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May 29, 2020: Weekly roundup of California court updates

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.

Read updates from the week of May 22>>

Read updates from the week of May 15>>

Read updates from the week of May 8>>

Del Norte County

The Clerk’s office will be open to the public starting June 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Social distancing standards will be in place and access will be limited to two people at a time.

Read the update>>

El Dorado County

The Family Law division released an update on plans to resume hearings using remote technology.

Read the press release>>

Additional Administrative Orders from May 28 included modifications for Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency cases.

Read the Orders>>

Lassen County

The Court posted updates via a General Order updating court hours and opening clerks’ offices between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dropbox is still recommended for filing. Guidelines for courthouse entry and around procedures for certain case types is also included.

Read the General Order>>

Marin County

Effective June 1, clerk’s offices will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice and the number of people allowed inside at one time will be limited. Court proceedings will resume and be conducted remotely by video conference.

Read the public notice>>

Monterey County

In an interim order posted May 26 provided updates on the Court’s procedures. Civil, Family, and Probate jury trials will resume in mid-June and filers are reminded to file electronically.

Read the order>>

Nevada County

The Court has posted new Local Rules, effective June 1, 2020.

Read the Local Rules>>

Orange County

The Court re-opened for limited service on May 26. The clerks have already begun to process filings gradually in priority order as determined by the Court.

Note: Your filing will remain in the status “Under Court Clerk Review” until the clerk has processed it. We appreciate your patience, as we anticipate it may take a week or more for the Court to process their backlog of filings.

Riverside County

The Court announced new court closure dates for certain courthouses extending into June, plus limited access to the public for others.

Read the news release>>

Sacramento County

The Court announced that jury trials would resume on June 15 as part of its phased reopening and established guidelines for people entering Court facilities.

Read the news release>>

San Bernadino County

Amended Local Rules went into effect May 21 to make use of available technology whenever possible to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely.

Read the Public Notice>>

Additionally, a General Order requires all documents except those listed in the Order to be filed using courthouse dropboxes, by mail, facsimile, or other online method. This is in effect from May 29 through November 30, 2020.

Read the General Order>>

San Diego County

The Court re-opened for limited service on May 26. The clerks have already begun to process filings gradually in priority order as determined by the Court.

Note: Your filing will remain in the status “Under Court Clerk Review” until the clerk has processed it. We appreciate your patience, as we anticipate it may take a week or more for the Court to process their backlog of filings.

May 22nd – A General Order confirmed permissive eFiling for Family Law case types and outlined plans to image all Family Law cases. Read the General Order>>

May 22nd – A General Order established guidelines restricting access to all courthouses and courtrooms to certain authorized persons. Read the General Order>>

May 26th – A General Order suspended Local Rule 5.2.5 and 2.5.8 (regarding telephonic appearances) until further notice. Read the General Order>>

May 27th – A General Order Updated deadlines for certain filings and criminal justice cases. Read the General Order>>

San Francisco County

The Court announced that it will restore certain services as of June 1 and outlined steps to determine hearing dates and more for each case type. The Clerk’s office will be open with limited hours.

Read the Public Notice>>

San Joaquin County

The Court partially reopened today and resumed operations. Clerks’ offices remain closed to the public and drop boxes are available outside the Stockton Courthouse. Only those with court business will be allowed into the building and everyone will have their temperature taken. Jury trials will resume in June.

Read the update>>

San Mateo County

eFiling will become mandatory in all case types on June 1, 2020.

Review local eFiling requirements>>

Santa Clara County

The Family Law division has adopted a new local rule as of May 26, allowing hearings on a Request for Order to be waived in certain circumstances.

Review Family Rule 5N>>

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