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CA Federal Courts

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Oral Arguments
Arguments currently scheduled in March, April, and May 2020 are being evaluated one at a time and orders will issue in those cases giving direction to the parties. Panels may exercise their discretion under the rules to submit cases without argument; to postpone argument to a later date; or to hold argument via telephone or video. When argument is held, it will be live streamed to facilitate public access.

Access to the Courthouse
Until further notice, our courthouses are closed to the public during non-court weeks. Attorneys and parties who have access to CM/ECF are strongly encouraged to use it for everything, including new petitions for review and original proceedings. If unrepresented litigants have access to email, they are encouraged to submit their filings, including petitions for review and all other pleadings, directly to the Court at this email address: prose_pleadings@ca9.uscourts.gov. We also have a drop box (for petitions for review and original proceedings) in the lobby of the Browning Courthouse at 95 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, and the Court continues to receive filings sent via U.S. Mail or commercial delivery services.

Filing Deadlines & Paper Copies
Because the national response to the pandemic has disrupted services of all kinds, the Court will extend non-jurisdictional filing dates as needed. Due dates for notices of appeal, petitions for review, and any document that confers jurisdiction on this Court, are set by statute or rule and are unaffected by this notice. Please follow the instructions in the next section to seek an extension of time to file a brief. The court will issue instructions for seeking extensions of other types of non-jurisdictional deadlines in the coming days.

07/31/2020

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the following further measures taken in response to the threat posed by COVID-19, also known as the “Coronavirus.”

The Court’s Continuity of Operations Plan (“COOP”) remains activated and is extended through and including June 1, 2020.

The Court will not call in jurors for service in civil or criminal jury trials until after June 1, 2020. All filing deadlines will remain in place unless otherwise ordered by the presiding Judge.

Pursuant to the COOP, hearings in civil cases will only go forward by video or telephonic conference. Hearings by video and telephonic conference may be held by individual Judges in certain criminal matters.

Criminal duty matters before Magistrate Judges, such as initial appearances, arraignments, detention hearings, and the issuance of search warrants, shall continue to take place in the ordinary course, with a preference for appearances made by video or telephonic conference as set forth in Order of the Chief Judge No. 20-043. All signatures on documents including, but not limited to, financial affidavits, statement of the defendant’s constitutional rights, consents to waive preliminary hearing, consents to appear by video or telephonic conference, waivers of the defendant’s presence, Pretrial and Probation reports, and appearance bonds/orders for release shall be performed electronically with the [s/name] format. For the defendant, defense counsel may sign on behalf of the defendant, after receiving consent, and submit the documents electronically to the duty Judge’s criminal duty email address by no later than 2:00 p.m. the day of the criminal duty calendar.

In-person meetings of the grand juries shall remain suspended and that period of suspension is extended through and including June 1, 2020.

The naturalization ceremonies scheduled in April and May 2020 are cancelled.

07/31/2020

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

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This court issues this General Order as another in a series of General Orders in response to the exponential spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Eastern District of California and elsewhere, making the following findings and orders:

WHEREAS on June 18, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Order on Guidance for the use of Face Coverings in California, finding the increasing number of Californians who are leaving their homes for work and other needs increases the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection.

WHEREAS, over the last four months, public health professionals and society at large all have learned more about COVID-19 transmission, most notably that people who are infected but are asymptomatic or presymptomatic contribute to community spread.

WHEREAS, the best public health guidance at this time is that the use of face coverings by everyone can limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing and/or sneezing, as well as reinforce physical distancing.

WHEREAS, the Governor has ordered that People in California must wear face coverings when they are in high-risk situations including inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space, or, engaged in work at a workplace and working in or walking through common areas, including hallways, stairways, elevators and parking facilities. WHEREAS, the COVID-19 Cases in all divisions of the Eastern District of California and the rest of the State of California are increasing.

WHEREAS, the Federal Security Committees for all Eastern District of California Courthouses voted on May 28 to immediately require face coverings in public portions of all Courthouses and in private office space if six feet of physical distancing could not be maintained.

NOW THEREFORE, in light of the best information available to the Judges of the Eastern District of California at this time, on behalf of the Court and until further notice, I hereby issue the following Order:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in all courthouses of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, face coverings must be worn in all public spaces including common areas, hallways, stairways, elevators, cafeterias, restrooms and parking facilities. Face coverings must also be worn in all private agency space where six feet of physical distancing between persons cannot be maintained.

A face covering is defined as material that covers both the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts or towels.

A child under 2 years old; anyone with respiratory issues where it would impede their breathing; anyone unable to remove a face covering without help; and anyone with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that does not allow them to wear a facer covering is exempt from this order.

07/31/2020

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

On July 17, 2020, the court was notified of an increase in COVID-19 positive cases at the Santa Rita Jail. In an abundance of caution and in the interest of public safety, the court will suspend all in-court appearances by in-custody defendants, from any detention center, effective July 20, 2020 until August 10, 2020. This period may be extended by further notice. Counsel representing in-custody defendants will be notified of new hearing dates.

In light of the continuing COVID-19 public health emergency, all civil hearings and most criminal hearings in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California will be conducted either by teleconference or videoconference until further notice. Commencing July 1, 2020, a limited number of criminal jury trials may be permitted at the court’s discretion. See General Orders 72-4 and 74. Following guidance from the Judicial Conference of the United States, and under authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES ACT”), members of the press and public may remotely observe hearings via videoconference or teleconference.

For information on how to observe court proceedings held by videoconference, visit cand.uscourts.gov/zoom. A list of upcoming hearings that will be held by videoconference is available at apps.cand.uscourts.gov/telhrg/. Log-in or call-in information is available on the assigned judge’s home page or calendar, or by emailing media@cand.uscourts.gov.

PLEASE NOTE: Persons granted remote access to proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings (including those held by telephone or videoconference). See Court Rules Affecting the Media and General Order 58 at Paragraph III. Any recording of a court proceeding held by video or teleconference, including “screen-shots” or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited. Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court-issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary by the court. Members of the press and the public are also expected to mute their phones during telephonic hearings and to not disrupt proceedings in any manner.

07/31/2020

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

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On March 30, 2020, the Chief Judge issued Order of the Chief Judge (OCJ) 20 authorizing the use of video and telephonic conferencing in certain criminal proceedings pursuant to Sections 15002(b)(l)-(2) of the CARES Act, H.R. 748. Pursuant to Section 15002(b )(3) of the legislation, the authorization would remain in effect for 90 days. Many of the circumstances giving rise to the COVID-19 public emergency have not abated since the entry of OCJ 20. Because the emergency conditions continue to exist, and to protect the public safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Chief Judge hereby extends the authorizations set forth in that Order. This Order is effective immediately and will remain in place until September 26, 2020 absent further order of the Court.

07/31/2020
WA Federal Courts

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

Court Operations Under Exigent Circumstances created by COVID-19:

  • Pending criminal cases (District Court and Magistrate Court), the Court finds that using video conferencing or telephone conferencing when necessary would result in minimizing undue risk to defendants, counsel, law enforcement, Court staff, witnesses, and the public at large. Accordingly, the Court will continue to encourage and use these tools for those hearings allowed by General Order 20-101-6 and the CARES Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136, when ordered by the presiding judge.

  • Hearings in civil and criminal matters set for telephonic appearance by all parties or hearings set without oral argument remain unaffected;

  • Magistrate Judge hearings and functions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis; and

  • At this time, the Yakima and Richland Clerks Offices will require advance notice prior to the posting of a criminal bond. Appointments are available in both of the Court’s locations by contacting the Clerk’s Office at the numbers listed below. Please contact only the office in which the bond will be posted on behalf of your client.

    Richland Clerk’s Office: 509-943-8170
    Yakima Clerk’s Office: 509-573-6600

  • Notice to Public Access Terminal Users in Yakima and Richland – If you need assistance with accessing court documents and are not able, or cannot afford, to use PACER.gov, please call the appropriate number listed above.

  • All non-case related events scheduled to be held in the District’s courthouses, including naturalization proceedings and outreach events, are postponed pending further order of the Court.

  • Contact the Bankruptcy Court directly for guidance on bankruptcy proceedings.

See General Order 20-101-6 for additional information.

TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS REGARDING ACCESS TO THE COURT:

The Spokane Federal Courthouse is now open to the public. The Yakima Federal Courthouse and the court floors of the Richland Federal Courthouse are closed to the public through June 30, 2020. See General Order 20-101-6 for additional information and William O. Douglas Federal Building FSC Order 20-06 and Richland Courthouse and Federal Building Order No. 20-04 for additional information.

All persons seeking entry to, or occupying, the Federal Courthouses in all three locations must wear a mask. See General Order 20-101-6, Administrative Order 20-04 and Richland Courthouse and Federal Building Order No. 20-04 for additional information.

Prior FSC Orders:

Physical access to urgent in-person proceedings scheduled at this time will be limited to parties, counsel, witnesses and victims.

The Clerk’s Office in Spokane is open to the public effective June 1, 2020. The Yakima and Richland Clerks Office are closed to the public through June 30, 2020. Filings and payments may be left in designated drop boxes at the Court Security Officer locations (guard stations) in Yakima and Richland. The Court encourages filings by CM/ECF, use of the mail, or delivery services.

The Clerk’s Office is not closed, it is operational and you may contact the office by telephone during business hours.

Notice Regarding Press and Public Access to Court Hearings

Effective immediately, the audio content of hearings held in the Eastern District of Washington throughout the COVID-19 pandemic event will be available in real-time to members of the press and public via a dedicated teleconference line. This access will be free of charge. Dial-in information will be available on PACER via the docket for each scheduled case. Hearing content provided in such manner must NOT be recorded or rebroadcast.

07/31/2020

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington continues to closely monitor the national, state, and local responses to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and is following guidance provided by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local health officials. Court operations within the Western District of Washington are currently governed by General Order 08-20, General Order 07-20, General Order 04-20, General Order 03-20 and General Order 02-20. We will continue to post updates to general court operations to this website.

07/31/2020
CA State Courts

Alameda

The Superior Court of Alameda County (Court) announced today that, beginning June 15, 2020, it will resume processing papers relating to appeals that have been submitted for filing during the Court’s closure period, which began on March 17, 2020. As set forth in amendments to emergency Local Rule 1.8a, which the Court adopted on June 12, 2020, appeal-related papers that were received between March 17 and March 31 will be processed first, and will be given a June 15 filing date. The Court will process other appellate papers on a rolling basis thereafter.

The Court also announced today that it is ordering the further stay of all unlawful detainer proceedings, including evictions, through and including July 15, 2020. The Court’s further stay is ordered in light of the eviction related discussions that continue at the state and local level, as well as the June 10, 2020, decision of Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council, to suspend the Council’s vote on a Circulating Order (CO-20-10) that would have lifted the statewide general moratorium on unlawful detainer actions and judicial foreclosures.

Given the suspension of the vote on Circulating Order CO-20-10, Judicial Council Emergency Rule 1, adopted April 6, 2020, remains in effect. That rule permits a superior court to issue a summons in an unlawful detainer case where the court finds that the action is necessary to protect public health and safety.

In light of the authority conferred by Emergency Rule 1, the Court, through additional amendments to emergency Local Rule 1.8a, announced today that it will begin accepting new unlawful detainer cases for filing effective June 15, but only where the complaint alleges that the action is necessary to protect public health and safety, including matters where continued occupancy poses an imminent threat to health and safety. After accepting the complaint—which must be accompanied by a declaration alleging the facts supporting the claim that the action is necessary to protect public health and safety—the Court will review the materials and determine whether the action may proceed as permitted by Emergency Rule 1. No parties may take any action on the filed complaint unless and until the Court determines there to be an appropriate emergency risk and issues the related summons. Failure to comply with emergency Local Rule 1.8a may result in sanctions as provided by law.

Finally, in recognition of the fact that most proceedings are being conducted remotely during the COVID-19 crisis, and given the need to ensure reliable electronic communication with litigants and counsel, the Court today adopted further amendments to emergency Local Rule 1.8a requiring filers to include a current email contact address on every pleading or form filed with the Court, even where doing so would otherwise be optional. The Court also adopted amendments to emergency Local Rule 1.8b that further clarify video remote hearing connections using the BlueJeans platform.

07/31/2020

Alpine

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Commencing June 22,2020 criminal matters will no longer be heard remotely.

The Court will be in regular session. Persons charged with criminal matters who have not retained private counsel are instructed to contact the Alpine County Public Defender, Eric Acevedo, aI 530 542-2515 or 530 541-9619 eacevedolaw mail.com at least two working days prior to their scheduled hearing.

lf you think you may have coronavirus, if you have recently traveled overseas or to a high-risk area, or if you have symptoms such as a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, do not come to the courthouse but rather, contact the court at 530 694-2113.

The following measures will be implemented to ensure the safety of those attending court proceedings:

  1. All persons coming onto the courthouse grounds will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth and to maintain proper social distancing of at least 6 feet while waiting to be admitted to the court. Properly masked members of the same household need not remain 6 feet apart. This restriction applies from the time you walk onto the courthouse grounds, while you are outside the court building itself.
  2. A “check-in” table will be set up outside the courthouse for all persons with matters on the court calendar. The tables will be equipped with a protective shield. The clerks at the tables will wear masks and gloves. No one shall address the clerks, bailiffs, or other court personnel unless they are wearing a protective mask.
  3. Those persons wishing to confer with the Public Defender must be properly masked and will be directed to a consultation area that will be equipped with a protective shield.
  4. Upon being admitted into the courthouse, you will be directed to designated seating within the courtroom. There will be a limit on the number of persons admitted into the courthouse at any given time. Those waiting outside, must continue to maintain the proper social distancing.
  5. Once your matter is concluded, you will be given direction as to the order of exit from the courtroom. Pursuant to the Emergency Orders issued by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, all civil and traffic matters scheduled to be heard in the Alpine County Superior Court will continue to be heard remotely, that is, by telephonic conference, until further order of court. The Alpine County Clerk’s Office can be contacted at 530 694- 2113 to provide the information necessary for remote appearances.

Civil Matters: Civil matters will be heard as scheduled by telephone conference. Attorneys, and/or parties without counsel, are instructed to contact the Alpine County Clerk’s Office at 530 694-21’13 to obtain the information necessary to make remote appearances.

Traffic Mafters: Traffic matters will be heard on the dates indicated on your citation. You retain the option of (1) paying the fine without appearance: (2) requesting a trial by declaration: or (3) appearing, via telephone conference, on the date indicated on your citation. lf you wish to appear, you are instructed to contact the Alpine County Clerk’s Ofiice at 530 694-2113 to obtain the information necessary for your remote appearance via telephone conference. Traffic trials will be conducted remotely. Should you wish to submit exhibits for consideration at trial, you must ensure that the exhibits are received by the court no later than the day before your scheduled trial. Be advised that you must act on one ofthe three options noted above or a finding of guilt will be entered when your matter is called pursuant to Vehicle Code 40509.

07/31/2020

Amador

The court, in an effort to comply with directives issued by federal, state and local officials intended to control the spread of the covid-19 virus, will be functioning on a modified schedule.

Effective June 1, 2020, the Amador Superior Court will resume all calendars. All calendars will be heard remotely if possible.

The Clerk’s office will be open for filing and other business from 9:00am until 3:00pm. The Court will regulate the number of individuals in the clerks office, the courtrooms, hallways, jury assembly room and other public areas. The court will ensure social distancing while in the courthouse.

Jury trials continue to be suspended until June 22, 2020.

All orders issued by the Chief Justice of California remain in effect. Effective June 29, 2020 the court will resume summonsing jurors for jury trials. The court will be taking precautions to ensure social distancing for those appearing for jury service including reduced reporting numbers, modified check-in, and additional waiting areas. Face masks are not required (or provided) for entrance into the courthouse. The court has also increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of all areas within the building.

07/31/2020

Butte

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1. CRIMINAL CALENDARS :

1. Prior orders of this Court affecting Court Operations (dated March 18, 2020 and amended March 20, 2020 and March 27, 2020) are extended through June 12, 2020.

2. BTA Calendars (Out-of-custody Friday morning arraignments) shall recommence as of June 19, 2020. Matters set on calendar dates in May through June 12, 2020 will be re-set and re-noticed by the comt.

3. Traffic:
Matters shall continue to be called at the N01th County Courthouse (NCCH), with a limit to 15 cases at 8:30 a.m.
Any “extension fee” for non-mandatory appearances pursuant to Penal Code section 1205(e) will be waived through June 12, 2020.
Traffic Comt Trials shall recommence as scheduled as of June 1, 2020.

2. CIVIL CALENDARS:

The following calendars shall recommence as of May 18, 2020:

  • Civil Comt Trials
  • Trial Readiness Conferences
  • Mandatory Settlement Conferences
  • Pre-Trial Discovery Conferences
  • Law and Motion Calendars
  • Case Management Calendars
  • Small Claims
  • Unlawful Detainers (subject to restrictions as separately ordered by this Court, the Judicial Council and the State of California)
  • Civil Harassments

3. Probate: All Probate calendars shall recommence as regularly scheduled as of May 18, 2020.

  • LPS calendars shall continue to be heard as scheduled on Tuesdays at IO a.m. Counsel may appear by CourtCall or appear in Court. Clients may appear telephonically or the attorneys may appear on their behalf.
  • Guardianship of Minors: Annual reviews shall continue to be conducted ex-paiie and continued for one year if the guardianship continues to be in the best interest of the minor. Petitions for guardianship and termination of guardianship will still be heard on Thursdays at 1 :30 p.m. at NCCH.

4. CourtCall: Pursuant to Emergency Local Rules l.I0(b)(I) – l.I0(b)(3), all appearances in Civil and Probate matters are to be by CourtCall except that pro per litigants may appear in person if they choose to not use CourtCall.

5. Court Mediation services in Civil Harassment or Unlawful Detainer matters will not be available until after June 30, 2020. Mediation services in Small Claims may be available commencing May 22, 2020, pending mediator availability.

07/31/2020

Calaveras

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Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, the Court will be opening the clerk’s window but only to those wearing a face covering. The drop box and eFiling remains available alternative options. To minimize the amount of people in the clerk’s window lobby, everyone must use the Kiosk to pull a number. Once your number is called you will be allowed into the clerk’s window lobby area to proceed to the counter. All others will remain in the general lobby until their number is called maintaining social distancing at all times.

Those appearing in court are required to wait in the main upstairs lobby and maintain social distancing until their case is called.

The Self-Help Center will not be opening at this time, we will continue to assist people via phone at 209-754-1443 and email. (This will continue to be evaluated as the State moves into the Stage 3.) In addition, The Judicial Council of California provides a wealth of online self-help information and resources via The California Courts Self-Help Center. To access this online center visit https://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm


Mediations will continue to be conducted by phone until further notice.

07/31/2020

Colusa

The Superior Court of California, County of Colusa will resume limited operations to the public effective Monday, June 1, 2020.

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07/31/2020

Contra Costa

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ALL COURT LOCATIONS WILL REOPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON MAY 26, 2020 AT 8:00 A.M.

Entrances and Exits. All buildings will operate a single entry/exit point.

Please follow all signs carefully. The Court Street entrance for the Wakefield Taylor building in Martinez will not be open; use the Main Street entrance only.

No Nonessential Parties. Due to social distancing limitations, individuals who are not essential to Court matters should not accompany parties to Court for any matter or case type.

Drop Box Filings. Drop boxes will still be available from 9 A.M. – 3 P.M.
(one hour after clerk’s office closure). Because clerk’s offices wil experience high demand and significant wait times, the Court encourages you to file items by drop box. Items placed in the drop box before 3:00 p.m. will be file-stamped that day. Drop box locations are:

  • Civil: Main Street entrance of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez.
  • Criminal: Main Street entrance of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez.
  • Family: Main entrance of Family Law building in Martinez.
  • Juvenile: Main entrance of the Walnut Creek Courthouse.
  • Probate: Main Street entrance of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in Martinez.
  • Pittsburg and Richmond courthouses: These drop boxes are available only for filings in case types heard at those locations. Jury Service. Jury service will resume. Be assured that we are working with the County Health Department to ensure your safety. Those summoned must follow the rules above for access to the Court, including wearing masks. To obey social distancing requirements, jurors will be called in twohour blocks. See your jury summons for call-in information. No more than 50 jurors will be present in a jury assembly room at any time. If you are sick, exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or are a high-risk individual (e.g., over 60 years of age, immunocompromised, etc.), the Court will excuse you from service upon proof. Please call 925-608-1000 and follow the prompts for Jury Services.
  • Emergency Local Rules. All Emergency Local Rules remain in effect unless otherwise noted or as superseded by effect of the Court’s reopening. Rules are available at:http://www.cc-courts.org/local-rules/local-rules.aspx
  • Filing Holidays. 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. Judicial Council Emergency Rules of Court and/or orders of the Chief Justice, available on the Court’s website, may further extend filing holidays in certain cases. Review these carefully.

Records. The Court Records office in Martinez remains closed. The Court will only accept records requests and requests for background checks via drop box or mail, subject to all legal confidentiality exceptions. Do not wait in line or come to a clerk’s window with a records request. Request forms may be downloaded from the appropriate Court Records webpage:

  • For Criminal matters and background checks: http://www.cccourts.org/criminal/records.aspx. Submit by mail or use the Criminal drop box.
  • For any other matters: http://www.cc-courts.org/civil/records.aspx. Submit by mail or use the drop box for the appropriate case type.

