This list was updated on 6/22/2020 at 10:32 PM
California courts are beginning to ease months of pandemic-related closures. A Judicial Council working group on June 3 released a 75-page pandemic recovery guide that contains guidance for courts on safely reopening. The committee also set aside $5 million in maintenance funds to reimburse courts for COVID-19-related safety measures.
Here’s a look at how courts across the state are grappling with all the changes associated with the novel coronavirus as of june 22.
Alameda County Superior Court: The court expected to resume processing papers related to appeals on June 15. The court has also stayed unlawful detainer proceedings, including evictions, through July 15. On June 16, the court adopted its own $0 bail emergency bail schedule.
Jury trials resumed on June 8, with potential jurors receiving summonses to report on June 29. In anticipation, the court’s executive committee approved two new emergency rules.
“Rule 1.10 clarifies that jurors will be selected countywide for all trials in order to ensure that a representative cross-section of our community is able to appear. Rule 1.10a then provides for the advance, remote completion of juror questionnaires, including hardship deferral requests.”
On June 1, Presiding Judge Tara Desautels signed an implementation order continuing the court’s general closure to the public through June 27 and extending timelines for criminal jury trials through July 15. A May 29 emergency order signed by the chief justice authorizes the court to further extend the deadline for holding criminal jury trials by up to 30 days for cases where the speedy trial deadline would otherwise fall between June 15 and July 15.
A June 1 notice says the court does not expect to issue blanket continuances for criminal jury trials but wants flexibility in light of public health considerations. The court ordered the further stay of all unlawful detainer proceedings, including evictions, through June 14,
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: Starting June 22, criminal matters will no longer be held remotely, the court announced. All visitors to the courthouse grounds must wear a face covering. All civic and traffic matters will continue to be heard by telephone appearance until further notice.
Amador County Superior Court: The court resumed all calendars, remotely where possible, on June 1. 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: Presiding Judge Clare Keithley issued a nine-page operations order on June 12. All civil calendars, excluding jury trials, recommenced effective May 18, the court announced.
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 resumed 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: The chief justice issued an emergency order on June 3 authorizing the court to extend the deadline for holding a criminal trial by 30 days for cases where the deadline would have expired between June 16 and July 15.
All courthouses reopened to the public May 26 . 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.
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 reopened 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.”
Everyone entering a Fresno County courthouse must wear a face covering. A fifth emergency order issued by the chief justice on June 18 authorizes the court to extend arraignment deadlines from 48 hours to up to seven days for cases where the deadline would have expired between June 20 and July 17. The court is live streaming some proceedings.
Glenn County Superior Court: The court resumed 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 third emergency order on June 19 authorizing the court to extend the time period for holding a criminal trial by up to 30 days for cases where the statutory deadlines would have expierd between June 22 and Aug. 6.
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 were 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: Jury duty has resumed. 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 chief justice on June 15 issed a third emergency order authorizing the court to extend the time period for holding a criminal trial by up to 30 days for cases where the deadline would otherwise expire between June 16 and July 16. On June 16, Presiding Judge Robert Shane Burns issued a general order extending certain time periods and requiring the use of technology, when possible, to conduct hearings.
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.
Lake County Superior Court: The court announced expanding services starting June 1, with many proceedings taking place by phone or video. A June 4 order mandates the use of face covering, with exceptions. The court expects to begin holding jury trials some time after June 22. The Clearlake branch will begin holding calendars again June 22. Anyone entering a court buliding must wear a face covering.
Lassen County Superior Court: The court on May 21 posted a new operations plan that took 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.
Los Angeles County Superior Court: The court was expected to reopen 400 courtrooms on June 22. The clerk’s office reopened on June 15. Judicial officers, court employees and visitors are required to wear face coverings and access to courthouses is limited. Remote proceedings are taking place in some cases. The court’s executive committee approved an emergency $0 bail schedule
The chief justice issued a fifth emergency order for the court on June 10.
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: On June 16, the court adopted a local emergency rule on prospective jurors’ request for hardship excuses. The court resumed many operations on June 1, with many proceedings taking place in virtual courtrooms. Clerk’s offices opened on June 1. Jury service returned on June 18; no more than 20 jurors will be in the assembly room at any one time. Visitors to the courthouse must wear a face covering.
