Court Updates

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December 7, 2020

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

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

Dear Judicial Branch Colleagues:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a partial list of the available resources:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tani G Cantil-Sakauye Chief Justice of California

Last updated: 06/26/2020

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Jury Service Begins for Trials Delayed by COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Last updated: 04/29/2020

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

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

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

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

Last updated: 04/17/2020

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

Last updated: 04/06/2020

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

Last updated: 03/30/2020

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

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

Last updated: 03/23/2020

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

Her order includes the following directives:

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

Alameda

Last updated: 01/10/2022

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These temporary changes will allow the Court to mitigate the ongoing surge in COVID cases brought about as a result of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. The Court will continue to monitor the situation and make additional changes as circumstances warrant. Members of the public and the press can continue to access nonconfidential proceedings remotely via live audio streaming as set forth in emergency Local Rule 1.7a. And while parties and counsel now have the ability to appear in person as detailed in the Court’s December 22, 2021, press release, the Court continues to encourage parties to appear remotely if at all possible.

Entrance Health Screenings: Yes
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: Civil, Family Law & Probate: 10:00am-2:00pm
Criminal, Traffic & Juvenile: 8:30am-3:00pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for some case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Alpine

Last updated: 01/01/2022

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To protect court users and employees and prevent the transmission of the Covid19 virus during the cold winter months, the Alpine County Superior Court will resume hearing most matters remotely, that is, by telephonic conference, until further order of the court. The Alpine County Superior Court Clerk’s Office can be contacted at 530 694-2113 to provide the information necessary for remote appearances. Criminal matters: The matters of persons charged with criminal offenses who are out of custody will be heard remotely unless otherwise ordered by the Court. The Court has appointed County Public Defenders, Lori London and Kimberly Hunt, to provide initial representation to anyone charged with a criminal offense. lf you are charged with a criminal offense and have not retained private counsel, you are instructed to contact Ms. London or Ms. Hunt a|530 544-2509 prior to the date of your scheduled hearing. Civil Matters: Civil matters will be heard as scheduled by telephone conference. Attorneys, and/or parties without counsel, are instructed to contact the Alpine County Clerk’s Office at 530 694-2113 to obtain the information necessary to make remote appearances. Traffic Matters: Traffic matters will be heard on the dates indicated on your citation. You retain the option of (1) paying the fine without appearance: (2) requesting a triai by declaration: or (3) appearing, via telephone conference, on the date indicated on your citation. lf you wish to appear, you are instructed to contact the Alpine County Clerk’s Office at 530 694-2113 to obtain the information necessary for your remote appearance via telephone conference. Be advised that you must take action on one of the three options noted above or a finding of guilt will be entered when your matter is called pursuant to Vehicle Code 40509. Enterinq the Courthouse: Consistent with the Governor’s order, and the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, all persons must wear face coverings when inside the courthouse, entering the courthouse or when in line to enter the courthouse. The Court will continue to closely monitor federal, state, and local government orders and guidance and will modify these preventative measures when necessary.

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


Amador

Last updated: 01/01/2022

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All jury trials with time waivers are suspended until February I. 2021. Any and all infraction (traffic) arraignments and trials will be continued for 60 days. Parties will be notified of the new dates. All civil matters including case management conferences and settlement conferences will be continued for 60 days. Civil filings may occur but they will be filed as staffing allows. The documents shall be stamped as received to comply with any statutory issues. All probate matters will be continued for 60 days. Probate lilings may occur but they will be filed as staffing allows. The documents shall be stamped as received to comply with any statutory issues. All family law matters including case management conferences and settlement conferences will be continued for 60 days. Family law filings may occur but they will be filed as staffing allows. The documents shall be stamped as received to comply with any statutory issues. All child support matters will be continued for 60 days. Parties will be notified of the new dates. Child support filings may occur but they will be liled as staffing allows. The documents shall be stamped as received to comply with any statutory issues.The following matters will be filed and expedited and heard: Criminal matters. No Time Waiver jury trials. Dependency matters. Delinquency matters. LPS Conservatorships, Unlawful Detainers. Emergency Family Law matters. Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, or Restraining Orders. All filings will be dropped o ff between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm in the filing box located at the bailiffs” station inside the front door of the courthouse and will be checked by staff every half hour. Public access to the courthouse will be closed as of 3:00pm except if a matter is being heard. In order to protect the health and safety of the public. including court users, personnel, judicial officers, and others, all judicial proceedings are encouraged to be conducted remotely by either video or telephonic means.

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


Butte

Last updated: 01/01/2022

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Public Health Crisis and related Emergency Orders of the State and recommendations of the Health Department, the Court has substantially modified operations to minimize gathering sizes and allow for social distancing. Emergency Order of the presiding Judge Suspending Jury Trials 12-7-2020 through 1-4-2021.

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


Calaveras

Last updated: 12/14/2021

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The Court will follow the direction of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in requiring face masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks. (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022) This order rescinds General Order 21-02.

