Coronavirus-Related Court Announcements

Last updated June 5, 2020 9:49 a.m.

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UPDATED MAY 21 Alameda: "Beginning June 1, the Court will resume or expand numerous court functions, effectively 'reopening' to the extent that court business can be conducted remotely within existing resource and technological limitations. However, due to Alameda County’s ongoing shelter-in-place restrictions and public health concerns, the Court and its clerk’s office locations will remain closed to the public. The Court has adopted new emergency and has amended rules, all effective May 21. These rules are all designed to further facilitate proceedings in civil and criminal matters during the COVID-19 crisis. Among other things, they set forth guidance for participating in remote proceedings and provide clarification on how to obtain tentative rulings." More

UPDATED JUNE 2 Alpine: "Commencing June 22, criminal matters will no longer be heard remotely. The Court will be in regular session. All persons coming onto the courthouse grounds will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth and to maintain proper social distancing of at least 6 feet while waiting to be admitted to the court. All civil and traffic matters scheduled to be heard in the Alpine County Superior Court will continue to be heard remotely, that is, by telephonic conference, until further order of court." More

UPDATED MAY 27 Amador: "Effective June 1, Amador Superior Court will resume all calendars. All calendars will continue to be heard remotely if possible. The clerk's office will be open for filing and other business from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The court will regulate the number of individuals in the clerk's office, the courtrooms, hallways, jury assembly room and other public areas. The court will assure social distancing while in the courthouse. Jury trials will continue to be suspended until June 22." More

UPDATED MAY 22 Butte: "All Civil calendars, excluding Jury Trials, will recommence effective May 18. Public phones are open during regular business hours (8:30 am – 4:00 pm) and Public Counters at the Chico Courthouse will be open for reduced hours 8:30 am – 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. All Counsel on Civil and Probate matters are required to appear via Court Call until further notice on Civil Limited and Unlimited Law and Motion matters, and Case Management Conferences (not including Civil Harassments and Unlawful Detainers). Mandatory Civil Settlement Conferences shall be held either by Zoom or Court Call at the discretion of the Court. Parties will be contacted by the Court approximately one week in advance of the Settlement Conference to confirm contact information and finalize remote appearance arrangements." More

UPDATED MAY 15 Calaveras: "Effective May 18, the Court will be opening the clerk’s window but only to those wearing a face covering. The drop box and eFiling remains available alternative options. To minimize the amount of people in the clerk’s window lobby, everyone must use the Kiosk to pull a number. Once your number is called you will be allowed into the clerk’s window lobby area to proceed to the counter. All others will remain in the general lobby until their number is called maintaining social distancing at all times. Mediations will continue to be conducted by phone until further notice." More "Essential functions of the Superior Court at this time are limited to proceedings that are required to comply with defendants' constitutional rights, protect the health and safety of parties and address jail population concerns. Access to the Calaveras County courthouse is restricted to those persons required to appear in person for a court hearing." More

UPDATED MAY 29 Colusa: "The Superior Court of California, County of Colusa will resume limited operations to the public effective June 1. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever ▪ cough ▪ difficulty breathing,) or believe you have been exposed to the virus, please do not come to the courthouse. Anyone (i.e. Attorneys, Plaintiffs/Petitioners, Respondents/Defendants, Prosecutors, Probation Officers, Interpreters, Court Reporters, Officers/Deputies, Victims, Witnesses, Observers) making a physical appearance in court is REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACIAL COVERING. Civil Law and Motion, Small Claims Calendar will be held on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. in Department 2. Civil Law and Motion Calendar will be held on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. in Department 1. Counsel and all parties are strongly encouraged to appear via CourtCall. If a physical appearance is made, facial coverings are required. To further reduce the number of individuals in the courthouse, entrance shall be limited to those individuals conducting legitimate business. The Clerk’s Office will be open between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday except court holidays. The court recommends all persons utilize the drop box for all filing types located at the courthouse at 532 Oak Street, Colusa in lieu of visiting the Clerk’s Office. Filings can also be submitted by mail. Appointments with the Mediator will be held via phone and Zoom to the extent possible." More

UPDATED MAY 26 Contra Costa: "Unless otherwise ordered by the assigned judge, all hearings will be conducted by CourtCall until further notice. Do not come to Court for your hearing unless you are specifically requested to do so by the Court. While a drop box for Civil cases is available for filings, the Court deems there to be substantial interference with parties’ ability to file papers, and so the period through May 27 is considered a Court holiday for purposes of such filings, except for hearings occurring on or after May 28. The Court will be hearing calendars starting May 18 via CourtCall, but as to law and motion matters from May 18 through and including May 27, the Court will only hear cases which are fully-briefed. Cases not fully-briefed due to the previous filing holiday will be continued. Other matters set in this period (e.g., Case Management Conferences) will go forward as scheduled, except Orders of Examination. The Civil department will resume a normal hearing schedule on May 28. Parties’ briefs for these hearings will be due under the normal statutory timeframes. Because hearings on Orders of Examination cannot be conducted remotely, all such hearings are vacated and are to be reset after the Court reopens to the public. The Court will permit filings each day via drop box, excluding weekends and Court holidays. Two separate drop boxes will be provided at the Main Street entrance to the Wakefield Taylor Building, at 725 Court St., Martinez. While the clerk’s office will be open as of May 26, there will be long lines and extended wait periods; the Court encourages parties to use the drop boxes. One designated drop box will be for Civil Ex Parte matters as identified in Local Rule 3.47 and Civil Restraining Orders. The second designated drop box will be for all other Civil filings." More "All court locations will reopen to the public on May 26 at 8:00 a.m. If you are sick, do not come to the court. No one who is sick or who is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be permitted to enter any court facility. You must wear a mask or face covering to enter any court facility and at all times inside. Anyone entering any court facility will have their temperature taken. If you have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, you will be denied entry for that day. Please expect long lines and long wait times. The court will follow social distancing requirements and building access will be limited. Clerk's offices are open 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., with phone hours from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., until further notice. Drop boxes will still be available from 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. (one hour after clerk’s office closure)." More "All Court or Jury Trials set between May 18 and June 12 are vacated and converted to a Trial Setting Conference on the date previously set for trial. Civil hearing dates that are vacated pursuant to these Rules and all hearing dates that have been previously vacated due to the Court closure that began on March 16 will be reset by the Court. Notice of the new hearing date will not be sent out by the Court. Instead, all new hearing dates will be available through the Open Access web portal on the Court’s website." More

UPDATED MAY 27 Del Norte: "Del Norte Superior Court Clerk’s Office will be open to the public beginning June 1. Public Counter hours will be 9am to 1pm. Only two people will be allowed in the lobby at one time to comply with Social Distancing Standards. Those waiting to come in the clerk’s office will need to social distance in the main lobby area. Face masks are encouraged. The Clerk’s Filing Mailbox (Courthouse Mailbox #31) will continue to be available for filings after 1pm." More "Starting May 26, the Court will be open daily on a limited basis. Most courtroom proceedings that have been temporarily discontinued since March will be conducted telephonically whenever possible, and some in-person appearances will also be held, as necessary on a limited basis maximizing social distancing. No jury trials will be conducted until the Judicial Council's moratorium has expired. The clerk's office will remain closed to the public through May 29. Filings will continue to be accepted through the secured mailbox in the courthouse lobby or by mail. Paperwork received over the counter will continue to be quarantined for a 24-hour period. Therefore, please plan accordingly. The court recommends all persons utilize drop boxes to submit documents for filing and pick up documents in the area provided in the courthouse in lieu of visiting the clerk's offices. The number of people allowed in lobby areas will be limited to comply with social distancing. The court strongly recommends all persons wear masks or face coverings." More

UPDATED APRIL 29 El Dorado: "The court will be vacating all civil trial dates set for 2020 because it is anticipated that there will be a large volume of criminal trials which will have statutory priority. The court will be setting CMCs to reschedule trials. Until the state of emergency has concluded and the court has reduced the backlog of priority criminal trials, civil trials will not go forward. We are continuing pending civil motions 30 days at a time. The court hopes to begin hearing law and motion matters sometime in June. The court will be scheduling Case Management Conferences via vCourt. The court will also be setting mandatory settlement conferences, likely by remote video hearings. The court anticipates beginning to schedule CMCs and MSCs sometime in June. The court accepts filings by mail or through use of our drop-boxes. There is a drop-box at each court location. We also accept fax-filing online." More "Public access to courthouse is limited to only those persons who have been ordered to appear for a calendared matter where an in-person appearance is statutorily required. Clerk's Counters will be closed to the public in all Court facilities." More

