Coronavirus-Related Court Announcements

Last updated October 26, 2020 11:55 a.m.

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UPDATED JULY 2 Alameda: "All locations of the Court are generally physically closed to the public through at least July 29. This includes clerk's offices and other in-person services. Courthouses will be open for limited purposes such as jury selection and the conduct of some trials, as well as additional purposes as may be indicated in the Court's emergency Local Rules." More "With the exception of papers relating to appeals and unlawful detainer cases, the Court is now accepting all filings—including case-initiating documents—via mail, drop box, and fax filing. Beginning April 20, the Court resumed a limited number of Civil hearings regarding emergency matters and matters that were filed and scheduled before the March 17 Court closure. These hearings will be conducted remotely via telephone or videoconference. The Court will notify parties or their counsel in cases that are being set for hearing the week before the anticipated hearing date." More "No civil jury trials are being held at this time. However, Court trials may be conducted remotely via videoconference. The Court will provide additional procedural information to parties and counsel conducting remote court trials. All hearings will be via remote technology; no in-person hearings will be held at the Court. The Court will determine the manner of hearing, which may include video or telephonic means." More "The Superior Court of Alameda County will resume civil and criminal jury trials, starting June 8, with jurors first being summonsed to report for new trials on June 29. The Court recognizes that it can safely conduct only a limited number of jury trials simultaneously. The Court is implementing numerous additional safety measures, including reconfiguring jury assembly rooms and courtrooms to limit capacity and ensure social distancing through the use of designated seating spaces. In addition to these physical safety measures, the Court is modifying its jury selection process in order to reduce the number of jurors called to each courthouse and to shorten the time jurors spend assembled together for verbal voir dire or questioning." More "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 JUNE 12 Amador: "Effective June 29, the court will resume summonsing jurors for jury trials. The court will be taking precautions to ensure social distancing for those appearing for jury service including reduced reporting numbers, modified checkin, and additional waiting areas. Facemasks are not required (or provided) for entrance into the courthouse. The court has also increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of all areas within the building." More "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 JULY 31 Butte: "Appearance by Court Call is mandatory for all appearances by Counsel in Civil Limited and Unlimited Law and Motion matters and Case Management Conferences (not including Civil Harassments and Unlawful Detainers). Mandatory Civil Settlement Conferences shall he held either by Zoom or Court Call at the discretion of the court." More "All Civil calendars, excluding Jury Trials, recommenced May 18. Public phones and Counters at the Chico Courthouse have returned to regular business hours (8:30 am – 4:00 pm)." More "Access to the courthouse remains limited to only those individuals who have business with the court unless further allowed. For all persons entering or remaining inside a Butte Superior Court, a protective mask must be worn at all times with certain exceptions. Any person demonstrating obvious sign of illness is required to leave the courthouse." 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 OCTOBER 26 Colusa: "The Superior Court of California, County of Colusa will continue with limited operations to the public through October 30. 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. 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." More

UPDATED JUNE 29 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. 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. The Civil department has resumed a normal hearing schedule on May 28. All Court or Jury Trials set between May 18 and June 12 were previously 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 hav e 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 "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

UPDATED JUNE 16 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 2pm as of June 15. 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." 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." 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 JUNE 15 Fresno: "The Fresno Superior Court will be restoring some of its previously restricted services on June 15. The Court has continued to operate at a limited capacity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, hearing only certain in-custody and urgent matters, most of which were conducted remotely via Zoom. The court will now resume hearing out-of-custody matters as well. Though some of these matters may be heard in person, restricted public access will remain. Only those required to appear for a scheduled court hearing, including litigants, their counsel, subpoenaed witnesses, victims and advocates will be permitted to enter the buildings, and only once they have passed both health and security screening (a series of health questions, temperature check, required face mask/facial coverings and pass through a metal detector). Jury trials will resume on a limited basis. The clerk’s offices will remain closed until further notice. Upon reopening, a number of increased safety measures will be in place, such as sneeze guards and protective shielding. Staff will continue to wear facial covering. Social distancing will be observed in the offices and lobby areas." 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 JULY 2 Glenn: "Beginning May 19 and until further notice, operations resumed and facilities are 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. All individuals must wear a face mask/covering when inside a court location. Please bring your own mask when visiting a court location, but a disposable mask will be provided to you if you do not have one. 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 JUNE 23 Humboldt: "Presiding Judge Joyce Hinrichs: 'The Court is gearing up to reconvene jury trials and will be summoning jurors to appear beginning the middle of July. Limitations created by the COVID-19 social distancing requirement, will minimize the ability to have spectators in the courtrooms which will require ongoing use of technology to provide access to public court proceedings.' The Clerk’s office phone hours have now been expanded – 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Documents can continue to be filed in the Court’s drop box on I Street or be sent in the mail. The Clerk’s office public counter will be opening up in the near future. Safeguards are being made which limits the number of people that can simultaneously be in the Clerk’s office lobby. Wearing masks still continues to be a requirement. Social distancing requirements will also be a limiting factor for people to be on the second floor of the courthouse." More "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. Public hearings will be live-streamed, and a link will be provided on the Court’s website. DO NOT physically come to the courthouse." More

