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This list was updated on 5/28/2020 at 3:57 PM

As California courts prepare to ease months of pandemic-related closures, many have encountered a new obstacle: civil unrest.

Here’s a look at how courts across the state are grappling with all the changes associated with the novel coronavirus and sometimes-destructive protests as of May 31.

Alameda County Superior Court:  The court ordered the further stay of all unlawful detainer proceedings, including evictions, through June 14, On May 20,  announced a virtual “reopening” on June 1 “to the extent that court business can be conducted remotely within existing resource and technological limitations.” The courts and clerk’s offices will generally remain closed physically to the public, however,

Small claims trials and certain urgent matter hearings will be heard remotely. “Further, with the unanimous approval of its Judicial Executive Committee, the Court has adopted new emergency Local Rules 1.8b and 4.116, and has amended Local Rule 3.30 and emergency Local Rule 4.115, all effective Thursday, May 21, 2020.” The rules detail processes for appearing remotely and procedures for civil and criminal matters.

Limited public access to court buildings is being allowed for records searches. Visitors must wear face coverings. The court is providing audio access to non-confidential proceedings.

Alpine County Superior Court: On April 23, the court posted a notice that all civil, criminal and traffic matters will be heard by telephonic conferences until further notice. 

Amador County Superior Court: The court will resume all calendars, remotely if possible, starting June 1. according to a May 27 general order. The clerk’s office will be open to accept filings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. , although social distancing in the courthouse will be enforced. Jury trials are suspended until June 22. 

Butte County Superior Court:  All civil calendars, excluding jury trials, recommenced effective May 18, the court announced.  All civil and probate matters will be handled by telephone appearances except in cases involving pro per litigants who choose to appear in person. Access to the courthouse remains limited. Clerk’s counters are open between 8:30 and 2 p.m. 

Calaveras County Superior Court:  Effective May 18, the clerk’s window is open but only to those who are wearing face coverings. To minimize the number of people in the clerk’s lobby area, people must pull a number from a kiosk and wait for their turn. Parties are encouraged to use online services. A May 21 order rescinds a previous order limiting access to the courthouse to those only those parties required to appear in court.  While in the courthouse, visitors are required to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing. 

Colusa County Superior Court: The court is resuming limited operations on June 1. Those required to appear in court must wear a face covering. The court has posted adjustments to calendars and operations here

Contra Costa County Superior Court: All courthouses reopened to the public May 26 at 8 a.m.  Visitors, who must wear face coverings, will have their temperatures checked upon entry.  Jurors are being summoned, and pools wil be limited to 50 people.

“The Court is open for filing as of May 26, 2020. Filing holidays under this Court’s Implementation Orders and/or Emergency Local Rules expire as of the Court’s reopening.” CourtCall use, as spelled out in civil local emergency rules, will continue.

Emergency rules for complex civil matters took effect on May 11.  The chief justice issued a third emergency order for the court on April 29.

Del Norte County Superior Court:  The court opened on a daily basis starting May 26 for limited operations. Proceedings will be conducted remotely whenever possible. Those entering the courthouse will be asked to physically distance and will be “strongly encouraged” to wear a face covering. The clerk’s office will reopen to the public on June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Only two people will be allowed into the lobby at any one time.

“No jury trials will be conducted until the Judicial Council’s moratorium has expired.”

El Dorado County Superior Court: Physical distancing protocols were posted for all courthouses on May 14. The court announced on April 28 that it plans to vacate all civil trials on the 2020 calendar “because it is anticipated that there will be a large volume of criminal trials which will have statutory priority.” Motions tied to trial dates will be reset.

“The court hopes to begin hearing law and motion matters sometime in June; however, with these uncertain times, hearings will be held in a manner designed to ensure the public health and safety of our staff, the litigants, the attorneys and the public.”

Presiding Judge Suzanne Kingsbury issued an order on April 16 extending emergency operations and extending deadlines to May 15. The chief justice also issued a new emergency order for the court on April 16. The court is live streaming some proceedings.

Fresno County Superior Court: The Sisk courthouse has reopened for limited operation after a brief closure following two employees’ contact with someone who had COVID-19. The court announced another employee’s possible exposure on May 13. Everyone entering a Fresno County courthouse must wear a face covering. “Priority” family law matters are being conducted remotely until further notice. Presiding Judge Arlan Harrell issued an April 29 order continuing and resetting certain matters scheduled to be heard between May 4 and May 29. The chief justice issued a third emergency order for the court on April 1. The court is live streaming some proceedings.

