Coronavirus-Related Court Announcements

Last updated March 27, 2020 6:02 a.m.

RELEASED MARCH 23 California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye: "All jury trials in California's Superior Courts are suspended and continued for 60 days. Courts may conduct a trial at an earlier date upon finding of good cause shown or through use of remote technology when appropriate." More

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UPDATED MARCH 20 Alameda:The court is "closed to the public for most Court operations from March 17 through April 7." More "All civil jury trials currently set between March 16 and April 3 will be continued for eight weeks from the currently scheduled trial date." More "Because March 17 through April 7 have been deemed holidays for purposes of Code of Civil Procedure sections 12 and 12a, the Court will not accept any Civil filings during that period, nor will any civil matters or hearings be conducted." More

UPDATED MARCH 17 Alpine: "All scheduled court hearings, with the exception of criminal matters that have statutory time constraints, will be rescheduled to May 2020. The court encourages a reduction in all non-essential hearings, the use of court-call in lieu of personal appearances, and any other measures to minimize the risks associated with personal contact during the current national health crisis." More

UPDATED MARCH 25 Amador: "The court is preparing rescheduling notices to be sent out on March 27. The phones will be open April 6 for questions. Operational staff is at a bare minimum." "The Court is closed until April 6 except for certain matters." More

UPDATED MARCH 24 Butte: "All Civil and Probate calendars are cancelled this week. The Clerk's Counter and phones will be closed this week." More "The Butte County Superior Court will be closed the week of March 23 - 27 with limited exceptions. A drop-box will be available at each Court location for submission of filings between the hours of 8:30 - 4:00." "The Court will not entirely close operations as it will remain open to receive e-filing, and drop box filing, and respond to emergency requests for orders." More "Civil matters with dates calendared between March 23 and April 22 are vacated and will be re-set for a date after May 18." More

UPDATED MARCH 19 Calaveras: "Effective March 19, all Clerk's Counters will be closed to the public." More

UPDATED MARCH 20 Colusa: "The Court will be closed to the public from March 20 through April 3. Any parties with matters previously scheduled during the period of the closure will receive a notice of their rescheduled date. Clerk windows will be closed." More

Contra Costa: "The Contra Costa Superior Court will be closed at all locations for approximately two weeks beginning March 16. Court locations hope to reopen April 1." More

UPDATED MARCH 20 Del Norte: "Presiding Judge Darren McElfresh issues implementation order for court closure March 20 through April 1. The Court will reopen April 2 for emergency and essential matters only." More

UPDATED MARCH 24 El Dorado: "During the period between March 23 and April 16, public access to courthouses is limited to only those persons who have been ordered to appear for a calendared matter where an in person appearance is statutorily mandated." More "The Court currently plans to resume regular court operations on April 17. All civil and probate law and motion matters scheduled between March 20 to and including April 16 shall be rest for hearing to a date on or after April 17." More "Effective March 16 all Clerk's Counters will be closed to the public in all Court facilities." More

UPDATED MARCH 26 Fresno: "With very limited exceptions, civil matters will not be heard from March 23 until April 3. 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 May 23 through May 26 will be rescheduled to occur on later dates in 2020 and 2021. All Case Management Conferences scheduled to occur from March 19 through April 3 have been continued. Civil Law and Motion matters will be continued for four weeks on a rolling basis." More "The Fresno Superior Court will temporarily close the courts, effective March 23 to April 3, inclusive. The court will be closed for all purposes except for limited emergency matters." More

UPDATED MARCH 25 Glenn: "Effective March 20 to May 18, access to the courthouse is limited to only those individuals who have business with the court in matters not vacated. In-person access to the clerk's office is closed, but may reopen prior to May 18 on a limited basis. Documents may be filed using the drop box. Counsel and parties for Civil matters still calendared are strongly encouraged to appear by CourtCall. Except for civil harassment, elder abuse, and workplace violence, all Civil matters calendared for dates between March 20 and May 18 are vacated and re-set for a date to be recited in a notice from the court." More

UPDATED MARCH 19 Humboldt: "The Court will reopen March 23 for other emergency and essential matters to protect the most vulnerable in our communities." More "Effective March 20, the Court will broadcast live all public court sessions until further notice." More

UPDATED MARCH 26 Imperial: "The Superior Court of California, County of Imperial decided to effectively close and reduce court operations. This 'closure' will be in effect beginning March 23 through and including March 31. The Brawley and Winterhaven courthouses will be closed completely during this time. The main El Centro Courthouse will be open only for limited services. All civil proceedings will be rescheduled." "In civil and family courts, continue trials out six to eight weeks that are currently set in the month of March and early April....Recommend new cases be continued, upon agreement of counsel and parties." More "From April 1 until April 17, all Imperial County courthouses will only allow public access to those members of the public that have business in the courthouse."