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 25 Imperial: "Beginning October 5, Imperial County Superior Court will gradually begin to conduct in person court sessions, with modifications, in a phased-in manner. This will allow for social distancing in courtrooms and public areas. Phase 1: Civil and Probate calendars and Family Law long cause matters. Civil Clerk’s office, by appointment only, with the exception of emergency services such as restraining orders. Once a phase is started, the only remote appearances allowed will be those allowed before the emergency plus any that are allowed by the California Rules of Court. El Centro Courthouse is currently open with limited services but will begin restoring services as noted above. Winterhaven and Brawley Courts remain closed for public access until further order of the Court. Beginning October 5, Imperial County Superior Court will resume live, in-person civil and probate hearings with modifications. Jury Trials commenced September 22." 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 JULY 20 Kern: "All civil cases set for jury trial and civil cases set for bench trials with a time estimate in excess of two days, scheduled in the Kern County Superior Court Metropolitan Division during the time period of July 8 to October 8, shall be continued for 90 days. Unless notified othewise, attorneys and parties should check the Non-Criminal Case Information on the Court’s public website or contact the Clerk's Office using webmail at WMCivil@Kern.Courts.CA.GOV to determine the specific time and date of the continuance in their case. Mandatory Settlement Conferences currently scheduled will remain on calendar, but may be rescheduled to a different time, date and Department. Counsel will be consulted and notified of any such changes." More "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 AUGUST 7 Lake: "The court will continue to hold the following hearings by remote appearance until further notice. All attorneys and parties MUST APPEAR BY PHONE/VIDEO as directed by the court. Civil Law & Motion, Department 2, Mondays at 9:00 am. Civil Case Management, Department 2, Mondays at 10:30 am. Civil Settlement Calendar, Tuesdays, 9:00 am, Department 4. The court will continue conducting in-person trials or contested hearings which will be direct set for Thursdays and Fridays. The number of cases set on a given date/time will be limited to allow for appropriate social distancing. The court is prepared to conduct jury trials, as necessary. The Court Clerk’s Offices continue to be open to the public daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The public is encouraged to continue to make use of the drop-box whenever possible." More

UPDATED JUNE 26 Lassen: "The Lassen County Superior Court will be closing the filing window for all general filings and in-person counter services. 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 "A party may appear by Zoom at any hearing, conference, or proceeding if the court determines that a Zoom appearance is appropriate. The court may require a party to appear in person at any hearing, conference, or proceeding if the court determines that a personal appearance would materially assist in the determination of the proceedings or in the effective management or resolution of the particular case. The court reserves the authority, at any time, to reject any Request for a Zoom Appearance. Any party to a proceeding, including a subpoenaed party, who intends to appear by Zoom must provide the court a minimum of two court days' notice so the court may consider the request." More "Beginning May 26, court hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 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. 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 SEPTEMBER 10 Los Angeles: "All non-jury trials, except Small Claims and Traffic trials, unless statutorily required otherwise, including in General Civil, Criminal, Mental Health, and Probate scheduled from September 9 to October 8, inclusive, are continued until further notice. All pre-trial dates for trials that are continued pursuant to this paragraph are also continued consistent with the new trial date. All unlimited and limited civil jury trials, including Unlawful Detainer trials, scheduled from September 9 to October 8, inclusive, are continued until further notice. The parties shall be notified of the continued trial date by the Court. All pre-trial dates for trials that are continued pursuant to this paragraph are also continued consistent with the new trial date." More "All Civil courtrooms using the Courtroom Reservation System (CRS) will require all motions to be reserved via CRS prior to filing the motion." More "Effective August 3, LACourtConnect (LACC) will be expanded for scheduling Civil hearings in five Norwalk departments (SE-D; SE-E; SE-G; SE-H; and SE-R) for matters on calendar starting August 10 and thereafter. LACC is already in use in Probate, and Civil cases in the Stanley Mosk and Spring Street courthouses." More "LACourtConnect (LACC) will be expanded for scheduling Civil outside of the Central District, as outlined below, for cases on calendar starting August 3 and thereafter. LACC is already in use in Civil cases in the Stanley Mosk and Spring Street courthouses. Schedule remote courtroom appearances for eligible Civil cases in these courthouses: Alhambra, Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Chatsworth, Compton, Governor George Deukmejian (Long Beach), Glendale, Metropolitan (Department 69), Norwalk, Pasadena, Pomona, Santa Monica, Torrance, and Van Nuys East." More "All non-jury trials, unless statutorily required otherwise, including in Civil, Criminal, Mental Health, Probate, and Traffic, scheduled from July 10 to August 8, inclusive, are continued until further notice." More "The Court will not set any Civil jury trials to commence before January 2021. Certain Unlawful Detainer jury trials will be set to commence on or after October 5. Civil non-jury trials shall not be set to commence before November 16. The Court plans to set certain Unlawful Detainer non-jury trials, and those non-jury trials in preference cases that can be tried in compliance with social distancing protocols, to commence on or after October 5. Persons seeking services from the Clerk’s Office, court support services, and/or the Self-Help Center must have a prescheduled appointment. Parties and counsel are strongly urged to make use of technology for remote appearances, whenever possible. Judicial officers retain the discretion to require the use of technology for remote appearances for the duration of this general order." More "Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile signed a General Order mandating facial coverings and social distancing requirements in all 38 Superior Court of Los Angeles County courthouses and courtrooms." More