Glenn County Superior Court: The court resumed near-normal operations on May 19. and is encouraging the use of face coverings. Parties in civil, probate and family law cases are strongly encouraged to appear by telephone.

Humboldt County Superior Court:  The court announced that on May 18 it “resume[d] civil, family law, and probate calendars using remote video and phone conferencing.” Courtrooms and the clerk’s office remain closed to the public until further notice.  The court is broadcasting public hearings. The chief justice issued a second emergency order for the court on April 15. 

Imperial County Superior Court:  Effective May 11, the court added family law matters to the criminal and misdemeanor cases, juvenile hearings, and some civil and probate matters that are being heard remotely. Brawley and Winterhaven courthouses remain closed to the public. No jury trials are taking place although summonses for future proceedings are being sent. Amendments to local rules are being posted here.

The chief justice issued a third emergency order for the court on May 18.

Inyo County Superior Court: The court issued an April 17 order extending deadlines for certain matters scheduled between April 18 and May 13. Presiding Judge Brian Lamb issued a nine-page order on March 20 detailing new operations procedures, including limited access to courthouses. Lamb also signed an emergency bail schedule order on April 10. The chief justice issued a second emergency order for the court on April 14.

Kern County Superior Court: Bakersfield television station KERO reported on May 22 that the court would resume jury duty the week of May 26. The court on May 11 posted an emergency local rule regarding complaince with the Speedy Trial Act.  Court leaders on April 28 announced an expansion of services through the use of video conferences 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. ” The chief justice issued a fourth emergency order for the court on May 1.

Anyone entering courthouses must wear a face covering. Presiding Judge Judith Dulcich signed a general order on April 30 extending certain criminal proceeding deadlines in line with the chief justice’s statewide order of April 29. 

Kings County Superior Court:  The court on April 1 issued a general order putting into force the trial delays and deadline extensions found in the chief justice’s March 30 statewide order.  An April 15 order extends certain statutory deadlines to May 17. External service counters are closed to the public, the court announced

Lake County Superior Court:  The court will remain closed to the public through May 29. As of May 4, however, the court is conduct limited proceedings by phone or video, including civil case management, conservatorships and probate matters. Additional matters are being heard remotely. 

Clerks’ offices remain closed and the Clearlake branch courthouse will also be closed. “The court will not be conducting any in-person trials or contested hearings during the closed period from May 2 through May 29.”

The chief justice issued a third emergency order for the court on April 28.

Lassen County Superior Court: The court on May 21 posted a new operations plan taking effect on May 26. The courthouse will be open daily with physical distancing requirements and temperature screenings at the doors. Visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings. Some proceedings are taking place remotely. Calendars are limited.

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Los Angeles County Superior Court:  Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile on May 13 extended previous orders closing courtrooms and delaying trials and non-essential matters through June 10. Criminal and civil trials and certain other matters scheduled between May 13 and June 10 will be continued or reset.

The court is preparing to reopen 400 currently closed courtrooms on June 22. The clerk’s office will reopen on June 15.  “Information regarding the new Virtual Clerk’s Office and Court Service Departments including virtual Jury Service, telephonic and video Webex assistance, and how to reserve a seat in the courthouse for in-person assistance, will be coming soon.”

Judicial officers, court employees and visitors will be required to wear face coverings.

Madera County Superior Court:  The court has authorized and is encouraging remote appearances. A May 4 order by Presiding Judge Dale Blea details operational changes. The court is posting rescheduled calendars on its website. A fourth emergency order issued by the chief justice on May 15 authorizes the court to declare the period between May 20 and June 13 a holiday for the purpose of calculating certain filing and statutory deadlines.

Marin County Superior Court: The court posted remote access procedures that will apply to hearings on all matters starting June 1. 

Presiding Judge Andrew Sweet issued an administrative order on April 27 announcing that the court will remain closed for all non-essential matters through May 29.  “Personal appearance by litigants, counsel and witnesses is prohibited unless specifically authorized by any judge of the Court.”

Criminal proceedings are being conducted by remote video hearing. One criminal arraignment courtroom, one family and civil law courtroom and one juvenile and delinquency and dependency courtroom will remain open to handle pressing matters. The court posted an emergency bail schedule and remote appearance procedures. The court is following county health recommendations encouraging the use of face coverings.