Specific Matters

  • Restraining Orders. The Court continues to accept applications for domestic violence, civil harassment, and gun violence restraining orders. For civil restraining orders, please review the Civil Emergency Local Rules. For domestic violence restraining orders and emergency protective orders, please review the Family Emergency Local Rules.
  • Traffic. The Court is in the process of rescheduling all traffic matters and you will receive a notice of new dates. Read your notice carefully: The location of your matter may differ from your original notice. All traffic matters have been granted a 120-day extension which also applies to payment deadlines as well as deadlines for traffic school and community service completion.
  • Small Claims. The Court will reschedule all small claims matters and provide notice of new dates. Read your notice carefully: The location of your matter may differ from your original notice.
  • Unlawful Detainer. The Judicial Council’s Emergency Rules of Court prohibit the Court from issuing a summons on any new unlawful detainer complaints, with limited exceptions for urgent public health and safety matters. For matters involving violence, threats of violence, and/or health and safety issues, parties should provide documents with the filing, such as a declaration under oath, relating facts supporting the urgency on those grounds.
  • Civil Limited and Unlimited.
    • Hearings and filings will proceed under the Civil Emergency Local Rules. Hearings from May 18, 2020 through May 27, 2020, will go forward on fully-briefed matters. Briefs for hearings on May 28, 2020, or thereafter must be filed under normal statutory timeframes even if that requires a filing during the closure period. Review the Civil Emergency Local Rules for further information.
    • The CourtCall process in the Civil Emergency Local Rules will be used for all hearings until further notice. Do not come to Court for your hearings.
    • Review the Complex Emergency Local Rules for procedures for Complex cases.
  • Probate. All matters should be submitted via drop box. The Probate File Examiner Office will not be open to accept ex parte submissions until further notice. Review the Probate Emergency Local Rules for information on hearings and use of remote technology. The Probate department will be providing additional guidance separately.
  • Criminal Virtual and Emergency Courtrooms. These courtrooms will close as of May 26, 2020, except by written stipulation of the parties approved by the Presiding Judge.
07/31/2020

Del Norte

Del Norte Superior Court Clerk’s Office will be open to the public beginning June 1st. Public Counter hours will be 9am to 1pm. Only two people will be allowed in the lobby at one time to comply with Social Distancing Standards. Those waiting to come in the clerk’s office will need to social distance in the main lobby area. Face masks are encourage to comply with the Department of Public Health’s recommendation of May 15, 2020

The Clerk’s Filing Mailbox (Courthouse Mailbox #31) will continue to be available for filings after 1pm. (http://www.delnorte.courts.ca.gov/)

07/31/2020

El Dorado

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In addition to the Chief’s Statewide Emergency Order of March 30, 2020: All Clerk’s Counters will be closed to the public in all Court facilities. The Office of the Family Law Facilitator / Self Help Center located at the Main Street Courthouse at 495 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667 will be closed to in-person assistance. All clinics and workshops are cancelled. Self-Help staff will be available to assist members of the public via email and telephone only. Vacating Pending Commercial Eviction Trials: All commercial eviction trials pending before the court through May 29, 2020 will be vacated. Due to the ongoing state of emergency relating to COVID-19, the court will issue tentative rulings on Family Law Request for Order matters that have been vacated between March 15, 2020, and May 30, 2020. For these matters only, the court will follow the procedure outlined below. For all other matters in which a tentative ruling is issued the procedure as outlined in Local Rule 7.10.05 will be followed. The court will provide written notice to the parties regarding the date the tentative ruling on their matter will be available. Tentative rulings will be available at 2:00 pm on the date assigned by the court. Tentative rulings can be obtained either online or by telephone. ONLINE: Tentative rulings will be posted at 2:00 pm and identified by initial hearing date. The tentative ruling posted online will provide the court’s ruling and rationale. Tentative rulings can be accessed at: http://www.eldoradocourt.org/onlineservices/tentativerulings.html
TELEPHONE: Tentative rulings will be available by calling 530-621-6726 at 2:00 pm on the date assigned by the court. Tentative rulings by telephone will provide the disposition of the matter only, without the
rationale.

Tentative Ruling Procedure (Please read thoroughly)

  1. Acceptance of tentative ruling:
    • If a party accepts the tentative ruling which has been issued, or does not wish to oppose it, no further action is necessary and the ruling will become the court’s order pursuant to California Rule of Court, rule 3.1308(a)(1).
    • If a party does not accept the tentative ruling in its entirety, that party MUST notify the court, and all other parties to the action, of their request for oral argument prior to 4:00 pm on the day the tentative ruling was issued, including the specific aspects of the tentative ruling the party wishes to challenge. A party requesting oral argument must follow the procedures listed below in section 2.
    • If the court does not receive a request for oral argument from any party before 4:00 pm on the day the tentative ruling is issued, the tentative ruling will automatically become the final order of the court pursuant to California Rule of Court, rule 3.1308(a)(1).
  2. Procedure to Request Oral Argument:
    • A notice of request for oral argument must be transmitted to the court either electronically through the court’s web site, or via telephone call before 4:00 pm on the day the tentative ruling is issued.
    • The party requesting oral argument MUST notify all other parties prior to 4:00 pm on the day the tentative ruling was issued of their request for oral argument and the specific aspects of the ruling that the party wishes to challenge. The court will not provide this notice.
    • Electronic requests must be sent directly from the tentative rulings link on the court’s web site by clicking the “Request for Oral Argument” button on the department’s tentative ruling page. The court will not accept any other form of electronic notice.
    • Phone requests must be made by calling 530-621-6725. The party making the request must provide all required information on the request form found on the court’s web site. The court will not accept any other form of telephonic notice.
    • Notice to all parties of your request for oral argument must be made by telephone or electronically pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 3.1308 and Emergency rule 12. Proof of Service showing notice must be filed with the court prior to the hearing date.
  3. Scheduling of Oral Argument
    • If the court receives a request for oral argument, the court will notify the parties of their hearing date. Due to the on-going state of emergency relating to COVID-19, and court closures, the hearing date will be set after the court resumes operations.
    • Please note that your matter may be set for a remote hearing, which may include telephonic and/or video appearances.
      • Self-represented litigants and counsel should contact the court and update their contact information as soon as possible to assist the court in providing information to the parties regarding tentative rulings and hearing dates.
    • Matters for which the total time estimate is 10 minutes or less will be heard on the Law and Motion calendar. Matters with longer time estimates will be set for a long cause hearing on another date.

The court finds good cause to deviate from the procedures outlined in Local Rule 7.10.05 and California Rule of Court 3.1308 based upon the Emergency Orders issued by Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and the Implementation Orders issued by Presiding Judge Suzanne Kingsbury, and in consideration of the public health emergency declared locally by the County of El Dorado, state-wide by the Governor of the State of California, and nationally by the President of the United States, relating to the current public health emergency.

07/31/2020

Fresno

From May 4, 2020 until May 29, 2020, inclusive, all courtrooms of the Court will remain closed for judicial business, except for the following time-sensitive, essential functions, and priority matters:

  • Temporary Restraining Orders in Civil or Family Law (includes initial ex parte application, as well as hearings on restraining order requests where no temporary orders were granted and, at the discretion of the Court, hearings on restraining order requests where temporary orders have been granted)
  • Ex Parte Proceedings in Civil, Criminal, Family, or Probate Law
  • In-custody Juvenile Delinquency Detention Hearings and uncontested matters submitted without argument
  • Emergency Probate Petitions for Temporary Conservatorship or Guardianship
  • Priority Family Law proceedings (see Emergency Family Law Rule 5.13 a copy of which may be viewed on the Court’s website)
  • Reise Hearings
  • Search Warrants
  • In-custody Arraignments
  • In-custody Preliminary Hearings
  • Bail Bond and Cash Bond Processing
  • Bail Reviews
  • Criminal Mental Competency Hearings, sentencing proceedings
  • Criminal Jury Trials, upon a finding of good cause
  • Writs of Habeas Corpus challenging medical quarantines

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT ALL OTHER MATTERS THAT HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED OR CALENDARED DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN MAY 4, 2020, AND MAY 29, 2020, WILL BE RESET AND CONTINUED AS STATED IN THE APRIL 29, 2020, GENERAL ORDER RE: [CRIMINAL] HEARINGS SET DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC OR THE APRIL 30, 2020, GENERAL ORDER RE: CIVIL HEARING AND TRIAL DATES DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC, A COPY OF WHICH ORDERS MAY BE VIEWED ON THE COURT’S WEBSITE.

On Wednesday May 6, 2020, the Court learned of two employees, assigned to the B. F. Sisk courthouse, who had direct, unprotected contact outside of the workplace with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. Because the health and safety of our employees, justice partners and the public is vitally important, as a preventative measure, the Court immediately closed the B. F. Sisk courthouse, and put a number of additional safety measures in place prior to reopening.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the Court learned of an employee, assigned to the Main courthouse, who had direct, unprotected contact outside of the workplace with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The Court immediately followed the CDC guidance and directed the employee to remain off work. The employee’s work area was vacated. The work station and common areas received a deep industrial cleaning and disinfecting. Employees who had close, unprotected contact were directed to remain at home for an appropriate time frame following contact.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Court has taken a number precautions, such as increased cleaning and sanitation in all buildings, screening employees by asking a series of questions at the beginning and end of each shift, requiring facial coverings for employees entering the buildings, and requiring social distancing in all work and meeting areas. The Court will continue to take precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of the virus and to keep the employees, justice partners and public safe.
Please visit the Court’s website for further updates.

07/31/2020

Glenn

Through May 18, 2020, court access is severely limited, and many court appearances are being vacated and rescheduled. Prior to visiting a court location, please review the Order of the Presiding Judge Affecting Court Operations and Access to Courthouse that modifies court operations and access policies during this emergency. It can be viewed on the homepage of the court’s website. You may appear at the courthouse if the reason for your visit is authorized by those orders or not prohibited by them. All jury trials are suspended and continued for a period of sixty (60) days from the date of this order. Courts may conduct such a trial at an earlier date, upon a finding of good cause shown or through the use of remote technology, when appropriate. The time period provided in Penal Code section 1382 for the holding of a criminal trial is extended for a period of sixty (60) days from the date of this order. Courts may conduct such a trial at an earlier date, upon a finding of good cause shown or through the use of remote technology, when appropriate. The time period provided in Code of Civil Procedure sections 583.310 and 583.320 for the holding of a civil trial is extended for a period of sixty (60) days from the date of this order. Courts may conduct such a trial at an earlier date, upon a finding of good cause shown or through the use of remote technology, when appropriate. 07/31/2020

Humboldt

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Humboldt Superior Court has been granted an Emergency Order by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil Sakauye which allows criminal trials for cases in which the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire between June 22, 2020 and August 6, 2020, inclusive, to be extended by not more than 30 days.

In addition to the issuance of the Implementation Order for the 30-day continuance of criminal trials, Presiding Judge Joyce Hinrichs also issued the Administrative Order which reinstated the Humboldt County 2020 Bail Schedule. “The Court is gearing up to reconvene jury trials and will be summoning jurors to appear beginning the middle of July. Limitations created by the COVID-19 social distancing requirement, will minimize the ability to have spectators in the courtrooms which will require ongoing use of technology to provide access to public court proceedings.”

The Clerk’s office phone hours have now been expanded – 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Documents can continue to be filed in the Court’s drop box on I Street or be sent in the mail. The Clerk’s office public counter will be opening up in the near future. Safeguards are being made which limits the number of people that can simultaneously be in the Clerk’s office lobby. Wearing masks still continues to be a requirement. Social distancing requirements will also be a limiting factor for people to be on the second floor of the courthouse.

Calendars continue to be posted daily on the Court’s website: https://www.humboldt.courts.ca.gov/

If you have a hearing scheduled do not come to the Courthouse. If you are represented by an attorney, contact your attorney, if you represent yourself, check the daily court calendar to confirm if your case is scheduled. If your hearing is scheduled, follow the directions on the Court’ s website to access the hearing with your phone or computer. If you receive a Notice to Appear for a criminal arraignment, you will need to contact your attorney if you have one, or appear in person in the arraignment courtroom. “We know that many folks are wondering what is going on with their cases, and want to assure that hearings will continue to be re-noticed for any missed court dates. If they have an attorney, they should check with their attorney, and if they do not, they will be getting information in the mail. If they are unsure if the Court has their most current address, they should provide that to the Court,” Presiding Judge Hinrichs stated.

07/31/2020

Imperial

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The Imperial County Superior Court is currently hearing the following via remote technology: criminal and misdemeanor cases; juvenile hearings, and some civil and probate matters. Effective May 11th, some family law matters will be heard remotely. Traffic, small claims and family support are all being continued. Attorneys and parties have received and will continue to receive notice of continued matters.

Attorneys and parties can also check the Court’s online calendars at https://imperial.courts.ca.gov/CourtCalendars/Public/MCalendars.aspx to determine if matters are on calendar. If a matter is on calendar the remote links will be provided to parties and attorneys by emailing court@imperial.courts.ca.gov and providing the name and case number of the case.

The Brawley and Winterhaven courthouses remain closed to the public. The main courthouse at 939 Main Street in El Centro is open on a limited basis for the filing of paperwork involving children, for restraining orders and cases involving public safety. Paperwork must be completed and ready to file before access is allowed. Health and safety measures are being taken for those who do enter such as the taking of temperatures, requirement of masks and social distancing.

There are currently no jury trials taking place due to the emergency but jury summonses are being sent and those receiving a summons must still comply and call in. Otherwise, if they do not call in, their names may be placed on panels a few months from now as opposed to one year from now.

The Court anticipates that jury trials will begin in the near future as California opens in stages as outlined by Governor Newsom. When that occurs, jurors and others coming into the courthouses can rest assured we are doing all we can to protect the health and safety of those who enter our buildings. The Imperial County Superior Court has been complimented by staff, other agencies, and medical personnel on the steps being taken to protect those who are doing essential work and those who enter for court business. The steps include nightly fogging with industrial disinfectant of all public areas of our courthouses, hand sanitizer stations throughout the buildings and clearly marked social distancing. When the public is allowed access, including jurors, we will continue to take steps as recommended by the respective health departments to protect those who work and enter our buildings. An outline of what has been and is being done to protect our staff and those who enter our buildings is listed on our web site: http://www.imperial.courts.ca.gov.

The public can watch court proceedings at kiosks located at the El Centro and Brawley courthouses. Effective May 1st, the public can listen to all court hearings that are not confidential. The phone numbers and access numbers are available on our court web page at https://imperial.courts.ca.gov/CourtCalendars/Public/MCalendars.aspx. It is against the California Rules of Court to record any court proceeding and violations are subject to contempt of court actions.

07/31/2020

Inyo

Modifications to court operations have been made effective March 23, 2020 through Friday, April 17, 2020. Pending Traffic and Non-Traffic Infraction Cases: Effective immediately, any promise to appear signed by a defendant in an infraction case requiring the defendant to appear in court on a specific date, scheduled between March 23, 2020 to and including April 17, 2020, is vacated on the court’s own motion. The court will reset the arraignment (or other pre-trial proceeding) for a later date, and give notice in writing to the defendant at his address of record. The court will not allow any request for an arraignment (or other pre-trial proceeding) prior to the promise to appear date stated in the citation, or the court rescheduling notice, whichever is later. Any infraction court trial previously scheduled for a date in April 2020 is hereby vacated and rescheduled by the court. Cases in which there is no time waiver will be rescheduled, pursuant to the court’s emergency authority approved by the Chief Justice, to a date within 30 days of the last date the trial could have been otherwise timely set. Notice of the rescheduled court trial will be given by the clerk in writing to the defendant at his or her address-of-record, or to his or her attorney, if represented by counsel. Cases in which there is a time waiver for court trial will be rescheduled by the court to a trial date in June 2020, (or later if the arresting officer is not available to testify at an available trial date in June). Notice of the rescheduled court trial will be given by the clerk in writing to the defendant at his or her address-of-record, or to his or her attorney, if represented by counsel.

07/31/2020

Kern

The Court acknowledges the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise throughout Kern County. The Court has a duty to employ all necessary emergency protective measures to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Court has attempted to provide essential services, crowds in the courthouses are growing and causing concern for safety of the public, litigants, attorneys, and employees. In an effort to provide Court services with applicable social distancing requirements in place, the Court has taken the following actions:

  • Criminal Cases – The Court has implemented an emergency order from Chief Justice of California that extends the time period for holding a speedy trial. The last day of any criminal case’s time limit to bring the case to trial, which would expire between July 8, 2020 and September 8, 2020, has been extended by 30 days.
  • Civil Cases – In the Metropolitan Division, the Court has suspended all jury trials and bench trials longer than 2 days, for a period of 90 days.
  • Family Law – In the Metropolitan Division, beginning July 20, 2020, for persons represented by an attorney (on either side), the case will be heard at 8:30 a.m. For persons representing themselves (both sides), cases will be heard at 1:30 p.m. Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) matters will be heard at 8 a.m.
07/31/2020

Kings

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On June 15th, 2020 The Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court and Chair of the Judicial Council determined that the conditions described in Government Code section 68115(a) continue to exist in Kings County and therefore she authorized this Court to issue an implementation order extending the deadline for jury trials.

WHEREAS after balancing the Constitutional due process rights of parties in criminal and civil cases with the health and safety of these parties, the public, court staff, judicial officers, attorneys, witnesses, jurors, law enforcement officers, deputy Sheriffs, probation officers and other persons present during court proceedings;

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

  1. The time period provided in Penal Code section 1382 for the holding of a criminal trial is extended by no more than 30 days from the last date on which the statutory deadline otherwise would have expired. This order is applicable only to cases in which the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from June 16, 2020, to July 16, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code section 68115(a)(10); Executive Order N-38-20 (03-27-2020).
  2. These extensions are in addition to any relief provided pursuant to any specific emergency order issued under a subdivision of Government Code section 68115 related to any other extension or form of relief.
  3. The Kings County Superior Court is to make use of available technology, when possible, to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely.
  4. Any statute, local rule or California Rule of Court which would prevent the court from using technology to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely are suspended.
07/31/2020

Lake

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On March 18, 2020, Lake County Health Officer issued a Shelter in Place Order for Lake County. On March 19, 2020 Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order ordering all Californians to stay at home. As of today, both orders remain in place. Even as reopening begins, the COVID-19 pandemic continues and it is apparent that social distancing, limits on gatherings, and mandatory face coverings will remain in place for weeks and, in some form, potentially months to come.

The court provides an essential government service and has taken significant steps in an effort to comply with the Health Officer’s Order and to protect court users and staff from the spread of COVID-19. As the court prepares to reopen and begin providing in-person services to the public, we have limited the number of cases on calendar, will require social distancing in court facilities, and continue to handle matters via remote means whenever possible. Pursuant to the Health Officer’s May 21, 2020 Order (C20-06), the court will require face coverings for anyone entering a court facility.

07/31/2020

Lassen

All provisions of General Orders 2020-01; 2020-02; 2020-03; and 2020-04 remain in full force and effect unless specifically amended by this General Order. Effective March 26, 2020 to May 15, 2020: Access to the courthouse is limited to only those individuals who have business with the court and as described further herein.

Courthouse hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Access for purpose of filing documents with the clerk’s office is limited to the drop box located at the courthouse. Filing remains available through the mail.In-person self-help services are limited to restraining order or other emergency orders. All other self-help services are available online via telephone. Family law facilitator appointments are limited to telephone. Access to a courtroom is limited to actual parties to a matter or individuals with a matter on calendar that day. Such individuals include: the prosecutor, counsel, plaintiffs, defendants, victims, a member of the victim’s family, a victim investigator, support person, law enforcement, a county or state employee, a member of a Native American in a dependency or guardianship proceeding, or other person who has a legal obligation to appear in a proceeding including trial jurors, a member of the media and persons who can show good cause. Department 5 – Department of Corrections: All matters scheduled for Department 5 are suspended for 60 days or until further notice of the court. Any matter that may have a court date during this temporary suspension shall receive a new date in a notice issued by the court. Arraignments – In-Custody: Beginning March 27, 2020 through May 15, 2020, all in-custody arraignments will be held at 1 :00 p.m. Defendants held in custody will not be transported to the courthouse unless required by statute. Defendants shall appear by video.

07/31/2020

Los Angeles

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SUPERIOR COURT OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSES TO REOPEN TUESDAY, JUNE 2

Most of the Court’s 38 courthouses will reopen on Tuesday, June 2, to resume providing essential services. On Sunday, Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile ordered the courthouses closed today due to public safety concerns after the issuance of a countywide curfew which took effect at 6 p.m. on May 31, 2020.

All courthouses will reopen to handle time-sensitive and essential functions except the following which have been closed for some time due to COVID19-related service reductions: Beverly Hills, Bellflower, Catalina, Central Civil West, East Los Angeles, Santa Clarita and Spring Street.

The Court plans to reopen its Clerk’s Office operations on June 15 with a revised service model that prioritizes telephonic and online services, and appointments to meet in person with court personnel, in order to achieve social distancing protocols. Hearings will resume gradually beginning June 22. Face masks and/or facial coverings will be mandatory and required for entry into any courthouse or courtroom by the general public or authorized persons.

Since Presiding Judge Brazile released his March 17 General Order to scale back operations in the largest trial court in the country in alignment with State and County COVID-19 public health directives, the Court has implemented drastic changes to court operations. During this time, 473 of the Court’s 600 courtrooms, approximately 80 percent, have been closed. Check for updates on the Court’s website (www.lacourt.org) and Twitter page (@LASuperiorCourt). #

07/31/2020

Madera

Madera County Superior Court

Reintroduction Plan of Court Operations

The following represents the Court’s initial plan to reintroduce services after the operational reduction caused by COVID-19.

This initial plan was developed considering the health and safety of court users, jurors, justice partners and court employees. It is important to note that this plan is a work in progress and may be amended at the discretion of the Presiding Judge.

Juvenile Division

No changes – The Juvenile Division will continue to operate as normal.

Civil Division

Effective June 1, 2020, the Civil Division (including family law and family support) will return to offering full services, except for jury trials, Monday – Friday in Departments 37, 40, 44 & 45, and Tuesday/Thursday in Department 17.

Each department within the division will have four (4) calendars each day as follows: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

To adhere to social distancing requirements, each calendar will be limited to ten (10) individual in-court appearances. This includes appearances by attorneys and parties. For example, if a petitioner and respondent are both appearing in-person with counsel, that case would account for four (4) of the ten (10) appearances allotted for that calendar.

Appearances by available technology (Court Call/Zoom) are encouraged and will not be included in the ten (10) in-court appearance limitation.

Criminal Division

Effective June 1, 2020, the Criminal Division will return to offering full services, except for jury trials, Monday – Friday in Departments 22, 23 & 29. Jury trials are scheduled to resume beginning June 16, 2020, with the following order of priority:

  1. No time waiver matters
  2. In-custody time waivers (including cases with an out-of-custody co-defendant)
  3. Felony out-of-custody with time waivers
  4. Misdemeanor out-of-custody with time waivers

Each department within the division will have four (4) calendars each day as follows: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

To adhere to social distancing requirements, each calendar will be limited to ten (10) individual in-court appearances. This includes appearances by attorneys and parties.

Appearances by available technology (Court Call/Zoom) are encouraged and will not be included in the ten (10) in-court appearance limitation.

Traffic Division

Effective June 1, 2020, the Traffic Division will return to offering full services. Traffic cases will be heard in Departments 17 & 21 each Monday and Wednesday.

Each department within the division will have six (6) calendars each day as follows: 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

To adhere to social distancing requirements, each calendar will be limited to fifteen (15) in court appearances in Department 17 and ten (10) individual in-court appearances in Department 21.

The Traffic calendar is subject to the same priority order noted above for Criminal matters.

Appearances by available technology (Court Call/Zoom) are encouraged and will not be included in the respective fifteen (15) or ten (10) in-court appearance limitation.

Appellate Division

Effective June 26, 2020, the Appellate Division will return to offering full services.

All appeal hearings will be scheduled in Department 45 at 8:15 a.m.