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


Colusa

Last updated: 01/01/2022

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The Superior Court of California, County of Colusa will continue with limited operations to the public until further notice. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever â–Ş cough â–Ş difficulty breathing,) or believe you have been exposed to the virus, please do not come to the courthouse. Court calendars will be limited to:

Anyone (i.e. Attorneys, Plaintiffs/Petitioners, Respondents/Defendants, Prosecutors, Probation Officers, Interpreters, Court Reporters, Officers/Deputies, Victims, Witnesses, Observers) making a physical appearance in court is REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACIAL COVERING. Courtroom seating is very limited. You may be asked to wait outside and if so, you will be called into the building when your case is called. Before making a remote appearance, you must review the Virtual Courtroom Rules and Responsibilities. The Clerk’s Office will be open between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday except court holidays. The court recommends all persons utilize the drop box for all filing types located at the courthouse at 532 Oak Street, Colusa, CA 95932 in lieu of visiting the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office is open as indicated above, but the number of people allowed in the lobby will be limited. The drop box will be checked multiple times each business day by the Clerk’s Office and filings will continue to be processed in a timely manner. Filings can also be submitted by mail. If your filing necessitates a response from the Court, you should include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

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


Contra Costa

Last updated: 01/06/2022

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MASKING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING CHANGES:

The Court extended its masking and social distancing guidelines effective June 21, 2021, and in line with state guidance, to permit fully-vaccinated individuals to access Court facilities without facemasks and to eliminate social distancing. On July 16, 2021, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and health departments from surrounding Bay Area counties recommended that all members of the public remain masked indoors regardless of vaccination status. Accordingly, effective July 20, 2021, and until further notice, anyone entering publically-accessible Court facilities – regardless of vaccination status – will be required to wear compliant facemasks at all times. Compliant facemasks must completely cover the nose and mouth, and do not include neck gaiters (regardless of double-layering), masks with valves or other holes, bandanas, or face shields. The Court will provide compliant facemasks upon request. As social distancing recommendations have not changed, the Court will not require social distancing in its facilities.

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


Del Norte

Last updated: 01/01/2022

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Clerks Windows are open as of 11/1/2021 – All who need to file paperwork, must wear a mask at the counter. Counters will be open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during this continued pandemic situation and the mandatory masking order from the local public health officer.

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

Entrance Health Screenings: No
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: No


El Dorado

Last updated: 12/30/2021

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Effective December 15, 2021, face covering must be worn by all persons in a Court facility, regardless of vaccination status unless an exemption applies per the California Department of Public Health Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings. Physical distancing and capacity limitations are no longer required. Do not enter a courthouse facility if symptomatic, diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days, and/or ordered to quarantine or isolate. Contact the Clerk’s Office for options. It is declared that December 27, 2021, to December 30, 2021, inclusive, be deemed holidays for purposes of computing time under Penal Code section 825, if the emergency conditions described below prevent the Court from conducting proceedings as necessary to satisfy these deadlines on those dates (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(5)); Any judge of the Court may extend by not more than 21 days the duration of any temporaly restraining order that would otherwise expire on December 27, 2021, to December 30, 2021, inclusive, because the emergency condition described below prevented the Court from conducting proceedings to determine whether a pennanent order should be entered (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(7)); and In cases in which the statutory deadline would otherwise expire on December 27, 2021, to December 30, 2021, inclusive, any judge of the Court may extend the time period provided in section 859b of the Penal Code for the holding of a preliminary examination from 10 court days to not more than 15 court days (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(9)). This order is made because of adverse weather conditions causing widespread power outages, road closures and comthouse closures.

Entrance Health Screenings: Self-Certification
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm (Phone only)
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Fax Filing
Jury Trials: No
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Fresno

Last updated: 01/02/2022

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


Glenn

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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

Facility Protocol:

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

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

A self-screening process is currently required to enter a court facility. You must certify that you are not experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19, that you have not had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last two weeks, and that you have not been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional at the time. You must also use the no-touch thermometer at the facility entrance and have a temperature below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The clerk’s office is open, but the number of windows providing services and the number of individuals allowed to enter at a time are being reduced in order to maintain social distancing.

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

Documents may also be filed using the drop box or by mail. Court hearings are occurring as scheduled.

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

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

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


Humboldt

Last updated: 11/12/2021

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Effective Tuesday, November 2, 2021, spectators will be allowed in the jury trial courtrooms. **Spectators will be allowed for jury trials commencing November 2, 2021, or later.** This information may be modified without notice should there be a change in circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2021-003 dated June 18, 2021, masks continue to be mandatory for all individuals while on the court floors, in courtrooms, while conducting business in the Clerk’s office and while attending jury service. Calendars continue to be posted daily on the Court’s website: https://www.humboldt.courts.ca.gov/. If you are represented by an attorney, contact your attorney; if you represent yourself, check the daily court calendars to confirm your case is scheduled. If you have a hearing scheduled, follow the directions on the Court’s website to access the hearing either by phone or computer. The Court continues to encourage remote appearances for court hearings, and links to appear by video and/or by phone are available on the Court’s website referenced above.