The chief justice issued a fourth emergency order for the court on April 27.

Mariposa County Superior Court: The chief justice issued an emergency order for the court on March 23 allowing the court to hold proceedings anywhere in the county, including jail. The court’s order declared a court holiday between March 23 and April 19 for the purposes of calculating deadlines.  The court is livestreaming proceedings.

Mendocino County Superior Court: A May 4 implementation order says access to the Ukiah and Fort Bragg courthouses remains limited. Clerks’ offices are open but filers are asked to use drop boxes or online services. Visitors entering the courthouses must wear face coverings. Criminal jury trials are suspended through the week of June 15.

Merced County Superior Court: The court extended its general courthouse closures through May 29. All proceedings are being conducted by remote access. 

Presiding Judge Donald Proietti issued a general order on April 30 that enacts the changes to criminal case deadlines included in the chief justice’s April 29 order. A general order issued April 23 addresses the filing of documents. A separate order endorses the quality of the 611 remote hearings conducted by the court since March 23. A general order posted April 13 extended certain statutory deadlines until May 12..

The chief justice issued a fourth emergency order on May 19 authorizing the court to extend filing and statotory deadlines.

Modoc County Superior Court: The court plans to resume regular court operations on June 1 according to an order signed by Presiding Judge Francis Barclay on April 8. For now, access to the courthouse and operations are both limited. The chief justice issued an emergency order for the court on April 3. 

Mono County Superior Court: The Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport courthouses are handling only “time-sensitive and essential” functions, according to a posting by the court. The court on March 23 confirmed that jury trials have been suspended until further notice. Presiding Judge Mark Magit issued an implementation order on March 6. Appearances are being conducted via Internet and phone.

Monterey County Superior Court: The court detailed new court operations plans on May 26. Jury trials in criminal cases will resume on June 1. Jury trials in civil matters will resume on June 15. The court is encouraging the use of telephonic and remote appearances.

“Many fewer jurors will be summoned to the court” and face coverings will be required. A limited number of civil matters are being heard. Preference is given to matters that can be heard remotely.

Napa County Superior Court: The court on May 1 announced an extension of limited operations through May 29. “Most non-time sensitive matters scheduled through May 29 will be continued from 8 to 12 weeks from the current hearing date.” The court is offering settlement conferences in civil and probate matters via Zoom. The historic and juvenile courthouses remain closed. Anyone entering the courthouse is encouraged to wear a face covering. Local orders issued by the court are posted here.

Nevada County Superior Court:  A May 27 order outlines rules for wearing masks in courthouses and courtrooms. Presiding Judge Linda Sloven issued a May 12 order outlining certain emergency procedures. A May 11 order extended certain statutory and filing deadlines through June 6. Courthouses in Nevada City and Truckee will remain open for only limited functions through May 29.

Orange County Superior Court: The court announced a soft reopening on May 26. Preliminary hearings in felony matters began that day as did four criminal jury trials that were suspended during the pandemic closures.

A May 26 order extended the time period for certain proceedings, including arraignments and criminal trials.  Public service windows will remain closed and anyone entering the courthouse will be required to wear a face covering. “Social distancing rules will also be strictly enforced in all facilities, thus the number of individuals entering public courtrooms and elevators will be subject to space limitations.” 

According to a notice posted May 1, civil “trial dates for all trials scheduled to begin as of March 17, 2020 forward will be rescheduled approximately 25 weeks from the currently scheduled trial date, with notice to all parties.” Civil trials in progress as of March 17 will be vacated.

The chief justice issued a fourth emergency order for the court on May 26 authorizing the court to extend time periods for calculating certain deadlines.

Placer County Superior Court: The court announced on May 15 that it intends to resume jury trials on June 1. Jurors may be sent to the Whitney High School Theater in Roseville for proceedings. Courthouse visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings.

The court started to increase operations on May 11 with a focus on felony matters, misdemeanor arraignments and juvenile justice and dependency matters.  “Civil law and motion, case management conferences, ex parte hearings, probate hearings, guardianships and conservatorship hearings, and similar matters will be heard. Telephone appearances are mandatory.”

The court on April 29 released guidance for phased reintroduction of both civil and family law matters. 

