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.
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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
This week, California courts extended time periods, continued and prioritized jury trials, and updated court operations.
Due to continued evacuation orders and warnings, the Oroville courthouse will remain closed through the rest of the week, September 10th and 11th.
An Emergency Order allowed sessions to be held anywhere in the county from September 9, 2020 to September 11, 2020 and deemed the same days days holidays for purposes of computing time for filing papers, as well as under other codes.
Due to the ongoing health crisis, the Court has prohibited in-person Family Law hearings until further Order. Instead, hearings are accessible via remote video and phone conferencing.
The Court has amended Emergency Rule 409 to state that no summons will be issued for new complaints for unlawful detainer based in whole or in part on nonpayment of rent or other charges until October 5, 2020. A new cover sheet will also be required.
Los Angeles County
The presiding judge has issued a new General Order extending some matters and encouraging remote appearances in all instances.
The Presiding Judge has determined that the OX Calendar shall recommence in-person hearings by reservation only and subject to certain procedures put forth in the below public notice.
The Court has updated access to court operations as outlined in a September 9th public notice.
San Bernardino County
The Court has announced that, in order to give priority to criminal trials, all civil jury trials are continued until further notice. Parties are asked to confer and pick a tentative trial date in 2021 and submit a stipulation to the court. If no stipulation is submitted, new trial dates will be selected at the current trial readiness conference for after January 2021.
San Diego County
The Court has ordered how it will manage the prioritization of jury trials, with in-custody criminal jury trials taking the highest priority and judicial officers are given the ability to recommend prioritizing any case over others.
Beginning September 10, 2020, the Court will open public access to certain portions of its facilities with capacity limits to allow for social distancing.
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The Court has extended the time period provided for appointing counsel in new criminal and juvenile justice cases to be filed after the Court is fully operational again.
The Court extended the time period provided for felony arraignments.
The Court has extended the time provided for the holding of a criminal trial.
San Joaquin County
To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, the Court has announced that it will limit entry into the courthouse to only specified persons.
Santa Clara County
The Court has continued traffic court hearings until at least January 2021, as well as providing other updates.
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