UPDATED MAY 11 Fresno: "Effective May 11,  the Fresno County Superior Court will resume limited operations at the B.F. Sisk Courthouse following a brief closure when only e-filing and drop box services were available. The clerks’ offices will remain closed to the public. E-filing is encouraged where it is not mandatory under Local Rules of Court. Beginning the same date, May 11, the Court will require that all persons entering a Fresno County courthouse wear a facial covering. Failure to wear a facial covering is grounds for denial of entry." More "With very limited exceptions, civil matters will not be heard from May 4 until June 18, with the exception of Trial Setting Conferences. All clerk's offices in the B.F. Sisk Courthouse will be closed. Mandatory efiling remains in place. All civil unlimited mandatory settlement conferences, trial readiness hearings and trials (jury and court) scheduled to occur from March 23 through June 18, inclusive, will be scheduled to occur on later dates in 2020 and 2021. All of these cases are being re-noticed for Trial Setting Conferences to be held in Department 502 on June 8 and June 9. Appearance by CourtCall is strongly encouraged. All Case Management Conferences scheduled to occur from March 23 through June 19, inclusive, will be continued. Notices of the new date will be sent in each case. Civil Law and Motion matters will be continued. Law and Motion hearings will resume after June 19. Notices will be sent regarding specific hearing dates and times. Appearances for oral argument shall be via CourtCall until further notice. New dates will not be provided for petitions for compromise set from March 23 through June 19, inclusive. Parties with a petition for compromise should continue to file the petitions and orders. Judges will review these matters and issue rulings." More

UPDATED MAY 19 Glenn: "Beginning May 19 and until further notice, operations will resume and facilities will be accessible with appropriate precautions in place. Do not come to a court facility if you believe you are sick or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other communicable disease. The court is requiring social distancing. Please maintain 6 feet of separation from other individuals whenever possible when at a court location. The court is strongly encouraging the use of face masks/coverings when visiting a court location. The clerk’s office is open, but the number of windows providing services and the number of individuals allowed to enter at a time are being reduced in order to maintain social distancing. Documents may also be filed using the drop box or by mail. Court hearings are occurring as scheduled. Counsel and parties in civil, probate, and family law cases are strongly encouraged to appear by CourtCall." More

UPDATED MAY 18 Humboldt: "Presiding Judge Joyce D. Hinrichs wants to reiterate to the public that, while the Courthouse Building and County Offices may be open to the public, all Humboldt County Superior Court courtrooms and offices remain closed to the public. The Court has, in fact, expanded the types of cases it will be hearing throughout the day, but all appearances are remote or by restricted access into the courtroom." More "Effective May 18, Humboldt Superior Court will resume civil, family law, and probate calendars using remote video and phone conferencing. The Clerk’s office will have staff available by phone daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to answer questions; however, the information they will be able to provide will be limited. Public hearings will be live-streamed, and a link will be provided on the Court’s website. DO NOT physically come to the courthouse; the courtrooms and the Clerk’s office remain closed until further notice. Documents can be filed using the drop box at the Clerk’s office located at the courthouse at 421 I St. The Court continues to provide limited public services with limited staff on site due to social distancing and other COVID-19 restrictions. Additionally, we are continuing to review daily operations to ascertain possible expansion of virtual court hearings as COVID-19 restrictions are modified." More

UPDATED MAY 7 Imperial: "The Imperial County Superior Court is currently hearing the following via remote technology: criminal and misdemeanor cases; juvenile hearings, and some civil and probate matters. Effective May 11, some family law matters will be heard remotely. Traffic, small claims and family support are all being continued. Attorneys and parties have received and will continue to receive notice of continued matters. The Brawley and Winterhaven courthouses remain closed to the public. The main courthouse at 939 Main Street in El Centro is open on a limited basis for the filing of paperwork involving children, for restraining orders and cases involving public safety. Paperwork must be completed and ready to file before access is allowed. Health and safety measures are being taken for those who do enter such as the taking of temperatures, requirement of masks and social distancing. The Court anticipates that jury trials will begin in the near future as California opens in stages as outlined by Governor Newsom." More

UPDATED MARCH 23 Inyo: "The Inyo County Superior Court will be limiting access to its courthouses, effective immediately." More "Attorneys and litigants are strongly encouraged to make court appearances telephonically or through CourtCall in all non-criminal case types." More

UPDATED MAY 19 Kern: "Effectively immediately any person allowed or required to enter any Kern County Superior Courthouse building must wear a face covering." More "Kern County Superior Court Presiding Judge Judith K. Dulcich and Court Executive Officer Tamarah Harber-Pickens are pleased to announce the addition of more court services beginning May 4 through the use of innovative Video Conferencing and Telephone Appearances. Some Civil cases may be eligible to conduct video settlements on a “per request” basis. Telephone appearances by attorneys are available in all courts for many types of cases. Although all Clerk’s windows, Family Law Facilitator, Family Court Services (mediation), and Self-Help remain closed for in person visits, they are still available via telephone or webmail. Additionally, the Court is working on instituting appointment systems, video conferencing, and check-in with text call back systems when these Departments are able to open fully to the public. During our period of Reduced Services, many court hearings were rescheduled to later dates. If you are unsure as to the new date for your court appearance, please contact the appropriate Court Division. Case information is also available through our website. Entry to Kern County Superior Courthouses is still restricted at this time to those persons required to appear in person for a court hearing." More

UPDATED APRIL 7 Kings: "The exterior service windows to the Courthouse will no longer be open to the public for the purposes of filing documents or making payments. There are two available drop box locations." More

UPDATED JUNE 1 Lake: "As the court prepares to reopen and begin providing in-person services to the public, we have limited the number of cases on calendar, will require social distancing in court facilities, and continue to handle matters via remote means whenever possible. The court will require face coverings for anyone entering a court facility. The court will continue to hold the following hearings by remote appearance only. All attorneys and parties MUST APPEAR BY PHONE/VIDEO as directed by the court. The court will provide instructions for the remote appearance. Hearing dates for the following calendars will remain as presently set. Those calendars include Civil Law & Motion, Department 2, Mondays at 9:00 am, Civil Case Management, Department 2, Mondays at 10:30 am. The court will begin conducting in-person trials or contested hearings the week of June 15. The number of cases set on a given date/time have been limited to allow for appropriate social distancing. The court will begin conducting jury trials sometime after June 22, when necessary. Steps have been taken to minimize the risk to jurors, including reducing the number of jurors who are summoned to appear at one time. The Clearlake Branch will begin holding court calendars beginning June 22. The Court Clerk’s Offices will reopen June 8 to the public. The public is encouraged to continue to make use of the drop-box whenever possible." More "Any and all access to the Superior court, Lake County Courthouse, Fourth floor, in Lakeport, and the Clearlake Branch, in Clearlake, and the courtrooms located on the Fourth floor of the Courthouse, and at the Clearlake Branch, is restricted to those persons required to appear in person for a court proceeding." More

UPDATED MAY 22 Lassen: "Beginning May 26, court hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The clerk's office is open for limited filings at the clerks' window on regularly scheduled court days from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. However, the public is encouraged to file documents, make payments or submit other paperwork using the drop box located in the entry or on-line. Telephone hours remain unchanged. If you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptom, please do not enter the Courthouse. All persons entering the Lassen County Superior Court shall submit to a non-invasive temperature screening process and shall not enter if a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher is detected. All persons are requested and strongly encouraged to attend the hearing remotely through the use of CourtCall and to appear telephonically whenever possible. Any party to a proceeding who chooses to appear by Zoom must give the court a minimum of two court days' notice so the court may approve the request and send a Zoom invitation. All persons entering the Courthouse are strongly encouraged to wear a protective face cover. Social distancing within the Courthouse will be adhered to, both inside and outside the courtroom." More