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 24 Madera: "Effective Wednesday, November 25, the regular hours for the Clerk’s Offices will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., excluding judicial holidays. Specifically, the following Offices/Divisions will be open to receive filings and respond to inquiries from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Traffic, Criminal, Juvenile and Civil. These hours will remain in effect until further notice. Drop boxes for Traffic, Criminal, Juvenile and Civil filings will be available for use between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. each court day." More "All court visitors, justice partners and court employees will be required to wear masks/face coverings pursuant to Governor Newsom’s June 18 Order. For designated court appearances, video conferencing will be utilized, and only authorized participants will receive an invite from court personnel. For court appearances not specifically designated for video conferencing, attorneys and litigants are strongly encouraged to utilize Court Call in all case types. The court requests that no one who is ill with symptoms of COVID-19 appear at the courthouse. All persons desiring entry into the courthouse will be asked health screening questions, and those appearing must allow appropriate space between themselves and others when waiting in lines and that they not crowd elevators or other confined areas. All facsimile fees previously waived will be reinstated." More "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

UPDATED JUNE 29 Marin: "The Marin County Superior Court Clerk’s Offices will be closed (each day) from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the COVID-19 pandemic." More "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 JUNE 23 Mariposa: "Effective July 1 until further notice of the court: Only one person at a time will be admitted to the Clerk's office. The Court will continue to schedule hearings by either CourtCall or Zoom at the request of any party or any attorney. The Court will retain discretion to order that hearings be conducted by either CourtCall or Zoom." More, including information about health screening, face coverings and distancing

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 OCTOBER 25 Merced: "We request that individuals refrain from visiting the Court whenever possible. Clerk’s Offices remain open. Effective November 2, Clerk’s Offices will be open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm with the exception of Merced Traffic which will be open from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Entry to court facilities are subject to screening requirements. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged, and may be required in some courtrooms." More "The Merced Superior Court will resume jury trials the week of June 15." More "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 JUNE 16 Mono: "Effective June 15, the court will allow a limited number of persons to appear personally in court, depending on the type of matter before the court, subject to court's safety measures. The policy continues to encourage all persons to appear by remote technology. All persons entering a courthouse building in Mono County will be subject to screening by the court security officers. Any person who is determined to be suffering symptoms of the coronavirus will be refused entry and encouraged to seek medical examination. All persons who are authorized entry into the courthouse shall comply with existing public health orders, including wearing a mask at all times." More "All jury trials are suspended until further notice." More "Until further notice, Appearances for the Civil, Family, and Probate calendar will be accommodated via ZOOM meeting. ZOOM meeting will accommodate both internet and phone-in appearance. Your ZOOM meeting information will be available the Saturday prior to your scheduled date of appearance on the court website." More