The chief justice issued a sixth emergency order on June 19 authorizing the court to extend a number of filing and statutory deadlines and to hold proceedings anywhere in the county.
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: Starting June 1, the court began some in-person proceedings. Parties entering the courthouse will have their temperatures checked at the door and will be required to wear face coverings. “All civil jury trials currently set between Tuesday, March 17, and Monday August 31, 2020 will be continued on a rolling basis for 8 weeks from the currently scheduled trial date. “
A June 11 emergency order by the chief justice authorizes the court to hold proceedings anywhere in the county and to delay criminal trials for up to 30 days in cases where the trial would otherwise be required to start between June 11 and July 31.
Modoc County Superior Court: The court resumed regular court operations on June 1.
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. Court executive officer Lester Perpall said that jury trials have not resumed, although the court does not currently have any matters that are ready for a jury trial. Presiding Judge Mark Magit issued an implementation order on March 6. Appearances are being conducted via Internet and phone.
Monterey County Superior Court: Thirty-five court employees have been told to self-isolate after an employee at the Marina courthouse and another at the Monterey courthouse tested positive for COVID-19, the Monterey County Weekly reported June 14. The courthouses received deep cleanings and calendars will go on as scheduled. The Monterey courthouse public window on Auguajito Road will be closed until June 25. The Marina courthouse was closed for part of the day June 11 and all day June 12, the Weekly reported.
The court detailed new court operations plans on May 26. Jury trials in criminal cases resumed on June 1. Jury trials in civil matters resumed 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 resumed all court operations on June 1. Proceedings are taking place remotely where possible. Jury service is expected to resume June 15. Visitors must wear face coverings.
Nevada County Superior Court: Juror summonses are going out with a trial expected to start In Nevada City on June 23.
“The court has expanded the scope of its operations county wide to include family law and civil matters as well as traffic matters at the Truckee courthouse.” A May 28 executive order details expanded operations for the court.
Orange County Superior Court: The court enacted temporary procedures on June 17 for establishing “good cause” to conduct civil and probate jury trials.
Jury trials have restarted after a soft reopening began on May 26. Preliminary hearings in felony matters began that day as did four criminal jury trials that were suspended during the pandemic closures.
An emergency order issued by the chief justice on June 10 authorizes the court to extend the deadline for holding certain criminal trials by up to 30 days.
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 court announced on May 15 that it intended 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.”
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: Although the court has expanded operations, leaders announced on June 11 that “the court will be extending the closures of the Corona, Moreno Valley, Temecula and Hemet Courts as well as the Riverside Self-Help Center and the Riverside Records Center from June 15, 2020 through June 26, 2020. “
On June 1, the court rescinded the court holiday governing all non-emergency general civil and lmited civil filings. Non-emergency civil documents can be filed online, via mail or in a courthouse dropbox. The court is now summoning jurors for trials set to resume in mid-June.
The court on June 1 also rescinded the court holiday for non-emergency misdemeanor and felony filings. At the same time, the chief justice issued a seventh emergency order for the court on June 2 authorizing the court to extend the time to hold a criminal trial by 30 days for cases where the deadline would have expired between June 16 and July 31.
Everyone entering the courthouse must wear a face covering, and jury assembly rooms are being reconfigured to promote physical distancing.
Sacramento County Superior Court: “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.”
The court expected to resume holding criminal jury trials on June 15. Spectator seating for criminal jury trials and some sentencing hearings will be made available by lottery.
The chief justice issued a fifth emergency order for the court on June 12 authorizing the presiding judge to extend timelines for meeting certain filing and statutory requirements.
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 court is posting updates for various court operations here. Some hearings are being live streamed.
San Benito County Superior Court: Access to the courthouse remains limited, and visitors, who must wear face coverings, can expect to have their tempearture checked. A new court calendar system goes into effect July 6
San Bernardino County Superior Court: The court began ramping up services on May 29. All courthouses, with the exception of those in Big Bear and Needles, are open for limited hours and modified services. The courthouse in Joshua Tree will open June 8, Judge Rodney Cortez said. Visitors are required to wear face masks and maintain physicial distance from other people.
A fourth emergency order issued for the court by the chief justice on June 11 authorizes certain criminal trials to be delayed for up to 30 days.
San Diego County Superior Court: The court resumed most operations on May 26, although jury trials were not being scheduled at that time. Court officials have set a June 24 deadline for scheduling status conferences in civil matters in independent calendar department.
