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
The California legislature passed AB-3088, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act, which outlined processes and applied additional protections to renters and mortgage holders. As a result, several county courts added to their local rules to specify how they would handle unlawful detainer cases.
Contra Costa County
After the passage of AB 3088, the Court announced it will accept limited filings in unlawful detainer cases, only in cases that are not based in whole or in part on nonpayment of rent or other charges. Other limitations are outlined in the release.
The Court has amended Emergency Rule 409 to state that no summons may be issued in connection with new complaints for unlawful detainer based in whole or in part on nonpayment of rent until October 5, 2020.
Los Angeles County
The Court reminds attorneys that they can access the new attorney portal to appear remotely for hearings.
The Court has shared updated Zoom information for remote appearances.
Judicial officers of the Merced County Superior Court are authorized to extend time periods where statutory deadlines would expire from September 16 to October 15, 2020, inclusive.
The Court is providing 60 days’ notice of the reduction of hours of operation for the Clerk’s Offices. As of October 30, 2020, the Clerk’s Offices at every branch in the county will close at 12:00 p.m.
The Court has rescinded the declaration of court holidays for the purposes of computing time for filing papers in unlawful detainer cases.
General Order 2020-44 has been vacated by the court. The new order states that in unlimited civil cases in which the service of summons was completed after July 16, 2020, the time to file responsive pleadings is not extended.
General Order 2020-45 has been vacated by the court. The new order states that in limited civil cases in which the service of summons was completed after July 16, 2020, the time to file responsive pleadings is not extended.
The Civil Grand Jury for Riverside County was selected for fiscal year 2020-2021.
San Bernardino County
Beginning November 9, 2020, Child Support and some Civil matters (civil harassment, elder abuse, and name changes) will relocate to Barstow.
San Diego County
The Court will begin mailing out summonses for jury duty for the first new jury trial since the pandemic began. Beginning October 9, a limited number of jurors will be called.
San Mateo County
An amended response to the recent calendar memo has been posted by the Court, sharing the Court’s plans to continue to curtail court calendars, suspend Civil, LPS, Unlawful Detainer, and time-waived misdemeanor trials through October 2, 2020, and only hear time-not-waived felony trials.
Santa Clara County
The Court has shared proposed local rules for public review.
The Court has adopted Emergency Local Rules for Civil, Famly, and General Court Administration.
The Court announced a collaborative court calendar for hearing cases involving parents charged with the crime of not ensuring their child’s regular school attendance.
In a recent order, the Court ordered that sessions may be held anywhere in the county through September 26, 2020, inclusive.
The Court amended Emergency Orders 1 and 2 effective September 1, 2020. Included in this were specifications regarding continuation of unlawful detainer proceedings and the stay of all actions around judicial foreclosures.
An order by the Court stated that sessions could be held anywhere in the county through October 31, 2020, inclusive, that any judge of the Court may extend the time period provided for the holding of a criminal trial, and that statutory deadlines were extended.
In preparation for the resumption of jury trials in the county, the Court has implemented various safety measures.
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