UPDATED AUGUST 7 Monterey: "Monterey Courthouse - The Clerk’s Office is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and scheduled hearings are being conducted. 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 Windows are open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and scheduled hearings are being conducted. The lobby will remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Salinas Courthouse - The clerk’s office is open. Scheduled matters are being heard. Juvenile Courthouse on Natividad Road - All scheduled matters are being heard. 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 "All filings in all case types should be submitted electronically. Persons who are unable to file electronically may file by mail, or by using the drop box at any courthouse location. Civil Department (Unlimited) – Case Management Conferences, Law and Motion matters, Ex Parte Calendar and uncontested evidentiary hearings will be heard by CourtCall unless noticed otherwise by the court. Civil Department (Limited and Small Claims) – All hearings may be heard by electronic platform (video or audio), or in person, unless noticed otherwise by the court. Notice of the particular platform and instructions that will be used for the hearing will be provided by the court. Parties may, by written stipulation, submit for decision on the papers filed, any civil or family law and motion matter or any uncontested matters without a hearing or oral argument. All ex parte applications will be heard on Thursdays at 10:00 AM in department TBD." More "All courthouses are open to the public. Jury trials will resume in civil matters on June 15." More

UPDATED JULY 31 Napa: "The court is taking additional steps to further reduce in-person interactions. The next phase will include the implementation of mandatory remote appearances in several calendars starting the week of July 27. These calendars include: Departments A/B in the Historic Courthouse, 8:30 a.m. Civil Law and Motion, 11:30 a.m. Civil Ex Parte." More "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 "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 OCTOBER 25 Nevada: "The court continues to encourage everyone to take advantage of all available remote service options including phone, email, drop-box services, and remote appearance whenever possible. At the Nevada City Courthouse, the Suite 5 clerk’s office (on the first floor closest to the front entrance) will provide in person
service for all case types. At the Truckee Courthouse, the clerk’s office will provide in person service for all case types." More "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 AUGUST 28 Orange: "Effective Friday, October 30, and excluding judicial holidays, the regular Friday hours for the Clerk’s Offices in the Superior Court of California, County of Orange will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Commencing October 30, the Clerk’s Offices at every branch of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange shall be closed after 12:00 p.m. on Fridays for the transaction of Court business except for requests made at the Central or Lamoreaux Justice Centers for domestic violence temporary restraining orders, elder abuse temporary restraining orders, and civil harassment temporary restraining orders. In addition, limited clerk’s office services will be available in juvenile court for justice partners, as needed to meet legal deadlines. Court hours will remain unchanged for all other Court services." More "Effective September 1, the court will implement a process to select cases to commence civil jury trials. In order to ensure compliance with safety measures keeping court staff, jurors, and members of the public safe, several courtrooms at Central Justice Center, Civil Complex Center, and West Justice Center will be designated to be used for Civil jury trials." More "For hearings relating to Civil Limited in Department 62: Appearances will be conducted by telephonic appearance through CourtCall. Parties must arrange their CourtCall appearances with CourtCall no later than 3:00 PM the prior business day. For hearings scheduled in Departments C61 and C66: Appearances will be conducted by video via Microsoft Teams, unless ordered otherwise by the court on a case-by-case basis. For hearings scheduled in Department C3: Appearances will be conducted by telephonic appearance through CourtCall. Parties must arrange their CourtCall appearances with CourtCall no later than 3:00 PM the prior business day. For Civil Unlimited and Complex hearings scheduled in all other departments: Unless otherwise ordered by the court, all Unlimited and Complex proceedings will be conducted via telephonic appearance through CourtCall with each party/attorney having the option to appear by CourtCall video if the judge, in his/her discretion, permits a video appearance instead of an audio appearance. Privately hired court reporters must also participate remotely. Civil Unlimited Video Court Trials: Video court trials will be conducted via WebEx, unless ordered otherwise by the court on a case-by-case basis." More  For the Civil Mandatory Settlement Conference Remote Procedure Effective August 1, go to this link "Any judicial officer has discretion to mandate that any civil or probate bench trial or other court proceeding, other than jury trials, be held remotely. A judicial officer may grant a request for an in-court session or proceeding based on a showing of good cause why a remote session or proceeding cannot occur, and subject to available facilities and resources to conduct the session or proceeding in the courthouse. If, at any time during a remote hearing, session, proceeding, or trial, the judge determines that a personal appearance is necessary, the court may continue the matter and require a personal appearance." More "The combined impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing measures, and court closure have significantly impacted the Court's capacity to conduct jury trials. The lengthy shutdown and continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have left the Court with a backlog of overt 1,000 last-day criminal jury trials and a limited jury pool to address the backlog. Criminal trials have priority when jury trials resume. For the next 90 days [from June 9], good cause is required for civil, probate, or mental health jury trials to commence." More "All Civil Limited, Unlimited and Complex filings shall be submitted via eFiling through an approved eFiling Service Provider with the exception of filings by self-represented litigants. The court will significantly limit in-person appearances until further notice. Unless specifically ordered otherwise by the court, hearings in Civil Limited, Unlimited and Complex will be heard via remote appearance." 