Special Note:

Attorneys and litigants are reminded of the responsibility to keep contact information (including addresses and telephone numbers) current with the court. Hearing status, which is subject to change, should be regularly checked at the following site: https://madera-prod-portal.ecourt.com/public-portal/?q=node/393

07/31/2020

Marin

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marin County Superior Court Clerk’s Offices will be
closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This rule will remain in effect until 90 days after the Governor declares that the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted, or until amended or repealed by the Marin County Superior Court.

  • COURT PROCEEDINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN VIRTUAL COURTROOMS. Proceedings will be conducted remotely by Zoom video conference or vCourt unless otherwise noted. For more information about remote video procedures please visit: www.marincourt.org/data/hpnews/312.pdf
  • PLEASE EXPECT LONG WAIT TIMES WHILE PARTICIPATING REMOTELY. You must remain in the video conference “Waiting Room” or on vCourt until your matter is called. · DO NOT PHYSICALLY COME TO COURT UNLESS NOTED BELOW OR DIRECTED BY THE COURT.

FOR THE FEW PERSONS REQUIRED TO PHYSICALLY COME TO COURT

  • IF YOU ARE SICK, DO NOT COME TO THE COURT. No one who is sick or who is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be permitted to enter the facility.
  • YOU MUST WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING TO ENTER THE COURT FACILITY AND AT ALL TIMES WHILE INSIDE.
  • ANYONE ENTERING THE COURTFLOOR OR JURY OFFICE WILL HAVE THEIR TEMPERATURE TAKEN. If you have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, you will be denied entry for that day.
  • PLEASE EXPECT LONG LINES AND LONG WAIT TIMES. The Court will follow social distancing requirements and building access will be limited. Please obey all signs. Your patience is appreciated.

PLEASE READ THE REMAINDER OF THIS RELEASE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIFIC OPERATIONS

  • Entrances and Exits. The Marin County Civic Center is a County maintained building. Safety protocols for the building can be found at https://www.marincounty.org. · No Nonessential Parties. If a physical appearance is required, due to social distancing limitations, individuals who are not essential to court matters should not accompany parties to court for any matter or case type. Directions for public access to remote proceeding can be found on the Court’s website: https://www.marincourt.org.
  • Drop Box Filings. Drop boxes will still be available from 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Because clerk’s offices will experience high demand and significant wait times, the Court encourages you to file items by drop box. Items placed in the drop box before 4:00 P.M. will be file-stamped that day. Drop box locations are:
    • Civil, Family, Juvenile and Probate: Room 113
    • Criminal and Traffic: Room C-10
  • Jury Service. Jury service will resume on June 18, 2020. Be assured that we are working with the County Health Department to ensure your safety. Those summoned must follow the rules above for access to the Court, including wearing masks or face coverings. To obey social distancing requirements, jurors will be called in small groups. See your jury summons for call in information. Until further notice, no more than 20 jurors will be present in a jury assembly room at any time. If you are sick, exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or are a high-risk individual (e.g., over 65 years of age, immunocompromised, etc.), the Court will excuse you from service upon proof. The Court will also consider hardship excusals in advance of the appearance date. See guidance for jurors on our website: www.marincourt.org.
  • Civil Clerk’s Office. Attorneys and Litigation Services (court runners) are required to utilize the drop box or postal mail for all non-urgent filings and must make an appointment to file urgent or time-sensitive documents. All customers may make an appointment for document filing by utilizing the Civil Clerk’s Office’s online appointment feature, located here: https://square.site/book/FMP0FM4MV19RJ/marin-county-superior-court-san-rafael-ca
  • Only four people will be allowed into the Civil Clerk’s Office at a time to practice social distancing. Scheduling an appointment is highly encouraged.
  • Court Records will remain closed for in-person services. All Records requests must be submitted via phone (415-444-7080), email (courtrecords@maincourt.org), or by utilizing the drop box outside of Room 113.
  • Self-Help Office. The Self-Help Office will remain closed for in-person services. However, self-represented litigants can call (415-444-7130) or email (selfhelp@marincourt.org) to request assistance. Additional remote services will be available in the future; please check the Court website for updates.
  • Emergency Local Rules: All Emergency Local Rules remain in effect unless otherwise noted or superseded.
  • Filing Holidays. The Court is open for filing as of June 1, 2020. Filing holidays under this Court’s Administrative Orders expire at the close of business May 29, 2020. Judicial Council Emergency Rules of Court and/or orders of the Chief Justice may further extend filing holidays in certain cases. Please check the Court’s website for updates.

Specific Matters

  • Restraining Orders. The Court continues to accept applications for emergency protective orders and domestic violence, elder abuse, civil harassment, and gun violence restraining orders. The Court continues to hear all restraining order hearings by remote Zoom video. Read your notice carefully.
  • Traffic. Individuals who desire a traffic trial will be provided a choice to either proceed with their trial by remote Zoom video, or have their matter continued. There will be no in- person traffic trials until further notice. You will receive a notice that explains your choices. Read your notice carefully.
  • Small Claims. The Court will reschedule all small claims matters and provide notice of new dates.
  • Unlawful Detainer. The Judicial Council’s Emergency Rules of Court prohibit the Court from issuing a summons on any new unlawful detainer complaints, with limited exceptions for urgent public health and safety matters.
  • Civil Limited and Unlimited. One courtroom will be dedicated to hear all civil matters. All matters will be heard by vCourt. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court. All matters calendared on or after June 1, 2020 will proceed to the greatest extent possible. Effective June 1, 2020, all Law and Motion calendars will be heard on the dates and times previously set by the Court. As before, Department A Law and Motion matters will be heard on Tuesdays at 1:30 P.M.; Department B Law and Motion matters will be heard on Wednesdays at 1:30 P.M.; and Department E’s Law and Motion matters will be heard on Fridays at 1:30 P.M. The Court process will be used for all hearings until further notice. Do not come to court for your hearings. Probate. All matters should be submitted via drop box. The Probate department will be providing additional guidance separately.
  • Criminal. One courtroom will be dedicated as a master calendar. All matters will be heard by Zoom video. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court. All matters calendared on or after June 1, 2020 will proceed to the greatest extent possible. One courtroom will be dedicated as an auxillary courtroom to assist the master calendar. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court.Department N will be used for out of custody misdemeanor arraignments. For these matters defendants must physically appear in court, unless represented by an attorney, who can appear for the defendant. Out of custody felony arraigments where a defendant was cited to appear or posted bail with a promise to appear will be heard in the master calendar department. For these matters defendants must physically appear in court, unless represented by an attorney, who can appear for the defendant. Unless otherwise noted, Zoom video will be used for all hearings until further notice. Unless noted above, do not come to court for your hearings.
  • Family. One courtroom will be dedicated to hear all family matters. All matters will be heard by Zoom video or vCourt. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court. All matters calendared on or after June 1, 2020, will proceed to the greatest extent possible. DCSS calendars will resume June 1, 2020. The Zoom video or Court process will be used for all family and DCSS hearings until further notice. Do not come to court for your hearings.
  • Juvenile.
    • The court will continue to hear all juvenile matters. All matters will be heard by Zoom video or vCourt. Physical appearances in the courtroom are prohibited unless otherwise authorized or directed by the Court.
07/31/2020

Mariposa

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This order will be effective July 1, 2020 and will remain in effect until further order of the court.

All persons seeking to enter the courthouse will be screened by security prior to admittance as follows:

  • A. Temperature taken to determine if 100.4 degrees or greater
  • B. Ask if they have:
    • Fever
    • Sore throat
    • New or worsening cough
    • New or worsening shortness of breath.
  • C. Ask if they have been exposed to anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

If “yes” to A, or any of B, or C above, the person will be excluded from courthouse. Security staff will note the name, case number, and reason for exclusion for those scheduled to appear in court and provide that information to the courtroom clerk and will also inform the person to call or email the court the following business day to be told what their new court date is.

If “no” to A, B, and C above they will be admitted into the courthouse. All persons admitted into the courthouse must wear a mask or face covering at all times.

The only persons exempt from wearing masks or face coverings in the courthouse are a) persons under two years of age, b) persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, and c) persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication. Other than children under two years of age, any person claiming and exemption and who wishes to enter the courthouse will need to submit a Request for Accommodations by Persons With Disabilities (form MC-410). Any such requests are confidential and will not be available for public inspection.

Only one person at a time will be admitted to the Clerk’s office and only one person at a time will be admitted into the Collection’s office. Persons waiting to enter either office will remain outside the courthouse and will be asked to maintain social distancing until summoned inside by security or court staff.

No more than 10 litigants will be allowed into the upstairs courtroom at any one time. Court security at the front door will determine the name of each litigant seeking entry into the upstairs courtroom and will communicate that information to the courtroom clerk. No more than 5 additional litigants will be admitted into the courtroom after 5 have come out. Court security at the front door will communicate to the courtroom clerk the names of the additional litigants to be admitted. Persons waiting to be admitted will be asked to maintain social distancing.

Non-litigants will not be admitted in the upstairs courtroom unless there are less than 10 other litigants on calendar or in the courtroom.

Attorneys, litigants, and probation officers will maintain social distancing in the courtroom and must wear a mask and/or face covering.

Court staff will wear a mask and/or face covering at all times when in the courthouse.

The court will continue to schedule hearings by either Court Call or Zoom until further notice at the request of any party or any attorney. The Court will retain discretion to order that hearings be conducted by either Court Call or Zoom.

Only one in-custody defendant will be allowed inside the courthouse at any one time.

07/31/2020

Mendocino

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Jury Trials -Civil and Criminal
Pursuant to the Orders of the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court dated March 23, and March 30, 2020, all jury trials scheduled for the weeks of April 6, 2020 through and including the week of May 18, 2020 were suspended and were continued no less than sixty (60) days from the date for which the trial was set or extended under the order previously issued by the undersigned on March 16, 2020 or as provided by the modifications to Penal Code §1382 or Code of Civil Procedure §§583.310 and 583.320. Pursuant to the Order of the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court dated April 29, 2020, the 60-day continuance of criminal jury trials and the 60-day extension of time in which to conduct a criminal trial under Penal Code section 1382 are extended an additional 30 days. The total extension of 90 days shall be calculated from the last date on which the trial initially could have been conducted under Penal Code section 1382.

(For examples of computations of time see Chiefs Order dated April 29, 2020.)

Pursuant to the Order of the Chief Justice dated March 30, 2020, the time period provided in Code of Civil Procedure sections 583.310 and 583.320 for the holding of a civil trial scheduled within the time frames set forth above, is extended for a period of sixty (60) days from the last date on which the statutory deadline otherwise would have expired.

Juror Summons
All jury trials scheduled for March 23, 2020, March 25, 2020 (Ten Mile), and March 30, 2020 were vacated by previous order. All jury trials scheduled for the weeks of April 6, 2020 through the week of May 18, 2020 were suspended by way of the Presiding Judge’s Order of April 3, 2020 and the Order of the Chief Justice dated March 23, 2020. By way of this Order and the Chief Justice’s Order of April 29, 2020, all criminal jury trials are suspended through the week of June 15, 2020. Any person who has received a juror summons for any date falling within these time frames will be re-summoned for a date in the future.

Criminal Matters in both the Ukiah and Ten Mile Courthouses:

A. Orders To Appear – and General Orders

  • Effective March 16, 2020, any prior order to a defendant to personally appear in a misdemeanor case scheduled between March 17, 2020 to and including May 29, 2020 is rescinded and counsel can and should appear for clients in these proceedings via Penal Code §977. Counsel can arrange to appear via CourtCall.
  • Effective March 16, 2020, the Court will accept §977 waivers executed out of court for a defendant with a pending felony criminal matter who is out of custody and who has an appearance between March 1 7, 2020 to and including May 29, 2020 to facilitate continuances. Fax or e-signatures will be accepted but the original should also be filed with the Court at the earliest opportunity. Emergency Rule 5 passed by the Judicial Council on April 4, 2020 and revised on April 6, 2020 shall be strictly enforced.

B. All Other Pending Criminal Appearances and Hearings Including Preliminary Hearings

  • Any criminal case pending in either the Ukiah or Ten Mile courthouse with a date to appear scheduled between the dates of March 17, 2020 to and including May 22, 2020 with an in-custody defendant will be conducted via video appearance. Exceptions to this rule are only permitted with the consent of the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court.
  • Pursuant to the Order of the Chief Justice dated March 30, 2020, the time period provided in section 859b of the Penal Code for the holding of a preliminary hearing and the defendant’s right to release is extended from ten (10) court days to not more than thirty (30) court days. The extension of time is effective as of March 30, 2020. This Order is to be read in conjunction with the Order of the Chief Justice issued March 17, 2020 which may have been the basis upon which to previously extend a date for preliminary hearing.
  • Pursuant to the Order of the Chief Justice dated March 30, 2020, the time period provided in section 825 of the Penal Code within which a defendant charged with a felony offense must appear before a magistrate is extended from 48 hours to not more than seven days.
  • All out of custody no-time waiver cases with an appearance between March 17, 2020 to and including May 22, 2020 shall be continued to a date in compliance with the extended statutory timelines as provided in this Order and consistent with the ongoing Shelter-in-Place Orders in effect in Mendocino County.
  • All other criminal matters including infractions with appearances set between March 1 7, 2020 to and including May 22, 2020 that are time­waived will be re-set as determined by the judicial officer presiding over the case with the input from counsel for a date after the rescission of the Shelter in Place Orders currently in effect. Initial appearance dates set by citation, letter to appear or promise to appear will be re-scheduled by Court order. Any scheduled initial appearance date after May 22, 2020 remains as set. All initial appearances set by way of bail bond or bond to appear shall remain as set by the bonding company.
07/31/2020

Merced

Merced Superior Court Updates Operations for Increased Access as Part of Its Plan to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19

On March 17, 2020, the Merced Superior Court (Court) announced its plan to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19, which included a number of court operational changes. On March 21, 2020 the Court announced further operational changes. Court administration has been carefully monitoring the advice of public, state and federal health officials regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal of the Merced Superior Court during this unprecedented situation is to protect the safety, health and welfare of court customers, jurors and staff. To this end, we request that individuals refrain from visiting the Court whenever possible.

Effective June 1, 2020, the Court is increasing access by allowing in-person proceedings for some courtrooms, subject to screening requirements.

  • Only parties, including witnesses, and attorneys required to appear in a court hearing will be permitted to enter the court facilities on the day of the hearing after submitting to screening and absent any signs of illness. Do not bring friends or family members with you as they will not be permitted inside the buildings.
  • All persons entering the court facilities shall wear a face covering or face mask while in any Merced Court facility unless otherwise ordered by a judicial officer.
  • All persons entering a Merced Court facility shall submit to a non-invasive temperature screening process and/or declaration and SHALL NOT enter if a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher is detected. Those not permitted to enter the court facilities should contact their attorney or the clerk’s office if not represented by an attorney.
  • Do not come to the court if you are ill and experiencing flu-like symptoms or have a fever or cough. If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney prior to coming to court to determine whether you need to appear in-person. In most instances, your attorney can appear for you. If you do not have an attorney, you may contact the Clerk’s Offices listed below. Telephones will be answered Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Civil Office (including Juvenile Dependency) – (209) 725-4111
    • Criminal Office – (209) 725-4113 Family Law Office – (209) 725-4117
    • Juvenile Delinquency – (209) 725-4119
    • Los Banos – (209) 725-4124
    • Traffic Office – (209) 725-4107

Remote appearances are strongly encouraged, and may be required in some courtrooms, to prevent exposure to and the spread of COVID-19. The Court has established video conferencing in all courtrooms and will continue to livestream public judicial proceedings on the Court’s website at www.mercedcourt.org .

Operations Update

Civil Operations (including Juvenile Dependency) – (209) 725-4111

  • Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Courtroom 8 – Will be combined with Courtroom 10, with hearings held in Courtroom 10. Remote proceedings only, no in-person appearances.
  • Courtroom 9 – All limited civil and small claims hearings will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are permitted, and in-person access is limited to allow for social distancing.
  • Courtroom 10 – Remote proceedings only, no in-person appearances. All hearings will resume as scheduled.
  • 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.

Criminal Operations – (209) 725-4113

  • Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Courtroom 1 – Felony calendars will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged with in-person appearances allowed.
  • Courtroom 2 – Felony calendars will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged with in-person appearances allowed.
  • Courtroom 3 – Criminal specialty calendars will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged with in-person appearances allowed.
  • Courtroom 4 – Misdemeanor calendars will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged with in-person appearances allowed.
  • Courtroom 5 – Misdemeanor calendars will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged with in-person appearances allowed.
  • Courtroom 6 — Felony calendars will resume as scheduled. Remote appearances are strongly encouraged with in-person appearances allowed.

Collections Operations – (209) 725-4220

  • Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Online payments can be made on the Court’s website at www.mercedcourt.org.

Family Law Operations – (209) 725-4117

  • Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Courtroom 7 – Family Law calendars will continue to be heard as scheduled. Remote appearances are permitted, and in-person access is limited to allow for social distancing.
  • Courtroom 4 – DCSS and DV calendars will be heard as scheduled. Remote appearances are permitted, and in-person access is limited to allow for social distancing.

Family Court Services – Child Custody Recommending Counseling will remain remote.

Juvenile Delinquency Operations – (209) 725-4119

  • Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Courtroom 11 – Juvenile Delinquency calendars resume operations as scheduled at Juvenile Hall. Remote appearances are permitted, and in-person access is limited to allow for social distancing. Privacy requirements further limit access.

Los Banos Courthouse Operations – (209) 725-4124

  • Walk-up window hours: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Courtroom 12 – Remote proceedings only, no in-person appearances. All hearings will resume as scheduled. A limited number of individuals who appear at the courthouse may be permitted to use the courthouse terminals to participate in remote hearings.
  • Courtroom 13 Family Law matters (every 2nd and 4th Tuesday) heard remotely. No in-person appearances. A limited number of individuals who appear at the courthouse may be permitted to use the courthouse terminals to participate in remote hearings.

Traffic Office – Merced: (209) 725-4107 or Los Banos (209) 725-4124

  • Clerk’s Office hours – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Individuals may contact the Clerk’s Office to schedule arraignment hearings
  • Online payments can be made on the Court’s website at www.mercedcourt.org.

Courtroom Operations Update

2260 “N” Street, Merced, CA Courthouse

  • Courtroom 1:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 1 will resume its normal felony calendars and will no longer handle combined calendars.
  • Courtroom 2:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 2 will resume its normal felony calendars and will no longer be combined with other departments.
  • Courtroom 3:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 3 will resume its normal criminal specialty calendars and will no longer be combined with other departments. Courtroom 4:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
  • Courtroom 4 will resume its normal calendars by in-person and remote proceedings.
  • Courtroom 5:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 5 will resume its normal calendars by in-person and remote proceedings.
  • Courtroom 6:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 6 will resume its normal felony calendars and will no longer be combined with other departments.
  • Courtroom 7:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 7 will continue its normal family law calendars and offers remote appearances for all matters but will permit individuals to appear in-person.

627 W. 21St Street, Merced, CA Courthouse:

  • Courtroom 8:
    • Courtroom 8 will be combined with Courtroom 10, with hearings held in Department 10.
  • Courtroom 9:
    • Courtroom seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
    • Courtroom 9 will continue its normal traffic, small claims and limited civil matters and offers remote appearances where appropriate but will permit individuals to appear in-person.
  • Courtroom 10:
    • Courtroom 10 will provide remote hearings only, although a limited number of individuals who appear at the courthouse may by permitted use the courthouse terminals to participate in the remote hearings. Nobody will be allowed in the courtroom itself.
    • Courtroom 8 matters will also be heard in Courtroom 10 and will provide remote hearings only, although a limited number of individuals who appear at the courthouse may use the courthouse terminals to participate in the remote hearings. Nobody will be allowed in the courtroom itself.

2840 West Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA Courthouse:

  • Courtroom 11:
    • Courtroom 11 will provide remote hearings for all matters although a limited number of individuals involved with the case may be permitted to appear in the courtroom at the discretion of the hearing officer. Privacy requirements dictate that only individuals involved in a given case may be present when that case is proceeding.

1159 “G” Street, Los Banos, CA Courthouse:

  • Courtroom 12:
    • Courtroom 12 will provide remote hearings only, although a limited number of individuals who appear at the courthouse may be permitted to use the courthouse terminals to participate in the remote hearings. Nobody will be allowed in the courtroom itself.
  • Courtroom 13:
    • Courtroom 13 will resume its family law matters and will provide remote hearings only, although a limited number of individuals who appear at the courthouse may be permitted to use the courthouse terminals to participate in the remote hearings. Nobody will be allowed in the courtroom itself.

Jury Service

  • Jury service will resume effective June 15, 2020. Be assured that we are working with the County Health Department to ensure your safety. The court has installed hand sanitizing stations throughout the facilities and will be observing social distancing for juror deliberations. Additional precautionary measures are currently under review. Additional information about jury service will be released soon.
  • Self Help Center – Remote Services Available
  • Center is closed for walk-in services
  • Service is available via telephone Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at (209) 725-4168
  • Telephone appointments are available Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Email assistance is available at selfhelp@mercedcourt.org or smallclaims.advisor@mercedcourt.org

Drop Box Locations

  • Drop-boxes – Payments and court documents may be deposited before 4:00pm at the following locations:
    • Merced courthouse, near the set of double doors on the southwest corner of 627 West 21st Street
    • Merced courthouse, outside the front doors at 2260 “N” Street
    • Merced Traffic, outside the front doors at 720 West 20th Street
    • Los Banos, 1159 “G” Street, in the parking lot

Electronic Filing

Mandatory Electronic Filing

  • Local Rule of Court 2E mandates e-filing for limited, unlimited, and complex civil actions and in non-DCSS family law and probate matters. Parties that are exempt from e-filing are encouraged to utilize this service at http://www.odysseyefileca.com/.

The Court remains committed to serving the people of Merced County while balancing the health and safety of jurors, litigants, courthouse visitors, attorneys, justice partners and court staff. We appreciate the patience and understanding of the public and our justice partners during these challenging times. The Merced Superior Court will resume jury trials the week of June 15, 2020, and therefore will begin calling Merced County residents for jury service. The Court is committed to providing a safe environment for jury service and trials by adhering to local and state public safety and social distancing guidelines, implementing health and safety precautions at Court locations, and implementing additional precautions for jury service.

Jury service in California involves one day or one trial physical appearance or one week of on-call service. The Court appreciates your willingness to serve as a juror, and to help the Court continue to provide this vital function of our democracy during these extraordinary times.

07/31/2020

Modoc

The Court currently plans to resume regular court operations on Monday, June 1, 2020, subject to any further orders that may be made by the Court or state of federal authorities.