UPDATED MARCH 23 Inyo: "The Inyo County Superior Court will be limiting access to its courthouses, effective immediately. All civil law and motion matters, case management conferences and mandatory settlement conferences scheduled between March 23 to and including May 1 will be reset as follows: matters set on April 10 and April 24 are continued to May 8." More "Attorneys and litigants are strongly encouraged to make court appearances telephonically or through CourtCall in all non-criminal case types." More

UPDATED MARCH 24 Kern: "Access to any and all courthouses is restricted to those persons required to appear in person for a court hearing." More "All civil cases set for hearings in Departments 10, 11, 12 and 17, between the dates of April 1 and May 20, have been rescheduled to a later date." More Beginning March 19 through March 30, the only civil case types that will be heard are harassment and ex parte requests. "Beginning March 18, all Clerk's windows will be closed to the public, until further notice." More

UPDATED MARCH 18 Kings: "All interior customer service counters, inside the courthouse, will be closed to the public effective March 18. The court will operate two exterior service windows to handle court business." More

UPDATED MARCH 17 Lake: "The court has decided to close from March 18 through April 1. All regular court calendars will be rescheduled. Court clerk's offices will be closed." More

UPDATED MARCH 27 Lassen: "Effective March 26 to May 15, access to the courthouse is limited to only those individuals who have business with the court. Access for purpose of filing documents with the clerk's office is limited to the drop box located at the courthouse. Filing remains available through the mail." More "Counsel in all civil and probate matters scheduled to appear between March 23 and April 10 should arrange to attend via CourtCall." More

UPDATED MARCH 24 Los Angeles: "Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile ordered access to any and all Los Angeles County Courthouses shall be restricted at all times to Judges, Commissioners, court staff and authorized persons until further notice...the full and complete closure of the Beverly Hills, Catalina and Spring Street courthouses, until further notice...the suspension of any and all Criminal or Civil jury or non-jury trials, including Unlawful Detainer trials, until further notice." More "Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile has ordered an immediate three-day [March 23-25] closure of the Sylmar Courthouse after a Deputy Public Defender assigned to the Sylmar Courthouse tested positive for COVID-19 after caring for a relative who also tested positive. In accordance with CDC and Public Health Office guidelines, affected Judges and staff will self-quarantine for 14 days." More "Effective March 23 and until further notice, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County will close the Clerk's Offices at all 38 courthouses. Most courthouses, except the Beverly Hills and Catalina courthouses, will remain open for time-sensitive, essential court hearings and matters." More

UPDATED MARCH 24 Madera: "Attorneys and litigants are strongly encouraged to file documents by facsimile in civil, probate and family law matters. Attorneys and litigants are strongly encouraged to make court appearances via CourtCall in all case types. Subject to the exercise of judicial discretion, the court will liberally grant hearing continuances upon request." More "All civil trials, including unlawful detainers and small claims, currently scheduled between March 17 and April 3 are continued on a rolling basis for eight weeks from the currently scheduled trial date. All case management conferences and mandatory settlement conferences currently scheduled between March 17 and April 3 are continued on a rolling basis for eight weeks from the currently scheduled date." More

UPDATED MARCH 21 Marin: "The Marin County Superior Court will be closed for all non-essential matters effective March 17 until April 7." More "All Civil and Small Claims Case Management Conferences and trials scheduled through and including June 12 are continued and a notice with the new hearing date will be mailed to the parties or their attorneys. Civil Law and Motion matters on calendar from March 19 through and including April 3 are continued." More

UPDATED MARCH 25 Mariposa: "Mariposa Superior Court has substantially closed through April 19. You will not be allowed entry into the courthouse without prior approval." More

UPDATED MARCH 17 Mendocino: "The Mendocino County Superior Court will be limiting access to the courthouses in Ukiah and Fort Bragg immediately. The Court currently plans to resume regular court operations on April 6. Counsel in all civil and probate matters scheduled to appear between March 17 to and including April 3 should plan on attending via Court-Call." More

UPDATED MARCH 23 Merced: "The Court remains open for specific case types that have been determined to be essential matters. The clerk's office will be closed to the public." More "From March 23 to April 17, inclusive, all courtrooms will remain closed for judicial business, except for time-sensitive, essential functions. All other matters have been continued by the Court." More "All civil jury trials currently set between March 17 and April 28 will be continued on a rolling basis for eight weeks from the currently scheduled trial date. Trials currently underway will continue as scheduled." More

UPDATED MARCH 19 Modoc: "Counsel in all civil, family law and probate matters scheduled to appear between March 17 to and including April 13 should plan on attending via CourtCall. The Court currently plans to resume regular court operations on April 13." 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 "Counsel and self-represented litigants in civil matters scheduled to appear between March 19 and April 30 should plan on appearing by CourtCall." More