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 SEPTEMBER 24 Placer: "The Court’s Emergency Local Rules will be amended effective October 1 to remove the mandate for remote appearances in most civil and probate hearings. Appearances in these hearing types will remain strongly encouraged. Remote appearances are still required in family law and certain other civil and probate hearing types. Please see the Court’s Emergency Local Rules for details. The court has resumed all other misdemeanor, felony, family law, and civil hearings, including jury trials. eDelivery is mandatory in family law and civil cases for attorneys and represented parties. The court reminds members of the public that they should only come to the courthouse for official court business or to observe a court hearing. The court continues to strongly discourage individuals who do not have an active role in court hearings from attending court at this time. However, court proceedings will remain open to the public and media who choose to attend." 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 AUGUST 7 Riverside: "The Corona Court, the Moreno Valley Court, the Temecula Court, the Hemet Court, the Riverside Self-Help Center, and the Riverside Records Center are temporarily closed from August 10 until further notice." More "The Presiding Judge has ordered all persons to wear a face covering and maintain six feet of physical distance from other persons while in court facilities. The Sheriff’s Department will turn away any person not wearing a face covering prior to security screening." More "Subject to further order of the court, limited civil trials, including unlawful detainers, with an existing trial date between May 25 and July 24, are hereby continued for sixty (60) days from the existing trial date." More "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. Unlimited and complex civil court and jury trials will be scheduled at Trial Setting Conference (TSC) hearings only. The court has issued a General Order Re: Civil Division Reorganization (pdf) pertaining to Unlimited and Complex Civil cases. For more information, please see the Unlimited Civil Division Emergency Reorganization Order Frequently Asked Questions (pdf). The court has established guidelines for Informal Discovery Conferences (IDC) and Voluntary Settlement Conferences (VSC)(pdf) in Unlimited Civil Proceedings to assist in facilitating settlements. Certain ADR services may be offered remotely." 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 "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 SEPTEMBER 24 Sacramento: "On September 22, the Presiding Judge issued the Order re: Resumption of Specified Services and Proceedings – Short Cause Civil Trial Calendar. Pursuant to the September 22 Order, the Short Cause Civil Trial Calendar will be conducted via remote appearance only. In accordance with the Court’s COVID-19 protocols, no in-person appearances will be allowed until further notice. Until further notice, beginning November 5, the Short Cause Civil Trial Calendar will resume one day per week, at 9:30 a.m., on Thursdays, in Department 47. Commencing September 28, the Court will begin re-scheduling those cases that had a short cause civil trial date in Department 47 that was previously-continued by the March 17 Order, provided the case has not been settled/dismissed. After the re-scheduling of all previously-continued short cause civil trials is complete, the Court will commence scheduling those cases that have previously submitted the required filings to obtain a Short Cause Civil Trial (e.g. Limited Civil Case Status Memorandum, Labor Commission Appeal, Other Administrative Appeal, Request to Set Case for Trial - Unlawful Detainer) but have not yet received a trial date." More "Filing counters and clerk’s offices remain closed. There are limited 'in-person' hearings being held at this time. Only those persons with court hearings in specified criminal actions or any matter authorized under the resumption of expanded services orders shall enter a Sacramento Superior Court facility on the day of the hearing. All civil filings are accepted by US mail or drop box. Civil matters including civil harassment restraining orders, gun violence restraining orders, petitions for compromise of claims of minors with accompanying applications for appointment of guardian ad litem, complex civil case management, writ of mandate, civil law and motion, Presiding Judge Law and Motion, Trial Setting Process (TSP), Orders of Examination (OX) and voluntary settlement conferences have commenced with the use of remote hearings. All hearings will be conducted remotely via the interactive video conferencing application Zoom or by Court Call." More "Commencing December 4, the Court will resume the Order of Examination Calendar (OX Calendar) in Department 11, or as otherwise directed by the Presiding Judge. Due to the nature of the OX Calendar, the Court finds good cause to order that OX matters shall be conducted in-person subject to'the procedures as set forth in the Public Notice and the Court's COVID-19 safety protocols. The OX Calendar shall be held one-half day per week, on Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in Department 11, or as otherwise directed by the Presiding Judge. Parties must reserve a hearing date in Department 11 in advance of submitting any filings, including any Application and Order for Appearance and Examination. No OX matters shall be set or proceed without prior reservation. The number of OX matters that may be reserved and held per hour and per day/week shall be limited." More "Commencing August 3, for those cases that had a trial date set in Department 47 (and corresponding Mandatory Settlement Conference date set in Department 59) that was continued by the March 17 Order, the Court will begin re-referring such cases in groups and phases to the COVID-19 Trial Setting Process for the parties’ selection of new MSC and trial dates, provided the case has not been settled/dismissed and remains at-issue. Earliest available trial dates will begin in January 2021. Earliest available corresponding MSC dates will begin in late November/early December 2020. Until further notice, the Court intends to conduct MSCs via remote teleconferencing technology with only the settlement judge physically present in Department 59. Trials are anticipated to be held in-person subject to the Court’s COVID-19 trial protocols (similar to current criminal trial protocols) which shall be made available prior to January 2021 and which shall implement public health and safety guidelines as they are updated leading up to such time." More "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. 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 "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 JULY 13 San Benito: "Effective July 6, the courthouse is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Face Masks and Temperature checks are required. All Court appearances wil be in person unless you receive prior authorization from the Court to appear via Zoom or Court Call, at least 2 days in advance. The public filing/payment windows are open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. , Monday - Friday. You may continue to use the drop box for filings and payments located inside the lobby or you may come to the window for assistance. " More