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


Imperial

Last updated: 12/15/2021

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Face Coverings: Beginning December 15, 2021, face coverings must be worn by all persons in an Imperial County Superior Court facility, regardless of vaccination status.

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


Inyo

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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RE: Superior Court Mitigation Efforts for COVID-19

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

In furtherance of compliance with the California Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control guidelines and recommendations, the Superior Court of California, County of Inyo, is taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of the community. These guidelines suggest that people maintain a six foot separation from others when in confined spaces. Facility limitations at both courthouse facilities make conforming to these guidelines infeasible in most instances.

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

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

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

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


Kern

Last updated: 01/06/2022

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On January 5, 2022 the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) extended the requirement for universal masking indoors statewide, regardless of vaccination status, due to the emergence of the more contagious Omicron variant. See CDPH’s Guidance for Use of Face Coverings, issued on January 5, 2022. In-person access to all Kern County Superior Courthouses will only be permitted for: parties, attorneys, legal staff members, an objecting party or relative of a minor, conservatee or decedent in a probate case, summoned jurors, subpoenaed witnesses, employees and other courthouse occupants, law enforcement, individuals seeking assistance from the District Attorney’s Office, one (1) support person pursuant to Family Code § 6303, approved vendors, contractors and deliveries, media, and individuals who have been permitted by Court order. Access to all courthouse facilities will also be permitted for members/employees/associates/volunteers of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California’s Courtwatch Kern program.

Entrance to a particular courthouse facility by the aforementioned should be limited to one (1) or two (2) individuals at a time for the purpose of monitoring courtroom activity. B. To ensure that members of the public may still observe proceedings in this facility, and to encourage members of the public to shelter in place away from public spaces like courthouses, all non-confidential proceedings in all Kern County Superior Courthouses will be made available via audio live streaming. Consult the Court’s website for live streaming links to the various courtrooms. C. However, each judge retains the discretion and authority to refuse, limit or terminate such broadcasts, in whole or in part, pursuant to the factors and prohibitions articulated in California Rules of Court, rule 1.150, and in consideration of other statutory and constitutional provisions. Each judge retains the discretion and authority to refuse, limit or terminate audio live streaming, for portions of proceedings, pursuant to the factors and prohibitions articulated in California Rules of Court, rule 1.150 and in consideration of other statutory and constitutional provisions. D. The livestreamed court proceedings may not be photographed, recorded (audio or video), or re-broadcast by anyone without prior written judicial authorization consistent with California Rules of Court, rule 1.150, and Kern County Superior Court Standing Order 19-0005.


Kings

Last updated: 03/05/2021

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to health and safety concerns resulting in substantial operational impediments, and the proclamations of states of emergency by federal, state, and local officials, it was determined on March 18, April 14, June 15, July 14, August 17, and September 16, 2020, that the conditions described in Government Code section 68115 were met with regard to the Superior Court of California, County of Kings (Court). Based on those determinations, and pursuant to the Court’s requests, six prior emergency orders issued, authorizing the Court to implement certain relief under Government Code section 68115. Upon the renewed request of Presiding Judge Robert Shane Burns, it is determined that the conditions described in Government Code section 68115(a) continue to exist (Gov. Code, § 68115(c)), and it is ordered that the Court is authorized to do the following:

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

Entrance Health Screenings: Pre-screening survey
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: By Phone Only
Self Help Centers: The Self-Help Center is CLOSED. Call 559-582-1010, ext. 6147, for assistance by phone.
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: Permissive e-filing for most case types
Jury Trials: Yes
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Lake

Last updated: 01/11/2021

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

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


Lassen

Last updated: 09/03/2021

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Under General Orders regarding covid-19 Lassen Superior Court will be closing the filing window for all general filings and in-person counter services except filings for emergency orders. Access for the purpose of general filing documents with the clerk’s office is limited to the drop box located at the courthouse. General filings remain available through the mail. If you need assistance, please call the court at (530) 251-8205.


Los Angeles

Last updated: 01/04/2022

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Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor today utilized the authority granted by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye under Government Code section 68115 to extend statutory deadlines for Criminal jury trials in which the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from January 5 to January 19, 2022, inclusive. This allows county courthouses to reduce the number of jurors, witnesses, justice partners and members of the public during this 2-week pause of Criminal trials. Presiding Judge Taylor has not extended Criminal statutory deadlines since October as the Court worked to restore pre-pandemic levels of efficiency in Criminal courts.

