
    • Detained/in-custody Mental Health Hearings

Tehama

Last updated: 05/29/2020

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Issued: May 29, 2020

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

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

Court calendars will be limited to:

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

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

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

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

Filings and other operations:

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

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

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

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

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


Trinity

Last updated: 04/01/2020

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


Tulare

Last updated: 04/17/2020

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Upon application from this court, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chair of the Judicial council of California issued her emergency order on March 17, 2020 authorizing the court to limit perations of the Tulare County Superior Court in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The authorization covered the period from March 17, 2020 through April 16, 2020 pursuant to government Code 68115. The court has issued orders to implement the emergency relief authorized. he court’s General Orders 20-01, 20-02, 20-03, and 20-05 were issued and were to expire in accordance with the granted authorization on April 16, 2020. The COVID 19 epidemic and federal, state, and local declarations of a public health emergency continue to adversely impact the court’s ability to conduct operations while protecting the safety of court users as directed through limiting personal contacts and maintaining personal distancing. On April 9, 2020, the court made application to the Judicial Council to renew the March 7, 2020 emergency order beyond April 16, 2020. On April 13, 2020, the Chief Justice and Chair of the Judicial Council issued her emergency order authorizing this court to implement emergency relief 3 or the period from April 17, 2020 to May 12, 2020 pursuant to Government Code 68115.


Tuolumne

Last updated: 05/15/2020

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

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

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

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

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

  • scheduling in-person hearings in a manner to reduce the number people in the courthouse at one time
  • conduct remote proceedings when possible
  • make accommodations to reduce appearances of vulnerable individuals or those who live with or care for vulnerable individuals
  • enforce social distancing of at least six feet for all individuals in the courthouse
  • when possible encourage face coverings for individuals while in the courthouse

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


Ventura

Last updated: 05/12/2020

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The Ventura Superior Court continues with limited operations that started Thursday, March 19th and now goes through Tuesday, June 9th.

During this time, the majority of courtrooms and all clerk’s offices at all court locations remain closed to the public. A small number of courtrooms continue operating to hear urgent criminal, juvenile, temporary restraining order issues and emergency ex parte Family Law, Civil and Probate matters only.

Jury Services remains closed through June 12, 2020. If you were scheduled for jury duty during this time, your service has been ended, you are not expected to appear, and have been given credit for one year. If you are summoned for a date, beginning on June 15, 2020, please check online or call (805) 289-8661 for further Jury Services updates.

All civil trials and non-emergency hearings have been suspended for 90 days since March 20, 2020. Based on the Chief Justice’s Statewide Orders, all criminal trials have been suspended for up to 90 days. The total extension should be calculated from the last date on which the trail could have been conducted under Penal Code Section 1382. All of these matters will be continued to a new date and notices will be mailed out. Traffic citations are still due and may be paid online, and the Courts Self-Help Centers remain closed. Law firms and attorneys should go to the Court’s website at www.ventura.courts.ca.gov to review the emergency orders for details.

The clerk’s office started processing the backlog of petitions for juvenile delinquency, criminal complaints, traffic and non-traffic infraction and misdemeanor citations, search warrant returns, violations of probation and violations of diversion related to new arrests effective May 4, 2020. For these matters, May 4th is deemed the first day that is not a court holiday. The Court Collections Unit is accepting telephone calls from the public from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily and then to 5:00 p.m. starting May 18, 2020.

The court will announce whether limited operations will continue beyond June 9th based on guidance provided by public health agencies. These measures have being taken to reduce the number of court staff, jurors, parties and attorneys in order to protect public health and safety.

These actions are in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Order to Stay Home issued March 19th and the Ventura County Public Health Department’s Stay Well at Home Order issued March 20th in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Yolo

Last updated: 04/13/2020

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

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

Yuba

Last updated: 05/01/2020

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

If you are SICK, do not enter the building.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Supreme Court of California

Last updated: 04/21/2020

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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, 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 control for oral argument.


United States District Court Northern District of California

Last updated: 05/28/2020

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Safety Protocols for Northern District of California Courthouses (Effective June 1, 2020)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the courthouses of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California have instituted the following safety protocols. These protocols will remain in effect until further notice.

For the San Francisco Courthouse: all court staff or persons who are authorized to visit a courtroom or the Jury Office (Floors 15, 16, 17, 18, or 19) must enter through the Turk Street entrance.

For all courthouse locations (San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Eureka/McKinleyville), the following protocols apply:

Before leaving home to visit the courthouse:

  • Courthouse visitors are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms by reviewing the pre-screening questionnaire available on the court’s website at uscourts.gov/covid19screening. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, please follow the instructions on the form.
  • Visitors will not be screened by building security for COVID-19 symptoms.

Entering the building and public spaces:

  • Only court staff, jurors, potential jurors, and persons authorized by a judge to participate in or observe a court proceeding will be permitted to enter courthouse property. Members of the press and public may access proceedings by teleconference or videoconference only.
  • All visitors (employees and non-employees) are required to wear a face covering to enter the building. Surgical or N95 masks are acceptable but not required; a cloth face covering (such as a bandana) that covers both the nose and mouth is acceptable.
  • Entrances, lobbies, and all public spaces within courthouse buildings will have location markers to ensure social distancing. All visitors are required to keep a minimum distance of six feet from other visitors (other than members of the same household).
  • Elevators will have a reduced occupancy limit to ensure social distancing. Visitors must comply with all posted social distancing and maximum occupancy requirements.