UPDATED JUNE 2 Los Angeles: "Attorneys and self-represented litigants will have the option to make audio or video appearances in Los Angeles County courtrooms by using the Court’s new LACourtConnect technology that will provide a secure, safe and convenient way to attend hearings remotely. LACourtConnect will be first available in Civil Settlements and Probate matters on calendar the week of June 22 and thereafter. Throughout the rest of the summer, LACourtConnect will launch in phases for all Limited Civil, Unlimited Civil and Complex, Family Law, and Traffic courtrooms. Future notices will provide specific implementation dates." More "When the Clerk’s Office opens on June 15 for the first time since closing on March 23, the Court will offer convenient telephonic and online options to conduct court business while requiring an appointment in advance to receive in-person services to enforce social distancing." More "All courtrooms will remain closed for judicial business through June 10 — except time-sensitive, essential functions. Court hearings will resume beginning June 22. Civil jury and non-jury trials scheduled between May 13-June 10 will be continued or reset. To prepare for the June 22 reopening of the closed 400 courtrooms and resumption of hearings and court operations, the Clerk’s Office — which has been closed since March 23 — will reopen on June 15. Court employees are preparing calendars and implementing new ways to virtually deliver services. Information regarding the new Virtual Clerk’s Office and Court Service Departments including virtual Jury Service, telephonic and video Webex assistance, and how to reserve a seat in the courthouse for in-person assistance, will be coming soon. In addition, the Court requires the use of face coverings by all judicial officers, employees and all Court visitors, with limited permissible exceptions." More "All civil trials scheduled to begin for the period March 17 through June 17  have been or will be continued by General Order. Because civil jury and non-jury trials are not included in the enumerated time-sensitive essential functions set out in these General Orders, they will be continued, or advanced and vacated and a trial setting conference will be scheduled. The parties will receive individual minute orders issued by the trial judge to whom the case is assigned continuing these trials to a date after June 17 or advancing and vacating the trial dates and scheduling a trial setting conference on or after June 22. The length of the continuance will be determined by reference to a number of factors, including most critically, the ongoing need to protect the public, potential jurors, attorneys, witnesses, court staff and judicial officers through the use of social distancing. Many courtrooms, jury boxes, jury deliberation rooms, audience seating and size and counsel table locations may not be well-suited to maintain the social distancing measures that we assume will continue even after our court moves into hearing non-emergency matters. Thus, our total available supply of jury trial-ready civil courtrooms may remain constrained for some period of time. The length of the continuance will also be influenced by the ability of our criminal courts to summons and secure a sufficient number of jurors to enable them to meet all constitutional speedy-trial requirements. Given that any pool of potential jurors must first be allocated to those criminal matters with constitutionally mandated trial dates, civil jury pools will be restricted for the foreseeable future. Further, limiting the ability of civil courts to resume civil jury trials immediately upon reopening of the courts to non-essential matters is the need to comply -- to the greatest extent possible -- with the statutory preference schemes articulated in CCP section 36, and the statutory mandates for unlawful detainer trials. The same considerations requiring the court to continue civil jury trials for the period from now until June 17 apply to those trials currently scheduled to begin on or after June 22. While the continuance orders may not be immediately issued, counsel should be prepared for the possibility that courts will find good cause for further continuances of non-preference civil jury trials throughout the summer. Because our courtrooms and courthouses are very likely still to be operating under social distancing requirements when we resume operations, counsel are strongly encouraged to appear telephonically for all calendar matters. In fact, our ability to resume calendars of any substantial size, is wholly dependent on counsel's willingness to appear telephonically. The electronic filing system for non-complex civil matters continues to accept filings. Motions for Complex courts can be filed using drop boxes. Civil law and motion matters are not enumerated as time-sensitive essential proceedings under the Court's existing and future General Orders. The Court at this time must direct its resources to ensuring that the constitutionally and statutorily mandated time-sensitive essential matters in criminal, dependency, delinquency, mental health, probate and family law can be timely heard and decided. Also, please keep in mind that more than 75% of the court staff is away from the courthouses during this emergency period. The court simply cannot process civil law and motion matters at this time." More "Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile, in a webinar on Friday...speculated that civil trials will start up again in August or September, and said civil trials now scheduled for late June will probably be continued." More

UPDATED JUNE 1 Madera: "Effective June 1, the Civil Division (including family law and family support) will return to offering full services, except for jury trials, Monday – Friday in Departments 37, 40, 44 & 45, and Tuesday/Thursday in Department 17. Each department within the division will have four (4) calendars each day. To adhere to social distancing requirements, each calendar will be limited to ten (10) individual in-court appearances. This includes appearances by attorneys and parties. For example, if a petitioner and respondent are both appearing in-person with counsel, that case would account for four (4) of the ten (10) appearances allotted for that calendar. Appearances by available technology (Court Call/Zoom) are encouraged and will not be included in the ten (10) in-court appearance limitation." More "All Court visitors will be required to answer health screening questions prior to entering the courthouse. The Court requests that no one who is ill with symptoms of COVID-19 appear at the courthouse.Court visitors are encouraged to wear face masks while in the courthouse." More

UPDATED MAY 28 Marin: "Effective June 1, Clerk's Offices are open 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. until further notice. The number of people allowed in the Clerk’s Offices at one time will be limited. Individuals who are not conducting court business should not accompany parties to the Clerk’s Office. Court proceedings will be conducted in virtual courtrooms. Please expect long wait times while participating remotely. Do not physically come to the court unless directed by the court. You must wear a mask or face covering to enter the court facility and at all times while inside. Anyone entering the courtfloor or jury office will have their temperature taken. If you have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, you will be denied entry for that day. Please expect long lines and long wait times. The Court will follow social distancing requirements and building access will be limited. Please obey all signs. Drop boxes will still be available from 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Because clerk’s offices will experience high demand and significant wait times, the Court encourages you to file items by drop box. One courtroom will be dedicated to hear all civil matters. All matters will be heard by vCourt. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court. All matters calendared on or after June 1 will proceed to the greatest extent possible. Effective June 1, all Law and Motion calendars will be heard on the dates and times previously set by the court." More

UPDATED APRIL 29 Mariposa: "Mariposa Superior Court has substantially closed through April 19. You will not be allowed entry into the courthouse without prior approval." More (there have been no further updates on the court website; an email from the court on April 29: "Nothing has changed at this time.")

UPDATED MAY 5 Mendocino: "The Mendocino County Superior Court will continue to limit access to the courthouses in Ukiah and Fort Bragg. Until the state and county orders requiring citizens to Shelter in Place are rescinded, courtrooms and court staff will practice social distancing. Our clerks' offices remain open however the public is encouraged to file documents and make payments or submit other paperwork using the drop boxes supplied or online. Our telephone hours remain unchanged. All persons entering either courthouse must wear a protective face cover. At this time, it is unknown when county-wide court services will resume regular operations." More

UPDATED JUNE 3 Merced: "The Merced Superior Court will resume jury trials the week of June 15." More "Effective June 1, the Court is increasing access by allowing in-person proceedings for some courtrooms, subject to screening requirements. Only parties, including witnesses, and attorneys required to appear in a court hearing will be permitted to enter the court facilities on the day of the hearing after submitting to screening and absent any signs of illness. All persons entering the court facilities shall wear a face covering or face mask while in any Merced Court facility unless otherwise ordered by a judicial officer. All persons entering a Merced Court facility shall submit to a non-invasive temperature screening process and/or declaration and SHALL NOT enter if a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher is detected. Do not come to the court if you are ill and experiencing flu-like symptoms or have a fever or cough. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged, and may be required in some courtroom. The Court has established video conferencing in all courtrooms. Civil Operations (including Juvenile Dependency): Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (essential matters and courtroom support only). Courtroom 8 - Will be combined with Courtroom 10, with hearings held in Courtroom 10. Remote proceedings only, no in-person appearances. Courtroom 9 - All limited civil and small claims hearings will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are permitted, and in-person access is limited to allow for social distancing. Courtroom 10 – Remote proceedings only, no in-person appearances. All hearings will resume as scheduled. All civil jury trials currently set between March 17 and August 31 will be continued on a rolling basis for 8 weeks from the currently scheduled trial date. Local Rule of Court 2E mandates e-filing for limited, unlimited, and complex civil actions and in non-DCSS family law and probate matters." More

UPDATED APRIL 10 Modoc: "The Court currently plans to resume regular court operations on June 1. Court customers who do not have a case on calendar or business with the Court should not enter the courthouse. The Court limits front counter access to those individuals with time-sensitive, essential functions. All other filings should be placed in the drop box, sent via email or facsimile." More

UPDATED MARCH 24 Mono: "The Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport courthouses will be closed to the public except for time-sensitive, essential functions. All jury trials are suspended until further notice." More "All Civil, Probate, and Family Law matters shall proceed by telephone. CourtCall shall be used unless it is not available." More

UPDATED MAY 27 Monterey: "All courthouses are open to the public. All filings in all case types should be filed electronically. Persons who are unable to file documents electronically may file by mail, by using the drop box, or in person at any court location. Civil matters are currently being heard. The court encourages use of telephonic and remote appearances. Jury trials will resume in civil matters on June 15. Ex parte matters are currently being heard. The court encourages use of telephonic and remote appearances." More "Monterey Courthouse: The clerk’s office is open. Scheduled matters are being heard. If you are on calendar and your hearing has been scheduled as a remote appearance, please appear remotely, otherwise you should appear for your hearing. Marina Courthouse: The clerk’s office is open. Scheduled matters are being heard. If you are on calendar and your hearing has been scheduled as a remote appearance, please appear remotely, otherwise you should appear for your hearing. Salinas Courthouse: The clerk’s office is open. Scheduled matters are being heard. If you have a scheduled hearing you should appear for your hearing. Juvenile Courthouse on Natividad Road: All scheduled matters are being heard. Please contact your youth’s attorney regarding whether you and your youth may appear for the hearing remotely. We will be enforcing social distancing and limiting the number of people allowed into courthouses. Face masks are required. Members of the public entering the courthouse will be asked screening questions and their temperature will be checked. You may experience lines and delays." More "A limited number of civil hearings are currently being heard. Preference will be given to hearings that can be conducted telephonically. Hearings that were scheduled to be heard between March 18 and through the duration of the shelter in place order may be continued between 30 and 60 days from the date of the original hearing. Notice will be mailed to all parties." More "On Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., the court will hear a limited number of ex parte matters. Parties must appear by CourtCall. On Fridays at 9:00 a.m., the court will hear a limited number of Law and Motion matters. Parties must appear by CourtCall. On Tuesdays at 9:00am, the court will hear a limited number of Case Management Conferences. On Tuesdays at 8:30am, the court will hear a limited number of Complex matters. If all parties agree in writing, you may request that the Court rule on your filed noticed motion without a hearing on the Civil Law & Motion Calendars." More "No documents should be brought to any of the courthouses for filing. All filings should be submitted electronically. Persons who are unable to file documents electronically may file by mail or by using the drop boxes at any court location." More