Emergency orders have been issued by the Chief Justice of California with regard to the Modoc County Superior Court, declaring March 30, 2020 through May 29, 2020 holidays for the purpose of computing time under various statutes and extending various statutory time periods. This Court’s orders implementing those orders are issued separately and hereby incorporated.

Criminal Matters:

  1. Effective immediately, any prior order to a defendant to appear in a misdemeanor case scheduled on and before May 29, 2020 is rescinded and counsel can and should appear for clients in these proceedings via Penal Code §977.
  2. Effective immediately, the Court will accept §977 waivers executed out of court for a defendant with a pending criminal matter who is out of custody and who has an appearance on and before May 29, 2020 to facilitate continuances.
  3. The current Court calendar schedule remains in full force and effect.
  4. The Court retains the ability to move criminal cases forward as expeditiously as possible.
07/31/2020

Mono

The Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport courthouses will be closed to the public except for the following time-sensitive, essential functions:

  • Ex-parte Temporary Restraining Orders: Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment and Requests for Gun Violence Restraining Orders;
  • Emergency Temporary Family Law Orders;
  • Juvenile Court Temporary Restraining Orders;
  • Juvenile Court warrants to protect the health, safety, and welfare of a minor;
  • Emergency Probate Orders, including Emergency Conservatorships and Emergency Guardianships;
  • Search Warrants and Ramey Warrants;
  • Writs of Habeas Corpus or writs seeking emergency relief;
  • Such other matters that the court finds to be necessary and essential.
07/31/2020

Monterey

Monterey Courthouse – UPDATE The clerk’s office is CLOSED and will reopen on June 25, 2020. Courtrooms will remain open for all hearings that are currently scheduled. If you are on calendar and your hearing has been scheduled as a remote appearance, please appear remotely, otherwise you should appear for your hearing. If you are unsure, please contact your attorney or the court. Self Help staff are available to assist. For restraining order assistance please email your name and telephone number to selfhelpcenter@monterey.courts.ca.gov, or call (831) 647-5800 x3005.

Marina Courthouse – UPDATE FOR JUNE 15 THROUGH JUNE 24, 2020: The clerk’s office will be open but operating with limited staff and window hours. To avoid longer than normal in person wait times, many matters can be handled by phone (831) 883-5300 Ext. 3011 English and ext. 3007 Spanish or online. The clerk’s office window will be open 8 am to 1 pm daily . Scheduled matters are being heard. If you are on calendar and your hearing has been scheduled as a remote appearance, please appear remotely, otherwise you should appear for your hearing. If you have an appearance date on your citation, please call to schedule an appearance. If you are not sure please call the court.

Salinas Courthouse – The clerk’s office is open. Scheduled matters are being heard. If you have a scheduled hearing you should appear for your hearing. If you have an attorney, please contact your attorney regarding your hearing date.

Juvenile Courthouse on Natividad Road – All scheduled matters are being heard. Please contact your youth’s attorney regarding whether you and your youth may appear for the hearing remotely. If your youth does not yet have an attorney, you and your youth will need to appear at the courthouse; an attorney will be appointed at your youth’s first appearance.

We will be enforcing social distancing and limiting the number of people allowed into courthouses. Face masks are required. Members of the public entering the courthouse will be asked screening questions and their temperature will be checked. You may experience lines and delays.

07/31/2020

Napa

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Restoration of public services starting Monday, June 1: Following an unprecedented period of limited services due to the ongoing public health emergency, all court operations will resume beginning Monday, June 1, at 8:00 a.m.

07/31/2020

Nevada

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In furtherance of compliance with the California Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control guidelines and recommendations, the Superior Court of California, County of Nevada, is taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of the community. The court is now entering Phase 2 of its service expansion plans.

The Superior Court of California, County of Nevada has taken the following steps to ensure public health
and safety:

  • Significantly increased cleaning protocols for all staff and public areas;
  • Increased availability of video, phone, email, and drop-box options to facilitate regular court transactions while conforming with social distancing protocols;
  • Mandated the wearing of face coverings for all without an approved accommodation; and
  • Enforcing social distancing of at least six feet throughout the courthouse

Please only enter the courthouse if you are symptom free and have not had any known exposures to COVID-19. Please minimize entry to the courthouse and take advantage of remote access options whenever possible. Always respect social distancing guidelines and face covering requirements within the
building.

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. The full details of the court’s service expansion can be found in Executive Order #190 on the court’s website at http://nccourt.net/documents/public/EO190.pdf.
The court will begin issuing jury summons to restart jury trials. The first group of jurors will be summoned for a trial tentatively scheduled for June 23rd at the Nevada City Courthouse. The court will be instituting a pre-screening process for jurors to complete in advance to reduce overall foot traffic into courthouses and continue to encourage social distancing.

For more information visit the court’s COVID-19 info page at http://nccourt.net/onlinesvcs/covid.shtml, contact 530-362-4309, or email info@nccourt.net. During this time, and in hopes of reducing the need to
come to the courthouse, the court will temporarily respond to questions for the clerk’s office in Nevada City at nccounter@nccourt.net and for the clerk’s office in Truckee at trcounter@nccourt.net.

07/31/2020

Orange

We anticipate being open for normal operations Friday, June 5th.

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Court reopened courthouses for limited in-person services. But Members of the public should not visit a courthouse unless they have been notified by the Court that they have an in-person hearing scheduled on their matter or the they have scheduled an appointment to enter the building for counter services.

The Court launched a new online scheduling tool to allow members of the public to self-schedule an in-person appointment at the public counters.

07/31/2020

Placer

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The Superior Court of Placer County is announcing changes to its operations, effective August 3, 2020. Due to the ongoing concerns regarding community spread of COVID-19 in Placer County:

  • Jury trials will not be held between August 3, 2020 and August 28, 2020.
  • With the exception of arraignments and trial assignment hearings, the court will postpone all hearings in misdemeanor cases, excluding driving under the influence, domestic violence and traffic cases, set between August 3, 2020, and August 28, 2020, in which the defendant is not in custody. Cases will be reset to an available date at least eight weeks from the currently scheduled court date.
  • Traffic Misdemeanor trials set August 3, 2020 through August 28, 2020 will be postponed to an available date at least eight weeks from the currently scheduled court date.
  • Family centered case resolution conferences set August 3, 2020 through August 28, 2020 will be postponed to an available date at least eight weeks from the currently scheduled court date.

These actions are in addition to the following actions announced on July 9, 2020:

  • The court will postpone all traffic infraction and non-traffic infraction pre-trial matters set July 13, 2020 through August 28, 2020 to an available date at least sixteen weeks from the currently scheduled court date. The July 9, 2020 public notice provides additional detail on options available to defendants in traffic matters.
  • The court will postpone all traffic misdemeanor pre and post-trial hearings set July 13, 2020 through August 28, 2020 to an available date at least sixteen weeks from the currently scheduled court date.
  • All traffic infraction and non-traffic infraction trials set July 13, 2020 through August 28, 2020 will be postponed to a date at least eight weeks from the currently scheduled court date.
  • All small claims cases will be held remotely, effective July 20, 2020. Parties unable to appear via remote technology must request an in-person appearance (PL-CV014 Personal
  • Appearance Request Form), subject to judicial approval. Please see the court’s remote appearance website for more details http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/RAS.shtml.

The court finds it necessary to implement these changes due to the substantial increase in COVID19 cases in Placer County. As of July 28, 2020. Placer County Public Health reported:

  • A case rate of more than 100 cases per 100,000 people over the past 14 days. A rate which does not meet the objectives set by the California Department of Public Health.
  • Positive COVID-19 seven day average testing positivity rate of over 8%. A rate which does not meet the objectives set by the California Department of Public Health.
  • Intensive care unit bed availability at or approaching zero. A rate which does not meet the objectives set by the California Department of Public Health.
  • Overall hospital bed capacity at or approaching zero, without implementing surge capacity measures.
  • An overall 50% increase in COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days.

The Placer Superior Court continues to consult with Placer County Public Health officials to enable informed decision-making in our effort to balance the delivery of mandated services while minimizing the health risks to the public, court users, system partners, court staff, and judicial officers.

The court will continue to monitor the situation to determine if further limitations on services are warranted. The court intends to evaluate whether to extend the measures outlined in this public notice every two weeks.

In addition to the above, the following additional restrictions remain in effect:

  • Remote appearance is required for most civil, probate, and family law hearings, excluding trials. Please see Emergency Local Rules for details.
  • Remote appearance is available, upon request, for most pre-trial criminal hearings. Remote appearance for preliminary hearings is subject to judicial approval.
  • eDelivery is mandatory in family law and civil cases for attorneys and represented parties.
  • Unrepresented parties are encouraged to use the eDelivery system. For more information on eDelivery and how to use the eDelivery system, please visit http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/online-edelivery-access.shtml.
  • The State Department of Public Health has mandated face coverings for anyone entering a public building, including courthouses. Physical distancing protocols have been implemented in the courthouses.
  • The court’s Self-Help Center has discontinued all in-person services. Please visit the SelfHelp Center page on our website to schedule a telephone or video appointment. Self-Help will only assist with matters currently being heard by the court.
  • Modified practices remain in effect for those called to jury service, once jury service resumes. For more information, please visit: http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/public_notice/COVID/QAJury%20Duty_Eff.%205%2028%202020.pdf

The court reminds members of the public that they should only come to the courthouse for official court business or to observe a court hearing. The court continues to strongly discourage individuals who do not have an active role in court hearings from attending court at this time. However, court proceedings will remain open to the public and media who choose to attend.

If you believe you are sick, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other communicable disease, please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at 916-408-6000 for further information. If you have an attorney, contact your attorney first before calling the court. Defendants who have posted bail are encouraged to discuss the bail issues with their attorney and the bail bonding company.

For information on specific cases, please visit the court’s website or call 916-408-6000.

07/31/2020

Riverside

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Governor Newsom’s closure on July 13, 2020 of business operations, both statewide and at the county level, will not affect current court operations. In recent months, the court has implemented multiple protocols and procedures related to mask wearing, social distancing, remote and staggered court hearings, and increased sanitation in an effort to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19, while at the same time continuing to provide access to justice for the citizens of this county. Our business practices will continue to be reevaluated on a daily basis to ensure we comply with all federal, state and local health orders The Riverside Superior Court is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community while performing our constitutional duties. Following guidelines provided by Governor Newsom’s executive orders and the County of Riverside’s orders by the Public Health Officer, the court has suspended all non-essential functions and is hearing only specific limited emergency matters at this time; many court locations are closed through July 10, 2020 and have limited public hours.

07/31/2020

Sacramento

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The Court’s current services are detailed and outlined on the COVID-19 webpage by division at the this link.

Filing counters and clerk’s offices remain closed. There are limited “in-person” hearings being held at this time. Only those persons with court hearings in specified criminal actions or any matter authorized under the resumption of expanded services orders shall enter a Sacramento Superior Court facility on the day of the hearing.

For additional details, please refer to the Order – Access to Court Proceedings by the General Public-Restricted: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/general/docs/order-amended-public-restricted-access.pdf.

Minimal orders remain in effect that prescribe the filing types that still remain under the filing holiday period. The recent order is located here.

Below is a list of the services provided in each court division:

Civil Division:

  • All civil filings are accepted by US mail or drop box.
  • Civil matters including civil harassment restraining orders, gun violence restraining orders, petitions for compromise of claims of minors with accompanying applications for appointment of guardian ad litem, complex civil case management, writ of mandate, civil law and motion, limited Presiding Judge Law and Motion and voluntary settlement conferences have commenced with the use of remote hearings.
  • The Civil Filing Guidelines for Civil Services located at Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse and Hall of Justice can be found at the following link: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/civil/civil.aspx.
  • All hearings will be conducted remotely via the interactive video conferencing application Zoom or by Court Call.
  • The civil calendars are posted weekly and indicate what matters are held remotely or in person and can be found at the following link: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/criminal/hearing-livestreams.aspx.

Criminal Division:

  • All criminal filings are accepted by US Mail and drop box services.
  • Criminal hearings including arraignments, time-sensitive preliminary hearings/jury trials, felony law and motion, misdemeanor law and motion, collaborative courts, petitions for post-conviction relief, criminal appeals and warrants are presently being conducted (most of which are done remotely).
  • The criminal calendars are posted weekly and indicate what matters are held remotely or in person and can be found at the following link: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/criminal/hearing-livestreams.aspx.

Families and Children:

  • All family law filings are accepted by US Mail or drop box.
  • Family law hearings including domestic violence and elder abuse restraining orders, ex parte emergency orders for relief, law and motion, termination of parental rights, contempt, settlement conferences, and mediation appointments are being held remotely. Family law trials have commenced in person.
  • Additionally, the Family Law Self Help Center has re-opened. It is providing eCorrespondence, file review and workshops remotely.
  • The family law calendars are posted and indicate how to attend them remotely at the following link: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/family/calendar-information.aspx.
  • For additional details, please review the following public notices: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/general/docs/public-notice-trials-settlement-conferencesfamily-law.pdf; and https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/general/docs/extended-court-closuremitigation-plan-resumption-of-fl-services.pdf.

Juvenile Division:

  • All juvenile filings are accepted by US Mail or drop box.
  • All Juvenile hearings and trials in both child welfare (dependency) and juvenile justice (delinquency) are presently being conducted (most of which are being done remotely).
  • Publicly accessible matters in juvenile justice cases are posted on the daily calendar and can be found at the following link: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/criminal/hearinglivestreams.aspx.
  • For additional details, please visit the following public notices: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/general/docs/public-notice-juvenile-justice%20.pdf; and https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/general/docs/public-notice-juvenile-dependency20200714.pdf.

Landlord/Tenant (Unlawful Detainers):

  • Unlawful Detainer filings are accepted by drop box only at the Carol Miller Justice Center.
  • No hearings are being conducted at the present time with the exception of outstanding writs of possession.
  • For legal assistance, please email the Advisory Clinic at SCUDAdvisors@saccourt.ca.gov or call 916-875-7846.
  • For additional details, please review the public notice at the following link: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/general/docs/public-notice-landlord-and-tenant-ud-division040120.pdf.

Probate:

  • All probate filings are accepted by US Mail or drop box.
  • Probate hearings including ex parte requests for emergency relief, trust and estate, conservatorship, guardianship, Lanterman Petris Short (LPS) matters, trials and settlement conferences have commenced remotely.
  • Services through the Family Law Self Help Center has re-opened using eCorrespondence.
  • The probate calendars are posted and indicate how to attend them remotely at the following link: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/probate/calendar-search.aspx.
  • For further details, please refer to the public notices: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/general/docs/public-notice-resumption-of-trials-settlementconferences-probate.pdf and https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/general/docs/extended-courtclosure-mitigation-plan-resumption-of-probate-services-050420.pdf.

Small Claims:

  • Small Claims filings are accepted by drop box only located at the Carol Miller Justice Center.
  • Small Claims trials will resume on August 3, 2020.
  • For general information, please email the Small Claims Division at scefile@saccourt.ca.gov.
  • For legal assistance, please email the Advisory Clinic at SCUDAdvisory@saccourt.ca.gov or call 916-875-7846.

Traffic:

  • Traffic filings are currently being processed and arraignments and trials are being held daily.
  • On-line services to resolve a traffic matter without appearing in court includes paying your fine in full, request traffic violator school, set up monthly payments, submit proof of corrections.  
  •  Traffic appearances via videoconference are being conducted for arraignments and trials by written declaration and court trials by mail.
  • For further details, please review the public notice for traffic matters at the following link: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/general/docs/public-notice-traffic-arraignments.pdf.
  • The traffic calendars are posted and indicate how to attend them remotely at the following link: https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/traffic/calendar-search.aspx.
  • To request an arraignment via video conference or for further assistance, please submit a written request to the Traffic Division at trafficcustomerservice@saccourt.ca.gov .
07/31/2020

San Benito

Effective immediately through June 12, 2020 the San Benito Superior Court will reschedule the following matters in order to curtail the effect and spread of COVID-19 (Corona Virus):

  • Out of Custody Criminal Arraignments.
  • Out of Custody Criminal Pre-Trial Conferences and Non-Urgent Hearings On Motions.
  • Truancy Court.
  • Drug Court.
  • Behavioral Health Court.
  • Traffic Arraignments.
  • Criminal Fine Reviews.
  • Civil Jury and Court Trials and Probate Trials
  • All Criminal Trials are Suspended Per Order of Chief Justice.
  • Unlimited Civil Motions.
  • Limited Civil Motions and Trials – except Unlawful Detainers related to Health & Safety.
  • Judicial Foreclosures.
  • Small Claims Hearings.
  • Adoption Proceedings.
  • Non-urgent Trust & Estate Matters.
  • Case Management Conferences.
  • Mandatory Settlement Conferences.
  • Non-Emergency Family Hearings and Trials.
  • Non-Emergency Child Support Hearings.
  • Friday Morning Walk-In Calendar.
07/31/2020

San Bernardino

Beginning May 29, San Bernardino Superior Court will gradually reopen with modified service hours from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Face coverings and social distancing are required.

BEFORE YOU COME TO COURT VIEW THIS FLYER ON ENHANCED SECURITY MEASURES.

You may not be allowed to enter into the courthouse unless your case is being heard or your filing is being accepted inside. Alternative filing options may include outside service windows and at drop box locations. U.S. mail, fax, and other methods are available to file documents, make a payment and for other court business. For a complete overview of services offered by location and litigation type see the hyperlinks embedded in the chart below:

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07/31/2020

San Diego

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor of California declared a state of emergency in this state. The President of the United States has also declared a national emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant health and safety concerns nationally, throughout the State of California, and in San Diego County.

In response to the pandemic, the court was closed to the public and suspended services, except for certain time-sensitive and essential functions, from March 17 to May 22, 2020. (See General Orders of the Presiding Department, Ord. Nos. 031820-34, 040320-39, and 043020-47.) The court resumed most services on May 26, 2020; however, with community spread of COVID-19 still a concern, many services have been and will continue to be provided remotely.

For good cause and pursuant to California Rules of Court, Appendix I: Emergency Rules Related to COVID-19, rule 3; the court’s inherent supervisory and administrative authority; and he Presiding Judge’s duty to promote access to justice for all members of the public, taking into account the needs of the public and court as they relate to the efficient and effective management of the cornt (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 10.603), and in order to protect the health and safety of the public, court personnel, judicial officers, parties, attorneys, witnesses, and law enforcement officers, this court HEREBY FINDS AND ORDERS AS FOLLOWS: 1. Until further notice, the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, rule 2.5.8 is suspended for limited civil hearings in depaitments N-26, which is located in the North County Regional Center, 325 S. Melrose Dr., Vista, California 92081, and 0-61, which is located in the Hall of Justice, 330 W. Broadway, San Diego, California 92101, only. All parties are directed to review the COVID-19 page on the court’s website (www.sdcourt.ca.gov/coronavirus) for the process by which remote appearances will be conducted for limited civil hearings in departments N-26 and 0-61. Until fmther notice, the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, rule 2.5.8 remains in effect and applicable to all limited civil hearings assigned to all departments other than N-26 or D-61.

Until further notice, the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, rule 2.5.8 is suspended for settlement conferences and informal discovery conferences in all civil case types. At the time of scheduling, parties will be informed how they are to appear for the applicable conference.

07/31/2020

San Francisco

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The San Francisco Superior Court is restoring a number of services to its operations on June 1 that were reduced at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the court remained open during the pandemic, the need to follow City and County of San Francisco and Department of Public Health guidelines required the court to reduce a large amount of its operations in order to meet social distancing and other health and safety rules.

However, even with the resumption of many court services, health and safety guidelines remain our top priority. Those guidelines apply to our employees and the public and will impact staffing levels and operations. Please note that the following rules apply to everyone coming to any of our courthouses.

You must wear a mask or face covering to enter any court facility and during all times you remain inside a courthouse. The court will not provide masks or face coverings.

If you are sick, please do not come to court. No one who is sick or is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be permitted to enter any court facility.

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.

Please note and adhere to the posted signs regarding social distancing, face coverings and health and safety guidelines. Please wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the courthouses.

The court encourages you to visit our website at https://sfsuperiorcourt.org/ to see what services are available before you visit any of our facilities. Beginning on June 1, the following services will be available.

CIVIL COURT

  • Complex Litigation: The Complex Litigation Departments will begin scheduling telephonic conferences. For all pending motions prior to June 1, 2020, please continue to file opposition and reply briefs on the previously agreed upon schedule. If counsel need a continuance on their briefing deadlines, they shall meet and confer to adjust any briefing schedules, and them email the court on their agreed upon deadlines. For all Joint CMC statements for CMCs set before June 1, 2020, counsel should continue to meet and confer to prepare the statement and file these statements on the day their hearing would have occurred. Based on the filed statements, the court will set further dates.
  • Records: The Records Public Viewing Room is closed. Records requests may be mailed or dropped off in the Court’s Dropbox in the first-floor lobby. All records request must have a self-addressed stamped envelope for returned paperwork. There are no pick-up options for records requests. Please see the Court’s website for additional information and the Court Form to request Records. The Court Clerk’s office will be open with limited hours and service.
  • Restraining Orders: The Court continues to accept applications for civil harassment restraining orders. The Court Clerk’s office will be open with limited hours and service, but there is a drop box in the first-floor lobby. If restraining order applications are submitted before 10 a.m., a person will receive a call to come pick up the restraining order the same day after 2:30 p.m. If restraining order paperwork is submitted after 10 a.m., a person will receive a call to pick up the restraining order the next business day.
  • Civil Filings Office: The Civil Filings Office will reopen on June 8, 2020. When services are restored, the office will re- open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Filers are encouraged to electronically file, mail in their filings or use the drop boxes located in the first-floor lobby. If documents are mailed or put in the drop box, the filer must include copies and a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive returned filings. There are no document pick up boxes located at the Civic Center Courthouse.
  • Civil Courtroom Hearings and Proceedings: Where possible, courtroom proceedings will proceed via CourtCall or by another videoconferencing application. Please check the Court’s website at https://sfsuperiorcourt.org for the Court’s most recent updates regarding court operations. In addition, please use the Court website’s Online Services to access the most recent updates in your case.
  • Small Claims Filings and Hearings: The Court Clerk’s office will reopen on June 8, 2020. When services are restored, the office will re- open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Small Claims filings may be submitted by mail or dropped off in the first-floor lobby drop box. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and copies for returned filings. All Small Claims hearings have currently been continued and notices have been mailed with future court hearing dates. To see the latest updates to your previously filed case, please access the court’s website online services at https://sfsuperiorcourt.org.

CRIMINAL COURT

The Criminal Office will reopen on June 8, 2020. When services are restored, the office will re- open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Phone service is currently open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., until further notice. Please call (415) 551-0651 and ask to speak to a clerk. It is highly recommended that you phone the criminal office as many services are now available over the phone, online or by mail. You may experience long wait times to enter the Hall of Justice and receive in-person service at the windows. The drop box remains available outside of room 101.