As for Civil cases, the Court has urged judicial officers to continue to exercise their sound discretion – after discussion with the parties – on whether to now proceed with jury trials or elect to continue them while the county experiences a high level of virus transmission. In addition, the Court continues to ask bench officers to assure adherence to all mandated safety protocols, such as the face mask requirement, in all courthouses. Although the county has not presently mandated social distancing, Civil judges are urged to space people around their courtrooms as much as possible and determine if larger courtrooms are available for jury selection.


Madera

Last updated: 12/08/2020

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Madera County Superior Court

Plan to Temporarily Reduce Court Operations

The following represents the Court’s proactive plan to reduce services from November 23, 2020 to January 1, 2021* to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This plan was developed considering the health and safety of court users, jurors, justice partners and court employees in response to the recent and unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases statewide and nationally. It is important to note that this plan may be amended at the discretion of the Presiding Judge.

Juvenile Division

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

Civil Division

Effective November 23, 2020 – January 1, 2021, the Civil Division (including family law) will have a reduction in services, with Departments 37, 40, 44 & 45 in session on select dates as indicated on the court’s official scheduling notices and the court’s public portal (see below for the public portal web address).

Department 17 will be in session for family support matters on the following Tuesdays: November 24th, December 15th and December 29th
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To adhere to social distancing requirements, each calendar will be limited to ten (10) individual in-court appearances. This includes appearances by attorneys and parties. For example, if a petitioner and respondent are both appearing in-person with counsel, that case would account for four (4) of the ten (10) appearances allotted for that calendar. Appearances by available technology (Court Call/Zoom) are encouraged and will not be included in the ten (10) in-court appearance limitation.

Criminal Division

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

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

To adhere to social distancing requirements, each calendar will be limited to ten (10) individual in-court appearances. This includes appearances by attorneys and parties. Appearances by available technology (Court Call/Zoom) are encouraged and will not be included in the ten (10) in-court appearance limitation.

Traffic Division

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

To adhere to social distancing requirements, each calendar will be limited to fifteen (15) in court  appearances in Department 17. This includes appearances by attorneys and parties.

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

Appellate Division

Effective November 23, 2020 – January 1, 2021, matters in the Appellate Division will be heard as scheduled in Department 45.

Notice of Reduction of Clerk’s Office Hours

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

Special Note:

Attorneys and litigants are reminded of the responsibility to keep contact information (including addresses and telephone numbers) current with the court. Hearing status, which is subject to change, should be regularly checked at the following site for access to the public portal:

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


Marin

Last updated: 01/11/2021

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

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

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

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

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


Mariposa

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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

  1. All persons seeking to enter the courthouse will be screened by security prior to admittance as follows:
    1. Temperature taken to determine if 100.4 degrees or greater;
    2. Ask if they have:
      • Fever
      • Sore throat
      • New or worsening cough
      • New or worsening shortness of breath.
    3. Ask if they have been exposed to anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
  2. If “yes” to A, or any of B, or C above, the person will be excluded from courthouse. Security staff will note the name, case number, and reason for exclusion for those scheduled to appear in court and provide that information to the courtroom clerk and will also inform the person to call or email the court the following business day to be told what their new court date is.
  3. If “no” to A, B, and C above they will be admitted into the courthouse. All persons admitted into the courthouse must wear a mask or face covering at all times.
  4. The only persons exempt from wearing masks or face coverings in the courthouse are a) persons under two years of age, b) persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, and c) persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication. Other than children under two years of age, any person claiming and exemption and who wishes to enter the courthouse will need to submit a Request for Accommodations by Persons With Disabilities (form MC-410). Any such requests are confidential and will not be available for public inspection.
  5. Only one person at a time will be admitted to the Clerk’s office and only one person at a time will be admitted into the Collection’s office. Persons waiting to enter either office will remain outside the courthouse and will be asked to maintain social distancing until summoned inside by security or court staff.
  6. No more than 10 litigants will be allowed into the upstairs courtroom at any one time. Court security at the front door will determine the name of each litigant seeking entry into the upstairs courtroom and will communicate that information to the courtroom clerk. No more than 5 additional litigants will be admitted into the courtroom after 5 have come out. Court security at the front door will communicate to the courtroom clerk the names of the additional litigants to be admitted. Persons waiting to be admitted will be asked to maintain social distancing.
  7. Non-litigants will not be admitted in the upstairs courtroom unless there are less than 10 other litigants on calendar or in the courtroom.
  8. Attorneys, litigants, and probation officers will maintain social distancing in the courtroom and must wear a mask and/or face covering.
  9. Court staff will wear a mask and/or face covering at all times when in the courthouse.
  10. The court will continue to schedule hearings by either Court Call or Zoom until further notice at the request of any party or any attorney. The Court will retain discretion to order that hearings be conducted by either Court Call or Zoom.
  11. Only one in-custody defendant will be allowed inside the courthouse at any one time.

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


Mendocino

Last updated: 01/01/2022

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Effective December 20, 2021 and through January 31, 2022, the Self-Help Center will ONLY be available by email, and NOT by telephone. We apologize for the inconvenience. Face coverings required for everyone while inside the courthouse, regardless of vaccination status.