UPDATED MARCH 27 Monterey: "The Superior Court of California, County of Monterey has suspended all non-essential functions starting March 18 through April 3. All clerk's office functions will be closed to the public. Monterey and Marina Courthouses are closed to the public. No civil hearings will be held during the court closure. Hearings that were scheduled to be heard between March 18 and April 3 will be continued between 30 and 60 days from the date of the original hearing." More

UPDATED MARCH 18 Napa: "The court will be closed to the public for anything other than time sensitive or emergency matters from March 18 through April 10." "All civil jury and bench trials, trial management conferences and/or mandatory settlement conferences currently set between March 18 and April 10 will be vacated." More

Nevada: "All Civil and Criminal jury trials scheduled to commence between March 17 and April 14 are VACATED." More

UPDATED MARCH 23 Orange: The Court's facilities are closed to the public, with minimal exceptions, from March 17 through March 27. All civil trials, hearings and proceedings are suspended for at least 60 days, with the exception of time-sensitive matters. "Therefore, all hearing dates on any civil case set during the next 60 days (including court and jury trials in progress or calendared to begin during this timeframe) are deemed vacated and will be set for a date beyond 60 days. Notice will be provided to all parties. No hearings will be conducted during the closure period." More

UPDATED MARCH 20 Placer: "Effective March 23, the Placer County Superior Court will reduce to critical minimum functions. The Court will focus efforts on matters involving civil liberties, restraining orders, and similar emergency matters. The court reminds members of the public that they should only come to the courthouse for official court business." More "The Historic Courthouse in Auburn is closed effective March 17 with a plan to reopen April 13." 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 MARCH 19 Riverside: "The Riverside Superior Court announced temporary court closures throughout the county effective March 20 through April 3. Eight courthouses will close completely. During this time frame, only limited emergency matters will be handled. In addition, those courts that remain open will have limited public service hours from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Unlimited and limited civil trials are suspended until May 25. Civil trials that are in progress will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. All other civil matters will be continued." More

UPDATED MARCH 23 Sacramento: All civil mandatory settlement conferences, and their corresponding trial dates, are vacated and the case has been returned to the Trial Setting Program. The voluntary settlement conference program is suspended indefinitely. More "The Court has declared the period of March 20 to March 30, inclusive, to be court holidays for all purposes, except for certain limited and expressly numerated emergency matters. All courthouses and courtrooms shall be closed for judicial business during the days declared to be holidays except for Department 47 and the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse. All criminal and civil matters not expressly excepted are suspended until further order of the Court." More "From March 18 to April 16, all courtrooms will remain closed for judicial business, except for time-sensitive, essential functions. All other matters have been continued by the court." More

UPDATED MARCH 26 San Benito: "Effective March 26, public counters are closed. Phone lines are open to receive calls between 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m." More "Effective immediately through May 4, the San Benito Superior Court will reschedule...Unlimited Civil Motions, Limited Civil Motions and Trials excepting Unlawful Detainers." More

UPDATED MARCH 25 San Bernardino: "From March 24 through April 2, all courtrooms except for limited courtrooms in San Bernardino Justice Center, Victorville, Joshua Tree, San Bernardino Historic courthouses and Juvenile Court will be closed for judicial business, except for time-sensitive, essential functions." More

UPDATED MARCH 18 San Diego: "From March 17 to April 3, all courthouses and courtrooms will be closed to the public, except with regard to time-sensitive, essential functions. ALL OTHER MATTERS HAVE BEEN CONTINUED BY THE COURT." More

UPDATED MARCH 25 San Francisco: "The Court has reduced operations and is only providing necessary and essential services. The Court intends to reduce the number of jurors, parties, and attorneys in the Court for the time period of March 17 through April 15, as advised by public health officials. The trial dates for all cases on the civil trial calendar with trial dates from March 23 through May 22 are hereby vacated. The court will set a new trial date for each case which will be 60 days from the vacated trial date. The Clerk's Office at all locations will be closed during the period of March 17 through April 15. A drop box is available." More

UPDATED MARCH 19 San Joaquin: "Effective March 19, all San Joaquin Courthouses will be closed to the public for general business except for limited purposes. The Lodi Courthouses are closed. All civil proceedings, including trials, currently set between March 16 and April 3 will be continued on a rolling basis from the currently scheduled trial date." More

UPDATED MARCH 19 San Luis Obispo: "The Paso Robles and Grover Beach courthouses will be closed to the public. The San Luis Obispo Courthouse Annex will be open only for matters on the Court's calendar." More "San Luis Obispo County Superior Court will continue all non-time-sensitive matters to a later date to minimize the public’s potential exposure to COVID-19 during court appearances or jury service." More

