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Please note: All resources shared by One Legal are intended as high-level summaries pertaining to Civil matters 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 extend existing authorizations for remote access, suspend jury trials, and continue to limit access to courthouses.
All courts and the One Legal office will be closed Monday, January 18, 2021 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Contra Costa County
Limited access to the court will continue through January 29, 2021. Jury trials remain suspended and all clerk’s offices and court records offices are still closed to the public.
Los Angeles County
Effective Monday, January 11, 2021, attorneys and members of the public, including the media, will be able to listen remotely to nonconfidential court proceedings throughout the Superior Court of Los Angeles County using the Court’s new Remote Audio Appearance Program.
The Court will reduce services in order to mitigate spread of COVID-19 and allow sessions to be held anywhere in the county from January 16, 2021 to February 15, 2021, inclusive.
The Court has updated its administrative order to extend authorizations for use of available technology to conduct judicial proceedings, physically close the Self-Help Office, allow court sessions to be held anywhere in the county from January 10, 2021 to February 6, 2021, inclusive, and deemed January 10, 2021 to February 6, 2021, to be court holidays for the purpose of computing time.
The Court has ordered that sessions may be held anywhere in the county from January 8, 2021 to February 5, 2021 and allowed judges to extend certain deadlines that would otherwise expire during the same time frame.
An order from the Court outlines timeline expectations for applications for examinations filed with the Court.
In response to the stay at home order, the Court will extend its temporary suspension of jury trials and jury service until January 29, 2021.
San Francisco County
Case initiations: San Francisco Superior Court has announced that beginning on 1/4/2021, case initiating documents must be eFiled through the File&ServeXpress portal. Currently, you cannot submit these documents through One Legal.
We are actively seeking a solution to serve you in San Francisco and will provide details soon.
Subsequent filings: You may continue to submit all subsequent filings through One Legal, as this change does not affect filings into existing cases. (Subsequent filings for Family Law Dissolution case types are the exception and must be eFiled through FSX.)
San Mateo County
The Court has moved to Direct Calendaring in Civil cases effective January 1, 2021. The Clerk’s Office is in the process of sending Notices of Assignment for all current and newly filed cases.
The Court has suspended most trials through February 4, 2021 and set expectations for calendars deemed essential and mandated.
Santa Barbara County
The Court has authorized any judge to extend time periods provided in certain instances and to hold sessions anywhere in the country from January 16, 2021 to February 14, 2021.
Effective January 13, 2021, and until further notice, jury trials that are not mandated to occur within a statutory deadline are hereby temporarily suspended.
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