Merced

Last updated: 01/03/2022

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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 Clerk’s Offices remain open for all filings Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Exception: Merced Traffic is open 7:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Please see the clerk’s office notice on the Court’s website www.mercedcourt.org for detailed hours and drop box locations. – See updated Notice link with adjusted times and needs.

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


Modoc

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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


Mono

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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


Monterey

Last updated: 01/01/2021

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The Superior Court is open to the public to provide critical access to justice to the people of Monterey County. The Superior Court is conducting business in accordance with CalOSHA and California Department of Health guidelines.

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


Napa

Last updated: 08/31/2021

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REMOTE COURT APPEARANCES (using Zoom) COURTROOM AUDIO or VIDEO STREAM

The Napa County Superior Court encourages the public to conduct court business through email, drop box, or video appearances when possible. If you must come one of the courthouses, be prepared to adhere to public health protocols. Please review the following information carefully.

  • If you are sick, or have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, do not come to court. Anyone who appears sick or demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter the court.
  • You must wear a mask or face covering to enter a court facility and at all times while inside.
  • Social distancing is required. The Court has implemented and will enforce social distancing. Please observe all signage.
  • Check the online Court Calendars to confirm when and where your hearing is scheduled before coming to the courthouse. Check here for remote video appearance information.
  • Court calendars will be heard in the Criminal and Historic Courthouses. The Juvenile Courthouse will remain closed.
  • Self-help service will be available by video, email, phone or appointment every weekday from 8:30am to 4:00pm, call 707-299-1137 or email Selfhelp@napa.courts.ca.gov to schedule your appointment. You can also connect through Zoom for a drop-in videoconference during normal business hours here.
  • 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.
  • If you have been called for Jury Service, please check your status here or call 707-299-1150 for more information.
  • Look-up case information using the court’s Case Information Access System.

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


Nevada

Last updated: 12/08/2020

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

Entrance Health Screenings: Self-certification
Face Coverings: Required
Clerk Hours: 8am-4pm
Self Help Centers: Remote services only (online and/or telephone)
Filing/Document Drop Box: Yes
E-Filing: None
Jury Trials: No
Remote Proceedings: Yes


Orange

Last updated 01/01/2022

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Effective Jan. 1, 2022. Thus, non-evidentiary hearings will be set for remote appearance. Evidentiary hearings and trials, however, will be set for in-person appearance, unless the Court orders otherwise.

That everyone entering Orange County Superior Court facilities – regardless of vaccination status – is required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. Persons whose disabilities preclude them from wearing face coverings should request an accommodation under Rule 1.100 of the California Rules of Court in advance of their court appearance or appointment.

That everyone seeking services from our Court to first use all available online resources. Such resources as Self-Help Services and Clerk’s Office support services can be accessed via our website: https://www.occourts.org/index.html

If a person is experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms they should not enter Court facilities. Should you have such symptoms promptly call the relevant courtroom, where your case is heard.

That attorneys and litigants should not meet and confer unnecessarily in hallways, and people who must come to courthouses should not bring unnecessary companions. Given the fluid nature of the COVID-19 crisis, you are encouraged to frequently check this website for the most up to date information.

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


Placer

Last updated: 12/14/2021

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Due to the recent announcement from the State of California regarding universal masking indoors, face coverings are now required in all court facilities, regardless of vaccination status. The Court will reevaluate this requirement leading up to January 15, 2022. If you believe you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other communicable disease, or if you are subject to quarantine due to close contact with someone who has COVID-19, please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at 916-408-6000 for further information. If you are represented by an attorney, contact your attorney first before calling the court. Defendants who have posted bail are encouraged todiscuss their bail with their attorney and bail bonding company.


Riverside

Last updated: 01/05/2022

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Effective January 5, 2022: Jury Trials Temporarily Suspended Through January 28, 2022: The court has suspended civil and criminal jury trials that are not in progess. Jurors summoned to report during this time should check their status online or via phone at 951-275-5076 or 760-342-6264. Jury trials already in progress will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. (See General Order 2022-9 (pdf ) for additional information.)All persons entering court facilities are required to wear a face covering at all times. Masks are available upon request at security screening. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of two. (See General Order 2021-29 (pdf ) for additional information.) Court security will turn away anyone not wearing an appropriate face covering. Non-exempt individuals who remove their face covering after entering a court facility may be denied services, have their legal matter rescheduled, and/or will be asked to leave the building. Six (6) foot physical distancing is required inside courtrooms. Access to courtrooms is limited to parties, their attorneys, witnesses subpoenaed to testify, and other authorized persons. (See General Order 2022-9 (pdf ) for additional information.) Public access to court proceedings is available via the Courtroom Livestreaming webpage Clerk’s offices remain open for public services.