Plumas County Superior Court: A second order issued by the chief justice on April 22 extended deadlines for certain matters scheduled through May 18.  The court announced on March 21 that it is only handling pressing matters, according to a notice posted by court officials. That notice has not been updated on the court’s website.

Riverside County Superior Court: The court on March 28 announced that it is extending temporary at some of its courthouses through various dates in June.

The court is now summoning jurors for trials set to resume in mid-June. Everyone entering the courthouse must wear a face covering, and jury assembly rooms are being reconfigured to promote physical distancing.

 

Sacramento County Superior Court: The court will resume holding criminal jury trials on June 15. Presiding Judge Russell Hom on May 15 extended general courthouse closures through June 12.  Court visitors and employees will have their temperatures taken at court entrances. Anyone who comes into court through a screening station must wear a face covering. 

“The Presiding Judge Law & Motion Department will commence re-setting previously-continued hearings to take place beginning Friday, June 5, 2020. To reset such hearings, the Court will send the parties notice of the newly-scheduled hearing date and time.” Hearings will be conducted remotely.

The court is posting updates for various court operations here.  Some hearings are being live streamed. The chief justice issued a sixth emergency order for the court on May 26 authorizing court leaders to, among other things, transfer pending civil proceedings to another court within 100 miles of the county’s borders through June 24.

San Benito County Superior Court: Presiding Judge Steven Sanders issued a general order on April 28 vacating and continuing certain matters.  Public counters closed. An April 7 court rule says all appearances in civil, criminal and juvenile cases, with the exception of jury trials, will be done by video or telephone.

San Bernardino County Superior Court:  Presiding Judge Michael Sachs issued an 11-page fifth amendment to the court’s emergency order on April 30 outlining operations and deadline extensions through May 28.  On May 15, Sachs announced a reduction in clerk’s office hours daily through Nov. 30.  A separate order requires all judicial officers, court employees and visitors to wear face coverings inside a courthouse. The chief justice issued a third emergency order for the court on April 29. The court is requiring all courthouse visitors to wear face coverings.

San Diego County Superior Court: The court resumed most operations on May 26, although jury trials were not being scheduled at that time. Presiding Judge Lorna Alksne on May 13 signed a general order outlining new procedures for civil cases.  The court is rescheduling 87,000 hearings postoponed due to the pandemic-related closures.

The court is livestreaming certain proceedings  Courthouse visitors and employees are required to wear masks. Anyone entering a courthouse will have their temperature checked.

San Francisco Superior Court: The court plans to restore “a number of services” starting June 1. The court issued nine pages of procedural guidance for the partial reopening here. Many proceedings will take place by telephone or video conferencing.

Courthouse visitors will be required to bring and wear face coverings. “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.”

The chief justice issued a fourth emergency order for the court on May 27.

 

San Joaquin County Superior Court:  The court partially reopened on May 26 . The Stockton and French Camp courthouses are open, although access is limited and visitors will have their temperatures checked at the door. The Lodi and Manteca courthouses will remain closed until July 6. Clerks’ offices are closed to the public. Dropboxes are available. The court expects to resume jury trials in June. 

Some hearings will take place telephonically. The court has posted department operations here.

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court:  A new local rule, effective May 11, outlines the use of video appearances. A May 8 memo says “regular civil law and motions hearings, case management conferences, name changes and trial setting conferences are scheduled to resume on June 1, 2020, via remote technology only.” Courts in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Grover Beach are open only to visitors who have business before the court that day. Criminal jury trials are expected to resume on June 15. The court has posted an operations FAQ page here.

San Mateo County Superior Court: A May 12 order by Presiding Judge Jonathan Karesh extends general courthouse closures until June 12 but outlines new procedures for limited proceedings at courthouses. Trials are suspended until June 15. Effective May 26, all matters on the preliminary hearing calendar are being heard in Redwood City. Video appearances will be allowed. 

As of May 26, civil mandatory settlement conferences and the law and motion calendar are being heard via video and telephonic appearances. Case management conferences will still be continued.

“It is our hope that with the reduced calendars and closing the court to the public, the court will be able to maintain these reduced services throughout the duration of this unprecedented pandemic.”

A May 18 order allows court sessions to be held anywhere in the county until June 14 and declares a court holiday between May 15 and June 12  for the purpose calculating some statutory and filing deadlines.

