The world of California courts is constantly shifting, now more than ever before. In an effort to highlight significant updates, One Legal will be compiling the biggest changes in court operations and messaging from the past week to help us all keep up.
For a full list of all 58 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.
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Court updates this week
As courts work hard to determine a way to bring the full justice system back online, here are the courts that have updated their messaging in a significant way, shared plans to increase access, or established new protocols for filing and beyond.
The Court announced that jury trials would resume starting June 8, 2020. New Emergency rules adopted on June 5, 2020 established guidelines for juror questionnaires and the composition of jury panels.
Effective June 29, 2020, the Court will resume summonsing jurors for jury trials.
On June 5, the Court issued a notice regarding Family Law hearings.
Effective June 5, 2020, the Court adopted Emergency Local Rule 1 (Amendment to Local Rule 4040) regarding the process to request to add a case to the calendar.
Effective June 4, the Court announced that all Ex Parte Applications for Civil Law and Motion Departments be reserved by appointment only.
San Diego County
In a June 9 release, the Court announced a deadline of June 24, 2020 for scheduling status conferences for independent civil matters.
Santa Clara County
A June 11 General Order restricted courthouse entry to only those required to appear at a court hearing or to conduct official business.
Santa Cruz County
The Court announced the resumption of additional services effective June 8, 2020, with health and safety measures in place to protect public health.
Beginning June 10, the Court resumed the processing and filing of all court documents. On June 15, the Court will begin a phased re-opening of its courtrooms and clerks’ offices. Guidelines for other departments were also included in the release and order.
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