Sacramento

Last updated: 01/05/2022

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As of Wednesday, January 5, 2022, we are implementing the following temporary mitigation measures, effective at least through January 21st:

  • Greatly restricting the number of jury trials assigned
  • Increasing physical distancing requirements
  • Utilizing vacant departments for jury deliberations to ensure appropriate physical distancing
  • Greatly restricting the number of preliminary hearings/other evidentiary hearings being assigned
  • Encourage parties to appear remotely as much as possible
  • Lighten calendars, where appropriate and possible
  • Ensure all parties are complying with the current mask mandate.

Effective January 3, 2022, the Gordon D. Schaber and Hall of Justice Courthouses will be open for inperson civil hearings. However, the Court will continue to allow and strongly encourages all parties to appear remotely, subject to Code of Civil Procedure §367.75 whenever possible, with the exception of the evidentiary hearings outlined below.

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


San Benito

Last updated: 01/01/2022

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In light of current guidance from the California Department of Public Health, CalOSHA, and the San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency, the Superior Court of California, County of San Benito “(Court”) announces the following changes to certain restrictions and policies adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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


San Bernardino

Last updated: 01/05/2022

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All new criminal jury trials have been suspended through January 27, 2022 and civil jury trials have been suspended through February 22, 2022. All civil parties have been asked to meet and confer to pick a tentative trial date after February 22, 2022, and submit a stipulation to the court. If no stipulation is submitted, a new trial date will be selected at the current trial readiness conference.

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


San Diego

Last updated: 01/05/2022

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The North Courthouse Building is closed until Jan 27th — Please see website for more information concerning jury status and court hearing rescheduling.

Facial coverings are required for all people entering the courthouses, regardless of vaccination status. Those who are not feeling well, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or who are subject to an isolation/quarantine order are asked to stay home and seek assistance online, by telephone or via mail. Individuals seeking emergency services who fall into any of these categories, or individuals who are exempt from wearing a face covering under state guidance, will be assisted outside the courthouse or provided with an alternative accommodation.

Hand sanitizer stations remain widely available in public spaces within the courthouses. As recommended, higher-rated MERV-13 (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) filters have been installed at all facilities to reduce airborne particles and fresh air circulation has been increased throughout the court facilities where possible. The Court continues to implement increased cleaning of all high-touch areas in the courthouses, including door handles and elevator buttons.

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


San Francisco

Last updated 12/08/2020

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COURT TO REDUCE SERVICES STARTING DECEMBER 7. 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


San Joaquin

Last updated: 12/15/2021

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The health and safety of court users, judicial officers and our employees is our top priority. Pursuant to California Department of Public Health guidelines, effective Wednesday, December 15, 2021, all persons must wear a face covering to enter any courthouse and at all times while inside regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

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


San Luis Obispo

Last updated: 01/01/2022

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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. All other business with the Court is currently being done remotely. Face coverings and social distancing are required in all San Luis Obispo County courthouses. Please see their website for updated orders as the situation changes.

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


San Mateo

Last updated: 01/03/2022

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Due to the recent COVID-surge, the Superior Court of San Mateo will shut down specific in person court appearances and require that parties appear via Zoom.

Public Access will temporarily be allowed via Zoom for the following calendars:

  • Family Law hearings – DVPA will remain IN PERSON
  • Probate matters: – Appt. of conservator, apt. of guardian, elder abuse Petition for Special Immigrant Findings, Report of Sale/Petition for Order to Confirm Sale of Real Property will remain IN PERSON
  • Civil Matters – Name/gender changes and Civil Restraining Orders will remain IN PERSON
  • Civil Ex Partes – Pursuant to Emergency Local Rule 3-101, effective January 1, 2022, all ex partes in civil law and motion matters are temporarily suspended until further order of the Court.

Santa Barbara

Last updated: 01/01/2022

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The Court is open to the public for Court business and entry to any Court Building REQUIRES a Face Covering. Below are the Public Service window hours:

  • CRIMINAL
    • 8:00 am – 12:00pm
  • CIVIL
    • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • FAMILY
    • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • JURY OFFICE
    • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • TRAFFIC
    • 8:00 am – 12:00pm
  • SMALL CLAIMS
    • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • RECORDS – CIVIL & CRIMINAL
    • 8:00 am – 12:00pm

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


Santa Clara

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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


Santa Cruz

Last updated: 11/22/2021

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Face Coverings at the Courthouse: The County Health Officer is re-instituting a face-covering requirement beginning on Monday, November 22. Face masks will be required in all Court facilities regardless of vaccination status.

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


Shasta

Last updated: 12/30/2021

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Face coverings are required for all persons in all court facilities. Please check the website for court filing and proceedings updates

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


Sierra

Last updated: 01/01/2022

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All persons entering the courtroom will be required to wear an appropriate face covering regardless of vaccination status. If you are sick or have respiratory symptoms, a fever or a cough, please do not come to the courthouse. Please contact your attorney, call the Court at (530) 289-3698, or proceed to the Remote Appearance page. The Court will continue to take reasonable safety precautions to keep the public, court staff, judicial officers and others safe.


