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This list was updated on 9/292020 at 12:37 AM

California courts were just beginning to ease months of pandemic-related closures and then the state’s infection numbers spiked. And the wildfires began. Here’s a look at how courts across the state are grappling with all the changes associated with the novel coronavirus as of Sept. 29.

Alameda County Superior Court: The court extended the stay on writs of possession in unlawful detainer matters through Dec. 31. The court as of July 13 began accepting unlawful detainer filings tied to public health and safety emergencies.

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.”

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: As of June 22, criminal matters are no longer being held remotely, the court announced. All visitors to the courthouse grounds must wear face coverings. 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 resumed in June. The court on July 1 rescinded an order temporarily halting the issuance of writs of possession in residential eviction matters. Face coverings are required in the court.

Butte County Superior Court: The Oroville courthouse was closed Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 due to wildfire evacuation orders and warnings in the area. The chief justice issued a fifth emergency order for the court related to proceeding delays necessitated by the wildfires. A related general order by Presiding Judge Clare Keithley can be found here

Keithley on Aug. 27 issued an order amending previous orders issued on July 31 and July 10 addressing emergency operations and jury trials

Calaveras County Superior Court:  The court authorized delays in some matters where deadlines would have otherwise expired on Aug. 17 or Aug. 18 

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 chief justice issued a fifth emergency order on Aug. 20 authoriznig the court to delay the start of a crimnal trial by up to 30 days for cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Aug. 24 and Sept. 30.

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 on Sept. 25 issued an 11th emergency order for the court, authorizing the extension of deadlines in dependency cases involving minors. A tenth order signed on Sept. 10 extending the time period for holding a criminal trial for up to 30 days in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Sept. 14 and Nov. 12.

The court on Sept. 2 issused a sixth amended set of emergency rules applying to civil cases.

Courthouses reopened to the public May 26 . Visitors, who must wear face coverings, will have their temperatures checked upon entry.

Del Norte County Superior Court:  The court opened on a daily basis starting May 26 for limited operations. 

El Dorado County Superior Court: On Aug. 4 the court announced initial juror appearances (but not trials) for Department 9 will be conducted online. The court is posting all standing orders here.

 New physical distancing protocols were posted for all courthouses on June 18. 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.

Fresno County Superior Court: The chief justice issued an eighth emergency order for the court on Sept. 15 authorizing delays of up to 30 days for the start of criminal trials where the deadline would otherwise have expired between Sept. 15 and Oct. 30.

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

An Aug. 5 posting by the court provides information about operations and services at the court.

Humboldt County Superior Court:  A Sept. 8 order by the court prohibits in-person hearings in family law matters until further notice. Hearings will continue via remote conferencing.

The court began gearing up to resume trials in July. The clerks office is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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. 

Imperial County Superior Court:  The court announced that the first jury trial since the pandemic began started the week of Sept. 21.  Court officials have also released a master plan to fully restore court services. Phase One of the plan begins Oct. 5, when the civil calendar, probate calendar and long-cause family law matters will be heard in-person.

Inyo County Superior Court: The chief justice issued a third emergency order for the court on Aug. 17, authorizing the court to delay for up to 30 days criminal trials where the deadlines would have otherwise expired between Aug. 19 and Sept. 18.

Kern County Superior Court:  The court on Aug. 25 issued a general order authorizing court sessions to be held anywhere in the county, including jails, between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30.

The court on July 9 delayed for 90 days all civil trials expected to take longer than two days. The order affects cases set for trial in the metropolitan division between July 8 and Oct. 8. 

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.”

Kings County Superior Court: The chief justice issued a sixth emergency order for the court on Sept. 16 authorizing delays of up to 30 days for the start of criminal trials in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Sept. 21 and Oct. 21.

A fifth emergency order authorized the court to delay the starts of cirminal trials for up to 30 days in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Aug. 18 and Oct. 19.

Presiding Judge Robert Shane Burns issued a related general order on Aug. 17.

Lake County Superior Court:  The chief justice issued a fourth emergency order on Aug. 14, authozing the court to delay the start of criminal trials for up to 30 days in cases where the deadline would otherwise have expired between Aug. 19 and Sept. 17.

The court in late August announced the resumption of jury trials, with the first jury selection process taking place at a Lake County Fairgrounds building most recently used as a skating rink.

The court on July 31 updated its operations status, noting that many hearings are taking place remotely.

Lassen County Superior Court: Due to wildfires in the area, an Aug. 24 emergency order by the chief justice extended numerous deadlines for certain types of cases pending in late August.

The court on May 21 posted a new operations plan that took effect on May 26. A June 17 order explains procedures for online proceedings. The courthouse is open daily with physical distancing requirements and temperature screenings at the doors. Some proceedings are taking place remotely. Calendars are limited.

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Los Angeles County Superior Court:  Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile issued a Sept. 10 administrative order reiterating that civil jury trials will be delayed until January. The order says that criminal trials will be given priority, Brazile said the court has a backlog of 7,000 criminal cases pending.

Effective Aug. 10 the court extended remote appearance technology to all 250 criminal courtrooms.