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 24 San Bernardino: "Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and because of the prohibitive nature of the safety measures we must employ in San Bernardino County to maintain safety, most civil jury trials are continued until 2021 unless a disposition is required within a specific statutory period of time.\Tthe court will give preference and priority availability of jurors and jury trials to criminal cases. Jury trials will be limited to all criminal cases, unlawful detainer jury trials, civil cases with statutory preference under California Code of Civil Procedure sections 35-37, and civil cases approaching the 5-year deadline under California Code of Civil Procedure sections 583.310 and 583.320. All parties are asked to meet and confer to pick a tentative trial date in 2021, and submit a stipulation to the court. If no stipulation is submitted, a new trial date will be selected at the current trial readiness conference. The court may conduct a civil jury trial for cases that do not require disposition within a specific period of time at an earlier date, upon finding of good cause shown, or through the uses of remote technology, when appropriate and if feasible." More "The San Bernardino Superior Court will restore court services for the residents of Needles starting on Friday, October 2. The Clerk’s Office will be open to the public the first Friday of each month during the business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m." More "The San Bernardino Superior Court will be decreasing hours of operation for clerk’s offices in each of the court’s locations throughout the county from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. effective Tuesday, December 1, and continuing until further notice. As alternatives to in-person clerk’s office visits, there are various remote options for conducting court business. Drop boxes are used for filing papers and are available at each court location from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. TurboCourt permits court users to prepare and submit documents to the court electronically. Court users may also file documents by facsimile." More "The San Bernardino Superior Court will restore court services for the residents of the Big Bear Valley starting on August 28. The Clerk’s Office will be open to the public on the second and fourth Friday of each month during the business hours of 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m." More "In an effort to move cases forward amid the Coronavirus pandemic and avoid significant backlog, the San Bernardino Superior Court is pleased to announce the launch of Remote Video Settlement Conferences in Civil litigation. SBSC encourages lawyers and litigants to utilize this alternative method, at no cost, to resolve their civil dispute and avoid coming to court." More

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 9 San Diego: "The Court has summoned jurors for one criminal trial in the Central courthouse beginning October 13, a second criminal trial beginning October 19, and two criminal trials per week starting October 26. Even oince these numbers eventually increase and expand to the other divisions, it will take a significant amount of time to get through the backlog of cases. The court does not expect the backlog to be eliminated before 2021. All in-custody criminal jury trials shall have priority ovetr out-of-custody criminal and other case type jury trials until further order of this court." More "All hearings on civil motions set in an Independent Calendar Department have been vacated through the end of the year and may need to be re-scheduled by the moving parties. The process to re-schedule a civil motion in an Independent Calendar Department is to first meet and confer between the moving and opposing parties. If it remains necessary to go forward with the motion, the moving party must schedule a Status Conference with the Court through the Online Civil Status Conference Scheduling Assistant on the Court’s website no later than Wednesday, June 24. Status Conferences began on June 1 and will only be held for six weeks to request to reset a civil law and motion matter. Motions will not be re-scheduled unless a Status Conference is held within the six-week period from June 1 – July 10. Additional FAQs on Civil matters affected by the COVID-19 closure can be found here." More "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