UPDATED MAY 29 Napa: "All court operations will resume beginning June 1 at 8:00 a.m. Anyone who appears sick or demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter any court facility. You must wear a mask or face covering to enter a court facility and when you cannot maintain six-feet physical distancing from other court users or staff. Prepare for the potential of long lines and extended wait times. The court has implemented and will enforce social distancing requirements. Please observe all signage. Check the online Court Calendars to confirm when and where your hearing is scheduled before coming to the courthouse. Many cases have been rescheduled multiple times and you may have the option to participate via telephone or video appearance. Drop boxes are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at both the Criminal and Historic Courthouses. The court encourages you to file items by drop box to avoid significant wait times at clerk offices. Civil and probate cases are being heard by remote proceedings when possible. All upcoming mediations are being rescheduled for telephonic and video appearances." More "With the possible exceptions of unlawful detainer and judicial foreclosure actions, the Court will resume processing all civil and probate filings as of June 1. Calendars for law and motion, probate and mental health-related civil matters will resume as of June 1, under the pre-emergency schedule in Departments A and B. Matters for which document filing deadlines could not be met due to emergency orders have been or will be continued by the Court, with notice of the new hearing dates provided by mail. Any other matters will remain on calendar as previously set. Appearances should be by CourtCall whenever possible. The Court may expand Zoom videoconferencing to Departments A and B in the future. All civil cases currently set for jury trial on or before July 27 will have their trial dates and mandatory settlement conference (MSC) dates vacated. Scheduled trial management conferences (TMCs) set through July 23 will remain on calendar to be heard as trial re-setting conferences. The status of jury trials scheduled beyond July will be determined in an ongoing manner based upon evolving COVID-19 circumstances. The Court will strive to provide parties at least one month’s notice when making decisions to further continue civil jury trials. Due to significant uncertainty as to when we will be able to resume jury trials for civil matters, parties are encouraged to explore alternatives such as ADR or jury waivers. The Court is currently offering voluntary settlement conferences for civil and probate matters, but is unlikely to have sufficient resources to continue offering these beyond June 1. In an effort to give trial re-setting priority to matters for which trial was already continued due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Court has continued and may further continue case management conferences (CMCs) 8 weeks out on a rolling basis. Notice of the new CMC dates will be provided by mail. When coming to the Court for in-person hearings, parties and their attorneys should follow the Court’s facility entrance protocols, which require a face covering and other COVID-19 parameters, enter the Courthouse no more than 10 minutes before their scheduled start time and promptly exit the Courthouse once their hearing is completed." More

UPDATED JUNE 1 Nevada: "In Nevada City: Beginning June 1, civil law calendars will return to a normal schedule in Nevada City. Civil jury trials currently scheduled to begin in June, July, August or September will not be proceeding. New dates will be issued for those cases as the cases appear on calendar. The Court continues to encourage all appearances to be conclucted remotely. The Court will permit limited personal appearances where there is an inability to appear remotely or special circumstances approved by the Court prior to the appearance dare. The number of people allowed in the courtroom at one time will be limited by the Court's Executive Order requiring social distancing. In Truckee: Beginning June 1, the Truckee Court will permit personal appearances on criminal and civil matters. However, because seating in the courtroom is limited to a maximum of 22 people in order to maintain appropriate social distancing, the Court continues to encourage parties to appear by teleconference whenever possible. The Court encourages all persons submitting a filing to the Court to continue using the drop box in the lobby of the courthouse to minimize staff interaction with members of the public. Civil, Family law, and criminal trials will be held on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The Court has reconfigured the courtroom so that seated jurors will be a full six feet apart during all proceedings. Jury deliberations will be held in a room large enough to permit a minimum of six feet of distance among all jurors." More "As of June 1, all persons, two years of age or older, who enter the courthouse must wear a face covering in all public areas of the court and in shared workspaces." More

UPDATED JUNE 1 Orange: "The court will resume processing all civil matters effective May 26. Trial dates for all trials scheduled to begin as of March 17 forward were rescheduled approximately 25 weeks from the currently scheduled trial date, with notice to all parties. The rescheduling of the trial date resets all dates tied to the trial date. Mandatory Settlement Conferences set as of March 17 forward were rescheduled approximately 21 weeks from the current MSC date, with notice to all parties. All other Civil Limited, Unlimited, and Complex hearings set as of March 17 forward, including law and motion matters, were rescheduled approximately 13 weeks from the currently scheduled hearing date, with notice to all parties. Hearings will resume the week of June 15. Until further notice, for hearings relating to Civil Limited matters heard in C3, appearances will be telephonic via Court Call or by telephone conference line. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, all Unlimited and Complex proceedings will be conducted via telephonic appearance through Court Call with each party/attorney having the option to appear by Court Call video if the judge, in his/her discretion, permits a video appearance instead of an audio appearance. No Case Management Conference (CMC) hearings will be heard through December 31. For Civil Unlimited cases not deemed complex, all currently scheduled CMC hearings are vacated and  Trial date will be scheduled 19 to 21 months from the date the case was filed, with a Mandatory Settlement Conference one month prior. For Civil Unlimited cases deemed complex, all currently scheduled CMC hearings are deemed vacated and a Status Conference hearing will be scheduled after June 15. Cases filed that have not been previously set for CMC and new cases filed through December 31 will have a Status Conference hearing scheduled within 120 days from the date the case was filed. For Civil Limited cases, all currently scheduled CMC hearings are vacated and a Status Conference will be scheduled 13 weeks from the vacated date. Cases filed that have not been previously set for CMC and new cases filed through December 31 not altready exempt from case management review will not be set for CMC hearing. A Status Conference will be scheduled approximately 10 months from the date the case was filed." More "On May 26, the Superior Court of California, County of Orange will re-open courthouses for limited services, but members of the public should not visit a courthouse unless they have been notified by the Court that they have a hearing scheduled on their matter. Beginning May 26, the branch courthouses will begin conducting preliminary hearings on felony matters. Criminal jury trials will start up in June. Public service windows will remain closed, as this is a soft reopening. Since the Court is not yet able to assist parties on a walk-in basis, it will continue to provide drop boxes for filing documents. As part of the soft opening, the Court will be strictly enforcing health protocols. The the use of facemasks or face coverings is mandatory for anyone entering a courthouse. Social distancing rules will also be strictly enforced in all facilities, thus the number of individuals entering public courtrooms and elevators will be subject to space limitations. Persons displaying possible coronavirus symptoms will not be allowed in court facilities." More "The Civil Panel is pleased to offer Voluntary Settlement Conferences to resolve cases impacted by our reduced staffing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any currently pending civil case may take advantage of the VSC program." More

UPDATED MAY 18 Placer: "The court is announcing that jury trials are anticipated to resume on June 1. The court has implemented heightened cleaning protocols and modified its infrastructure to support physical distancing guidelines. These cleaning protocols include frequently cleaning of high-touch areas, sanitizing seats after each use, and cleaning of any shared-use items before those items are provided to a subsequent juror. Jurors who are instructed to report are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings, should practice social distancing at all times, and should not report for jury service if they are sick. In addition, the court has limited the number of individuals in each courtroom to comply with physical distancing requirements, is reducing the number of jurors called to the courthouse at any one-time, and is working with other local government entities in an effort to secure larger juror assembly and jury selection spaces." More "The court is announcing additional changes to its Emergency Local Rules, effective immediately. These changes include non-substantive formatting and wording changes to clarify previously announced mandatory and voluntary remote appearances. The rules also add a formal process for requesting video appearances in civil and probate short cause trials or long cause evidentiary hearings, and for family law long cause hearings and trials. Finally, the rules address processes for voluntary participation in video hearings for unlawful detainer and small claims hearings." More

UPDATED MARCH 21 Plumas: "Effective March 24, the Plumas Superior Court will reduce to essential minimum services. The Court will focus efforts on matters involving civil liberties, restraining orders and other emergency matters. Other matters currently set will not be heard and will be re-noticed by the Court. The Quincy courthouse remains open. However, the court clerk’s office will not be open to the public beginning March 24." More