Madera County Superior Court: The chief justice issued a seventh emergency order on Sept. 11 allowing the court to hold session anywhere in the county, including jail, and to delay the start of criminal trials for up to 30 days in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Sept. 14 and Oct. 14.

The court issued a reintroduction-of-services plan on May 27.

Marin County Superior Court:  The chief justice on Sept. 16 issued a ninth emergency order authorizing the court to hold sessions anywhere in the county, including jail. The order also extends deadlines for certain cases involving minors.

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.

Mariposa County Superior Court: A June 22 court order mandates the use of face coverings and the practice of physical distancing inside the courthouse. The court is livestreaming proceedings.

Mendocino County Superior Court: Clerks’ offices are open but filers are asked to use drop boxes or online services. Visitors entering the courthouses must wear face coverings. 

Merced County Superior Court: The chief justice on Sept. 3 issued a seventh emergency order authorizing the court to extend the time period for holding a criminal trial by up to 30 days in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Sept. 16 and Oct. 15. 

On Aug. 3 the court announced modified operations. “Jury service” will continue. The court resumed imposing civil assessments on traffic infractions on Aug. 10.

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. “

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. An emergency order issued by the chief justice on Aug. 10 authorizes the court to delay the start of criminal trials by up to 30 days in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Aug. 24 and Sept. 14.

Monterey County Superior Court:  Clerk’s offices have reopened. 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 was expected to resume June 15. Visitors must wear face coverings. The court announced expanded use of remote appearance technology on July 24.

Nevada County Superior Court: The chief justice issued an eighth emergency order on Aug. 18, authoriznig the court to delay the start of a criminal trial by up to 30 days in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Aug. 10 and Sept. 30.

A July 20 order by the court mandates the wearing of face coverings in courthouses. 

Jury trials were scheduled to resume in late June. “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 chief justice on Sept. 11 issued a ninth emergency order for the court extending by up to three days the amount of time in which a minor taken into custody pending dependency proceedings must be given a detention hearing.

The court enacted temporary procedures on June 17 for establishing “good cause” to conduct civil and probate jury trials. A separate order issued July 7 bars anyone from engaging in “workouts, sports and physical activities” on courthouse property.

Jury trials 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.

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 were vacated.

Placer County Superior Court: The court on Sept. 24 announced updated actions in response to COVID-19. The mandate for remote hearings in most civil and probate hearings will be removed on Oct. 1, although remote hearings will still be strongly encouraged. Remote appearances are still required in family law and certain civil and probate cases.

The court launched new service plans for civil and criminal cases on July 9.

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 chief justice issued a 14th emergency orde for the court on Sept. 28 extending by up to 30 days the time period for holding a criminal trial in cases where the deadline would have other wise expired between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30.

A 13th order by the chief justice extended the deadline for bringing a felony suspect before a magistrate from 48 hours to up to four days for cases where the deadline would have ohterwise expired between Sept. 18 and Oct. 16.

The court announced on Sept. 22 that 50 criminal trials have been completed or are in progress since court closures started in March.

The court announced “the Corona Court, the Moreno Valley Court, the Temecula Court, the Hemet Court, the Riverside Self-Help Center, and the Riverside Records Center will be temporarily closed from August 10, 2020 until further notice.”

 

An 11th emergency order issued Aug. 14 extended the time period for holding a criminal trial for up to 30 days in cases where the deadline would have expied between Aug. 14 and Sept. 30.

 

Sacramento County Superior Court:  On Sept. 15, the chief justice issued an emergency order authorizing the court to hold sessions anywhere in the county, including jails , between Sept. 22 and Oct. 22  The order also extends deadlines for taking felony defendants before a magistrate and for starting a criminal trial.

The court on Sept. 9 announced that it will resume the Order of Examination calendar on Dec. 4 with in-person hearings scheduled through reservations only.

The court posted an update on its operations on Aug. 3. A related notice outlines phased and limited resetting of trial and mandatory settlement conference dates.

“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.

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: The court issued a fourth set of emergency court rules on Sept. 2 setting hours and access rules for proceedings. “All hearings must be in person unless authorized by the court.”

San Bernardino County Superior Court:  On Sept. 14,, the chief justice issued a seventh emergency order for the court authorizing delays of up to 30 days for holding criminal trials in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Sept. 14 and Oct. 13.

The court announced that the Needles courthouse would start oepning once a month in October.

The court began ramping up services on May 29. All courthouses, with the exception of the Needles location, are open for limited hours and modified services.  Visitors are required to wear face masks and maintain physicial distance from other people. Live audio streaming of certain proceedings is available.

San Diego County Superior Court: The chief justice issued a 15th emergency order on Sept. 15 authorizing the court to delay the time a felony defendant must be brought before a defendant from 48 hours to up to seven days for cases where the deadline woudl have otherwise expired between Sept. 10 and Oct. 7.

A 14th emergency order issued Sept. 4 authorizes delays of up to 30 days in starting criminal trials in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Sept. 12 and Oct. 18.