UPDATED JUNE 1 San Francisco: "The Civil Filings office will 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 SEPTEMBER 10 San Joaquin: "Until further notice, entry into the courthouse will be limited to the following: Attorneys, Parties/Defendants, Minor/Minor’s Parents, Law Enforcement, Those filing or picking up restraining orders, Witnesses, Couriers and Jurors. No other persons will be permitted without good cause. All persons who enter the courthouses will have their temperature taken by a temperature-scanning device. Any person who refuses to have their temperature taken, or has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, will not be permitted to enter the courthouses. Per Governor Newsom’s mandate,all persons must wear a face covering to enter the courthouse and at all times while inside. Appeals will be heard telephonically. The Lodi Branch Court will remain closed until further notice. Department M1 at the Manteca Branch Court is open. Department M2 will open on October 5. The Clerk’s office at the Juvenile Justice Center is open. Clerks’ Offices in Stockton, Manteca and Lodi are closed to the public. Civil and Appeals documents to be submitted by drop box, mail or eFiling; eFiling is encouraged. Ex-parte hearings can be requested by email except for cases scheduled in Department 3A. Hearings in dedicated Civil courtrooms continue to be held telephonically. All Requests for Temporary Civil Restraining Orders submitted via drop window will be heard at the Stockton Courthouse." More "The court is accepting all filings in all case types and initiating new actions." More

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. 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 OCTOBER 26 San Mateo: "Due to number of people testing positive for the virus, the Court has decided to delay any further reopening of its calendars. Therefore, the Court hereby reissues and extends its August 31, 2020 Amended Seventh Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order to continue to suspend Civil, Family Law, LPS and time waived misdemeanor trials through October 30. Civil Mandatory Settlement Conferences. Zoom appearances only. Law & Motion calendar (Monday – Friday at 1:30 P.M.). CourtCall appearances only. Calendars that will be continued: Law and Motion ex partes. The Clerk’s Office that houses the Civil, Family Law, Probate, Records, Small Claims and Unlawful Detainer Divisions (Room A in Redwood City) will be open from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, for counter service and filings that cannot be electronically filed. Filings may continue to be deposited in the drop box. Phone hours will be from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. Civil Live Chat hours are from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Monday through Friday." 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. 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 "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 AUGUST 17 Santa Clara: "Beginning August 17, the daily office and telephone hours at the courthouses in San Jose and Santa Clara will be 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Friday. In addition, the business offices at the courthouses in Palo Alto and Morgan Hill will be closed until further notice. Business previously conducted in Palo Alto and Morgan Hill will be conducted in San Jose at the Hall of Justice located at 190 W. Hedding Street, San Jose." More "Currently, 25 departments and four courthouses continue to hear matters on a limited number of case types. At this time, the Palo Alto and Morgan Hill Courthouses are completely closed to the public and no hearings are taking place at these locations. All civil jury trials scheduled between March 17 through October 2020 are hereby vacated. Jury Trials and their Mandatory Settlement Conferences originally scheduled during this period have been re-scheduled to a Trial Setting Conference. Discovery deadlines shall be re-set with the new trial date. 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 for non-Jury trials scheduled between March 17 through July 22 were vacated and re-scheduled to a Trial Setting Conference. The Court sent notices of the Trial Setting Conference date. Status Conferences, OSCs, Dismissal Conferences, Return from Mediation Conferences and Case Management Conferences scheduled between March 17 through July 10 were continued and sent notices of re-scheduled dates. Effective week of July 13, these hearings have resumed. All law and motion matters scheduled resumed on May 19. Parties and counsel are strongly encouraged to arrange for telephonic appearances through CourtCall. Ex parte applications for case management departments are now being accepted via E-filing or drop box. The matters are only heard remotely and may take up to 24-48 hours for processing. The Clerk’s Office is now open. A drop box is available for filings in the lobby and the court’s e-file system remains available for submissions." More "Effective June 15, access to any and all courthouses is restricted to those persons appearing at a court hearing or conducting official business with the court. No other persons will be permitted entry without good cause." 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

UPDATED JUNE 11 Santa Cruz: "There will be no Civil Master Calendar through the end of September 2020. Civil Master Calendar will resume in October for Long Cause Court Trials only. There will be no Civil Jury Trials through the end of 2020. Mediations are set to resume in October. All parties are to appear by Zoom." More "Beginning June 15, the court will begin resuming courtroom operations for Civil, Probate, Family Law and Small Claims. Attorneys are required to appear by CourtCall. We are asking all parties, if possible, to appear by CourtCall. All mediations set through September are cancelled." More "The Court plans to resume additional services starting June 8. On that day, all criminal court calendars will resume although several courtrooms will remain dark until June 15 when the Court plans to fully resume operations. Watsonville Courthouse operations will resume on June 15. The steps taken by the Court to create a safe environment for court users include requiring face coverings for everyone coming to Court, including staff and judges; promoting social distancing throughout its buildings; limiting the number of people in a courtroom at one time; and staggering start times of court calendars. The Court’s plan to resume court operations have been carefully designed to include the use of remote appearance technology for some court proceedings to reduce the number of people coming to Court. Although many court services are resuming for the Santa Cruz Courthouse on June 8, with clerk’s offices there returning to the standard 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, most services at the Watsonville location will remain limited until June 15." More 