UPDATED JUNE 2 Riverside: "The court continues to accept temporary civil harassment restraining orders, other types of temporary civil restraining orders, requests to renew restraining orders, ex parte applications, stipulations, and inspection and abatement warrants. These documents can be filed at one of the open justice centers. Limited civil trials are suspended until July 20. Unlimited and complex civil court and jury trials will be scheduled at Trial Setting Conference (TSC) hearings only. All other civil matters are being continued. Notice of your new hearing will be mailed by the Court. Certain ADR services may be offered remotely. The court has prepared a FAQ on Civil Trials in Unlimited Civil Departments (pdf )." More "Clerk’s offices at the Blythe Courthouse, Larson Justice Center, Southwest Juvenile Courthouse, Southwest Justice Center, Hall of Justice, and the Riverside Juvenile Courthouse are open for the filing of emergency matters until further notice. For non-emergency matters, customers may file documents in one of three ways: online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, mailed or delivered to the court, or by placement in a drop box. The Riverside Superior Court facilities that are currently open to the public are Blythe, Larson Justice Center, Southwest Juvenile, Southwest Justice Center, Hall of Justice, and Riverside Juvenile. Pursuant to the order of the Presiding Judge, the remaining court locations will remain closed to the public until further order of the court. Those who are feeling ill or experiencing flu-like symptoms, have a fever, are coughing or sneezing, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should not come to, or enter, the courthouse. Until further order of the court, face coverings are required to enter all Riverside County courthouses. The court continues to rule upon applications for temporary civil harassment restraining orders, other types of temporary civil restraining orders, requests to renew restraining orders, ex parte applications, stipulations, and inspection and abatement warrants. On May 7, the Law and Motion Reservation System recommenced for telephonic hearings beginning on June 1. The civil clerk’s office is processing and filing all documents and briefs pertaining to hearings reserved on or after May 7. All currently set hearings on unlimited demurrers and all pretrial motions have been vacated. New hearings on said pretrial motions and demurrers may be scheduled as needed through the Law and Motion System. All unlimited jury and court trials previously set have been vacated and trial setting conferences have been scheduled in their place. All hearings on the merits of all petitions for writ of mandate or other extraordinary relief have been vacated and status conferences have been scheduled in their place. All Mandatory Settlement Conferences in unlimited civil matters previously set have been vacated. All court-ordered mediation completion and judicial arbitration completion dates will be automatically continued 180 days. On June 1, the court will resume hearings on demurrers, all motions, status conferences, trial setting conferences, and, when necessary, guardian ad litem applications. Hearings will be conducted telephonically until further notice. In Phase III, the court will implement a process for resuming in-person hearings and jury trials in civil matters. Unfortunately, the court cannot project a specific date for this phase to begin but anticipates that it may be in Autumn of this year. In this phase, the court would consider reopening the courthouses in Corona, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs and Riverside Historic Courthouses." More "The Corona Court, the Moreno Valley Court, the Temecula Court, the Hemet Court, the Riverside Self-Help Center and the Riverside Records Center will be closed from June 1 through June 12. The Riverside Historic Courthouse, the Riverside Family Law Court, and the Palm Springs Court will be closed from June 1 through June 5. Beginning on June 8, the Riverside Historic Courthouse, the Riverside Family Law Court, and the Palm Springs Court will be open to the public for the limited purpose of filing emergency matters, including, restraining order applications, requests to renew restraining orders, temporary guardianships, temporary conservatorships, and ex parte applications. Non-emergency matters must be filed via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, U.S. Mail, or a courthouse drop box. Beginning on June 1, the Banning Justice Center will be open to the public only for appearances on the criminal master calendar. The court will continue to handle emergency matters affecting public health and safety as outlined on the court’s COVID-19 Court Operations website." More

UPDATED JUNE 5 Sacramento: "Effective June 4, all Ex Parte Applications for the Civil Law and Motion Departments shall be reserved by appointment only. All ex parte hearings will be conducted remotely via telephone. No in-person appearances will be permitted. Ex Parte hearings must be reserved in advance with the clerk of the assigned Civil Law and Motion Department no later than 10:00 a.m. one court day prior to the requested ex parte hearing date. The moving party must notify all opposing parties of the ex parte hearing reservation no later than 10:00 a.m. on the court day prior to the hearing. All Ex Parte Applications, supporting documents, appropriate civil filing fees, oppositions and replies shall be submitted for filing no later than 4:00 p.m. one court day prior to the ex parte hearing to the Civil Law and Motion Filing drop box located on the first floor of the Hall of Justice at 813 6th Street, Sacramento." More "The Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento will resume jury trials on June 15 as part of its phased restoration of court operations. On May 26, the Court resumed two criminal jury trials that were suspended due to the Court facility closure. We will commence additional criminal jury trials as of June 15. The Court has implemented a plan for safe access to the justice system. This plan includes the following: Anyone who is sick or who is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter any court facility. We are significantly reducing the number of jurors being asked to report for jury service at any one time and will be staggering arrival times throughout the day. Employees, jurors and members of the public will be required to wear facial coverings within the courthouse. Anyone entering a court facility will have their temperature taken through non-invasive means. Anyone exhibiting a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be permitted to enter any court facility. Elevator use is being restricted to 2 users at a time. We have increased the amount of routine cleaning, with a focus on high-touch surfaces and common areas including elevators, courtrooms, jury assembly rooms and restrooms." More "Effective June 5, Presiding Judge Law and Motion will commence scheduling hearings limited matter motions, including motions for Consolidation, Severance, Bifurcation, Change of Venue, Intervention and Coordination as listed in Local Rule 1.05. Motions regarding trial dates will only be heard once the Trial Setting Program is restored. The Presiding Judge Law & Motion Department will commence re-setting previously-continued hearings to take place beginning June 5. To reset such hearings, the Court will send the parties notice of the newly-scheduled hearing date and time. For any new motions, parties must reserve a hearing date with the clerk in Department 47 prior to filing such motions. Beginning May 25, parties may call Department 47 and request to reserve a hearing date for new motions. Parties are advised that available hearing dates for new motions will be in the discretion of the Presiding Judge in Department 47, and may be dates occurring after the hearings that were previously continued and are reset by the Court. All hearings will be conducted remotely. The Court will provide parties information on how remote appearances may be made. No in-person appearances will be permitted. For new motions, once parties have secured their reserved hearing date, filings shall be submitted by mail (preferred) to 720 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 or in the civil filing drop box located on the first floor of the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse located at 720 9th Street, Sacramento. More "The court's prior Temporary Court Closure Order and all subsequent amendments thereto are hereby extended in full force and effect to an including June 12. All courthouses and courtrooms remain closed for judicial business, except as required to process and adjudicate those limited matters expressly excerpted from the continuing court holiday." More "Effective, May 15, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department will begin daily temperature screening of employees and any other court users entering a Sacramento Superior Court facility who are required to pass through security entrance screening. Court users who do not pass through security entrance screening will be not be screened. At the Gordon E. Schaber Courthouse, the criminal and civil drop boxes, new civil case filing bin and attorney boxes will be moved to the interior of the building to free up space in the entrance lobby and, therefore, will require court users accessing this area to be screened prior to entry. Any person who tests at 100.4 F or greater or who refuses to be screened will be denied entry into the facility. As an additional precautionary measure and effective May 18, the court further orders that ANY court user who enters a court facility and must pass through security screening must wear a face covering. Without a face covering, access to the facility will be denied." More "Effective May 6, the following civil functions will be added. All Civil filings will resume for matters handled in departments located at the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse and Hall of Justice Building. Complex Civil and Writ of Mandate Departments may commence scheduling remote hearings beginning the week of May 26. Civil Law and Motion Departments may commence scheduling remote hearings beginning the week of June 1. Filings for matters handled in the Law & Motion Departments shall be submitted by mail (preferred) to 720 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or in the civil filing drop box located on the first floor of the Hall of Justice Building, located at 813 6th Street, Sacramento. Filings for other civil matters handled at the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse shall be submitted by mail (preferred) to 720 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or in the civil filing drop box located on the first floor of the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse located at 720 9th Street, Sacramento. For new filings that require a hearing date (including new motions), parties must reserve a hearing date prior to filing. Civil Writ and Complex Civil Departments may commence re-setting previously-continued hearings to take place beginning the week of Tuesday, May 26. Individual departments will provide parties with reserved dates for new motions/hearings upon request. For previously-continued hearings, the court will send the parties notice of the newly-scheduled hearing date and time. All hearings will be conducted remotely through Department 34. The court will provide parties information on how remote appearances may be made. No in-person appearances will be permitted. Law & Motion Departments may commence re-setting previously-continued hearings to take place beginning the week of June 1. Each department will provide parties with reserved dates for new motions/hearings upon request. Law & Motion hearings will occur three days per week until further notice. For previously-continued hearings, the court will send the parties notice of the newly-scheduled hearing date and time. All hearings will be conducted remotely. The court will provide parties information on how remote appearances may be made. No in-person appearances will be permitted." More "The court does not yet have a timetable to return to full operations. Given the current public health orders and circumstances, the court does not yet have a timetable for resetting civil trial dates and MSCs, all of which have been continued until further notice per Section 3 of the March 17 Order. With respect to resetting civil trial dates, this will occur when the court has more information as to when civil trials can proceed. Civil trials are not anticipated to commence until all trials with constitutional and/or statutory preference are completed. Once civil trials commence, given the backlog of civil cases, there may be some difficulty in having courtrooms available." More