The court is livestreaming certain proceedings Courthouse visitors and employees are required to wear masks. Anyone entering a courthouse will have their temperature checked.
The chief justice issued a seventh emergency order for the court on June 10 authorizing a delay of up to 30 days for criminal trials where the deadline would otherwise expire between June 15 and Sept. 14. An eighth emergency order issued June 15 authorizes the court to extend the deadline for arraignments from 48 hours to seven days for cases where the deadline would have expired between June 19 to July 15.
San Francisco Superior Court: The court restored “a number of services” on 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 announced a restoration of services on July 6. Courthouse access will be limited and entrants will have their temperatures taken. Face coverings are required. The Lodi branch will remain closed while one department in the Manteca courthouse will be open. Jurors are being summoned.
The Stockton and French Camp courthouses remain open. Some hearings will take place telephonically. The court has posted department operations here.
San Luis Obispo County Superior Court: A June 4 general order extends certain deadlines through July 3. 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 resumed on June 15. The court has posted an operations FAQ page here.
San Mateo County Superior Court: The court issued a calendar memo on June 12 outlining operations and calendars that are being handled in person and via remote technology.
The chief justice issued a three-page emergency order on June 11 extending certain deadlines and allowing the court to hold proceedings anywhere in the county.
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.”
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.”
The chief justice issued a fifth emergency order for the court on May 26.
Santa Clara County Superior Court: The court announced on June 18 the resumption of jury service and trials. Jury calls are being staggered to reduce the number of people in courthouses at a given time.
On June 15, the clerk’s offices at the Hall of Justice Criminal Courthouse and the Family Justice Center Courthouse reopened. The civil and traffic court clerk’s offices will reopen for in-person services on June 29.
The chief justice on June 1 issued an eighth emergency order authorizing the court to declare June 1 to June 30 a court holiday for the purpose of calculating certain deadlines.
Face coverings are required in public areas and shared work spaces. General access to courthouses is restricted. 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 started on June 1. Most court staff have returned 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: Presiding Judge Charles Ervin issued an emergency order on june 3 allowing the transfer of pending civil cases to another county within 100 miles of Sierra County’s borders through June 27. The order also extends certain matters with deadlines that would have expired through June 27. The court’s website says that the court is handling all matters remotely until further notice.
Siskiyou County Superior Court: Normal operations were scheduled to 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 is posting notices of continued hearings on its website.
Sonoma County Superior Court: The court was scheduled to 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: The chief justice issued an emergency order on June 12 allowing the court to hold proceedings anywhere in the county and extending certain timelines in cases involving minors. Another emergency order issued June 19 authorizes the court to extend the deadline for arraignments to up to seven days in cases where the deadline would otherwise expire between June 22 and July 18.
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 “
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 is limiting in-person appearances and using telephone and video alternatives through July 2. 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.
Tulare County Superior Court: The court began conducting hearings again in most case types on June 4. Public counters reopened on June 10 by appointment only. Only parties with business before the court on a given day will be allowed into the courthouse.
Presiding Judge Brett Alldredge issued an admimnistrative order for court operations on June 10.
Tuolumne County Superior Court: Jury trials were expected to resume on June 17. Because of the need for social distancing, the court will be using a large building at the county fairgrounds for felony trial jury selections over the next four weeks.
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: A June 9 order signed by Presiding Judge Kent Kellegrew outlined court operations, which generally resumed on June 15. Physical access to the court is limited. Some proceedings are being ivestreamed subject to the discretion of individual judges. The court has posted a civil reopening plan here.
The chief justice issued an emergency order for the court on June 10 authorizing a delay of up to 30 days for criminal trials that would have otherwise been required to start between June 16 and July 31.
Yolo County Superior Court: The court is open with reduced calendars for essential functions. Criminal jury trials are expected to resume in July. Some jurors are being asked to report by Zoom. Visitors are required to wear face coverings.
Yuba County Superior Court: The court reopened May 1 “with strict social distancing” requirements in place. Visitors receive health screenings at the door and must wear face coverings.
The California Supreme Court:
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.
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 video after June 17. 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. The court will be holding video oral arguments for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. 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 June 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 resumed full operations at its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices on June 15. Visitors must wear face coverings, and they will have their temperatures checked at the door. Appointments are required for meetings with staff.
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.