Siskiyou

Last updated: 03/01/2021

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

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


Solano

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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

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

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


Sonoma

Last updated: 01/03/2021

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All criminal jury trials scheduled to start from Jan. 4, 2022, through Feb. 4, 2022, will be postponed to a date after March 1, 2022, unless the defendants in these cases exercise their constitutional right to a speedy trial. Each judge retains the discretion to permit a case that they deem serious, violent, or involving a vulnerable victim to proceed to jury trial during this time. All other criminal division calendars are proceeding as currently set. All civil jury trials will be continued to a date after March 31, 2022, when they appear on the date currently set for trial. All other civil, probate, family, and juvenile division calendars, including LPS and Guardianships, are proceeding as currently set.

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


Stanislaus

Last updated: 09/08/2021

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Please Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you may only enter the courthouse if you are a party with a case scheduled to be heard today, an attorney, juror, witness or you need to file documents or seek other assistance from the clerk’s office. If you are a friend or family member of a party you will not be allowed to enter unless you are a designated support person in a domestic violence case or received permission from a judge to attend the hearing.

Effective Wednesday, September 8, 2021, Stanislaus County Superior Court offices will reduce service hours for the public filing windows by closing at 2:00 p.m.


Sutter

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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Litigants: If you are represented by an attorney, please call your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, contact the court clerk’s office to request a continuance in your case by calling: Civil/ Probate/ Family (530)-822-3304 Criminal (530)-822-3306 Juvenile (530)-822-3312 Traffic (530)-822-3303 Civil Attorneys or litigants who wish to appear remotely, your case may be eligible to be heard through CourtCall by scheduling in advance. Please contact CourtCall at (888)-882-6878 Jurors To postpone your service due to COVID-19 related hardship, please call (530)-822-3307 or go to the Sutter Courts Jury Services Page Criminal Attorneys Criminal attorneys may contact the clerk to appear through “Go To Meeting.” During the State of Emergency, the court encourages PC 977 appearances and stipulated continuances with time waivers, when appropriate.

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


Tehama

Last updated: 01/01/2022

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Masks or facial coverings are required while inside Tehama County Superior Court Facilities, regardless of vaccination status. No individual shall enter the courthouse if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days, or if they have been ordered by Public Health to isolate, or if they have had sustained contact for 15 minutes or more with someone described above, or if the individual has a fever of 100.4 or higher, or if the individual has COVID-19 symptoms.


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


Trinity

Last updated: 12/08/2021

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Masks or facial coverings are required to all who enter the courthouse, regardless of vaccination status. Social distancing protocoils will remain in place of six feet between persons. Temperatures will be taken, no one with a temperature of 100.4 or more will be allowed into the courthouse.

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


Tulare

Last updated: 01/11/2021

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

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


Tuolumne

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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


Ventura

Last updated: 01/05/2022

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Entry is restricted to:

Parties/attorneys with a case on calendar or summoned jurors.

Appointments are required for the Civil, Family, Small Claims, Appeals, Mental Health, Juvenile & Probate clerk’s offices, Records & Exhibits, Self-Help centers, Collections and Family Law Mediation. Currently, there are no same day walk-in appointments. See below for hours & details.

Criminal, Traffic and Collections Filings/Payments will remain on the Northside of the Hall of Justice at the outside walk-up windows, (Ventura courthouse, entrance next to the 126 freeway), and on the Southside of the Simi Valley Courthouse. No appointment is required.

All individuals regardless of vaccination status are required to wear masks in the courthouses. Seating in the courtrooms and the jury assembly room will be limited to allow for physical distancing. (Click on Live Audio Streaming for non-confidential proceedings, if a courtroom has restricted access.) The court has discontinued walk-in appointments for court services. Appointments must be made for Civil, Family Law, Small Claims, Appeals, Mental Health, Juvenile, and Probate clerk’s offices, as well as Records and Exhibits, Self-Help Center, Collections and Family Law Mediation using the court website at ventura.courts.ca.gov. Criminal, Traffic and Collections Filings/Payments remain open on the Northside of the Hall of Justice at the outside walk-up windows, (Ventura courthouse, entrance next to the 126 freeway), and on the Southside of the Simi Valley Courthouse. No appointment is required. Documents may be submitted through eDelivery, United States mail, or drop boxes located at the Hall of Justice and Juvenile Courthouse. Documents received by 4:00 p.m. and accepted for filing will be filed the same business day

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


Yolo

Last updated: 01/05/2022

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Effective immediately and until February 7, 2022, all jury trials shall not commence without the express written approval from the Presiding Judge. General Appearance Rule for all Case Types:

a. Criminal: Remote appearance is allowed but not required for nonevidentiary hearings, subject to judicial override.

b. Civil: Parties wishing to appear remotely must comply with Rule 3.672 of the California Rules of Court.