The court announced on Sept. 9 that it will be prioritizing criminal jury trials, which it expects to resume in October. The court resumed most other operations on May 26 

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 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 issued an operations update on Sept. 10.  The Lodi branch will remain closed while one department in the Manteca courthouse will be open. Jurors are being summoned. Some hearings are taking place telephonically.

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court:  On Sept. 24, the chief justice issued an eighth emergency order authorizing the court to hold sessions anywhere in the county, including jails, through Oct. 23. The order also extends deadlines for several types of proceedings.

San Mateo County Superior Court: The chief justice issued an eighth emergency order for the court on Aug. 25. A 19-page calendar memo order issued Aug. 27 by Presiding Judge Jonathan Karesh outlnes operations.

Acting Presiding Judge Leland Davis issued two orders on Aug. 5  One requires the use of face coverings and sets procedures for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in courthouses. The second lifted a temporary jury trial suspension as of Aug. 10.

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 an eighth emergency order for the court on Sept. 15 authorizing delays of up to 30 days to hold criminal trials in cases where the deadline would otherwise expire between Sept. 17 and Nov. 16.

Santa Clara County Superior Court:  The chief justice issued a 15th emergency order for the court on Sept. 28 authorizing a court holiday between Oct. 1 and Oct. 30 for the purpose of calculating certain deadlines in cases that fall under the Welfare and Institutions Code.

Citing the pandemic and budget cuts, the court on Aug. 7 announced reduced office and telephone hours. Business matters usually handled at the Palo Alto and Morgan Hill offices will now be handled in San jose at the Hall of Justice.

The chief justice on Sept. 10 issued a 14th emergency order authorizing the court to delay for up to 30 days the start of a criminal trial in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Sept. 14 and Oct. 30. A 13th order issued Aug. 31 declared the period between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30 a court holiday for the purposes of calculating the filing deadline in certain matters.

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 reopened for in-person services on June 29.

Face coverings are required in public areas and shared work spaces. Access to courthouses is restrictedThe 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: On Sept. 3, the chief justice issued a fifth emergency orderauthorizing the court to delay the start of a criminal trial for up to 30 days in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Sept. 9 and Oct. 16.

On Aug. 26 the court posted rules overseeing the use of remote appearances.

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. Everyone entering the court is encouraged to wear a mask. The court posted a jury trial assignment policy on June 3.

Sierra County Superior Court: The chief justice issued a seventh emergency order on Aug. 28 authorizing the court to hold sessions anywhere in the county, including jails, through Sept. 26. The court’s website says that the court is handling all matters remotely until further notice.

Siskiyou County Superior Court: The chief justice on Sept. 16 issued a fifth emergency order for the court authorizing a delay of up to 30 days to start criminal trials in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Sept. 21 and Oct. 26.

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.”

The court is posting notices of continued hearings on its website.

Sonoma County Superior Court: The court was scheduled to be closed Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 due to wildfires affecting the county.

The chief justice issued a sixth emergency order on Aug. 28 authorizing the court to hold sessions anywhere in the county, including jails, between Sept. 1 and Oct. 30. The order also allows the court to delay the start of criminal trials by up to 30 days in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired in September.

Starting July 13, criminal matters moved from the Empire Annex Courthouse to their traditional home in the Hall of Justice. 

The court expanded operations and opened an additional nine courtrooms on June 1. Generally, 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 a ninth emergency order on Sept. 10 authorizing the court to hold sessions anywhere in the county, including jails, between Sept. 10 and Oct. 9.  The order also extends deadlines in many classes of cases.  The court may also extend from 48 hours to seven days the deadline for a felony defendant to be taken in front of a magistrate.

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.”

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 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. The court posted a public announcement on Sept. 8 explaining how jury trials will be conducted.

Tulare County Superior Court:  The chief justice issued a seventh emergency order for the court on Sept. 17 authorizing holding sessions anywhere in the county, including jail, between Sept. 19 and Nov. 20. The order extends by up to 30 days the deadline for holding criminal trials in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Sept. 19 and Nov. 20.

The court began conducting hearings again in most case types on June 4.

Tuolumne County Superior Court: Jury trials resumed on June 17. 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.”

The chief justice issued a third emergency order for the court on Sept. 15 authorizing delays of up to 30 days in holding a criminal trial in cases where the deadline would have otherwise expired between Sept. 16 and Oct. 2.

Ventura County Superior Court: The chief justice issued an eighth emergency order for the court on Sept. 14 authorizing extensions of deadlines in certain cases involving minors.

A seventh emergency order on Sept. 8 authorized the court to temporarily extend the deadline for bringing a felony defendant before a magistrate from 48 hours to seven days.

A sixth emergency order issued Aug. 27 authorized the court to delay the start of criminal trials by up to 30 days for cases where the deadline would otherwise have expired between Aug. 31 and Oct. 30.

The court in late July posted the steps it is taking to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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.

Yolo County Superior Court: The court is open with reduced calendars for essential functions. Almost all appearances are being handled presumptively by video. Criminal jury trials were 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.

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 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 will be holding video or telephonic oral arguments for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. The courtroom will be closed to the public, although proceedings can be watched online. 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 all oral arguments, starting with its July calendar, by videoconference. The public can watch the proceedings online.

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.