Entering courtrooms:

  • Courtroom seating will be marked to ensure social distancing requirements.
  • Non-jury proceedings will be limited to a total of ten attendees (including the judge, court staff, attorneys, parties, witnesses, and visitors authorized by the judge).
  • Jury trial proceedings will have a reduced maximum capacity to ensure social distancing.
  • Proceedings will be staggered at different times. Visitors waiting for a proceeding are required to remain in the hallway or attorney lounge while observing social distancing requirements (i.e., a minimum of six feet between all persons who are not members of the same household).
  • Face coverings are required in the hallways outside courtrooms. Once visitors are authorized by court staff to enter a courtroom, visitors must follow the assigned judge’s instructions regarding face coverings.

United States District Court Eastern District of California

Last updated: 04/17/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

United States District Court Central District of California

Last updated: 04/13/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


United States District Court Southern District of California

Last updated: 05/20/2020

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NOTICE OF CORONAVIRUS REOPENING MEASURES (May 20, 2020)

To All Counsel, Parties, Witnesses, and Visitors to the Southern District of California Courthouse Facilities:

Last week, I signed an Order expanding the types of in-person proceedings that our Court will resume on June 1. A copy of the Order is available here (OCJ 27). These include preliminary proceedings in criminal cases, such as arraignments and hearings on waivers of indictment, but also more substantive proceedings, such as motion and evidentiary hearings, sentencings, and felony and misdemeanor bench trials. In-person proceedings will be limited to criminal defendants who are not presently in custody, and the scheduling of these proceedings will be at the discretion of the assigned judge.

Before scheduling in-person proceedings, each judge will determine whether conducting in-person proceedings poses a risk to the health and safety of any participant in the proceedings and will accommodate any person who expresses a reasonable concern over appearing in-person. Last week’s Order also authorizes judges to conduct in-person proceedings except jury trials in all civil cases – again subject to known or expressed health and safety concerns.

As we resume limited in-person proceedings and begin to expand Court operations more generally, I want to assure each of you that our Court is observing all recommended precautions and taking all necessary measures to protect the public, counsel, litigants, and Court staff. These include screening to prevent high-risk visitors from entering our courthouses, requiring the use of face coverings in courtrooms and in all public areas (and providing face coverings for those who arrive without them), placing signage in elevator bays to limit the number of people who may occupy an elevator at one time, placing hand-sanitizer dispensers outside of all courtrooms, providing gloves and sanitizing wipes in the courtrooms, permitting counsel to make arguments from counsel tables rather than from the lectern, practicing social distancing and limiting the number of persons in courtrooms at the same time, encouraging the use of electronic exhibits, postponing non-essential courthouse visits by large groups of people (e.g., school groups), and redoubling our already-vigilant efforts to maintain clean and disinfected courtrooms, common areas and restrooms.

Just as the coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges to our Court, so too will the process of resuming normal Court operations. But I want everyone to know that our judges, our Court administrators, our Court Security Officers, and our Court staff take the coronavirus threat seriously and that we are committed to ensuring that the courthouse is a safe place for all. Our Coronavirus Strategic Committee continues to meet regularly and to advise the Court on changing public health guidance. Rest assured that we are closely monitoring developments in the fight to contain the spread of the virus and we are prepared to act quickly as circumstances dictate. Counsel, litigants, witnesses, and the public all share an invaluable role in the Court’s ability to function, and we are grateful for your assistance and understanding now more than ever.

Larry Alan Burns
Chief Judge


California Courts of Appeal – First District

Last updated: 04/13/2020

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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 with a reduced staff. The court will continue to receive correspondence and filings both via paper and electronically. All paper filings, including emergency writs, may be made by dropping them in the secure drop box at the entrance to our clerk’s office at 350 McAllister Street in San Francisco. Access to the court by phone will be limited.

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, and has, by Order dated April 9PDF file type icon, done so.

Pursuant to Misc. Order 2020-1PDF file type icon, 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 telephonically.

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


California Courts of Appeal – Second District

Last updated: 04/16/2020

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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.

On April 9, 2020, the Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council issued an Emergency Order applying the provisions of amended rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court retroactively to this court’s current implementation order. This court’s order authorizing retroactive application of amended rule 8.66 can be viewed under Latest News.

On April 15, 2020, this court filed its renewed order pursuant to Rule 8.66.

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


California Courts of Appeal – Third District

Last updated: 04/29/2020

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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.

Notice regarding May 2020 oral argument:

In response to the recommendations for limiting the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus, oral argument for the month of May 2020 will be limited to telephonic oral argument. The prescribed $20 fee for telephonic oral argument will be waived in this instance. If you are scheduled for oral argument in May, please provide the Clerk’s Office with a phone number where you may be reached for oral argument. Further instructions will be posted as they become available. Please see Latest News for Guidelines for Telephonic Oral Argument.


California Courts of Appeal – Fourth District

Last updated: 05/27/2020

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

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


California Courts of Appeal – Fifth District

Last updated: 04/20/2020

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

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

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


California Courts of Appeal – Sixth District

Last updated: 05/22/2020

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

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

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

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

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


9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Last updated: 03/17/2020

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

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