2. Exceptions to General Appearance Rule

a. Traffic court requires mandatory remote/virtual appearances.

b. In-Custody Defendants will appear in person, except when they are not transported pursuant to subdivision 2(c) of this Rule.

c. Any individual subject to quarantine or isolation under a County public health order shall not physically appear in court but instead shall appear remotely for all non-evidentiary hearings, absent a specific order for good cause shown

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


Yuba

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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

If you are SICK, do not enter the building.

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

All persons entering the courthouse building will be screened for COVID-19, consisting of a temperature scan and some questions. Courtroom seating is very limited. You may be asked to wait on the front lawn area and if so, you will be called in to the building when the court can hear your case.

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


Supreme Court of California

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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

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


United States District Court Northern District of California

Last updated: 01/03/2022

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ALL JURY TRIALS SUSPENDED THROUGH JANUARY 26, 2022 Effective immediately, due to recent developments in the COVID-19 public health emergency, including the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, all criminal and civil jury trials in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California will be suspended until after January 26, 2022.


United States District Court Eastern District of California

Last updated: 08/05/2021

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This General Order modifies the requirements in General Order No. 633.

Effective immediately at the Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse in Sacramento and the Robert E. Coyle United States Courthouse in Fresno, attorneys, court staff, and other authorized courthouse visitors shall comply with current CDC Guidance in common areas of these Courthouses. As of the date of this order, this means all such persons are required to wear masks or face coverings in common areas of these Courthouses. If CDC and Local Guidance changes, for example to provide that face coverings are no longer required for some or all persons, these Courthouses shall at the time of any change follow the modified CDC and Local Guidance, without further order of this court.

Tenant Agencies shall determine the masking requirements for their employees in their private agency space.

Masking and physical distancing requirements for jurors reporting to the United States Courthouses shall conform to the CDC and Local Guidance in effect at that time unless the judge presiding over the jury proceeding imposes stricter requirements. Masking and physical distancing requirements in individual courtrooms will continue to be determined by the judge presiding in his or her courtroom.

Masking and physical distancing requirements for the Bakersfield, Redding and Yosemite National Park Courthouses will be determined by the judges assigned to these remote Courthouses, taking account of their local circumstances.


United States District Court Central District of California

Last updated: 01/11/2021

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

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

Access to the Courthouses

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

All federal Pro Se Clinics in the District are closed.

The Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside Clinics are providing remote assistance via telephone and/or email. Please contact them for more information:

Los Angeles: (213) 385-2977, Ext. 270 or tinyurl.com/fedproseclinic
Santa Ana: (714) 541-1010, Ext. 222
Riverside: (951) 778-9878 or RiversideProSeBankruptcyClinic@gmail.com(link sends e-mail)

Court Hearings

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

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

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

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

Jury Trials

Jury trials remain suspended.

Grand Jury Proceedings

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

Filing Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mandatory Chambers Copies

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

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

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


United States District Court Southern District of California

Last updated: 09/01/2021

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On July 27, 2021, Chief Judge Order (CJO) 63-D was issued and provided for the use of video teleconferencing, or telephone conferencing if video conferencing is not reasonably available, for certain criminal proceedings pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) outbreak is still considered to be a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. § 1601, et seq. The finding made by the Judicial Conference of the United States that “emergency conditions due to the national emergency declared by the President with respect to COVID-19 will materially affect the functioning of the federal courts generally” remains.


California Courts of Appeal – First District

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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

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

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

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

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


California Courts of Appeal – Second District

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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

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

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

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

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


California Courts of Appeal – Third District

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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


California Courts of Appeal – Fourth District

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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

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

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


California Courts of Appeal – Fifth District

Last updated: 11/18/2020

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

The Court has issued an order suspending all in-person oral argument. This order supersedes the order dated March 17, 2020. Telephonic appearances can be arranged at CourtCall.comExternal link icon. Video appearances will be arranged by the Court. As always, oral arguments can be viewed live on the Court’s website using the “Oral Argument Webcast” button.

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

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

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


California Courts of Appeal – Sixth District

Last updated: 09/20/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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


9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Last updated: 01/03/2022

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Access to the Courthouses

In-person arguments are suspended through January 31, 2022. Arguments will continue to be conducted as scheduled, with all counsel appearing remotely by video or telephone. Access to the Courthouses Until further notice, our courthouses remain closed to the public. Attorneys and parties who have access to CM/ECF are strongly encouraged to use it for everything, including new petitions for review and original proceedings. If unrepresented litigants have access to email, they are encouraged to submit their filings, including petitions for review and all other pleadings, as PDF attachments, directly to the Court at this email address: prose_pleadings@ca9.uscourts.gov. We also have a drop box in the lobby of the Browning Courthouse at 95 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, and the Court continues to receive filings sent via U.S. Mail or commercial delivery services.

Filing Deadlines

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

Court Hours & Staffing

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

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