December 4, 2020: Weekly court update

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For a full list of all California courts and more information about their known status, visit our California courts updates page on the Support Center.

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 respond to increasing COVID-19 cases by restricting courthouse access and address budget constraints by reducing clerk’s office hours.

Amador County

The Clerk’s office will be closed to the public from November 24, 2020, through December 11, 2020.

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Butte County

The Court has updated its operations plans in response to the Governor’s order. Changes include assessments of new jury trials, remote witness appearances in certain hearings, and calendar priorities.

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El Dorado County

A new Court Commissioner was appointed.

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Imperial County

Due to the recent increase in COVID rates, the Court has announced it will move from Phase 2 to Phase 1 of its restoration of full services plan. Family Law and some other cases will be held remotely, while Civil, Probate, and some other matters will be heard in their assigned courtrooms.

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Kings County

The Court ordered that it would make use of available technology when possible to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely and suspended rules that would have prevented its use. The time period provided for holding criminal trials was also suspended.

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Lassen County

Due to the current public health crisis, the Court has limited access to the courthouse.

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Los Angeles County

The Presiding Judge ordered courtroom access to be restricted to authorized persons only, given the spike in county and statewide COVID-19 infections.

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The Presiding Judge has authorized judicial emergency continuances for criminal trials and juvenile dependency matters to limit the number of people accessing the courthouses.

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Marin County

The Court has posted an addendum to notice regarding ex parte applications. Payment of fees is now due at the time of filing.

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Nevada County

The Court has changed clerk’s counter hours to close at 3 p.m.

The Court will reinforce measures to reduce foot traffic by encouraging remote appearances and alternative filing options.

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Sacramento County

The Court has updated its civil trial process, including the resumption of long-cause civil trials on January 4, 2021. Details around assignment processes, appearances, and jury plans are included in the public notice.

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San Bernardino County

Due to budget constraints, the clerk’s offices will be reduced to 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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San Diego County

The Court has introduced a new online reservation system for civil independent calendar motions.

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San Luis Obispo County

An order by the court declared holidays from November 23 through December 18, 2020, for the purposes of computing time and extended certain deadlines that would otherwise expire.

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San Mateo County

The Court ordered that sessions may be held anywhere in the county from December 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021, inclusive.
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Santa Clara County

Due to increases in COVID-19 cases, the Court has limited courthouse entry to only certain persons.

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The Civil Grand Jury discharge and impanelment will be held December 17th.

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Sonoma County

The Court has ordered that sessions may be held anywhere in the county and extended statutory deadlines that would have expired from December 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021, inclusive.

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Stanislaus County

The Court has limited access to the Modesto Main Courthouse to authorized persons only.

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Tulare County

All criminal and civil jury trials have been suspended through December 31, 2020.

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The Court has ordered extensions to certain timelines and authorizes any judge to suspend rules that would prevent use of technology.

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