UPDATED MARCH 18 San Mateo: "Presiding Judge Jonathan E. Karesh ordered that all Civil and Small Claims matters be continued or rescheduled. With very few exceptions, the Court will be closed to the public beginning March 17 through April 7." More

UPDATED MARCH 24 Santa Barbara: "The Santa Barbara Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17-April 3." More "The Santa Barbara County Superior Court will close most courtrooms. All Civil, Family and Probate matters currently set on the Court's calendar from March 17 through April 3 will be rescheduled." More "The court is closing public access to the Superior Court clerk's offices in all courthouse locations March 19 through March 27." More

UPDATED MARCH 26 Santa Clara: "The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara has suspended all non-essential functions for three weeks or until such time as the 'shelter-in-place' orders are extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended. Currently, 17 departments and four courthouses continue to hear matters on a limited number of case types. All clerk's office functions will be closed to the public while the order remains in place." More "Access to all courthouses is restricted to those persons required to appear in person for a court hearing. No other persons will be permitted entry without good cause." More

UPDATED MARCH 27 Santa Cruz: "Civil and Probate matters are still being heard but phone appearances are mandatory if you are an attorney. No paperwork will be accepted in the courtroom. 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 MARCH 23 Shasta: "Clerk's Offices are closed. Drop boxes for documents to be delivered to the clerk's offices are provided in the public lobby." More

UPDATED MARCH 20 Sierra: "The court has decided to close from March 18 through April 3. The Court clerk’s offices will be closed. All regular court calendars will be rescheduled." More

UPDATED MARCH 26 Siskiyou: "The Court will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. The Court will be closed on Thursdays except for emergency orders. The Court will be closed on Fridays. This schedule will remain in effect from March 23 through April 17 unless otherwise extended." More " The Court anticipates continuing all cases beginning March 23 through April 17 unless there is a critical issue requiring a case be heard as currently set. Counsel in all civil and probate law and motion matters with cases that are not continued by the Court should plan on attending via Court Call." More "The court will be operating with a reduced staff and reduced hours. Calendars are being consolidated and/or moved to accommodate this reduction."

UPDATED MARCH 20 Solano: "Civil matters scheduled between March 20 and April 5 will be continued."

UPDATED MARCH 25 Sonoma: "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. The Court currently plans to resume regular court operations on April 8, subject to change if the Sonoma County Health Officer's orders are extended." More

UPDATED MARCH 19 Stanislaus: "The Stanislaus County Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 23 to April 16. The court will reschedule and provide notice for all civil trials except Unlawful Detainers and for Mandatory Settlement Conferences. All Clerk's Offices are closed; drop boxes will be available until 4 p.m." More

UPDATED MARCH 21 Sutter: "The Sutter County Superior Court will remain open for restricted business from March 20 through April 10. Civil case management dates currently scheduled between March 20 and April 10 are vacated. The parties will be notified by the Court of new case management dates." More

UPDATED MARCH 19 Tehama: "The Court will be closed to the public from March 19 through April 3 with the exception of certain calendars. Clerk windows will be closed." More

UPDATED MARCH 21 Trinity: "The Trinity Superior Court will be CLOSED from March 23 through April 17."

UPDATED MARCH 27 Tulare: "The Tulare County Superior Court is substantially closed to the public from March 23 through April 16. All hearings will be postponed and you will receive written notification of your new court date. Most hearings will be set out between 30 and 60 days from your current date." More "All service counters will be closed to the public effective March 17 through April 17." More

UPDATED MARCH 22 Tuolumne: "For all court cases that need to proceed, where possible the Court allow persons to appear for court cases telephonically using CourtCall. Beginning March 19, the Court’s civil counter at the Historic Courthouse at 41 W. Yaney Ave., Sonora, will be closed to the public and all persons needing to do civil filings will be directed to use the civil drop box or go to the criminal counter at the Court’s building located at 60 N. Washington Street, Sonora. The criminal counter at our Washington Street location has a window and intercom system which protects both the public and the staff from possible coronavirus exposure." More

UPDATED MARCH 21 Ventura: "The Ventura Superior Court will continue with limited operations from March 23 to April 17. During this period, the majority of courtrooms and all clerk's offices at all locations remain closed to the public. Jury Services will be closed through March 31. All civil trials and non-emergency hearings are suspended for 90 days. They will be continued to a new date and notices will be mailed out." More

UPDATED MARCH 17 Yolo: "The Court will remain open with reduced calendars until April 1." More

UPDATED MARCH 21 Yuba: "Effective immediately, the Court will no longer remain open even for limited restricted matters. This closure will be in effect through April 9, at which time the situation will be reassessed." More "The dates currently scheduled on the civil case management calendar between March 20 and April 30 are vacated." More