UPDATED APRIL 29 San Benito: "All cases originally set before March 16 and continued to dates within the six week period from March 17 to the six week period beginning March 5 are continued for the six week period beginning June 16 [with exceptions]. The clerk's office hours will be closed. This reduction in hours will remain in effect until Governor Newsom lifts the state of emergency. Clerk's office staff will remain available by phone until 4 p.m. daily. Parties may deposit documents in the drop box located inside the courthouse entrance." More

UPDATED MAY 29 San Bernardino: "The San Bernardino Superior Court will reopen clerk’s offices with the exception of Big Bear and Needles starting on May 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (phones and lobby). Court proceedings and hearings will begin to resume between June 1 and June 8. A number of new procedures and protocols have been put into place, including mandatory face coverings and social distancing." More More about filing here "Each courthouse will have drop boxes for filing papers Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. Court users may also access the court through TurboCourt and may file documents by facsimile." More "Effective until further notice, all judicial officers, court employees, members of the public, members of the media, vendors, justice partners, law enforcement personnel, and any other person entering into any courthouse must wear a face covering at all times while in and on the courthouse premises. Face coverings are not required for children aged 2 years or younger. Further, to the extent feasible, social distance protocols of six feet between persons will be strictly enforced in the courthouse and in courtrooms." More

UPDATED MAY 22 San Diego: "On May 26, the Court will resume many services, though most will be provided remotely. In-person services at the courthouses will continue to be limited to urgent needs. Rescheduling notices are in progress to be sent to involved parties for more than 87,000 hearings. Most of those hearings will be handled remotely via video or telephone conference. Additional remote services include the creation and launch of a self-scheduling application on the Court’s website for Civil matters in need of status conferences to reset motions that were taken off calendar due to the COVID-19 closure. In-person filings will only be accepted as drop offs and same-day processing of most new case initiations will not be available. For those who must come into the courthouses for urgent needs, several precautions have been taken to maintain the safety of all court visitors and employees, including temperatures being taken at the door, increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and additional hand sanitizer kiosks in public areas. Masks or facial coverings will be required to be worn and social distancing will be enforced throughout the courthouses." More "The court will operate the clerk’s office from the courthouse lobby. Presiding Judge Lorna Alksne said the courthouse will not reopen to the public 'until this pandemic is over.' Alksne emphasized 'it’s going to be a slow resumption of services' as the court works through its 10-week backlog including thousands of e-filed documents and new civil filings in addition to 63,000 pending cases that need to be rescheduled. Drop boxes for accepting new documents will be set up at 'triage tables' at the courthouse entrance, as will computer kiosks to look up court documents. Civil filings submitted to the court during the pandemic will be date-stamped and processed starting May 26, with the oldest cases processed first. Alksne said the court expects to take six weeks to schedule out the hearings. Criminal cases will take precedence over civil matters, Alksne said, as the court has more than 20,000 criminal cases which need to be reset. Once jury trials resume, a 'backlog of serious criminal jury trials' will be addressed before the court holds civil trials, Alksne said." More "A full list of currently available services is posted on the Court’s website and is being updated as new services are added. Civil Independent Calendar Departments: All Law & Motion hearings previously calendared will be vacated. Beginning on May 18, the Court’s new Civil Status Conference Scheduling App will be available at sdcourt.ca.gov for attorneys and self-represented litigants to schedule status conferences at their convenience for dates after the Court re-opens. This Status Conference Scheduling App is specifically for setting status conferences for vacated motions only. Parties are required to meet-and-confer to determine if a status conference is necessary and, if so, the moving party may schedule a status conference. Trial Readiness Hearings & Trials will be re-scheduled for 180 days from the original date. Notices will be sent via U.S. mail to parties who have formally appeared in the matter. Case Management Conferences will be re-scheduled for 120 days from the original date. Notices will be sent via U.S. mail to parties who have formally appeared in the matter. All hearings in Civil Non-Independent Calendar Departments (except small claims matters) previously calendared will be vacated and re-scheduled for a future date. Notices will be sent via U.S. mail to parties who have formally appeared in the matter." More "All persons two years old or older, including court staff and judicial officers, who enter the courthouse must wear a face covering. Persons with a medical or mental health condition, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering, will be exempt from this requirement. To be permitted into the courthouse, all persons, including court staff and judicial officers, must submit to temperature screening. No individual will enter the courthouse with a temperature of 100 degrees or more." More

UPDATED JUNE 1 San Francisco: "The Civil Filings office wil reopen on June 8. When services are restored, the office will reopen from 8:30 a.m, to 12:30 p.m. Filers are encouraged to electronically file, mail in their filings or use the drop boxes located in the first-floor lobby." More "The San Francisco Superior Court is restoring a number of services to its operations on June 1 that were reduced at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. You must wear a mask or face covering to enter any court facility and during all times you remain inside a courthouse. The court will not provide masks or face coverings. If you are sick, please do not come to court. Please expect longer lines and wait times. The court will follow social distancing requirements inside and outside our facilities and some building access will be limited. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the courthouses. For civil motions filed before June 1 with hearing dates that were vacated by the Court’s General Orders, the moving party should meet and confer with opposing counsel to agree upon a proposed hearing date and, if the motion is not already fully briefed, a schedule for the completion of briefing. Once the parties have reached agreement, they should send an email to calendar302@sftc.org stating that they have stipulated to a new hearing date and specifying the new date and the date on which the motion originally was scheduled to be heard. Counsel will be notified by email or telephone if their proposed hearing date has been approved. If the date requested is unavailable, another date will be assigned. For motions filed on or after June 1, the moving party should confer with all other parties before scheduling and noticing a hearing, and may then e-file and notice the hearing in accordance with Code of Civil Procedure section 1005 or other applicable requirements. The moving party need not obtain a hearing date or reservation number before filing the motion. For all law and motion matters, the court will post tentative rulings and follow the procedures set forth in San Francisco County Superior Court Local Rule 8.3 et seq. All hearings will be conducted remotely by CourtCall or by videoconference.  No in-person appearances will be permitted. Ex parte hearings in law and motion matters are held daily at 11:00 a.m. by CourtCall. The Complex Litigation Departments will begin scheduling telephonic conferences. The Civil Filings Office will remain closed. Filers are encouraged to electronically file, mail in their filings or use the drop boxes located in the first-floor lobby. Where possible, courtroom proceedings will proceed via CourtCall or by another videoconferencing application. Mediations will be conducted remotely via telephone or videoconference until further notice. Mandatory settlement conferences (MSCs) conducted by volunteer settlement conference officers will resume being scheduled in advance of the trial date. The Court will attempt to schedule MSCs in as many cases as possible but does not have the capacity to set MSCs in all cases. MSCs will be conducted remotely via telephone or videoconference until further notice. The Voluntary Settlement Conference (VSC) program will continue to operate with some changes. The Court has civil trial judges available to conduct remote settlement conferences. Only cases where all parties agree will be considered. The Presiding Judge will select cases based upon availability and will assign the settlement conference judge, date and time for the settlement conference. Settlement conferences will be conducted on Friday mornings the week of trial call, unless notified otherwise. The parties must coordinate the videoconferencing platform. The settlement conference may be conducted telephonically rather than via videoconference at the settlement judge’s discretion." More

UPDATED MAY 27 San Joaquin: "The court is accepting all filings in all case types and initiating new actions. Although, the clerks’ offices remain closed to the public, drop boxes are available outside the Stockton Courthouse between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Effective, May 28, e-filing will be available for civil, family and probate cases. The court will begin conducting jury trials in the month of June. Everyone entering the courthouse will have their temperature taken. No individual will enter a courthouse with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more. Failure to submit to a temperature reading is grounds for denial of entry into a courthouse. Only those with court business will be allowed into the building, including attorneys, those with calendared cases, victim advocates, and subpoenaed witnesses. Those who do attend court proceedings must follow court physical distancing guidelines and all instructions provided by court security related to enforcement of these guidelines." More "The Lodi and Manteca Branch Courts will remain closed until July 6. Clerks' Offices are closed to the public. There are drop boxes outside the Stockton Courthouse and the Juvenile Justice Center. Civil and Appeals documents to be submitted by drop box, mail or e-Filing. Ex-parte hearings can be requested by email. Hearings in dedicated Civil hearings continue to be held telephonically." More Beginning May 4, all Civil Departments will resume hearings for all Case Management Conferences, Law and Motion matters, Settlement Conferences and Ex Parte matters. All civil hearings will be held remotely by telephone or videoconference, no in-person appearances will be allowed. To conduct a remote appearance, follow the instructions here

