November 20, 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

All California superior courts, as well as One Legal offices, will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, 2020, in observance of Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving.

In light of these holidays, there will be no weekly court update for the week of November 23-27, 2020.

This week: Courts begin to finalize and announce local rule changes for the new year, lean into the use of technology for court proceedings, and extend statutory deadlines.

Alameda County

The Court has announced new judicial assignments that will take effect on Friday, January 1, 2021.

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The Court has initiated a new 45-day public comment period for local rule proposals involving composition of jury panels, juror questionnaires, and remote proceedings.

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El Dorado County

A summary of local rules revisions for this court has been posted. The rules will take effect on January 1, 2021.

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Kern County

The Court has published new Local Rules effective January 1, 2021.

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Marin County

The Court has issued an order declaring November 13, 2020 to December 11, 2020 to be holidays for the purpose of computing time. The order also authorized judges to make use of technology to conduct judicial proceedings, announced that the self-help office would be physically closed until further notice, and gave judges authority to extend time periods provided.

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Placer County

The Court has updated its court operations due to COVID-19, as of November 17, 2020.

Read the overview>>

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The Court has also updated its Emergency Local Rule 10.28 regarding remote appearances.

Read the rule>>

Riverside County

The Court has ordered that sessions may be held anywhere in the county and allowed extensions for statutory deadlines.

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The Court has also updated its order regarding mandatory facial coverings and maintaining physical distancing while at the courthouse.

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Sacramento County

The Court has provided an update to access to court operations as of November 18, 2020.

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In a November 17, 2020 order, the Court allowed sessions to be held anywhere in the county and extended the time period provided for certain deadlines.

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San Diego County

The Court has extended orders regarding the appointment of counsel in new criminal and juvenile justice cases through December 31, 2020.

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The Court has also updated its order requiring face coverings when coming to the courthouse.

Read the order>>

Santa Barbara County

A November 13th order from the Court authorized judges to extend time periods, hold sessions anywhere in the county, and more.

Read the order>>

Tehama County

This Court’s transition to eFiling will likely occur early on in 2021. Stay tuned for more updates.

Tulare County

The Court has ordered that any judge may permit press coverage, sharing that access to the courthouse facilities is restricted to persons with essential businesses, and allowing any judge to suspend rules that would prevent the use of technology.

Read the order>>


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