Santa Barbara County Superior Court:  The court expanded the range of proceedings it’s handling on May 21. 

“The Court now cautiously resumes civil, family law, and probate matters by expanding the use of conference calling and video conferencing technology. Matters scheduled, but postponed during the court closure are now being rescheduled, and self-represented parties and attorneys will begin receiving notification of a new hearing date.”

 

“Those persons with civil, family law, and probate matters previously scheduled from May 26 through June 5, should plan on appearing for their court hearing by conference call. All telephonic appearances must be coordinated by CourtCall.” Clerk’s offices remain closed.

The chief justice issued a fifth emergency order for the court on May 26.

Santa Clara County Superior Court:  May 8 order signed by Presiding Judge Deborah Ryan outlines limited operations and their expected start dates through May. Face coverings are required in public areas and shared work spaces. An April 29 order by the court declares a court holiday between April 29 and May 29 for the purpose of calculating certain filing and statutory deadlines. 

The chief justice has issued seven emergency orders for the court.  The court on April 27 announced the use of listen-only telephone lines to allow remote access to hearings. The court is posting general orders tied to emergency operations on its website.

Santa Cruz County Superior Court: The court announced that phase one of a multi-phase reopening plan will start on June 1. Most court staff will return to work and limited operations will continue. No dates have been set yet to resume jury trials or small claims trials. Everyone entering the courhouses are required to wear face coverings and to practice physical distancing.  Employees are undergoing daily health screenings.

The court issued a third general order on May 4 .The court on April 20 posted 18 pages of emergency rules related to COVID-19. The chief justice issued an emergency order for the court on March 27. The court is continuing all civil trials set through June 30.

Shasta County Superior Court:  The court resumed limited operations on May 5 in what the court executive officer described as a “soft courthouse reopening.” Most proceedings are being held by telephone, although some in-person appearances are happening. No jury trials are being conducted. Everyone entering the court is encouraged to wear a mask.

Sierra County Superior Court: The court announced on April 30 that it will handle all matters remotely until further notice. The chief justice issued a third emergency order for the court on May 1 allowing civil cases to be transferred to any court within 100 miles of Sierra County’s borders. The order also declares the period between May 2 and May 30 a court holiday for the purpose of calculating certain statutory and procedural deadlines.

Siskiyou County Superior Court: The court’s emergency orders have been extended through May 29, with the expectation that normal operations will resume on June 1. Jury trials scheduled to begin between April 20 and May 29 have been vacated. Limited criminal matters are taking place. People coming to the courthouse are asked to wear face coverings. An April 15 order by Presiding Judge Karen Dixon extends certain statutory deadlines. On April 8, the court posted a temporary bail schedule.

Solano County Superior Court: The court reinstated limited proceedings, both by remote appearances and in-person physical distancing, on May 18. “With the exception of jury trials scheduled between May 18 and July 1, 2020, 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.”

Those entering a courthouse are encouraged to wear face coverings. The court received a third emergency order from the chief justice on April 29 authorizing the court to declare the period between May 1 and May 28 a holiday for the purpose of calculating certain statutory and filing deadlines. The court is posting notices of continued hearings on its website.

Sonoma County Superior Court:  The court will expand operations and open an additional nine courtrooms on June 1. Only people with court hearings in criminal actions, witnesses and jurors on duty that day will be allowed into the courthouse. Remote attendance is encouraged. Visitors must participate in a “health screening protocol” before entering the courthouse. 

Stanislaus County Superior Court: Most civil and probate cases resumed May 18, although remote appearances will be required in certain matters. “Court trials and related settlement conferences will resume in person unless all parties agree to conduct them remotely.”

Civil jury trials and mandatory settlement conferences associatated wtih those trials scheduled through August 18, 2020, will be vacated and set for a case management conference. “The Court continues to work on a plan for conducting jury trials “

The chief justice issued a third emergency order for the court on May 15.

Sutter County Superior Court: Court executive officer Stephanie Hansel said on May 19 that the court  ”has resumed courtroom calendars and [we] continue to limit lobby traffic with a drop box and triage phone line. We are, to the extent feasible, maintaining social distancing in the courtrooms and public areas. Self-help and mediation services are only available by appointment and electronic communication. We have not yet resumed jury trials.”

