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 shared updates to public access of courtroom proceedings and methods by which to request public civil records.
In a July 31st Emergency Order, the Court shared COVID-19 case statistics over the past months and updated requirements for appearances, primarily in relation to criminal cases.
The Court has updated its calendar for 2021.
The Court moves forward with remote proceedings and provided updates on expectations for hearings, jury trials, and more.
Los Angeles County
The presiding judge has announced the vast expansion of remote appearance options for audio and video appearances. Effective August 10th, Webex will be available to all 250 Criminal courtrooms. Scheduling remote appearances with LACourtConnect will be available for Family Law matters on August 17th and for Small Claims, Unlawful Detainers, and Collections cases on August 10th.
As per an August 3rd release, court operations will continue with remote appearances strongly encouraged and access to court facilities permitted only with screening. Updates to operations for individual divisions were included as well as information for specific courtrooms.
A notice of modified clerk’s office hours was also posted.
The Court seeks public comment on its proposed baseline budget for fiscal year 2020/2021.
Due to the state’s budget deficit, the Court provides 60-day notice of its intention to tentatively either close courthouses 1-2 Fridays per month, reduce service hours to 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and/or continue closures of Corona, Hemet, Moreno Valley, and Temecula courthouses until further notice. Interested persons are invited to comment by October 5, 2020.
Beginning August 3rd, the Court will begin a phased and limited resetting of trial and mandatory settlement conference dates for cases that were continued by the March 17th Order.
As of August 3rd, the Presiding Judge Law and Motion calendar will be expanded to handle the full scope of motions and applications permitted by local rules.
San Bernadino County
Announced in a July 31st release, the Court is launching a new committee to eliminate bias in the courtroom.
Bog Bear Courthouse, closed since March 17th, will now open twice per month on the second and fourth Fridays starting in August.
San Diego County
The Court has extended requirements for the appointment of counsel in new criminal and juvenile justice cases.
The Court’s website will be closed for routine maintenance on August 8, 2020 from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All webpages will be affected.
San Joaquin County
Effective August 3, 2020, the Court has updated its court operations plan, including limiting entry to the courthouse, hearing appeals telephonically, keeping certain branch courts closed as well as most clerk’s offices, and specific courtrooms operational.
San Mateo County
In an Order from the Presiding Judge, the Court updated guidelines and expectations around minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and screening requirements and behavior for courthouse access.
In light of new procedures put in place for courthouse access, the Court has lifted the jury trial suspension Order effective August 10th.
Santa Clara County
In light of the risk of further spread of COVID-19, the Court will implement an outdoor “Fresh Air Court” for the Young Adult Deferred Entry of Judgment program.
For the purposes of computing time for filing unlawful detainer papers, August 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020 inclusive are deemed holidays due to the public’s inability to file papers. For purposes of computing time under certain Welfare and Institutions Codes, the same days are deemed court holidays.
In July 31st Order, the Court allowed sessions to be held anywhere in the county through August 27, 2020, inclusive.
The Court is providing its 60 day notice of limited operation days for employee furlough days throughout the 2020/2021 year.
The Court will mandate electronic court filing for all case types on August 17, 2020.
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