UPDATED MAY 28 San Luis Obispo: "Public access to the San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Grover Beach courthouses is limited to matters on the calendar that day. The document drop-box is available in San Luis Obispo only. All other business with the Court is currently being done remotely." More "The San Luis Obispo Superior Court civil departments will be open on a limited basis through June 25. Regular civil law and motions hearings, case management conferences, name changes and trial setting conferences are scheduled to resume on June 1 via remote technology only. Hearings are anticipated to be held remotely through June 25. The Court will continue to process temporary restraining orders and emergency ex parte applications. If you have a hearing on calendar prior to June 1, you will receive notice of your new hearing date via U.S. mail and/or email. The Court will continue to accept electronic filings via e-file and encourages parties and counsel to continue to submit filings electronically, or, in the case of self-represented litigants, via drop box or mail. The Court will also continue to post tentative rulings. The Court is accepting reservations for [law and motion] hearings after August 1, however calendars are impacted. Please call the clerk’s office at (805) 706-3600 to make a reservation. Most jury and Court trials currently set through in the coming months, have been vacated and are currently set for trial setting conferences. Jury trials already in progress will resume as soon as permitted by the safety, emergency and administrative orders in place during the closure. You will receive notice via as to the U.S. mail and/or email date and time of your trial setting conference." More

UPDATED MAY 12 San Mateo: "The Court hereby reissues, extends and modifies its April 9 Emergency Response Order to do the following: Curtailing court calendars, but safely reopening certain court calendars that had been closed; except for [certain] court calendars, the court will be closed to the public, beginning immediately, and lasting through June 12; suspend all trials until June 15.Calendars that are deemed essential and mandated and should continue to be heard include: Effective May 26, Civil Mandatory Settlement Conferences. Zoom appearances only. Effective May 26, Law & Motion calendar – CourtCall appearances only. Calendars that will be continued include: Case Management Conferences; Civil Mandatory Settlement Conferences (until May 26); all Law and Motion calendars (until May 26); Law and Motion ex partes; all complex civil cases; Orders of Examination in civil cases (until May 26). Staff will notice the parties of all continuances or rescheduling of hearings." More "Except for self-represented litigants, all parties are required to electronically file documents in all Civil Limited cases and in all Civil Unlimited cases. All parties are required to electronically file documents in all civil class actions, civil coordinated actions, civil actions provisionally complex under CRC Rule 3.400(c), and civil actions deemed complex pursuant to CRC Rule 3.403. This Emergency Local Rule 2-101 shall expire on July 1, at which time the previously approved amendments to Local Rules 2.1.5 and 2.1.7 regarding permissive and mandatory electronic filing will take effect. All appearances for hearings on contested matters in the Civil Law & Motion Department shall be conducted remotely on CourtCall. All appearances for Informal Discovery Conferences, Case Management Conferences, Complex Civil hearings and conferences, and Mandatory Settlement Conferences shall be conducted remotely on a media platform designated by the Court. Parties, counsel, and non-parties shall not appear physically in person for hearings and conference on general civil pretrial matters, unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Until further notice and order of the Court, there will be no ex parte application hearings or appearances in the Civil Law & Motion Department. As to all motions previously calendared for hearing in the Civil Law & Motion Department between March 16 and May 5, to the extent possible, the Court will post tentative rulings on May 18. If there is no contest to the tentative ruling, the Court will adopt the tentative as its order effective May 22." Much more "This Emergency Local Rule 3-101 applies to all Civil Limited cases, all Civil Unlimited cases, and all Complex Civil cases including all civil class actions, civil coordinated actions, civil actions provisionally complex under CRC Rule 3.400(c), and civil actions deemed complex pursuant to CRC Rule 3.403. Unless otherwise stipulated in writing by counsel for the parties and for the deponent, or unless technologically infeasible, oral depositions shall be conducted remotely, in that the deponent, the court reporter, each attorney for any party, and any party, shall “attend” the deposition remotely by appropriate audio-video conference method – which method shall be selected and identified by the noticing party. If needed, any interpreter shall appear remotely. If the deposition is noticed for video recording, the video operator shall perform such services remotely. All communications with the deponent during the deposition shall be on the record, other than communications between the deponent and his/her attorney of record during breaks. During the deposition there shall not be direct or indirect communications with the deponent off the record, including but not limited to text, email, chat, instant message, etc. The deponent and his/her attorney may choose to be in the same location for the deposition, if they conduct themselves consistent with “social distancing protocols”, but not requiring the deponent to wear any mask while giving deposition testimony." More "New motions may be filed commencing June 1 and calendared with the Civil Law & Motion Department commencing July 6." More

UPDATED MAY 22 Santa Barbara: "The Court now cautiously resumes civil, family law, and probate matters by expanding the use of conference calling and video conferencing technology. Matters scheduled, but postponed during the court closure are now being rescheduled, and self-represented parties and attorneys will begin receiving notification of a new hearing date. Those persons with civil, family law, and probate matters previously scheduled from May 26 through June 5, should plan on appearing for their court hearing by conference call. All telephonic appearances must be coordinated by CourtCall. The Superior Court Clerk’s Offices will remain closed for in-person transactions until the state’s Stay-at-Home order is lifted. However, Court staff are working and can be reached by phone." More "For weeks of 5/26/20 and 6/1/20: Judges in civil departments countywide will use CourtCall. Starting the week of 6/8/20 Judges in civil departments countywide will incorporate Zoom. It is not known how Zoom will function with many users at one time. Judges will use CourtCall or Zoom at their discretion. Most civil cases are being rescheduled commencing the week of 6/8/20, in a first-missed, first to be rescheduled method, taking court availability into consideration. Judicial Officers may set any missed hearing at their discretion." More

UPDATED MAY 15 Santa Clara: "The Court will being ramping up civil law and motion calendars and hearing matters beginning the week of May 18. The dropbox is available as is e-filing. Most matters are being heard remotely through court call and a public access, listen-only line is also available." More "The Court has ordered that all persons, including Court staff and judicial officers, who enter the courthouses must wear a face covering in all public areas of the court and shared work spaces. Judicial officers will have discretion in their individual courtrooms to allow persons, including themselves, to remove their face coverings for periods of time. Any person who believes they have a good cause reason to be exempted from wearing a face covering may request an exemption from this Order." More "I hereby order that additional judicial proceedings be added to the Court’s current limited operations effective May 8. The expanded operations will allow for certain civil, probate, appellate, drug, juvenile dependency, child support, and juvenile justice matters to be heard." Details here "All civil trials scheduled between March 17 through July 30 are hereby vacated. Trials originally scheduled during this period will be re-scheduled to a Trial Setting Conference. The Court will provide notice of the Trial Setting Conference date. When normal operations resume, the Court will set new trial dates for all affected cases, taking into consideration the original trial date, the exigency of the subject matter, and any statutory priority. Mandatory settlement conferences scheduled between March 17 through July 30 are hereby vacated. When normal operations resume, the Court will set new mandatory settlement conference dates. Most Status Conferences, OSCs, Dismissal Conferences, Return from Mediation Conferences and Case Management Conferences scheduled between March 17 through May 31 are hereby continued. The court will send notice of a re-scheduled dates. The Clerk’s Office will be closed during the period of March 17 through May 29. A drop box is available for filings in the lobby and the court’s e-file system remains available for submissions. Pleadings will be collected in the order they are received and processed once the Clerk’s Office resumes operation." More

UPDATED MAY 21 Santa Cruz: "Beginning June 15, the court will begin resuming courtroom operations for Civil, Probate, Family Law and Small Claims. We are asking all parties, if possible, to appear by CourtCall. Effective April 27, the court is continuing most civil and probate matters set through June 12. Notice of the new court dates will be mailed to the parties. Please note that most civil and probate filings are being processed at this time. You can expect delays when filing new civil cases, judgments and orders. All Civil Trials set through August 31 will be continued. No paperwork will be accepted in the courtroom. All paperwork must be efiled in advance. All mediations set through September are canceled. The clerk's office is open 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Phones are answered from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m." More

UPDATED MAY 6 Shasta: "The Superior Court of California, County of Shasta, will resume limited operations to the public May 5. Most courtroom proceedings that have been temporarily discontinued since March 23 will be conducted telephonically whenever possible, and some in-person appearances will also be held, as necessary. No jury trials will be conducted at this time. The court recommends all persons utilize drop boxes to submit documents for filing and pick up documents in the area provided on the first floor of the courthouse in lieu of visiting the clerk's offices. The clerk's offices are open, but the number of people allowed in lobby areas will be limited. The court strongly recommends all persons wear masks or face coverings. Social distancing will be enforced in court facilities and the number of people entering the building will be subject to space limitations. Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms or is not feeling well will not be allowed in court buildings." More

UPDATED APRIL 30 Sierra: "The courthouse was closed to the public on March 18 and remains closed to the public. There is no projected date when the courthouse will reopen to the public. Sierra County Superior Court will be holding all court matters remotely until further notice." More "Until further notice, all Civil, Family, and Probate appearances will be accommodated via Zoom. The Court Clerk’s Office will remain closed to the public until further notice. Court staff will be available by phone and email. Filings will be accepted by mail or email." More

