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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
This week: Courts further update operations plans to limit traffic at courthouses, close and reduce clerk’s offices hours, and extend deadlines.
Both One Legal and the California courts will be closed December 25, 2020 and January 1, 2021. Our next court update email will be sent on January 8, 2021.
In the meantime, we will continue to track major changes on our California courts updates page on the Support Center.
The Court is suspending and continuing most matters through January 11, 2021.
While the Court will continue with limited operations until further notice, it has made adjustments to its calendars effective December 16 through the end of the year.
The Court announced updated procedures as a result of last week’s order reducing court operations.
A supplemental order described changes to juvenile dependency and traffic divisions.
The Court has ordered all Limited and Unlimited Civil proceedings, with the exception of trials and mandatory settlement conferences, to be conducted remotely via CourtCall or Zoom.
The Court has extended timelines provided for bringing an action to trial and further authorized the use of technology to conduct proceedings and operations. The Self-Help Center is currently closed.
All assistance from the Self Help Center will be provided exclusively via phone or email until further notice.
The Court has authorized judges to extend time periods and declared that all proceedings will be conducted through the use of remote technology, unless otherwise noted.
The Court announced the suspension of new Civil and Probate in-person court trials and jury trials through January 29, 2021.
The Court has implemented a probate conservatorship accounting portal to modernize and improve the process.
In an update to operations in response to COVID-19, the Court announced that no further jury trials would be held in the month of December 2020, Family Law mandatory settlement conferences will proceed by video appearance, and other matters would be postponed.
To reduce traffic in courthouses and judicial buildings, the Court has announced limitations to who can attend proceedings in-person and provided alternatives for accessing court proceedings.
The Court has also extended the time period provided for the holding of a preliminary examination.
San Bernardino County
The Court has taken various actions to ensure both safety and access to justice during COVID-19, including reduced clerk’s office hours, additional remote options, additional self-screening for judicial officers, employees, and court users, and more.
San Diego County
As of January 1, 2021, the Court will reduce fees for document downloads on the online Register of Actions.
The Court extended the time period provided for holding of a preliminary examination.
The Court has posted a notice of revised fee schedule that will take effect on January 1, 2021.
San Mateo County
In order to protect the public and court staff in light of the worsening pandemic, the Court has curtailed court calendars, suspended most jury trials, and continued calendars.
Clerk’s offices are closed to the public, and only certain filings will be processed.
Santa Clara County
The Court remains open for emergency matters during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be available to process restraining orders, domestic violence cases, and other emergency matters.
The Court announced operations changes in response to recent stay at home orders in the county to encourage remote appearances and outline other processes.
An order by the Presiding Judge permits first appearances by remote technology.
The Clerk’s Offices are closed until further notice. Dropboxes remain available for filing documents exempt from eFiling.
The Court has made operational adjustments in response to regional stay at home orders, including the closure of public service counters.
The Court has updated its operations in response to the worsening pandemic. Some hearings and court proceedings remain on the calendar, December 21, 2020 through December 31, 2020 are declared holidays for the purpose of computing time, and eDelivery is unavailable until the first of the year, all filings must be submitted via dropbox.
The Court has extended statutory deadlines where they would otherwise expire between December 31, 2020 and January 29, 2021.
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