07/31/2020

San Joaquin

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STOCKTON, California (May 26, 2020): The San Joaquin County Superior Court is partially reopening and resuming court operations. See Public Notice, May 19, 2020. The Stockton and French Camp Courthouses are open, but entry is subject to the Presiding Judge’s Order of May 26, 2020.

The court is accepting all filings in all case types and initiating new actions. Although, the clerks’ offices remain closed to the public, drop boxes are available outside the Stockton Courthouse between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Effective, May 28, 2020, e-filing will be available for civil, family and probate cases.

The court will begin conducting jury trials in the month of June. Persons who receive a jury summons asking them to appear for jury duty should check the court’s website for further instructions.

Everyone entering the courthouse will have their temperature taken. No individual will enter a courthouse with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more. Failure to submit to a temperature reading is grounds for denial of entry into a courthouse.

Only those with court business will be allowed into the building, including attorneys, those with calendared cases, victim advocates, and subpoenaed witnesses.

Those who do attend court proceedings must follow court physical distancing guidelines and all instructions provided by court security related to enforcement of these guidelines.

07/31/2020

San Luis Obispo

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As of May 28 face masks are required; traffic court resumed on May 26, and criminal jury trials resumed on May 21 https://www.slo.courts.ca.gov/4802.htm

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The San Luis Obispo Superior Court Infraction Arraignment Calendar re-opens June 8, 2020 with some changes.

  • All infraction appearances will be held at the Grover Beach Courthouse until further notice.
  • Appointments are required before appearing for arraignment, no walk in calendars offered.
  • Clerk’s office windows will remain closed during the COVID-19 closure period – you may contact the court by phone or email for appearance times, instructions and options to resolve your matter.
  • Continuances were given on citations previously filed and on due dates for fines ordered.
  • Payments can be paid on our website www.slo.courts.ca.gov or mailed to the court. See the court’s website for details.
07/31/2020

San Mateo

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Due to the significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in San Mateo County during the last two weeks, as well as the recent courtroom exposure of a jury to a person who ha tested positive for COVID-19, it is hereby ordered that all jury trials are to be suspended until August 17, 2020. This Order may be reconsidered if circumstances change.

07/31/2020

Santa Barbara

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THE COURT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

  • Chamber ex-parte requests for Civil Harassment TROs, Domestic Violence TROs, and Gun Violence Protective Orders
  • Emergency ex-parte proceedings in Unlawful Detainers
  • Ex parte Guardianship requests where a minor’s safety is at risk
  • Emergency conservatorship and other emergency orders in Probate
  • Parties seeking emergency ex parte orders should call:
  • North County phone number: (805 )614-6500
  • South County phone number: (805) 882-4590
  • All search warrants (day and night) will be electronically submitted

EXCEPT AS INDICATED BELOW THE COURT WILL BE CLOSED FOR:

CRIMINAL

  • All criminal proceedings, except in-custody arraignments.

CIVIL

  • All civil proceedings will be rescheduled
  • All Unlawful Detainer (UD) matters will be rescheduled
  • All temporary restraining orders which would otherwise expire during this closure will be automatically extended for 30 days

FAMILY

  • All family court departments are closed; family law & family support matters will be rescheduled
  • The Family Law Facilitator’s Office is closed for public transactions
  • All clinics and workshops have been cancelled
  • The Family Law Facilitator’s office will conduct appointments telephonically
  • Family Court Services office is closed for public transactions
  • All family court mediation matters are being conducted telephonically

JUVENILE

  • Juvenile matters are still being heard

TRAFFIC

  • All traffic matters will be rescheduled
  • All those cited to appear in Traffic Court will have a 30-day grace period starting when the court reopens all services (monitor www.sbcourts.org for service updates)

SMALL CLAIMS

  • All small claims matters will be rescheduled

PROBATE

  • All Probate hearings will be rescheduled
  • All in-person visits related to guardianship and conservatorship cases are suspended
  • The Probate Facilitator’s office is closed for public transactions; appointments will be conducted telephonically
07/31/2020

Santa Clara

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Presiding Judge Deborah A. Ryan Orders the Closure Of The Santa Clara County Superior Court on June 1, 2020

In the interest of public safety, Presiding Judge Deborah A. Ryan has ordered the closure of the Santa Clara County Superior Court on Monday, June 1, 2020. Presiding Judge Ryan made the decision to close all courthouses after the announcement that the City of San Jose issued a proclamation of local emergency and implemented a citywide curfew from 8:30 pm to 5:00 am, beginning Sunday, May 31, for the next seven days (or until further notice).

“With consideration for the safety of the public, our judicial officers and employees, I have made the difficult decision to close our courthouses tomorrow,” said Presiding Judge Deborah A. Ryan. “We will closely monitor circumstances in Santa Clara County and the City of San Jose and continue to act in the best interests of our community and public safety going forward.”

07/31/2020

Santa Cruz

The Superior Court of Santa Cruz County is committed to protecting the health and
safety of court users while trying to maintain its core mission of providing equal
access to justice and due process under the law. The Court has been closely
monitoring conditions in the community and following the public health guidelines
from Santa Cruz County Public Health Agency, Center for Disease Control, and the
Judicial Council of California. The Court has taken the following active measures to
protect the public during this time including the following:

  • Face Coverings: Staff, judges, attorneys and members of the public are required to wear face-coverings at all times in the courthouses due to the County Public Health Officer’s Orders.
  • Hand Sanitizing Stations: The court has installed hand sanitizer stations at most public entry/exit points for court users to disinfect their hands while in the courthouse.
  • Social Distancing: Signs and floor decals are placed throughout the courthouse to guide the public to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between each other.
  • Elevators will be limited to one person at a time. Plexiglass barriers are installed in all locations where 6 feet of distancing is not possible.
  • Occupancy Limits: Courtrooms occupancy is limited to the number of people who can occupy the space with 6 feet of distance between them.
  • Staggered Calendars: Calendar start-times will be staggered to control the flow of people in and out of the courthouse and through entry weapons screening.
  • Employee Health Screenings: All employees undergo daily health screenings, including temperature checks (self-administered).
  • Daily Cleaning: Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all court facilities. Deep cleaning daily with additional cleaning and wiping down frequently touched surfaces occurring throughout the day.
  • Air Movement: The following adjustments are in effect to comply with CDC guidelines for increased air movement: run the system 24/7; improve the air filtration; and increase the use of outdoor air for ventilation.
07/31/2020

Shasta

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The Superior Court of California, County of Shasta resumed services to the public on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. All court facilities are open and all courtrooms are in operation.

The public is advised that anyone having a criminal case must appear in court unless excused. People charged with misdemeanor violations must appear on their court date unless they are represented by an attorney who will appear on their behalf. If a person is ordered to appear for arraignment on a misdemeanor charge and does not have an attorney, they must appear in court on the date set. Anyone who fails to appear in court will have a warrant issued for their arrest.

Any person that is currently sick, displaying symptoms of COVID-19, is an older adult, or is in a high risk group due to medical conditions should contact their attorney if they have one, or the court if they do not have an attorney, to address their court date to prevent a warrant from being issued. Questions may be addressed to the Criminal Division at 245-6789.

The court strongly recommends all persons wear masks or face coverings and continue to follow hygiene recommendations of the CDC and the Department of Public Health. Social distancing will be enforced in court facilities and the number of public entering the building will be subject to space limitations.

07/31/2020

Sierra

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Pursuant to the Declaration of Local Health Emergency issued by the Public Health Officer of Sierra County and the Sierra County Board of Supervisors Resolution proclaiming the existence of a local state of emergency in Sierra County as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic virus, the courthouse was closed to the public on March 18, 2020, and remains closed to the public. There is no projected date when the courthouse will reopen to the public.

***PLEASE NOTE: Sierra County Superior Court will be holding all court matters remotely until further notice. Please see links below for current court operations and instructions to appear via Zoom.

07/31/2020

Siskiyou

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the court has issued emergency orders, primarily impacting couit calendaring and court operations. The court has also implemented various orders authorized by the Chief Justice of California and the Judicial Council, as well as statewide emergency orders and emergency amendments to the California Rules of Court.

While the public health crisis has not passed and various state and local orders remain in effect, including a statewide State of Emergency, Siskiyou County was given authority by the state to move further into Stage 2 and staff lifting some restrictions. The Court continues to balance health and safety concerns with the needs of the community to ensure access to justice and due process.

Various statewide orders issued by the Chief Justice and Emergency Rules of Court remain in effect and will continue to apply until the orders expire or are rescinded.

Given the continuing state and local orders and the continued public health risks, the Court makes the following temporary orders. These orders shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded.

General

All persons entering the courthouse are encouraged to wear a face covering and shall follow social distancing guidelines and remain at least six feet apart. Parties, attorneys, witnesses and members of the public shall not congregate in hallways or other public areas and may be asked to wait in open courtrooms, overflow courtrooms or other areas of the courthouse or courthouse grounds.

Courtrooms will continue to practice social distancing, with any persons in the courtroom instructed to sit at least six feet apart and persons encouraged to wear face coverings. Court customers who do not have a case on calendar or business with the Court are encouraged to not enter the courthouse. Court customers who have business with the court are encouraged to limit the number of people they bring with them to court.

Criminal Matters

  • Orders to Appear and General Orders
    • Pursuant to the California Emergency Rules of Court, counsel can and should appear for clients pursuant to Penal Code section 977 for matters that do not require the personal appearance of the defendant.
    • The Court will accept section 977 waivers executed out of court for a defendant with a pending felony criminal matter who is out of custody, with a representation from counsel that he or she explained the waiver to the defendant consistent with Emergency Rule 5: Personal appearance waivers of defendants during health emergency. (Amendments to the California Rules of Court, adopted by the Judicial Council on April 6, 2020, effective April 6, 2020.) Counsel for a defendant with a pending misdemeanor criminal matter may appear as authorized by section 977.
    • Counsel and parties may appear via Court Call pursuant to the California Emergency Rules of Court.

Civil, Conservatorsbip, and Probate Matters:

  • Generally
    • Civil, conservatorship, and probate matters will continue to be heard as currently set on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. Any matters set at a different time under previous emergency orders shall be heard as already set. Counsel and self-represented litigants are encouraged to use Court Call for telephonic appearances. Court Call is at no charge for pai1ies who qualify for a fee waiver. Attorneys who appear in court are encouraged to appear for their clients whenever possible to minimize the number of people in the courtroom. Parties who appear in court are encouraged to appear alone or with no more than one necessary support person whenever possible to minimize the number of people in the courtroom.
    • Evidentiary hearings in civil, conservatorsh.ip and probate matters may be set on Fridays at 8:30 a.m., beginning Friday, June 19, 2020, or at a specific time set by the court so as to minimize the number of people in the courtroom.
  • Civil Jury Trials: All civil jury trials scheduled to commence beginning June 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020 are vacated. Th.is Order is based on a finding of good cause arising out of the ongoing public health crisis, a backlog of criminal trials with time constraints that take priority and court resource issues.
    • Cases in which trials are vacated will be put on calendar for resetting per court notice.

Unlawful Detainers, Foreclosure Injunctions and Small Claims Trials: Beginning June 1, 2020, all matters will be heard as calendared, subject to Emergency Rules 1 and 2 of the Amendments to the California Rules of Court.

Family Law Matters:

  • Department of Child Support Services
    • All child support hearings scheduled beginning June 3, 2020 will be heard as scheduled.
  • Family Law, Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment and Guardianships
    • Family law matters will continue to be heard as currently set on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. Domestic violence, civil harassment, and guardianships will remain on calendar at 9:30 a.m. All guardianship annual reviews will be reviewed by a judge and handled by way of a chambers order. In all cases, attorneys and self represented litigants are encouraged to use Court Call. Court Call is at no charge for parties who qualify for a fee waiver. Attorneys who appear in court are encouraged to appear for their clients whenever possible to minimize the number of people in the courtroom. Patties who appear in court are encouraged to appear alone or with no more than one necessary support person whenever possible to minimize the number of people in the courtroom.
  • Evidentiary hearings in family law, domestic violence, civil harassment and guardianship cases will be heard on Fridays at 8:30 a.m., beginning Friday, June 19, 2020, or at a specific time set by the court so as to minimize the number of people in the courtroom. Any hearings already set under prior emergency orders on a different day or time will be heard as set.
  • Family law settlement conferences will be scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays, beginning June 19, 2020.

Mediations

  • Mediations shall be coordinated by the mediator and may be telephonic or by video conferencing when available. The mediator will be available for interim mediation on Wednesdays. Interim mediation may be conducted telephonically (via cell phones) and may not exceed one hour, except in unusual cases.

Court Closure: The Court will continue to be closed on Fridays through June 12, 2020, except for specially set matters. Judges will continue to be available telephonically on Fridays to handle emergency requests consistent with the existing after-hours duty schedule.

07/31/2020

Solano

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Daily Notice of Continued Hearings Posted Daily, please see link provided. The court will accept filings as follows:

Effective July 1, 2020, all criminal departments in both Fairfield and Vallejo will be up and running their own calendars with the new social distancing setting guides prepared by each department, in each departments’ respective assigned Courtroom.

07/31/2020

Sonoma

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Exercising the authority granted under Government Code section 68115 and the July 29, 2020, Order (“Order”) of Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chair of the Judicial Council of California this Court HEREBY FINDS AND ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. With the concurrence of the Presiding Judge, the Court may order that sessions be held anywhere in the county, including in correctional and juvenile detention facilities, from August 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(l));
  2. Any judge of the Court may extend by not more than 30 days the time period provided in section 1382 of the Penal Code for the holding of a criminal trial applicable only to cases in which the original or extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020, inclusive (Govt. Code section 68115(a)(10); Executive Order N-38- 20 (03-27-20)).
  3. Under the authority granted to me by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, and on a finding of good cause due to current safety concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic as it has continued to spread in Sonoma County, I hereby order that all criminal trials in which the original or extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020, inclusive, are hereby continued for 30 days from the last day set pursuant to Penal Code§ 1382 including all previous extensions. Court, and on a finding of good cause due to current safety concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic as it has continued to spread in Sonoma County, I hereby order that all criminal trials in which the original or extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020, inclusive, are hereby continued for 30 days from the last day set pursuant to Penal Code§ 1382 including all previous extensions.
  • Hold sessions anywhere in the county, including in correctional and juvenile detention facilities, from August 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(l)); and
  • Extend the time period provided in section 13 82 of the Penal Code (section 1382) for the holding of a criminal trial by not more than 30 days, applicable only to cases in which the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from August 1, 2020, to August 31, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code, § 68115(a)(10); Executive OrderN-38-20 (03-27-20)).*
07/31/2020

Stanislaus

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Due to COVID-19, the number of persons entering the courthouse must be limited in order to meet social distancing requirements per public health guidelines. Therefore, effective May 18, 2020:

  • The Courthouse remains open to the public, but priority to enter will be given to:
    • Attorneys, parties and witnesses scheduled to appear in court that day
    • Persons who need to conduct business in the clerk’s office
  • Friends and relatives of parties do not have priority status to enter the building (These restrictions do not apply to a designated support person (Family Code section 6303))
  • Only a limited number of attorneys, parties and witnesses will be allowed entry at any given time
  • Once maximum social distancing capacity is reached, no one will be allowed entry until another person exits
  • Social distancing of six (6) feet must be maintained to the maximum extent possible at all times
  • Due to the high volume of cases on the court’s calendar, if you are not scheduled to appear in court or do not have official court business in the clerk’s offices, it is unlikely you will be allowed to enter the building
  • All persons are required to wear face coverings when conducting business at the court
  • Please do not come to court if you are sick or have a temperature.

COURT CLERK’S OFFICES

  • Clerk’s Offices will be closed through May 29
    • Phone services will be reinstated May 18
  • Drop Boxes are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Use the Drop Boxes to file documents without waiting in line for a clerk
07/31/2020

Supreme Court of California

The Supreme Court continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation, and is following guidance provided by federal, state, and local health authorities to limit the spread of the virus. In response to the coronavirus situation, the court has adopted expanded e-filing rules for litigants, previously extended the deadlines under the California Rules of Court for an additional 30 days for all Supreme Court proceedings under an amended Administrative Order, and until further notice will be conducting oral argument from the San Francisco Supreme Court Headquarters building with counsel appearing through teleconferencing, videoconferencing, or similar methods of remote participation. The court has also implemented additional social distancing and density controls for oral argument.

07/31/2020

Sutter

The Sutter County Superior Court will remain open for restricted business as
follows through May 8, 2020.

Crimlnal Matters:
Search warrants (electronic submission accessible 24 hours)
All in-custody cases
All Felony cases
Bailreviews
Writs of habeas corpus
Other criminal matters as determined by the Presiding Judge or designee

Juvenile Matters:
Delinquency
ln custody detention, jurisdictional and dispositional hearings
Other matters as determined by the Presiding Juvenile Judge or designee
(Parents may appear telephonically.)

Dependency
Detention, jurisdictional and disposition hearings
Review hearings requiring federally mandated flndings
Other matters as determined by the Presiding Juvenile Judge or designee (Parents may appear telephonically.)

Family Law, Probate & Civil Matters:
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
Emergency Petitions for Temporary Conservatorships
Emergency Petitions for Temporary Guardianships
Emergency Child Custody Hearings
Other matters as determined by the Presiding Judge or designee

Mental Health matters:
Detained/in-custody Mental Health Hearings

Litigants
If you are represented by an attorney, please call your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, contact the court clerk’s office to request a continuance in your case by calling:
Civil/ Probate/ Family 530-822-3304
Criminal 530-822-3306
Juvenile 530-822-3312
Traffic 530-822-3303

Attorneys or litigants who wish to appear remotely, your case may be eligible to be heard through CourtCall by scheduling in advance.
Please contact CourtCall at (888) 882-6878. Jurors
To postpone your service until you have recovered, please call (530) 822-3307 or go to the Sutter Courts Jury Services Page

07/31/2020

Tehama

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The Superior Court of California, County of Tehama recently implemented emergency orders as signed by Chief Justice, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye which provided for a Court closure from Thursday, March 19, 2020 through Friday, May 29, 2020. Due to the ongoing state of emergency, the Court will continue to limit the number of in-person hearings and utilize telephonic and video options to reduce foot traffic within the courthouse through Thursday, July 2, 2020. Persons having court dates previously scheduled between Monday, June 1, 2020 and Thursday, July 2, 2020 should check the Court’s website for their rescheduled dates at http://www.tehamacourt.ca.gov or consult with their attorney.

As the Court continues to balance the need to provide essential services to the public and community with the ongoing health concerns related to COVID-19, the following adjustments to our normal calendars and operations will be effective Monday, June 1, 2020 through Thursday, July 2, 2020.

07/31/2020

Trinity

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The Trinity Superior Court is currently OPEN.

07/31/2020

Tulare

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The Tulare County Superior Court announced today the South County Justice Center in Porterville will be closed for deep cleaning and sanitizing after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Individuals with hearing dates scheduled on June 29th, will be notified of a new hearing date. The Tulare County Superior Court announced today it will begin lifting some restrictions on access to its courthouses to the extent it can be conducted safely within existing health and public safety resource and technological limitations. Courtrooms will begin conducting hearings in most case types beginning June 4. All Traffic and Small Claims hearings will be heard starting September 8, 2020. Measures have been put into place to promote safe social distancing in all court locations. In addition to social distancing in all
public spaces, the court is alternating calendar times and promoting the use of remote video and telephonic appearances.

Public service counters will remain closed until June 10 when they will re-open to the public by appointment only. Parties seeking appointments may visit the court’s website on or after June 10 at www.tularesuperiorcourt.ca.gov for details on scheduling an appointment.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, General Order 20-03, signed by Presiding Judge, Brett Alldredge, will remain in effect, ordering all access to courthouses restricted to only those required to appear in person, including parties, victims, witnesses, attorneys and those conducing necessary business. Parties are strongly encouraged to appear via remote video and teleconference when available. Visit the court’s website at to request a remote appearance.

All court processing divisions are currently available via phone Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:00 and drop boxes remain available for public use. A drive-up drop box will be installed at the Visalia location by June 9. The box will be located on the east side of the courthouse and will accept drops for any court offices located within the building. The public should continue to conduct business via drop box, mail and e-file when available. Walk-up service window 2 in the South County Justice Center remains available as a drop box location for south county court users.

The court will continue to expand operations as resource and health and safety constraints permit. For the latest Court re-opening updates, please visit the Court’s website.

07/31/2020

Tuolumne

The Court will be phasing in an increase of our services and operations. The first phase will begin on Monday, May 18, 2020.

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.

Further, our staff will return to our normal work day schedule, five days a week, with only a few exceptions, such as mediators and the Family Law Facilitator who will continue to provide services to the public telephonically or by videoconferencing until further notification.

The court counter located at 60 N. Washington St., Sonora, will also return to normal hours of service from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The court counter located at the old courthouse, 41 W. Yaney Ave., will continue to be closed to the public.

In an effort to keep our staff, justice partners, and the public protected as much as possible from exposure to COVID-19, the Court will continue to use precautions such as:

  • Scheduling in-person hearings in a manner to reduce the number people in the courthouse at one time
  • Conduct remote proceedings when possible
  • Make accommodations to reduce appearances of vulnerable individuals or those who live with or care for vulnerable individuals
  • Enforce social distancing of at least six feet for all individuals in the courthouse when possible
  • Encourage face coverings for individuals while in the courthouse.

Naturally, anyone exhibiting possible COVID-19 symptoms such as feeling feverish, coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, or having known close contact with a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19 must refrain from entering either courthouse locations.

The court is taking steps to protect the health and safety of those who appear for jury duty. For felony trials that have a large number of people reporting for jury duty, the court will be asking persons summonsed for jury duty to report to the Sonora Fairgrounds. Court will be held at the Sonora fairgrounds for jury selection only. Once the jury is selected, the jury trial will be moved to a regular courtroom.

The court will be applying social distancing and other protective measures at the Fairgrounds for everyone reporting for jury duty. For misdemeanor jury trials, which normally have a smaller number of people reporting for jury duty, persons summoned for jury duty will report to the courthouse indicated on their summons. Jurors will be assembling in courtrooms where there will be sufficient space to social distance.

During trials, in the courtrooms the court will be applying social distancing and other protective measures to protect jurors, parties, attorneys, the public and court staff.

