Statement on the wildfires in Northern California

Updated at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2017

Right now, the Sonoma Courts are limiting what can be filed at the filing window.  Until further notice, they will only accept the following at the window:

  • Unlawful Detainers
  • Restraining Orders
  • Family Law matters if there is a hearing in the next 2 weeks

Everything else we are required to drop and return to pick up at a later date.  No turnaround times have been posted.

Updated at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017 

Newest press release from the court: Sonoma Fire Info

Sonoma County Superior Court will begin a phased reopen on Monday, October 23, 2017. The court has issued an order implementing emergency relief. Part of the order states that for purposes of computing time to file papers, October 10 – October 20 are deemed holidays. This most likely means that no papers will be backdated, they will be filed with the date they are received. The court extended some filing deadlines, as well, and you can read the complete order here.

One Legal kindly asks for patience and understanding next week, as we resume physical filing with the Sonoma courts. We expect that, given the volume of orders, the court will require orders to be left and picked up later in the week. As always, we will check daily for completed filings and will return to our customers promptly. The date we drop the documents with the court is the date the court will deem them filed, so long as they are not rejected.

We will do everything we can to make the process in Sonoma as seamless as possible for everyone involved. Check your order status in your account for the most up-to-date information.

Original post

As you may have seen on the news, California is currently experiencing several very severe wildfire incidents that are affecting communities throughout the state, particularly in the North.

The priority of public agencies now is the preservation of life, and therefore there are wide evacuation orders and widespread closures of public buildings such as courthouses. The situation is constantly changing. For the latest information, please consult Cal Fire’s incident map.

Customer support

Our Customer Support team is based in Marin County, California. While Marin is not directly impacted at this time, many of our employees live in the north and are either directly affected by the fires or unable to travel to work. If you need assistance with an order we kindly request that you call only when it is urgent. Alternatively, please seek support via these options:

  • Search for answers on our Support Center. Here you’ll find hundreds of helpful videos and articles, including videos that provide walkthroughs of our eFiling platform.
  • Email us via support@onelegal.com. We’ll do our best to get back to you within 2 hours during business hours.
  • If you do need to call us, please be patient and aware that there will be a longer than usual wait time.

Court closures 

The situation is constantly changing, and so we recommend you consult your local court website or local news for the latest information. Courthouses in Sonoma County are closed for the remainder of this week and, depending on conditions, closures may occur in Napa and Solano counties at any time.

Updated at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17

Sonoma County

All courts are closed through Friday, October 20 due to continuing emergency conditions in the area. They plan to reopen on Monday, October 23.

Deadlines have been extended and closure dates will be deemed court holidays.

Superior Court of California County of Sonoma press release

Marin County

Unaffected and open

Napa County

The courthouse is currently open but could close at any time, depending on conditions with active fires in the area.

Solano County

The courthouse is currently open but could close at any time, depending on conditions with active fires in the area. Cases on the calendar for this week are being rescheduled.

Yolo County

Courthouse is currently open but delays may occur due to active fires in the area

Lake County

Courthouse is currently open but delays may occur due to active fires in the area

Mendocino County

Courthouse is currently open but delays may occur due to active fires in the area

More information at: https://newsroom.courts.ca.gov/news/courts-report-on-impacts-of-wildfires 

Service of process

Our primary concern is the safety of our employees and affiliates, and therefore service of process in the directly affected areas is not currently possible. If your order requires service in one of these areas, you will receive a telephone call from a member of our team as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Support for people affected

Our hearts go out to the many thousands of people who have had their lives devastated by these fires, including many One Legal employees, their families, neighbors, and friends. If you would like to donate to support the victims, we encourage you to consider donating via the Redwood Credit Union.

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