What’s changing in the world of California courts? We’ve reviewed all 58 superior court websites looking for important updates and have gathered them here for your information.
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.
California courts will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2020.
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Court updates this week
This week: extended timelines, fee changes, updated court procedures, and more proposed local rules from California courts.
The Court has ordered that all court proceedings be made available via audio streaming.
Los Angeles County
The Court will reject all non-text searchable documents submitted for electronic filing in civil matters, beginning November 2, 2020.
eFiling will be mandatory in Los Angeles Superior Court effective October 5, 2020 for non-adoption documents in Juvenile cases. Check back soon for more information about One Legal’s upcoming services in this case type.
Scheduled maintenance: The Court will be performing scheduled maintenance Friday, October 2nd at 6 p.m. through Saturday, October 3rd at noon, Pacific Time. eFiling will be impacted and may be unavailable at times during that window.
The Court has released a notice of fee changes that will go into effect November 2, 2020.
The Court has ordered that in cases where the deadline would expire from October 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020, inclusive, any judge may extend the time period provided.
San Diego County
As of October 1, 2020, Court will expand eFiling options to allow more providers to begin connecting to the Court. One Legal remains a certified eFiling provider and users can continue to eFile documents as always.
“The Court, in conjunction with One Legal, worked to expand e-filing options for the public and attorneys by including additional e-filing service providers to provide litigants with more filing options.”
The Court has posted a list of new, revised, or repealed Judicial Council and San Diego Superior Court forms which are now available for use.
The Court has announced updated face covering and health screening requirements for persons entering the courthouse.
San Luis Obispo County
The Court has posted an order to outline the time periods provided to calendar hearings and take a minor into custody, as well as other timelines.
San Mateo County
The Court has updated its calendar memo to outline updates to calendars, clerk’s offices, and the suspension of time-not-waived misdemeanor trials.
Santa Clara County
Effective October 13, 2020, parties in certain non-criminal matters must arrange for the services of privately retained court reporters at their own expense. The press release outlines some of these scenarios.
The Court declared September 29, 2020 to September 30, 2020, inclusive, to be holidays for the purposes of computing time for filing papers. The Order also allowed judges to extend certain timelines.
Another order allowed any judge to extend criminal trials.
Effective October 1, 2020, the Court has made self-help assistance available by appointment.
The Court has proposed amendments to its local rules, to be effective January 1, 2021.
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