Tehama County Superior Court: The court announced that it will remain closed to the public with limited operations through June 1. The chief justice issued a third emergency order for the court on May 1. Presiding Judge Matthew McGlynn signed a general order for court operations on April 3.

Trinity County Superior Court: The court reopened on April 20. Presiding Judge Michael Harper issued an order on March 23 resetting filing and statutory deadlines.

Tulare County Superior Court:  The court has “substantially closed ” to the public through June 9. Only parties with business before the court on a given day will be allowed into the courthouse. The chief justice issued a third emergency order for the court on May 11 declaring a court holiday between May 13 and June 9 for the purpose of calculating certain statutory deadlines. The court issued a new general order on May 12.

Tuolumne County Superior Court: The court announced that it began increasing services and operations 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. “

Courthouse visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings. In-person hearings are being scheduled in a way to reduce the number of people in the courthouse. “The court counter located at 60 N. Washington St., Sonora, will also return to normal hours of service from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.”

Ventura County Superior Court: The court will limit operations through June 9.  “A small number of courtrooms will be operating to hear urgent criminal, juvenile, temporary restraining order issues and emergency ex parte Family Law, Civil and Probate matters only,” the court said online. The chief justice issued a fourth emergency order for the court on May 11. Presiding Judge Kent Kellegrew issued an administrative order for the court on May 12

Yolo County Superior Court: The court is open with reduced calendars for essential functions. Visitors are required to wear face coverings. Presiding Judge Samuel McAdam issued an April 28 order extending time periods for certain matters scheduled between April 29 and May 26. The chief justice issued a third emergency order for the court on April 27 allowing the court to hold proceedings anywhere in the county and authorizing the extension of certain statutory deadlines. Courtroom livestreams are available on the court’s website.

Yuba County Superior Court: The court reopened May 1 “with strict social distancing” requirements in place. Visitors will receive health screenings at the door and must wear face coverings. 

The California Supreme Court: 

The court on April 10 issued an order extending ”the time periods specified by the California Rules of Court for acts or events in proceedings before this court otherwise due to occur between March 20, 2020 and April 20, 2020, inclusive.”

The court on March 16 suspended in-person oral arguments until ”deemed prudent to resume normal measures.” Counsel are appearing by video or telephone. All oral argument sessions will be held in San Francisco.

The court also extended mandatory filings of all documents, including briefs. and extended proceedings with deadlines through April 20 an additional 30 days.

California Courts of Appeal:

The chief justice on April 15 issued a second order for the appellate courts extending time periods in the Rules of Court by no more than 30 days.

The First District court in San Francisco has cancelled all in-person oral arguments until further notice. Attorneys who choose to present oral arguments must do so by telephone. The chief justice issued an emergency order for the court on March 18. The court issued a second implementation order on April 15.

The Second District court in Los Angeles suspended all in-person oral arguments. Counsel must now appear by video or telephone. The chief justice issued an order giving the court up to 30 extra days to  “do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court. ” The court’s April 15 implementation order is here.

The Third District court in Sacramento will hold oral arguments on its May calendar by telephone. The court issued guidelines for such appearances here. The court posted an implementation order on April 17.

The Fourth District courts received an emergency order from the chief justice extending by up to 30 days “any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court. ” In-court oral arguments have been suspended. Counsel who choose to present oral arguments must do so by telephone. The court issued an April 15 implementation order.

The Fifth District court in Fresno has suspended all in-person oral arguments. Telephone and video appearances can be arranged. The chief justice issued an executive order for the court on March 23. The court’s April 15 implementation order is here.

The Sixth District court in San Jose has temporarily closed its clerk’s office window. Oral arguments are being conducted telephonically. Court users who cannot file their papers electronically are asked to use the dropbox on the 10th floor of 333 W. Santa Clara St. in San Jose. The chief justice issued an emergency order on March 18 authorizing the court to extend by 30 days the deadline for any act required or permitted under California Rules of Court.

Commission on Judicial Performance: The commission’s offices are temporarily closed to the public. The agency is continuing to accept complaints submitted by mail.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 6 appointed Fresno sole practitioner Victor Salazar to the commission.

State Bar of California: The bar has closed its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices to the public until further notice. 

The board of trustees adopted emergency rule changes that will waive late payment penalties for attorneys affected by COVID-19; extend the penalty deadline for law corporation renewal to June 30; and extend some compliance deadlines to Sept. 30.