07/31/2020

Ventura

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Consistent with the directives of the Ventura County Department of Public Health and in the interest of public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following Public Health Safety Measures have been implemented by the Ventura Superior Court, effective immediately and until further notice:

SIGNAGE UPON ENTERING COURTHOUSE

Signage is posted at each entrance of the Ventura Superior Court locations in Ventura, Oxnard and Simi (Hall of Justice – HOJ, Juvenile Justice Center – JJC, and East County Courthouse – ECC) to inform all visitors that they must:

  • Not enter the courthouse if they have a cough or fever.
  • Wear a face covering in all public areas of the courthouse at all times.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of six-feet from other people.
  • Not shake hands or engage in any physical contact unless unavoidable or necessary. Cover their cough or sneeze with their sleeve or a tissue, dispose of the tissue in the trash, and wash their hands afterward.

COURTHOUSE ENTRY SCREENING QUESTIONS

Each person entering any courthouse will be asked a series of questions before proceeding to the standard magnetometer and x-ray screening station regarding any:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Unexplained Muscle pain
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Positive or pending COVID-19 test results
  • Travel to any states or countries with high COVID-19 infection rates

GUIDELINES FOR COURT PERSONEL EXPOSURE TO PERSON WITH CONFIRMED COVID-19

  • After notification of a confirmed case, exposed person(s) will be sent home immediately.
  • The area where the person was located will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • All exposed persons shall self-quarantine and remain off work until released by a physician or a COVID-19 testing center.
  • Upon confirmation of exposure, Public Health will be notified.

MEASURES TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF THOSE WORKING IN THE COURTS

All Ventura County Superior Court Judges, staff, attorneys, vendors, and other court visitors, including all members of the public, are required to wear a face covering at all times when in the public areas of any court building to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). (See Administrative Order No. 20.18 on the Court’s website. Staff are responsible for providing their own face coverings. Face coverings may include a mask, scarf, bandana, neck gaiter, shield, or any fabric that covers both the mouth and nose. The only exception will be for a documented medical condition or ADA accommodation approved by the Court.

  • All persons working at the HOJ, JJC or ECC who can carry out their work duties from home have been directed to do so.
  • All persons working at the HOJ, JJC or ECC are not to come to work if sick.
  • All workstations are situated to ensure that persons working at the HOJ, JJC or ECC are separated by at least six feet and/or by a transparent partition or barrier.
  • Disinfectant and related supplies are available to all persons working at the HOJ, JJC or ECC.
  • Hand sanitizer effective against COVID-19 is available to all persons working at the HOJ, JJC or ECC.
  • Soap and water are available to all persons working at the HOJ, JJC or ECC in all restrooms.
  • Copies of this document have been distributed to all individuals working in the HOJ, JJC and ECC.

MEASURES TO PREVENT CROWDS FROM GATHERING

  • The number of persons present in any courtroom is limited to the appropriate number to allow for social distancing.
  • Deputies are authorized to enforce this limit.

MEASURES TO ENSURE SIX FEET OF SEPARATION AND PREVENT UNNECESSARY CONTACT

  • Signage is placed at each entrance to the facility, and on each door open to the public within the facility, reminding people to remain a minimum of six feet apart at all times.
  • Staff have been instructed to maintain a minimum of six feet of distance from visitors and from each other, except when necessary, to exchange documents, accept payment, provide services, or as otherwise necessary. These contacts must be brief and not longer than the minimum time necessary to accomplish the task being performed.
  • Transparent partitions/ barriers are being utilized where necessary.

MEASURES TO INCREASE SANITATION

  • Each courthouse continues to be cleaned nightly.
  • Soap and water are available for public use in the restrooms.
  • All staff are responsible for regularly cleaning their work areas.
  • The Jury Assembly Room is deep cleaned nightly.
  • Custodial continues daily wipe down of public areas and public restrooms Pursuant to Government Code §68106, the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, is providing sixty (60) days notice of limited operation days.

The majority of the courtrooms and all of the clerk’s offices will be closed to mitigate the impact of employee furlough days on court operations on the following days:

  • September 30, 2020,
  • October 21, 2020,
  • November 18 & 25, 2020,
  • December 16, 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2020,
  • January 15, 2021,
  • February 11, 2021,
  • March 10 & 17, 2021,
  • April 21, 2021,
  • May 5 & 19, 2021
  • June 9 & 23, 2021

These days are not court holidays, so statutory deadlines will not be extended.

Documents may be submitted through the United States mail or drop boxes located at the entrance to the Hall of Justice and Juvenile courthouses. In civil, family, probate, appeals and/or small claims, documents may also be submitted by eDelivery. The clerk’s offices will be closed to in-person services. Documents received by 4 p.m. and accepted for filing, will be filed that same business day. Documents received after 4 p.m. will be processed and filed the following business day. Documents placed in the drop boxes by 4:00 p.m. are deemed deposited for filing that same business day. An exterior walk-up window on the north side of the Hall of Justice at the Government Center near parking lots A, B and C will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the East County Courthouse walk-up window will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for handling criminal/traffic and collections payments only

07/31/2020

Yolo

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Yolo Superior Court has implemented an email and telephonic appearance process for all Ex Parte hearings for emergency civil, family law custody and guardianship matters. Effective immediately, requests and documents shall be submitted via email.

  • Any person allowed or required to appear in the Courthouse must wear a face covering. This may include a mask, scarf, or any other cloth material that covers both mouth and nose.
  • Except for good cause, as determined by the Judge, this Order applies to all public areas of the Courthouse. Unless authorized by statute or Court order, all Court appearances in Yolo Superior Court shall be presumptively by Video.

The Court reserves the right to continue a hearing if the attorney or party fails to appear by Video. Telephone appearance by a party is only allowed when the individual does not have access to Video technology. Physical appearance is subject to either statute or a good cause finding made by a judicial officer. (Effective June 19, 2020).

07/31/2020

Yuba

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The court will reopen on Friday, May 1, 2020, with strict social distancing in place.

If you are SICK, do not enter the building.

Masks or face coverings will be required to enter the building.

All persons entering the courthouse building will be screened for COVID-19, consisting of a temperature scan and some questions.

Pending criminal case? Contact your attorney. Your attorney may be able to appear for you in court, so you don’t have to go to court. You may search for your case information on the Portal link, “Online Case Access” to the left.

Social distancing areas are marked out on the floor in BLUE tape.

Courtroom seating is very limited. You may be asked to wait on the front lawn area and if so, you will be called in to the building when the court can hear your case.

Wait time for window clerks, as well as for phone calls, may be longer than usual.

07/31/2020
WA State Courts

Aberdeen Municipal Court

March 16/2020 08:00:AM – June 1, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Aberdeen Municipal Court Second Amended Emergency Order

Aberdeen Municipal Court Amended Emergency Administrative Order

Aberdeen Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Adams Superior Court

March 19, 2020 – June 1, 2020

COVID-19

Adams County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-01B

Adams County Superior Court Amended Emergency Administrative Order 2020-1

Adams County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Airway Heights Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – 11:00 AM to September 1, 2020

Court has resumed to regular dockets using video court. The Clerk's office remains closed to the public. For more information please visit http://www.cawh.org/departments/municipal-court.

Airway Heights Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-04

Airway Heights Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-03

Airway Heights Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-02

Airway Heights Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-01

07/31/2020

Anacortes Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 – December 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Anacortes Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-6

Anacortes Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-5

Anacortes Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-4

Anacortes Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-3

Anacortes Municipal Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Asotin District Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to July 6, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Asotin District Court is open, and doing limited in person hearings.

See: Asotin County Emergency Administrative Order 20-01

07/31/2020

Asotin Superior Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – Julyl 6, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Asotin Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Bainbridge Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – August 31, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Bainbridge Island Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-3

Bainbridge Island Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-2

Bainbridge Island Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order- 2020-1

07/31/2020

Battle Ground Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to May 14, 2020 – 8:00 AM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Battle Ground, La Center, Ridgefield Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Bellingham Municipal Court

March 20, 2020 12:00 PM – May 29, 2020 05:00 PM

COVID-19 Emergency.

Other: The court building will be closed to the public however the court will hold all scheduled hearings telephonically. Please call 360-778-8150 to contact the court with any questions.

Bellingham Municipal Court General Order 04-23-2020

Bellingham Municipal Court Temporary Administrative Order No. 2020-02

Bellingham Municipal Court Temporary Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Benton County District Court

March 17, 2020 08:00:AM – December 31, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Benton County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 20-005

Benton County District Court Emergency Order 20-004 Re: Criminal Matters

Benton County District Court Administrative Order 20-003

Benton County District Court Third Amended Order 20-002

Benton County District Court Corrected Second Amended Administrative Order 20-002 Arrest for Gross Misdemeanor and Misdemeanor Offenses

Benton County District Court Second Amended Administrative Order 20-002 Arrests for Gross Misdemeanor and Misdemeanor Offenses

Benton County District Court Administrative Order 20-002 Arrest for Gross Misdemeanor and Misdemeanor Offenses

Benton District Amended Administrative Order 20-001 dated 04-08-2020

Benton County District Court Administrative Order 20-001

07/31/2020

Benton Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:30 AM to April 24, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Benton County Superior Court Emergency Order #2 Re: Court Operations

Benton County Superior Court Emergency Order #1 Re: Court Operations

07/31/2020

Bonney Lake Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 08:30:AM – June 1, 2020 08:30 AM

COVID-19 Emergency

The court will resume hearing in persons cases on June 1. 2020. However the court counter will remain closed with services available by phone, email, or visiting our website. **Note Building will remain closed until further notice

Bonney Lake Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 07072020

Bonney Lake Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 06-2020

Bonney Lake Municipal Court Emergency Administartive Order 05042020

Bonney Lake Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-1

Bonney Lake Municipal – Sumner Municipal Administrative Emergency Order: Emergency Court Closure

Bonney Lake – Sumner – Eatonville – South Prairie Pierce Administrativve Order 2020-1

Bonney Lake Municipal – Sumner Municipal Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Black Diamond Municipal Court

Monday, March 16, 2020- June 24, 2020 due to the COVID-19 Emergency

Black Diamond Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-03

Black Diamond Municipal Court Supplemental Administrative Order 20-02B

Black Diamond Municipal Court Supplemental Administrative Order 20-02A

Blake Diamond Municipal Court Amended Administrative Order 20-02

Black Diamond Municipal Administrative Order

Black Diamond Municipal Order Closing Courthouse

Black Diamond Municipal COVID-19 Media Release

Black Diamond Municipal Supplemental Administrative Order_1247

07/31/2020

Blaine Municipal Court

March 13, 2020 – 3:00 PM to June 1, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency.

Blaine Municipal Court Temporary Administrative Order 2020-03

Blaine Municipal Court Temporary Administrative Order 2020-02

Blaine Municipal Court Temporary Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Bothell Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – May 4, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency: Essential calendars only until further notice. Clerk's Office is open to public via telephone/email.

Bothell will handle in-custody matters on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Bothell Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-02

07/31/2020

Bremerton Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 – August 1, 2020

COVID-19

The Bremerton Municipal Court is now open. Virtual and telephonic hearings are strongly encouraged in most cases. Please contact the court for information regarding your case. We will be closed from 12:00 – 1:00 pm daily. .

Bremerton Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-04

Bremerton Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-03

Bremerton Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-02

Bremerton Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Brewster Municipal Court

March 24, 2020 – 8:00 AM

COVID-19 Emergency

Order in effect until rescinded, modified or extended by the court.

07/31/2020

Buckley Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 12:00:PM – August 3, 2020 08:00:AM

COVID-19 Emergency

All jury trials scheduled for May 27, 2020 are continued and jurors are excused.

All court hearings with the exception of mandatory in-custody arraignments and weapon surrender compliance hearings will be rescheduled with notice sent via U.S. mail.

Mandatory in-custody arraignments and weapon surrender compliance review hearings will be held via video or by telephone.

The Court office is closed to the public for in-person transactions. Staff in the clerk's office will be available by phone, email, drop box, or U.S. mail during regular business hours.

Buckley Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-5

Buckley Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-4

Buckley Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-3

Buckley Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-2 RE:Scheduling of Hearings and Other Changes to Court Operations

Buckley Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Burlington Municipal Court

The following Emergency Modification to Operations is in effect:

March 18, 2020 – December 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Burlington Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-6

Burlington Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-5

Burlington Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-4

Burlington Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-3

Burlington Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-2

07/31/2020

Centralia Municipal Court

Effective June 24, 2020, Centralia Municipal Court will be open to the public.

Jury Trials are scheduled for the end of July 2020.

We encourage everyone to continue conducting business electronically.

Court clerks will be available by phone at 360-330-7667.

Centralia Municipal Court 4th Amended Administrative Order Covid 19

Centralia Municipal Court 3rd Amended Administrative Order

Centralia Municipal Court 2nd Amended Administrative Order

Centrailia Municipal Court Amended Administrative Order GR21 signed March 17, 2020

Centralia Municipal Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Chehalis Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 11:00 AM – July 1, 2020 12:00 AM

Reason: COVID-19 Emergencysee:

Chehalis Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-02

Chehalis Municipal Court Adminstrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Chelan County District Court

March 17, 2020 8:00 AM – June 12, 2020 5:00 PM

Reason: COVID-19 Emergency

Other: Office is restricted to the public.

Call 509-667-6600 to request access to file civil documents and receive information on how to address other case concerns.

Please see:

Chelan County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-02

Chelan County District Court Emergency Administrative Order: Rescheduling Hearings and Administrative Changes

07/31/2020

Chelan Superior Court

March 19, 2020 – August 17, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Chelan County Superior Court Administrative Order 2020-5

Chelan County Superior Court Administrative Order 2020-4

Chelan County Superior Court Administrative Order 2020-3

Chelan County Superior Court Administrative Order 2020-2

Chelan County Superior Court Administrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Cheney Municipal Court

 March 17, 2020 – December 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Cheney Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-04

Cheney Municipal Court Amended Emergency Order 2020-03

Cheney Municipal Court Emergency Order

07/31/2020

Clallam County District Court I

March 18, 2020 – August 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Clallam County District Court I Second Revised Admin Order 2020-05

Clallam County District Revised Admin Order 2020-04

Clallam County District Court I Administrative Order 2020-02

Clallam County District Court I Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Clallam County II

March 18, 2020 – 8:00 AM to May 18, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Emergency order re: COVID-19 DISTRICT COURT II OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF CLALLAM IN THE MATTER OF EMERGENCY No. 2020-01 RESPONSE TO THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH (COVID-19) EMERGENCY ORDER

The court takes judicial notice that

(1) on February 29, 2020, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee [–Non Valid Argument–]d a state of emergency due to the public health emergency posed by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19);

(2) on March 4, 2020, Chief Justice Debra Stephens of the Washington State Supreme Court adopted Order No. 25700-B-602, granting emergency authority to the Presiding Judges of Washington courts to adopt, modify and/or suspend court rules and orders, and to take actions concerning court operations, as warranted to address the current public health emergency;

(3) on March 16, 2020, the Governor imposed additional restrictions, including prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people due to the danger of continued spread of the virus;

(4) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVID-19 virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet); and

(5) as of the date of this order, there are 904 positive/confirmed cases and 48 deaths in 12 Washington due to the virus.

Given the significant number of confirmed and projected cases of COVID-19 in the state, the severity of the risk posed to the public and the weight of the public health information currently available to the court, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT EFFECTIVE MARCH 18, 2020, UNTIL RESCINDED,

1. All criminal and civil jury trials scheduled before May 18, 2020, shall be continued to a date after May 18, 2020, as determined by the clerk.

2. All Time for Trial rules in CrRLJ 3.3 and CrRLJ 3.4 are suspended.

3. Continuances shall, whenever possible, be handled by agreed order without an in-person hearing. The court will accept agreed motions to continue with a speedy trial waiver signed by the defendant without the defendant appearing in-court or telephonically.

4. Defendants who have concerns about attending in-person court hearings at this time may request to appear by telephone for such hearings if they provide the court with a working telephone number before the hearing.

5. All defendants required to report to probation shall do so telephonically. Defendants are responsible for calling the probation officer at their scheduled meeting times.

6. A defendant who contacts the court seeking a hearing to quash an outstanding bench warrant may have any warrants quashed ex-parte by the court in chambers if the defendant provides his or her current mailing address and the case(s) do not involve an immediate threat to public safety.

7. Anyone entering the courtroom shall, when practicable, maintain a six-foot distance from all others in the courtroom. Anyone feeling sick shall not enter the courtroom. Such individuals should notify their attorney of their situation as soon as possible or, if no attorney is involved, contact the court by phone, email or fax. Anyone appearing to the court or court staff to exhibit illness symptoms may be ordered to leave the building.

ORDERED March 17, 2020 at 9:44 AM ERIK ROHRER PRESIDING JUDGE

Clallam County District Emergency Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Clallam Superior Court

Reason: COVID-19 Emergency

Please view the following Orders and their effective dates:

Effective 5/15/20, end 9/01/20 Clallam County Superior Court Emergency Order 2020-03

Effective 3/17/20, end 5/15/20: Clallam County Superior Court Emergency Order

07/31/2020

Clark County District Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to July 3, 2020 – 5:00 PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Clark County District Court Administrative Order 2020-7

Clark County District Court Emergency Order 2020-06

Clark County District Court Emergency Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Clark Superior Court

March 18, 2020 – July 30, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

20-06 Clark County Superior Court Revised Emergency Order Updated June 3, 2020

20-07 Clark County Superior Court Emergency Docket Rule Updated May 4, 2020

20-08 Clark County Superior Court Emergency Criminal Special Set Rule Adopted March 20, 2020

20-09 Clark County Superior Court Emergency Amendment to LCR40 Updated May 4, 2020

20-10 Clark County Superior Court Emergency Civil Protection Order Rule Updated May 4, 2020

20-11 Clark County Superior Court Emergency Ex Parte Rule Updated June 3, 2020

20-12 Clark County Superior Court Emergency Dependency Docket Rule Updated May 4, 2020

20-13 Clark County Superior Court General Order COVID 19 Mitigation Adopted June 16, 2020

20-15 Clark County Superior Court General Order Prohibiting Recording Adopted June 16, 2020

07/31/2020

Cle Elum Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to December 31, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Cle Elum Municipal Court has issued Emergency Administrative Order limiting calendars and continuing jury trials until further Order of the Court.

Please refer to Emergency Administrative Order CEM for complete information.

Cle Elum Municipal Court Amended Emergency Administrative Order 05062020

Cle Elum Municipal Court Amended Emergency Administrative Order CEM 2020-03

Cle Elum Municipal Court Amended Emergency Administrative Order 2020

07/31/2020

COA, Division I

March 20, 2020 – Until further order of the Court.

COVID-19 Emergency

Court of Appeals Division I Emergency Order #1 Re: Court Operations

07/31/2020

COA, Division II

March 20, 2020 – until further notice of the Court

COVID-19 Emergency

Court of Appeals Division II Emergency Order

07/31/2020

COA, Division III

March 23, 2020 – until further order of the Court

COVID-19

Court of Appeals, Division III Emergency Order 1

07/31/2020

Columbia District Court

March 19, 2020 – May 4, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Columbia County District Amended Administrative Order 2020-04

Columbia County District Court Amended Administrative Order 2020-03

Columbia County District Court – Dayton Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-02

07/31/2020

Columbia Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – 4:30 PM to July 6, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Columbia County Superior Court Emergency Order 2 On Allowing Telephonic Testimony in all Non-Trial Hearing for all Case Types

Columbia County Superior Court Emergency Order 1 Order Expanded Criteria for Excusing Jurors Based Upon Public Health Emergency

Columbia County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order signed by Presiding Judge Gary Libey.

07/31/2020

Cosmopolis Municipal

March 16, 2020 – May 14, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Court will remain open.

Cosmopolis Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Cowlitz District Court

March 16, 2020 1:00 PM – June 1, 2020 5:00 PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Cowlitz County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-1

Cowlitz District Court will be closed the following dates:

April 24, 2020 – 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

July 31, 2020 – 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

October 30, 2020 – 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

January 29, 2021 – 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

07/31/2020

Cowlitz Juvenile

March 17, 2020 08:45:AM – June 1, 2020 08:45:AM

COVID-19 Emergency

Cowlitz County Juvenile Court Emergency Amended Administrative Orders 2-A

07/31/2020

Cowlitz Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to October 2, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Note: This is a modification to the court schedule and not a complete closure.

Cowlitz County Superior Court Emergency Order No. 4-A Modification

Cowlitz County Superior Court Emergency Order No. 4-A Re Court Operations

07/31/2020

Des Moines Municipal Court

March 04, 2020 – 8:00 AM to July 6, 2020 – 5:00 PM

COVID-19 Emergency.

The Courthouse is closed to public access. Court staff and Probation are available by phone and email only.

Des Moines Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 20-06

Des Moines Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-05

Des Moines Emergency order 20-04

Des Moines Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-03

Des Moines Municipal Emergency order 20-02

Des Moines Emergency order 20-01

07/31/2020

Douglas County Superior Court

March 18, 2020 2:00 PM – October 5, 2020 5:00 PM

Reason: COVID-19 Emergency

Please see:

Douglas County Superior Court Emergency Admin Order No_2

Douglas County Superior Court Order

07/31/2020

Douglas District Court

March 16, 2020 – 1:00 PM to July 31, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency.

Douglas County District Court is open See:

Douglas County District Court Administrative Order 20-002

Douglas County Administrative Order

07/31/2020

East Wenatchee Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – April 27, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

East Wenatchee Emergency Amended Administrative Order 20-02

07/31/2020

Edmonds Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – Until Further Notice.

Please see Emergency Modification of Operations Order below (updated 06/01/2020):

Edmonds Municipal Court Amended Emergency Admnistrative Order No. 23-B

Edmonds Municipal Court First Revised Administrative Order No. 23-B

07/31/2020

Elma Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – June 1, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency:

Elma Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-03

Elma Municipal Court AMENDED Administrative Order 2020-02

Elma Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Everett Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 8:00 AM – May 31, 2020 4:30 PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Everett Municipal Court General Administrative Order 2020-16 Jury Trial Proceedings

Everett Municipal Court Amended General Administrative Order 2020-15

Everett Municipal Court General Administrative Order 2020-14

Everett Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-13

Everett Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-11

Everett Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-10

Everett Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-08

Everett Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-07

Everett Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-06

Everett Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-05

Everett Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-04

07/31/2020

Everson-Nooksack Municipal

March 13, 2020 4:00PM – June 1, 2020, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Everson-Nooksack Municipal Court Temporary Administrative Order 2020-03

Everson-Nooksack Municipal Court Temporary Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Federal Way Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 – April 24, 2020 – 4:30 PM.

COVID-19

Federal Way Municipal Court AMENDED Emergency Order 2020-2 Regarding Court Operations in Response to COVID-19

Federal Way Municipal Court Emergency Order 2020-1

Federal Way Municipal Court will be closed on the following date:

April 29, 2020 12:00 PM- 4:30 PM

07/31/2020

Ferndale Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to December 31, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency.


Ferndale Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-004

Ferndale Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-003

Ferndale Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-002

Ferndale Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-001

07/31/2020

Ferry County Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – until further order of the Court.

COVID-19 Emergency.