UPDATED JUNE 1 Siskiyou: "Civil, conservatorship, and probate matters will continue to be heard as currently set on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. Any matters set at a different time under previous emergency orders shall be heard as already set. Counsel are encouraged to use Court Call for telephonic appearances. Attorneys who appear in court are encouraged to appear for their clients whenever possible to minimize the number of people in the courtroom. All civil jury trials scheduled to commence between June 1 through July 31 are vacated. Cases in which trials are vacated wil be put on calendar for resetting per court notice. All persons entering the courthouse are encouraged to wear a face covering and shall follow social distancing guidenlines and remain at least six feet apart. Court customers who do not have a case on calendar or business with the Court are encouraged to not enter the courthouse. Court customers who have business with the court are encouraged to limit the number of people they bring with them to court. The Court will continue to be closed on Fridays through June 12 except for specially set matters. Judges will continue to be available telephonically on Fridays to handle emergency requests consistent with the existing after-hours duty schedule." More

UPDATED MAY 18 Solano: "Effective May 18, the Court is able to reinstate limited proceedings while utilizing social distancing and remote court proceedings as appropriate to reduce the number of persons physically present at the court. The need for limited basis operations continues to exist. Filings in Fairfield and Vallejo courthouses will continue to be accepted via the drop-box. With the exception of jury trials scheduled between May 18 and July 1, civil cases will remain as currently calendared. To promote social distancing, attorneys, parties and interested persons are strongly encouraged to appear remotely via Zoom, telephone conference call or CourtCall for all hearings with the exception of court trials, unless otherwise ordered by the department. Based upon resources, some proceedings may only proceed utilizing Zoom and/or the Zoom telephone conference line. Defaults and default judgments in civil cases will be processed as staffing resources permit commencing June 2. The Solano County Health Officer has not ordered the use of masks in Solano County. However, the public is strongly encouraged to use masks while on court property." More

UPDATED MAY 27 Sonoma: "The Sonoma County Superior Court will expand operations and open nine additional courtrooms in the criminal division on June 1. Until further notice only those persons with court hearings in criminal actions and jurors shall enter a Sonoma County Superior Court facility on the day of the hearing or trial. However, remote attendance is strongly encouraged when appropriate. The Sonoma County courthouse buildings remain closed to general visitors and casual observers including family and friends of litigants, of victims and of witnesses, until further notice. All persons coming to the courthouse will be required to check in and participate in a health screening protocol before being cleared to proceed into the building." More

UPDATED MAY 29 Stanislaus: "As of June 1, the Courthouse remains open to the public, but priority to enter will be given to attorneys, parties and witnesses scheduled to appear in court that day and persons who need to conduct business in the clerk’s office. Only a limited number of attorneys, parties and witnesses will be allowed entry at any given time. Once maximum social distancing capacity is reached, no one will be allowed entry until another person exits. Due to the high volume of cases on the court’s calendar, if you are not scheduled to appear in court or do not have official court business in the clerk’s offices, it is unlikely you will be allowed to enter the building. All persons are required to wear face coverings when conducting business at the court. Please do not come to court if you are sick or have a temperature. Clerk’s Offices, other than Traffic, will open June 1, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Drop Boxes are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Civil – 801 10th Street, 4th Floor. Please do not come to court unless you have an emergency issue or your matter is scheduled to be heard. Most non-emergency Civil and Probate hearings will resume, however, remote appearances will be required for certain hearing types. All Civil Case Management Conferences, Law and Motion, and Ex Parte hearings resumed on May 18. Parties and counsel are required to appear remotely via Court Call for these hearings, unless, prior to the hearing, the court grants a request to appear in-person. Court trials and related settlement conferences will resume in person unless all parties agree to conduct them remotely. Civil jury trials scheduled through August 18 will be vacated and set for a Case Management Conference. Mandatory settlement conference dates associated with civil jury trials scheduled through August 18 will also be vacated." More

UPDATED JUNE 5 Sutter: "If you believe you are sick or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to the courthouse. Attorneys or litigants who wish to appear remotely, your case may be eligible to be heard through CourtCall by scheduling in advance." More

UPDATED MAY 29 Tehama: "The Court will continue to limit the number of in-person hearings and utilize telephonic and video options to reduce foot traffic within the courthouse through July 2. Persons having court dates previously scheduled between June 1 and July 2 should check the Court’s website for their rescheduled dates at http://www.tehamacourt.ca.gov or consult with their attorney. Civil law and motion calendar will be held on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. by video and telephone. The number of hearings on each calendar are reduced to the extent possible and to reduce the number of people within the courthouse. When possible, telephonic and video options will be utilized and many hearings are being continued to July, August, and September. To further reduce the number of individuals in the courthouse, entrance should be limited to those individuals conducting legitimate business. Face masks are strongly encouraged. A drop box for all filing types is available outside of the main entrance of the courthouse located at 1740 Walnut Street, Red Bluff. Filings can also be submitted by mail. Beginning June 15, public service counters at the Court Clerk’s Office will be open and available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. For general questions, you may currently contact the Court Clerk’s Office by telephone between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. by calling (530) 527-3484. Beginning June 15, telephone hours will be expanded and available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday." More

UPDATED APRIL 20 Trinity: "The Trinity Superior Court is currently OPEN." "The Court asks that your personal appearance to the courthouse be solely for critical and necessary reasons." More

UPDATED JUNE 4 Tulare: "The Tulare County Superior Court announced it will begin lifting some restrictions on access to its courthouses to the extent it can be conducted safely within existing health and public safety resource and technological limitations. Courtrooms will begin conducting hearings in most case types beginning June 4. Measures have been put into place to promote safe social distancing in all court locations. In addition to social distancing in all public spaces, the court is alternating calendar times and promoting the use of remote video and telephonic appearances. Public service counters will remain closed until June 10 when they will re-open to the public by appointment only. Access to courthouses remains restricted to only those required to appear in person, including parties, victims, witnesses, attorneys and those conducing necessary business. Parties are strongly encouraged to appear via remote video and teleconference when available. All court processing divisions are currently available via phone Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:00 and drop boxes remain available for public use. A drive-up drop box will be installed at the Visalia location by June 9. The box will be located on the east side of the courthouse and will accept drops for any court offices located within the building. The public should continue to conduct business via drop box, mail and e-file when available." More

UPDATED MAY 13 Tuolumne: "The Court will be phasing in an increase of our services and operations. The first phase will begin on May 18. In the first phase, cases currently on a court calendar will be heard on the date the cases were scheduled to be heard, and will not be continued unless for good cause. Our staff will return to our normal work day schedule, five days a week, with only a few exceptions. The court counter located at 60 N. Washington St., Sonora, will also return to normal hours of service from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The court counter located at the old courthouse, 41 W. Yaney Ave., will continue to be closed to the public. The Court will continue to use precautions such as scheduling in-person hearings in a manner to reduce the number people in the courthouse at one time, conducting remote proceedings when possible and encourage face coverings for individuals while in the courthouse." More

UPDATED JUNE 2 Ventura: "Effective June 3 and until further notice, the Civil Division of the Court will accept several types of stipulations and proposed orders, Requests for Dismissal, Notices of Settlement, satisfactions of judgment and proofs of service in all civil matters. They may be submitted only by email. Until further notice, the Court will not accept any proposed stipulations and orders other than those described below without the express prior approval of the judge assigned to the case for all purposes." The types of stipulations and proposed orders that are permitted can be found here "The Ventura Superior Court continues with limited operations that started March 19 and now goes through June 9. During this time, the majority of courtrooms and all clerk’s offices at all court locations remain closed to the public. A small number of courtrooms continue operating to hear urgent criminal, juvenile, temporary restraining order issues and emergency ex parte Family Law, Civil and Probate matters only. All civil trials and non-emergency hearings have been suspended for 90 days since March 20. All of these matters will be continued to a new date and notices will be mailed out. The court will announce whether limited operations will continue beyond June 9 based on guidance provided by public health agencies." More

UPDATED JUNE 1 Yolo: "Criminal jury trials will resume beginning July 2020." More "The public windows will be closed to the public, except for emergency cases. All civil/family law hearings will be continued and you will receive notice in the mail of a new date." More "Any person allowed or required to appear in civil matters shall appear in Court only by remote means (telephone or video), unless physical appearance has been specifically allowed by a judicial officer of the Yolo Superior Court. Judicial officers may appear in Court by remote means." More

UPDATED MAY 1 Yuba: "The court will reopen on May 1 with strict social distancing in place. If you are SICK, do not enter the building. Masks or face coverings will be required to enter the building. All persons entering the courthouse building will be screened for COVID-19, consisting of a temperature scan and some questions. Wait time for window clerks, as well as for phone calls, may be longer than usual." More