UPDATED AUGIST 7 Shasta: "Except as otherwise ordered by the Court, Civil Jury Trials and Cicil Court Trials will resume. Mandatory Settlement Conferences on all civil cases will resume by means other than personal appearance at the Courthouse. Although not mandatory, until further notice, all parties are strongly encourages to make Law & Motion and Review Hearing appearances by CourtCall." More "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 JUNE 9 Stanislaus: "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. 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, are open 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. 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. Minor’s Compromises will continue to be heard as scheduled. The parties may appear remotely via Court Call if they choose to do so. Civil jury trials scheduled through October 31 will be vacated and set for a Case Management Conference. Mandatory settlement conference dates associated with civil jury trials scheduled through October 31 will also be vacated. The Court is available to hear settlement conferences as previously set or on another date convenient to the parties." 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 JUNE 12 Tuolumne: "Jury trials for criminal cases in Tuolumne County will resume on June 17." More "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 AUGUST 7 Ventura: "All Mandatory Settlement Conferences in civil cases, which are/were scheduled at a Trial Setting Conference held after re-opening on June 15, shall be conducted remotely through the Zoom platform. All Mandatory Settlement Conferences that were scheduled at a Civil Case Management Conference prior to the court closing on March 16 remain vacated." More "Access to courthouses, courtrooms, clerk’s offices, self-help centers and public areas will be restricted at all times to judges, commissioners, court staff, persons seeking or participating in emergency services, persons required or permitted to appear for scheduled hearings or trials, persons with a scheduled appointment for the clerk’s offices or self-help centers, and other authorized persons. Documents can be submitted for filing by appointment, eDelivery, United States Mail, or drop boxes located at the entrance to the Hall of Justice and Juvenile Courthouse. All persons entering any courthouse, courtroom or other court facility shall wear a face covering/mask over his or her nose and mouth at all times within the public areas of the courthouse or courtroom. Children under the age of three are exempt. Do not enter the courthouse if you have a cough or fever." More "Beginning June 15, the court is authorized to begin a phased in re-opening of its courtrooms and clerk's offices. In-person services in the clerk's offices and self-help centers shall be by appointment." More "The Civil Division of the court will reopen, with some restrictions, for filings on June 10 and for court proceedings on June 15. Until further notice, unless otherwise ordered by the assigned judge, all proceedings other than those involving live testimony, including ex parte proceedings and trial dates which have been converted by this order to trial setting conferences, will be conducted by telephonic appearances using CourtCall. The court may be able to offer CourtCall video appearances in the near future. Until that service is available, individual judges have discretion to approve requests to conduct hearings on other video platforms. On June 10, the court clerk’s office will begin accepting, processing and filing all civil documents. Documents may be submitted through eDelivery, mail or drop boxes located at the entrance to the courthouses. All future trial dates (i.e. on or after June 15) are vacated; without further notice, a trial setting conference will be heard in the assigned courtroom on the same date and time formerly set for trial. All cases which had been set for trial between March 16 and June 12 and all cases which were trailing for trial when the closure began on March 16 will be calendared by the court for a trial setting conference, with notice to be given by the court. All law and motion hearing dates, previously set to take place during or after the court closure, are vacated. Motions may be reset by the moving party. Motion pleadings filed by the court on or before March 13 need not be refiled. If the moving party intends to proceed with a motion filed on or before March 13, that party must meet and confer with the opposing party or parties to determine: 1) whether the motion or any issue raised in the motion has become moot, and 2) if any aspect of the motion has not become moot, a mutually acceptable hearing date of July 1 or later, and a schedule for any remaining briefing. Mandatory Settlement Conferences set on or after June 15 on the Courtroom 22 calendar are vacated. By agreement of all parties, a Voluntary Settlement Conference may be requested by submitting a stipulation and proposed order to Courtroom 22." More "Beginning June 15, the civil clerk’s office will begin accepting reservations for civil law and motion matters." More

UPDATED AUGUST 7 Yolo: "All documents filed in civil, probate and family law cases shall be filed and served electronically, except when personal service is required by statute or rule and excluding ex parte applications. An attorney representing a party may request to be excused from the mandatory electronic filing and service requirement by showing undue hardship or significant prejudice." More "Unless authorized by statute or Court order, all Court appearances in Yolo Superior Court shall be presumptively by Video. The Court reserves the right to continue a hearing if the attorney or party fails to appear by Video. Telephone appearance by a party is only allowed when the individual does not have access to Video technology. Physical appearance is subject to either statute or a good cause finding made by a judicial officer." More "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

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