Ferry County Superior Court Virtual Courtroom

Ferry County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Warrant Quash Procedures

Ferry County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Orders Re: Continued Court Operations

Ferry County Superior Court COVID-19 Emergency Administrative Order Re: Superior Court Clerk's Office

Ferry County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Civil, Family and Juvenile

Ferry County Superior Court COVID-19 Administrative Order

Ferry County Superior Court Administrative Order Re Criminal 04-10-20

07/31/2020

Ferry County Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – until further order of the Court.

COVID-19 Emergency.

Ferry County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Orders RE: Continued Court Operations

Ferry County Superior Court COVID-19 Emergency Administrative Order Re: Superior Court Clerk's Office

Ferry County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Warrant Quash Procedures

Ferry County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Civil, Family and Juvenile

Ferry Superior Court COVID-19 Administrative Order

Ferry County Superior Court Administrative Order Re Criminal 04-10-20

07/31/2020

Fife Municipal Court

March 4, 2020 – 8:30 AM to May 22, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency:

JURY TRIALS HAVE BEEN CANCELED

All jury trials in March have been canceled. Jury service for the March jury term has been canceled. Thank you for your service!

COURT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19

(Out of Custody Hearings & Court Closure Information)

In the interest of public health during the COVID-19 outbreak, Fife Municipal Court will reschedule all out of custody court hearings set for March 16 — April 3. As of Tuesday, March 17th, the court window will be closed. Staff in the court clerk’s office will be available by telephone between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the event anything changes, notice will be posted on the court’s website.

Please call the court at 253-922-6635 for assistance.

Fife Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-04

07/31/2020

Fircrest Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – December 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Fircrest Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-04

Fircrest Municipal Court Amended Administrative Order 2020-03

Fircrest Municipal Court Amended Administrative Order 2020-02

07/31/2020

Franklin District Court

March 18, 2020 – 8:00 AM to June 1, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Franklin County District Court Amended Administrative Order 20-04

Franklin County District Court Revised Administrative Order 20-03

Franklin County District Court Administrative Order No 20-02

Franklin County District Court Adminstrative Order 20-01

07/31/2020

Franklin Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – May 1, 2020

COVID-19

Franklin County Superior Court Emergency Order #2 Court Operations

Franklin County Superior Court Emergency Order #1 Court Operations

07/31/2020

Garfield County District Court

March 17, 2020 8:00 AM – April 30, 2020 5:00 PM

Reason: COVID-19 Emergency

Garfield County District Court Emergency Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Garfield Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to July 6, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

See:

Garfield County Superior Court Amended Emergency Order 20-1

Garfield Superior Court Emergency Order

Garfield Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Gig Harbor Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 12:00 PM – July 7, 2020 5:00 PM

COVID-19 Emergency

See:

Gig Harbor Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-05

Gig Harbor Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-04

Gig Harbor Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-03

Gig Harbor Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-02

Gig Harbor Municipal Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Granger Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 8:00 AM – June 7, 2020

Reason: COVID-19 Emergency

Granger Municipal Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Grant County District Court

March 16, 2020 – July 6, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Grant County District Court Third Amended Emergency Administrative Order entered May 1, 2020

Grant County District Court Second Amended Emergency Administrative Order

Grant County District Court Amended Emergency Administrative Order

Grant County District Court Emergency Administration Order

07/31/2020

Grant Superior Court

March 17, 2020 – 8:00 AM to July 6, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Grant County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 9

Grant County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 8

Grant County Superior Court Emergency Order 7

Grant County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 6

07/31/2020

Grays Harbor County Superior Court

March 6, 2020 – June 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

See the following orders:

Grays Harbor County Superior Court General Order 2020-7 Re: Mitigation

Grays Harbor County Superior Court General Order 2020-6 Emergency Order Re: Public Health

Grays Harbor County Superior Court General Order 2020-5 Re: Public Health

Grays Harbor County Superior Court Order 2020-4 RE Public Health Concerning Sheriff Foreclosure Sales

Grays Harbor County Superior Court General Order 2020-3

Grays Harbor County Superior Court General Order 2020-2

Grays Harbor County Superior Court General Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Grays Harbor District Court #1 and #2

March 20, 2020 – 8:00 AM to June 26, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Grays Harbor County District Court Administrative Order 2020-4D

Grays Harbor County District Court Administrative Order 2020-3D

Grays Harbor County District Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Hoquiam Municipal Court

March 13, 2020 – 8:00 AM – June 1 2020- 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency.

Please see:

Hoquiam Municipal Court Emergency Order 2020-3

Hoquiam Municipal Court Emergency Order 2020-2

Hoquiam Municipal Court Emergency Order Re: Public Health

07/31/2020

Island County District Court

March 16, 2020 02:00:PM – July 6, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Administrative Order 2020-004 Court closed to the public until July 6, 2020.

Administrative Order 2020-0003 amends Administrative Order 2020-0002. Orders courthouse closed to the public through July 6, 2020 effective immediately with exceptions stated in Order.

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 2020-0002 SUPERSEDES 2020-0001 .THIS ORDER CLOSES THE COURT UNTIL 3/30/2020 EXCEPT FOR MANDATORY HEARINGS.

Island County District Court Administrative Order 2020-0005

Island County District Court Administrative Order 2020-0004

Island County District Court Administrative Order 2020-003

Island County District Court Administrative Order 2020-0002

Island County District Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Island County Superior Court

March 19, 2020 to August 31 – 5:00 PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Island County Superior Court Fourth Amended Emergency Order 2020-5

Island County Superior Court Third Amended Emergency Order 2020-4

Island County Superior Court Second Amended Emergency Order 2020-3 Court Operations

Island County Superior Court First Amended Emergency Order 2020-2 Court Operations

Island County Superior Court Emergency Order 2020-1 Court Operations

07/31/2020

Issaquah Municipal Court

May 22, 2020 08:00:AM – 05:00:PM : Court Furlough

July 2, 2020 08:00AM – 05:00PM : Court Furlough

September 04, 2020 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM : Court Furlough

December 23, 2020 08:00AM – 05:00PM : Court Furlough

07/31/2020

Jefferson District Court

March 16, 2020 – 12:00 PM to August 6, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency.

Jefferson County District Court Administrative Order JS06-2020

Jefferson County District Court Administrative Order JS05-2020

Jefferson County District Court Administrative Order JS04-2020

Jefferson County District Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Jefferson Superior Court

March 16, 2020 03:00:PM – July 6, 2020 07:30:AM

COVID-19 Emergency

Please see:

Jefferson County Superior Court Administrative Order 2020-05

Jefferson County Superior Court Administrative Order 2020-04

Jefferson County Superior Court Administrative Order 2020-03

Jefferson County Superior Court Adminstrative Order 2020-02

Jefferson County Superior Court Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Kent Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 – June 1, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency: Please see:

Kent Municipal Emergency Administrative Order No. 2020-03

Kent Municipal Emergency Administrative Order 2020-02

Kent Municipal Emergency Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

King County District Court

March 20, 2020 – September 30, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency:

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby ORDERED:

1.     King County District Court continues to operate under a State of Emergency. The King County District Court’s previously issued Emergency Administrative Orders remain in effect, except where the provisions of any prior Order(s) are inconsistent with this Order, this Order controls.  

Health and Safety

2.     All persons shall wear masks or other appropriate facial covering of the mouth and nose when entering and remaining in any King County District Court location unless they have a precluding health condition or disability, are a child five (5) years of age or younger, or are allowed to temporarily remove the facial covering at the direction of the courtroom judge when necessary to facilitate effective communication.  All persons shall strictly adhere to all directions and markings to ensure social distancing.  All persons who enter any district court courtroom must maintain six (6) feet of distance between themselves and anyone who is not a member of their household.   The number of persons allowed into a courtroom at any one time shall be limited.  The courtrooms are marked to indicate allowable seating and places to stand when moving about the courtroom.  

3.     Hand sanitizer will be available in every courtroom, and frequent handwashing is encouraged.  Courthouse locations will be cleaned daily, and frequently touched surfaces inside the courtrooms and public clerk’s office areas will be wiped down with an appropriate cleaning agent multiple times throughout the day.   

4.     Persons who are ill, or who have recently been exposed, or who reside with persons who are ill, must remain home.  If signs of illness are detected, you may be refused entry or be asked to leave.  If you are ill, have been recently exposed to someone who has tested positive for the corona virus, or reside in a household with someone who is ill, please call the court at 206-205-9200 to reschedule your court date.  Persons who have been deemed particularly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, should also consider whether it is safe for them to enter a public courthouse and may call the court to reschedule their court date or to ask about available alternatives if an in-person appearance is scheduled.   For those persons needing a continuance due to illness or vulnerability, the procedural requirement of filing such a request in writing is hereby suspended until the COVID -19 health emergency ends.  

Location and Operation Changes

5.     The following King County District Court locations are closed to the public or offer reduced services:

Issaquah District Court will remain closed to the public until further notice.   

Burien Courthouse will remain closed until August 3, 2020.  Effective August 3, 2020, the Burien Courthouse will be open to the public to attend scheduled court hearings and for customer service and acceptance of Petitions for Protection Orders.  The clerk’s office will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. for the lunch hour.  All hearings for Protection Orders will be scheduled for a hearing at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.  All City of Burien criminal and infraction calendars, including in-custody video hearings from the SCORE jail, will continue to be scheduled at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent through August 1, 2020.  Effective August 3, 2020 all City of Burien calendars will again be scheduled in the Burien Courthouse location.  

Auburn Courthouse location will remain closed except for scheduled jury trials for the cities of Covington or Auburn.  The Auburn Courthouse will be open to the public only while a jury trial is in session.  The Auburn Courthouse clerk’s office will remain closed.  Except for jury trial(s), all other City of Auburn and City of Covington matters will be scheduled at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent until further notice.  

Redmond and Shoreline Courthouse locations will be open to the public during scheduled court hearings.  The clerks’ offices remain closed.  

6.     Criminal and Infraction hearings will be scheduled in the following alternate locations:    

City of Auburn:   All City of Auburn criminal matters, including in-custody hearings conducted via video from SCORE, and all City of Auburn infraction cases will be scheduled at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, 401 4th Avenue N, Kent, WA.
Jury Trials will be scheduled in the Auburn Courthouse.  The Auburn Courthouse will remain closed to the public except for during scheduled Jury Trials.  

City of Burien:  All City of Burien criminal matters, including in-custody hearings conducted via video from SCORE, and all City of Burien infraction cases will be scheduled at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent through August 1, 2020.  Effective August 3, 2020, all City of Burien matters will be scheduled at the Burien Courthouse.

City of Carnation:  All City of Carnation criminal matters, including in-custody hearings conducted via video, and all City of Carnation infraction cases will be scheduled at the Bellevue Courthouse until further notice.  

City of Covington:  All City of Covington criminal matters, including in-custody hearings conducted via video from SCORE, and all City of Covington infraction cases will be scheduled at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. City of Covington Jury Trials will be scheduled in the Auburn Courthouse.  The Auburn Courthouse will remain closed to the public except for during scheduled Jury Trials.  

City of Sammamish:  All City of Sammamish criminal matters, including in-custody hearings conducted via video, City of Sammamish Jury Trials, and all City of Sammamish infraction hearings will be scheduled at the Bellevue Courthouse until further notice.  

City of Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Duvall, Redmond, and Skykomish hearings will be scheduled in their regularly assigned locations except for Jury trials.  Jury Trials will be scheduled at the Bellevue Courthouse location.    

All City of Shoreline and Kenmore criminal and infraction hearings, including criminal Jury Trials will be scheduled at the Shoreline Courthouse.

State of Washington:  All criminal cases brought by the State of Washington will be scheduled in their regularly assigned locations.  State of Washington, Sound Transit, or Wildlife infraction hearings may be scheduled in alternate locations as indicated on the Notice of Hearing.  Vashon court remains suspended.  Until Vashon calendars resume, all Vashon cases will be scheduled at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.  

7.     Community Court resource centers and new referrals to Community Court remain suspended until further notice.  Until Community Court fully resumes, hearings or check-ins may be conducted by telephone, video, or in-person at the appropriate courthouse location.  

8.     Effective July 6, 2020, the Seattle, Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, and Bellevue Courthouse clerks’ offices will be open for customer service, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. but will close between noon and 1:00 p.m. each day for the lunch hour.  Effective August 3, 2020, the Burien Courthouse clerk’s office will re-open to the public during the same hours.       

9.     All King County District Court courtrooms will be open to the public during scheduled hearings.   Spectator space will be limited due to social distancing requirements.  Recordings for any proceeding may be requested by email, in writing through the U.S. mail, or in person at any clerk’s office location during open public hours.  Anyone wishing to address the court regarding conditions of release on any criminal matter, including for matters scheduled in-custody, are strongly encouraged to appear by video, if available, or by telephone, but may also attend any hearing in-person. If you wish to appear remotely, please call 206-205-9200 in advance of the hearing, for instructions.  

10.     The King County District Court Call Center (206-205-9200) will continue to operate Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

11.     Pursuant to the authority granted by the Washington State Supreme Court Emergency Orders, King County District Court will accept filings not subject to mandatory e-filing by email at KCDCCourtFilings@Kingcounty.gov  .  Filings (except Petitions for Protective Orders) sent to other email addresses may not be processed or returned to the sender for proper filing.    When submitting documents for filing by email, each matter must be sent by separate email and indicate King County District Court and the proper courthouse location, or it may be returned to the sender.  Case numbers shall be included on each email filing submitted or it will be returned to the sender.  Multiple pleadings attached to a single email submission will be rejected and returned to the sender for proper resubmission.  Filing by email is strongly encouraged.  
12.     Zoom (video or telephone) Hearings:  Pursuant to the Washington Supreme Court Emergency Orders, King County District Court hearings may be conducted by video or telephone using the Zoom platform as authorized pursuant to the provisions of this Order.    
Criminal Pretrial and Jury Readiness Hearings:  For criminal cases, only pretrial and jury readiness hearings may be conducted by telephone using Zoom.  Defendants may appear by telephone, video, or in person for these hearings.  
Criminal Arraignments, Motions, Trials, Dispositions (pleas and sentencings), Reviews, Other:  For hearings other than pretrial or jury readiness, defendants will be summoned to appear in person, but may appear by video if authorized by the court in advance of the scheduled hearing date.  Telephone hearings are not permitted for these types of hearings.  Defendants should contact their attorney for information regarding video appearances.  If a defendant is self-represented, please call 206) 205-9200 for information on how to request a video appearance.  
Even when permitted, video or telephone hearings for criminal matters are voluntary and defendants may choose to appear in person for any scheduled court date.  
Attorneys may appear by video image for all hearings, except for testimonial motions or trials, so long as the hearings can be conducted without undue courtroom delay and do not adversely impact the rights of the defendant.  No one should appear in-court if they are ill or residing in a household with someone who is ill.  Please call the court at 206) 205-9200 to reschedule your hearing.   
Civil cases (civil, small claims, infractions, impounds, protective orders):  For all civil cases, except for jury trials, all hearings will be conducted by video or telephone using the Zoom platform unless otherwise authorized to appear in person by the court prior to the scheduled hearing date.  If a party does not have access to video or a telephone, or have another issue making video or telephone appearance impracticable, they should contact the court at 206) 205-9200 for additional information and options.  Non-Party witnesses called to testify in civil cases, including for contested accident infraction hearings, may appear by video, telephone, or in person unless otherwise ordered by the court.  The party issuing the subpoena or requesting the witness is responsible for notifying the witness of their options to appear.  Information on virtual appearance will be included with all court-issued subpoenas.   
Information on how to attend a civil hearing by video or telephone will be included in all court notices to appear and can also be located on the King County District Court website at www.kingcounty.gov/courts/districtcourt  click the virtual hearing “Zoom” box on the front page.  Parties will also be able to access their hearing directly from the website.  
Electronic Signatures     
13.     King County District Court adopts the electronic signature and alternative notification provisions set forth in the Washington State Supreme Court’s May 29, 2020 Order as currently provided therein, or hereafter amended.
Criminal Proceedings

In-Custody

14.     All in-custody matters, excluding testimonial motions and trials, will be heard via video, except for matters scheduled in Rm. GB of the Regional Justice Center in Kent. Matters scheduled to be heard at the King County Correctional Facility in downtown Seattle will be conducted via video from King County Jail Courtroom No.1 to Rm E338 of the Seattle King County Courthouse.  The spectator galleries for both courtrooms will be open to the public during scheduled hearings Monday through Friday.  Due to Seattle Courthouse security staffing, Seattle jail calendars scheduled on Saturdays or holidays, only the jail gallery will be open to the public.   All SCORE or Issaquah Jail in-custody proceedings will be broadcast to open courtrooms at locations as set forth in Paragraph 6 above.  All parties may appear via video for these hearings.

15.     In-custody defendants who are ill or exhibiting signs of illness shall not be transported to any King County District Court location at any time.  

Out-of-Custody

16.     Out-of-Custody criminal matters will be conducted in courthouse locations as set forth in paragraph 6 above and may be conducted by telephone, video, or in person when appropriate as set forth in paragraph 12.   Prosecutors may appear via video image (not telephone) for all non-testimonial hearings unless a court orders otherwise, but remain responsible for the serving or filing of all appropriate paperwork, including those pleadings requiring a signature, prior to the scheduled court hearing.  Defense counsel may also appear by video image for all non-testimonial hearings so long as they have a plan in place to confidentially consult with their client if the client chooses or is required to appear in person.   See attached Emergency Administrative Order 8-2020 for more information.   

17.     The number of hearings scheduled during any court session will be limited to allow for strict adherence to social distancing.  All hearings must be conducted in a manner that reasonably allows for all parties to adequately communicate and for a defendant and their attorney to have continual private communications.  Attorneys are expected to appear in person, if necessary, to facilitate a full and fair hearing.   

18.     Pretrial Conferences may be continued by Agreed Order prior to the scheduled court date.  If submitted and granted in advance of the scheduled hearing, the hearing will be struck from the calendar and the attorneys will be notified.  Parties scheduled for a pretrial or jury readiness hearing ready to enter a Disposition may contact the court or file a motion requesting to be re-scheduled onto a Disposition Calendar.  The expectation will be for sentencings to occur immediately after entry of the plea unless good cause exists to continue it to a separate date.   See attached Emergency Administrative Order 8-2020 for more information.   

Probation

19.     Probation appointments will be conducted by telephone or video, unless otherwise directed by the supervising probation officer. Effective August 3, 2020, initial intake appointments or pre-sentence interviews may be conducted in person at an available location.  Defendants may receive notice of their probation appointment via mail, email, or phone.   Defendants should continue to comply with all conditions of sentence unless it is impossible to do so due to circumstances beyond the control of the defendant.  Probationers may attend on-line self-help groups, certified treatment classes, including Alcohol Drug Information School (ADIS), and King County approved DUI victim panels, as approved by the probation officer until further Order of the Court.   

20.     All King County District Court Ordered Commitments for King County Work Crew, King County Electronic Home Monitoring, or CCAP scheduled for report or intake between March 13, 2020 and July 6, 2020, are hereby extended for up to 120 days from the original report or intake date indicated on the Commitment Order.  For defendants who were unable to complete their King County Work Crew or CCAP commitment due to the COVID-19 emergency, King County Work Crew and CCAP personnel are hereby authorized to reschedule defendants for completion of the applicable program commitment for up to 90 days following the resumption of operations.  Defendants with report dates for jail or other programs not specified herein may Petition the Court for an
extension.  

CIVIL PROCEEDINGS

Protection Orders
21.     New Petitions for Anti-harassment or Stalking Protection Orders or Motions to Modify, Extend, or Recall any type of Protective Order previously issued by a King County District Court may be submitted by email at KCDCOrders@kingcounty.gov or in person at the Seattle, Maleng Regional Justice Center, or Bellevue Courthouse locations.  Effective August 3, Petitions may also be submitted at the Burien location.  Electronic filing is strongly encouraged whenever possible.   New Petitions for Domestic Violence Protection Orders or Sexual Assault Protection Orders (SAPO) may be filed with King County Superior Court.  For eastside residents, these Petitions may also be filed and scheduled at the Bellevue Courthouse locations.  See attached Emergency Administrative Order 8-2020 for more information.   

22.     Consistent with the May 29, 2020, Order of the Washington State Court and emergency provisions enacted by the Washington State Legislature, alternative service of Protective Orders and Notices of Hearings may be authorized by the court.  Personal service remains preferred and is required in certain cases.  Alternative service is authorized only by the Supreme Court’s May 29, 2020 Order.  No Protective Order shall issue by default unless the court is satisfied the Respondent has been served with a copy of the Petition, Temporary Order(s), if applicable, and Notice of the hearing date no less than 5 days prior to the scheduled hearing.  Petitioner has the burden of proof to show by a preponderance of the evidence that Respondent was served.  Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and all other Civil Protective Orders with an Order to Surrender Firearms, shall be served by Law Enforcement. This Order is subject to change as conditions warrant.         
eCourt
23.     Civil matters subject to mandatory e-filing shall be submitted electronically through the online portal, EXCEPT that the setting of motion hearings through the portal remains suspended until August 17, 2020. Once the option to self-schedule a hearing reopens, the first available hearing dates will begin in September.  Once hearings resume, all parties must appear by video or telephone using the Zoom platform, unless it is impracticable to do so or otherwise authorized by the judge prior to the scheduled hearing date.  The party setting the motion date shall properly notify the other party(s) of the hearing location, date, and time, but must also provide instructions for appearing remotely.  See attached Emergency Administrative Order 8-2020 for more information.   

24.     Due to public health considerations and the need to prioritize criminal cases once jury trials resume, all Civil Jury Trials are suspended through at least September 30, 2020.   A settlement conference may be scheduled with the court after July 6, 2020.  All conferences will be conducted via Zoom videoconference.  

