What’s changing in the world of California courts? We’ve reviewed all 58 superior court websites looking for important updates and have gathered them here for your information.
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Please note: All resources shared by One Legal are intended as high-level summaries only. For a full picture of each court’s response to the challenges of COVID-19, please visit the individual court website.
Court updates this week
More often than not, updates posted to the court’s website involve specific process changes for single departments or divisions.
However, as coronavirus cases in California grow, some courts are re-implementing court holidays and extending other time period guidelines.
The Court announced an extended stay on the execution of writs of possession to December 31, 2020.
The courthouse will close on August 21st at 10:30 a.m. due to poor air quality and excessive heat.
August 17, 2020, to August 18, 2020, inclusive, have been deemed court holidays due to emergency conditions preventing access to the courthouse.
The Court announced that it will accept written comments on its proposed baseline budget for the coming fiscal year.
Due to budget constraints, the Court has modified its Court Reporter Availability Policy to exclude unlimited civil proceedings. Parties may arrange for a Certified Shorthand Reporter to serve as an official pro tempore reporter.
In cases in which the statutory deadline would otherwise expire between August 19-September 17, 2020, any judge of the Court may extend the time period provided for a criminal trial.
Los Angeles County
Webex is now available for remote oral arguments in the appellate division.
Parties can now appear in traffic court for infraction matters remotely via LACourtConnect.
In cases in which the statutory deadline would otherwise expire between August 10-September 30, 2020, any judge of the Court may extend the time period provided for a criminal trial.
In light of the ongoing risks from COVID-19, the Court will make changes to its operations, including canceling jury trials from August 3-August 28, 2020, postponing most hearings in misdemeanor cases, and delaying other proceedings.
For the purposes of computing time for filing papers, August 20 to September 17, 2020, inclusive, are deemed court holidays (except as set forth in previous orders). The Court may order that sessions be held anywhere in the county during that same time and any judge may extend other time periods provided.
Except as to filing types expressly excluded from the filing holiday from prior separate court orders, August 10 to September 8, 2020, inclusive, are deemed court holidays for purposes of computing time for filing papers. The Court may also hold sessions anywhere in the county from August 23 to September 21, 2020, inclusive. Other time periods may also be extended.
San Bernardino County
The time for conducting civil jury trials is extended up to an additional 90 days from August 24, 2020. Time periods for holding preliminary examinations and conducting criminal trials is also extended.
Self-help resource centers will reopen for in-person services starting in August.
San Diego County
The Court extended the time period provided for the holding of a preliminary examination.
The Court announced it would form a local committee on bias in efforts to maintain a courtroom environment free of bias or the appearance of bias.
San Joaquin County
The Civil Grand Jury released its report investigating homelessness in San Joaquin County, including evaluating current policies and initiatives and if they have been successful.
San Mateo County
The Court has issued additional guidance and calendar information for family law litigants and counsel. This includes information on trial scheduling and RFO calendars.
Santa Barbara County
The Court declared August 17 to September 16, 2020, inclusive, to be holidays for purposes of computing the time for filing papers. Sessions may be held anywhere in the county, and any judge may extend the time period provided for holding trials.
Santa Clara County
The Court has issued an order reducing the business office and telephone hours of all courthouses, effective August 17, 2020.
Due to evacuations and fire-related conditions, the Court will conduct limited operations at the Fairfield and Vallejo courthouses on August 21, 2020.
The Court ordered that all small claims actions currently pending will be continued to a future date beginning with November 9, 2020.
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