Small Claims
25.     New Small Claims lawsuits may be filed; however, hearing dates may be delayed due to courtroom capacity and location limitations.  All parties are required to participate in mediation prior to the trial date unless waived by a judge.  Mediations may be conducted by telephone or video through the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) until public health conditions allow for the resumption of courthouse mediations. Small Claims trials and pretrial hearings shall be conducted via video or telephone unless impracticable to do so.  Parties wishing to appear in person must receive permission of the judge prior to the scheduled hearing date.    
Infractions, Tow Hearings, and False Alarm Citations
26.     All Law Enforcement filings of Infractions will be accepted and processed consistent with the temporary suspension of time requirements authorized by the Washington State Supreme Court and King County District Court Administrative Orders.   
27.     Defendants requesting a hearing on any type of infraction, false alarm citation, or tow impound where the vehicle is not still in impound, will be mailed a date to appear by telephone or video using the Zoom platform as set forth in paragraph 12 unless it is impossible to do so.  Parties wishing to appear in person must seek permission from the court no less than 5 business days prior to the scheduled hearing date and must appear by telephone or video unless the court authorizes a party to appear in person.  King County District Court will continue to process and review all Contested, Mitigation, or Deferral requests filed online or submitted by mail.  If a non-party witness is required to testify, they may appear in person, by telephone, or by video.  The party calling the witness is responsible to notify the witness of their options.  Any court issued subpoena will contain instructions for remote appearance.  All hearing dates are subject to change, so parties are encouraged to check for updated information prior to coming to court, by calling 206-205-9200 or checking the King County District Court website.   Anyone receiving a hearing date in the mail prior to June 1, 2020 for any type of infraction hearing should disregard the notice because that hearing date has been cancelled due to issues arising from the continued public health emergency.  A new hearing date will be mailed to the last known address on file.  Contact information may be updated by calling 206-205-9200.    
Interpreters
28.     Interpreters scheduled for a hearing or authorized for a King County Office of Public Defense Interview, except for sign language interpreters, shall appear by telephone or video unless authorized to appear in person by a judge in writing. Interpreters should not appear in person unless a judge has determined that no other reasonable alternative is available to prevent material prejudice to a party.  If a scheduled assignment is changed from a remote appearance to an in-person appearance after a job is accepted, the Interpreter Coordinator shall immediately notify the assigned interpreter to allow the interpreter an opportunity to decline the job.   This provision remains in effect until further Order of the Court.
Search Warrants
29.     King County District Court will continue its After Hours Search Warrant procedures.  Law enforcement may call the court at 206-205-9200, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 and 4:30, for electronic judicial review of search warrants.  Law Enforcement should continue to file search warrant returns via email at KCDCSearchWarrants@kingcounty.gov.   
Passports
30.     Passport services remain suspended until such time as it is safe for the court to resume normal operations.
Other Provisions
31.     Consistent with the Washington Supreme Court’s Emergency Orders and the Governor’s COVID-19 related Proclamations, all hearings, matters, or new complaints filed between March 18 and July 6, 2020, that are delayed as a result of this or any prior King County District Court Emergency Administrative Order, are made for good cause in light of the ongoing health crisis and shall be excluded periods for purposes of Speedy Trial, CrRLJ 3.3, CrRLJ 4.1, IRLJ 2.2, IRLJ 2.4, IRLJ 2.6, and any other applicable court rule, Order of the Washington State Supreme Court, or applicable Proclamation of the Governor.  
It is Further Ordered that all scheduled hearings delayed by this Order shall be rescheduled and notice sent via U.S. mail to the last known address of the necessary parties, unless otherwise provided for in this Order.  Any party needing to update their mailing address should contact the court clerk at 206-205-9200.

This Order remains in effect through September 30, 2020 and may be extended or modified consistent with the court’s continual assessment of the needs of the community as well as the recommendations of public health officials.

1.  The King County District Court’s previously issued Emergency Administrative Orders remain in effect, except where superseded by this Order.  

Health and Safety

2.  All persons must wear masks or other appropriate facial covering of the mouth and nose when entering or remaining in a King County District Court location unless they have a precluding condition in accordance with the public health guidelines. All persons shall strictly adhere to all directions and markings to ensure social distancing.  All persons who enter any district court courtroom must maintain six (6) feet of distance between themselves and anyone who is not a member of their household.   The number of persons allowed into a courtroom at any one time shall be limited.  The courtrooms are marked to indicate allowable seating and places to stand when moving about the courtroom.  Anyone, including attorneys, failing to strictly adhere to the social distancing provisions of this Order may be asked to leave, or will be removed from, the courtroom.   

3.  Hand sanitizer will be available in every courtroom.   Courthouse locations will be cleaned daily, and frequently touched surfaces inside the courtrooms will be wiped down between calendar sessions.   

4.  Persons who are ill, or caring for persons who are ill, should remain home.   If signs of illness are detected, you may be refused entry or be asked to leave.  Call the court at 206-205-9200 to reschedule your court date.  Persons who have been deemed particularly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, should also consider whether it is safe for them to enter a public courthouse and may call the court to reschedule their court date or to ask about alternative arrangements to in-person appearances.  For those persons needing a continuance due to illness or vulnerability, the procedural requirement of filing such a request in writing is hereby suspended until the COVID -19 health emergency ends.  

Location and Operation Changes

5.  The following King County District Court locations will remain closed to the public:  Issaquah, Burien, and Auburn.  There will be no court on Vashon Island through at least July 6, 2020.   Vashon cases will be heard at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.  

6.  All criminal matters for the Cities of Auburn, Burien, and Covington normally scheduled in the Auburn and Burien Courthouses will be heard at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.   Matters for the City of Sammamish and Carnation, normally scheduled in the Issaquah Courthouse, will be heard at the Bellevue Courthouse.   All other city criminal matters will be heard in their regularly scheduled locations, as of June 1, 2020.   

7.  Community Court conducted in the community locations outside of the courthouses is suspended until further order of the court.  Until Community Court fully resumes able to fully resume, hearings or check-ins may be conducted by telephone, video, or in-person, at courthouse locations.  The Resource Centers remain closed until further notice.

8.  King County District Court clerks’ offices will be open to the public on a limited basis between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, at Seattle, Kent Maleng Regional Justice Center, and Bellevue Courthouse locations.  Other locations will be open to the public only during scheduled court hearings.  

9.  All King County District Court courtrooms will be open to the public during scheduled hearings.   Spectator space will be limited due to social distancing requirements.  Recordings for any proceeding may be requested by email, in writing through the U.S. mail, or in person at any clerk’s office location during open public hours.  Anyone wishing to address the court regarding conditions of release on any criminal matter, including for matters scheduled in-custody, are strongly encouraged to appear by telephone or video, if available.  Please call 206-205-9200 in advance of the hearing for instructions.  

10.  The King County District Court Call Center (206-205-9200) will continue to operate Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

11.  King County District Court will accept filings not subject to mandatory e-filing until the current health emergency ends by email at KCDCCourtFilings@Kingcounty.gov Motions or Pleadings (except Petitions for Protective Orders) sent to other email addresses will not be processed.    When submitting documents for filing by email, each matter must be sent by separate email and indicate King County District Court and the proper courthouse location, or it may be returned to the sender.  Case numbers shall be included on each email filing submitted or it will be returned to the sender.  Multiple pleadings attached to a single email submission will be rejected and returned to the sender for proper resubmission.  Filing by email is strongly encouraged.  
12.  King County District Court anticipates having a fully implemented videoconference system on or before July 1, 2020.  Once available, out-of-custody and civil hearings may be conducted by video, when appropriate.  King County District Court is committed to providing access to all persons regardless of their circumstances.  Defendants or parties not having access to video or telephone may appear in person.  Persons who do not have access, but who are unable to attend due to being ill or COVID vulnerable, should contact their attorney or the court at 206-205-9200, to request a continuance.
13.  King County District Court is committed to providing a courthouse and courtroom environment that meets public health guidelines.  Therefore, hearings that typically require in-person appearances, may, whenever possible and appropriate, be held by video or telephone. Court hearings will be open to the public and all persons who are unable to appear by remote means may appear in person so long as all health guidelines and requirements are followed.   King County District court will schedule certain hearing types for in-person court proceedings when required in the administration of justice, but committed to providing alternative means to appear, if appropriate, for all persons unable to attend court due to illness, caring for someone who is ill, COVID-19 vulnerable, or for other reasons as authorized by the court.  
14.  King County District Court adopts the electronic signature and alternative notification provisions set forth in the Washington State Supreme Court’s May 29, 2020 Revised Order 25700-B-626.

Criminal Proceedings

In-Custody

15.  All in-custody matters, excluding testimonial motions and trials, will be heard via video, except for matters scheduled in Rm. GB of the Regional Justice Center in Kent. Matters scheduled to be heard at the King County Correctional Facility in downtown Seattle will be conducted via video from King County Jail Courtroom No.1 to Rm E338 of the Seattle King County Courthouse.  The spectator galleries for both courtrooms will be open to the public during scheduled hearings.   All SCORE in-custody proceedings will be broadcast to open courtrooms at the locations indicated above in Paragraph 6.  

16.  Defendants exhibiting signs of illness shall not be transported to any King County District Court location at any time.  

Out-of-Custody

17.  Out-of-Custody criminal matters will resume beginning on June 1, 2020, and may be held by telephone or video, when appropriate and available, or in-person with strict adherence to social distancing and other public health precautions.     

18.  Hearings involving a critical stage of a criminal proceeding, such as arraignments and sentencings, or other matters as required in the interests of justice, shall be scheduled for all parties to appear in person, unless other arrangements are authorized in advance of the hearing.  The number of hearings scheduled during any court session will be limited to allow for strict adherence to social distancing.  Parties requiring special accommodations must seek approval from the court prior to the scheduled hearing date.  Requests by attorneys for special accommodations should be made in writing, and properly filed, with a reason set forth in support of the request, no less than two (2) business days prior to the scheduled hearing.  Defendants representing themselves may make the request in writing or call the court at 206-205-9200 at least two (2) business days prior to the scheduled hearing date.  

19.  Arraignments involving charges of impaired driving, physical control of a vehicle while impaired, domestic violence, or matters involving allegations of physical violence or threats of violence, will be scheduled as in-person appearances for all parties, absent exceptional circumstances and prior approval of the court.  A waiver of arraignment may  be filled, unless prohibited by statute or court rule.    

20.  Dispositions will be scheduled for in-person appearances for all parties.  The court will consider video appearances, if available and appropriate for all parties.  Such requests must be made in the same manner as outlined in Paragraph 18.  

21.  Reviews for probation matters and testimonial motions, will not be scheduled until after July 6, 2020, unless deemed to be emergent.  

22.  The number of hearings scheduled during any court session will be limited to allow for strict adherence to social distancing.  All hearings must be conducted in a manner that allows for all parties to adequately communicate and for a defendant and their attorney to have continual private communications.     

23.     Pretrial Conferences scheduled or rescheduled for June 1, 2020, or after, may be continued by Agreed Order.  If submitted and accepted in advance of the scheduled hearing, the hearing will be struck from the calendar.  Defense counsel will be responsible to notify their client of the next hearing date and to let the defendant know that the hearing date is continued.  All Agreed Orders will be automatically accepted through July 6, 2020.  Pretrial conferences are currently being scheduled as telephone appearances for the defendants.  To preserve the quality of the record and to provide for confidential consultation, attorneys are anticipated to appear unless requests for prior alternative arrangements have been granted, or the hearing is continued.  Once video is more fully available, all parties may appear by video unless in-person appearance is required in the administration of justice.     Parties ready to enter a Disposition may contact the court or file a motion to schedule straight to a Disposition.  

24.     In-custody and out-of-custody Jury Trials are suspended until at least July 6, 2020, or until such time as is required by good cause and in the administration of justice.

Probation

25.     King County Probation appointments shall be conducted by telephone or video, unless otherwise directed by the supervising probation officer, through July 31, 2020.  Defendants may receive notice of their probation appointment via mail, email, or phone.   Defendants should continue to comply with all conditions of sentence unless it is impossible to do so due to circumstances beyond the control of the defendant.  Probationers may attend on-line self-help groups, treatment, DUI victim panels, and Alcohol Information School, as authorized by their probation officer through July 31, 2020.  

26.     All King County District Court Ordered Commitments for King County Work Crew, King County Electronic Home Monitoring, or CCAP scheduled for report or intake between March 13, 2020, and July 6, 2020, are hereby extended for up to 120 days from the original report or intake date indicated on the Commitment Order.  For defendants who were unable to complete their King County Work Crew or CCAP commitment due to the COVID-19 emergency, King County Work Crew and CCAP personnel are hereby authorized to reschedule defendants for completion of the applicable program commitment for up to 90 days following the resumption of operations.  Defendants with report dates for jail or other programs not specified herein may Petition the Court for an
extension.  

CIVIL PROCEEDINGS

Protection Orders

27.     New Petitions for Anti-harassment or Stalking Protection Orders or Motions to Modify, Extend, or Recall any type of Protective Order previously issued by a King County District Court will be scheduled at the Bellevue, Kent Maleng Regional Justice Center, or Seattle Courthouse locations until such time as the court is able to open all courthouse locations and resume its full operations.  Petitions may be submitted by email at KCDCOrders@kingcounty.gov or in-person during the limited customer service hours provided for in this Order.  Electronic filing is strongly encouraged.  Petition forms and instructions for electronic filing can be found on the King County District Court’s website.  Interpreter assistance may be requested by calling the clerk at 206-205-9200.  All Protective Order Hearings shall be conducted via telephone or video unless it is impracticable to do so. New Petitions for Domestic Violence Protection Orders or Sexual Assault Protection Orders may be filed in King County Superior Court.  Effective June 22, 2020, Petitions for Domestic Violence Protection Orders may also be filed and heard at the Bellevue Courthouse location. All Protective Order Hearings shall be conducted via telephone or video, unless it is impossible to do so.

28.     Consistent with the May 29, 2020, Order of the Washington State Court and emergency provisions enacted by the Washington State Legislature, alternative service may be authorized.  Personal service remains preferred and is required in certain cases.  Alternative service may only be authorized as allowed by the Supreme Court’s May 29, 2020, Order.  No Order shall issue by default unless the court is satisfied the Respondent has been served with a copy of the Petition, Temporary Order(s), if applicable, and Notice of the hearing date no less than 5 days prior to the scheduled hearing.  The burden of proof is on Petitioner to show by a preponderance of the evidence that Respondent was served.  Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and all other Civil Protective Orders with an Order to Surrender Firearms, shall be served by Law Enforcement. This Order is subject to change as conditions warrant.         
e-Court

29.     Civil matters subject to mandatory e-filing shall be submitted electronically, EXCEPT that the on-line setting of in-court hearings remains suspended until further Order of the Court.  Matters of a time sensitive or emergent nature may be heard if authorized by the court.  Motions and Proposed Orders to request an in-court hearing shall be filed through the e-filing portal and the submitting party should then notify the clerk that the Motion has been filed so it can be expedited for Judicial review.  If a hearing is authorized, it shall be conducted via video or telephone unless impracticable to do so.  Parties shall comply with all emergency Proclamations of the Governor and Legislative Enactments in filing court pleadings and Motions.

30.     Due to public health considerations and the need to prioritize criminal cases once jury trials resume, all Civil Jury Trials are suspended until at least September 30, 2020.   A settlement conference may be scheduled with the court after July 6, 2020.  All conferences will be conducted via videoconference.  
Small Claims

31.     New Small Claims lawsuits are being accepted for filing; however, hearing dates may be delayed due to courtroom capacity limitations.  All parties shall be required to participate in mediation prior to the trial date unless waived by a judge.  Mediations may be conducted by telephone or video through the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) until public health conditions allow for the resumption of courthouse mediations. Small Claims trials shall be conducted via video or telephone whenever possible.
Infractions, Tow Hearings, and False Alarm Citations

32.     All Law Enforcement filings of Infractions will be accepted and processed consistent with the temporary suspension of time requirements authorized by the Washington State Supreme Court and King County District Court Administrative Orders.   
33.     Defendants requesting a hearing on any type of infraction, false alarm citation, or tow impound where the vehicle is not still in impound, will be set out to a date up to 120 days beyond June 1, 2020.  Impound hearings for vehicles still in impound will be scheduled for an emergency hearing at the Seattle Courthouse or the Maleng Regional Justice Center.  King County District Court will continue to process and review all Contested, Mitigation, or Deferral requests filed online or submitted by mail.  All hearing dates are subject to change, so parties are encouraged to check for updated information prior to coming to court, by either calling 206-205-9200 or checking the King County District Court website.   Hearings will be held by telephone or video whenever possible.
Interpreters

34.     Interpreters scheduled for a hearing or authorized for a King County Office of Public Defense Interview, except for sign language interpreters, shall appear by telephone or video unless authorized for an in-person appearance by a judge in writing. Except for sign language interpretation, all interpreter jobs posted on the interpreter website shall be for telephone or video appearance only unless specifically scheduled as an in-person assignment.  In-person interpretation should not be authorized unless it has been determined on the record or in written findings that no other reasonable alternative is available to prevent material prejudice to a party.  If a scheduled assignment is changed to an in-person assignment, the Interpreter Coordinator shall immediately notify the assigned interpreter to allow the interpreter an opportunity to decline the job.  Interpreters classified by the CDC as high-risk for COVID-19 are discouraged from accepting in-person assignments.  If an interpreter is scheduled to appear in person, 6-foot social distancing and all other CDC guidelines shall be followed except for the wearing of a face masks if it would interfere with the ability to interpret the proceedings.  This provision remains in effect until further Order of the Court.
Search Warrants

35.     King County District Court will continue its After Hours Search Warrant procedures.  Law enforcement may call the court at 206-205-9200, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 and 4:30, for electronic judicial review of search warrants.  Law Enforcement should continue to file search warrant returns via email at KCDCSearchWarrants@kingcounty.gov.   
Passports

36.     Passport services are suspended until such time as it is safe for the court to resume normal operations.
Other Provisions

37.     Consistent with the Washington Supreme Court’s Emergency Orders and the Governor’s COVID-19 related Proclamations, all hearings, matters, and new cases currently pending or filed between March 18 and July 6, 2020, that are delayed as a result of this or any prior King County District Court Emergency Administrative Order, are made for good cause in light of the ongoing health crisis and shall be excluded periods for purposes of Speedy Trial, CrRLJ 3.3, CrRLJ 4.1, IRLJ 2.2, IRLJ 2.4, IRLJ 2.6, and any other applicable court rule, Order of the Washington State Supreme Court, or applicable Proclamation of the Governor.  

It is Further Ordered that all scheduled hearings delayed by this Order shall be rescheduled and notice sent via U.S. mail to the last known address of the necessary parties, unless otherwise provided for in this Order.  Any party needing to update their mailing address should contact the court clerk at 206-205-9200.

Please see attached Emergency Orders for further information.

King County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 8-2020

King County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 7-2020

King County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 6-2020

King County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 5-2020

King County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 4-2020

King County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 3-2020

Please read the Court's Emergency Administrative Order for more detailed information.

07/31/2020

King County Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – July 6, 2020

COVID-19 EMERGENCY ORDER #3:

1) Suspending juror summons March 16, 2020 – July 6, 2020 for all case types

2) Continuing all jury trials for all case types through July 6, 2020

3) Ruling on speedy trial for all criminal cases

4) Addressing ongoing jury trials.

Please see below order addressing these issues:

http://www.courts.wa.gov/content/publicUpload/COVID19_King/20-0-12050-5_Emergency%20Order%203.pdf

March 16, 2020 – July 6, 2020

COVID-19 EMERGENCY ORDER #4

1) Ordering all civil pretrial and motion hearings to be held telephonically unless a specific request is made

2) Authorizing implementation of attached plan for all ex parte matters

3) Changing family law procedures in ex parte

Please see below order addressing these issues:

http://www.courts.wa.gov/content/publicUpload/COVID19_King/20-0-12050-5_Emergency%20Order%204.pdf

King County Superior Court 20-0-12050-5_Emergency Order #5

King County Superior Court FILED-Emergency Order #6-Limiting Court Appearances and Addressing Family Law Ops

King County Superior Court Emergency Order #7 RE: ITA Court and Cases

King County Superior Court Emergency Notice #8 Eviction Enforcement for Nonpayment of Rent Suspended Indefinitely

King County Superior Court Emergency Order #9 Stay of Residential Unlawful Detainer Cases Until March 30, 2020

King County Superior Court Emergency Order #10 – Re: Representation of Adult Criminal Defendants

King County Superior Court Emergency Order #11 Re: Civil Matters

King County Superior Court Amended Emergency Order #11 Re: Civil Matters

King County Superior Court Emergency Order #12 Re: Children and Family Justice

King County Superior Court Emergency Order #13 Re: Dependency Matters

King County Superior Court Emergency Order #14 Re: Allowing Telephonic Interpretation for All Case Types

King County Superior Court Emergency Order #15 Re: Civil and Family Law Matters

King County Superior Court Emergency Order #16 Re: Dependency Matters

King County Superior Court Emergency Order #18 Re: Civil Family Law, and Dependency Matters

King County Superior Court Emergency Order #19 Re: Public Health in King County Superior Court Courthouses

07/31/2020

Kirkland Municipal Court

Effective Monday, March 16 – July 1, 2020, the court will reschedule all hearings except for mandatory DV/DUI charges (which must be heard the next judicial day) and in-custody defendants.

The Court is closed to walk-in visitors, court staff is available by phone to assist customers and answer questions.

Probation appointments will be conducted by telephone only.

No jury trials will be set for the May or June jury term.

The Court will assess the need for further continuances and setting of jury trials for the month of June on or before June 1, 2020.

For more information: https://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/Municipal_Court.htm

Kirkland Municipal Court Emergency Aministrative Order 2020-05

Kirkland Municipal Court Emergency Amended Administrative Order 04302020

Kirkland Municipal Administrative Order 2020-04

07/31/2020

Kitsap County Superior Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – July 31 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency:

The Superior Court Administrator's Office is closed. Superior Court proceedings are still occurring.

See Kitsap County Superior Court and Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 2020-1.

Please be advised the end dates of all Kitsap County Superior Court emergency administrative orders (1-19, minus 6 & 14) previously posted now have an updated end date of July 31, 2020.

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-20 Third Order regarding Domestic Relations

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-19 RE:Juvenile Dependency Review Hearings

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 2020-17 Re: Open Courts

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-16 Re: Second Order Regarding Domestic Relations Cases

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-15 Re: Electronic Signatures

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-12 Re: Digital Signatures

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-11

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order Re: Bench Warrants in Civil Contempt Matters 2020-10

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order Re: Pending & Routine Guardianship Matters 2020-9

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order Re: Civil Cases 2020-8

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order Re: Guardianship & Probate Cases 2020-7

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order Re: Domestic Relations Cases 2020-5

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-3

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-1

Kitsap County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order Re Court Office Closure

Kitsap County Superior Court – Emergency Order Re: Juvenile/Dependency Matters

07/31/2020

Kitsap District Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – March 1, 2021 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

The Court remains open and may be contacted by email, telephone or through the website. The joint Kitsap County Superior Court and Kitsap County District Court Order remains in effect until further of the Court.

See: Kitsap County Superior Court and Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 2020-1.

See: Kitsap County Superior Court and Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 2020-12 Regarding Digital Signatures. This Order remains in effect until further Order of both courts.

See: Emergency Administrative Order No. 2020-14 concerning out-of-custody criminal cases. This Order remains in effect until further Order of the court. The May 22, 2020 end date is tentative.

See: Kitsap County Superior Court and Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 2020-15 Regarding Electronic Signatures By Judicial Officers and Court Clerks. This Order remains in effect until further Order of both courts. The May 22, 2020 end date is an estimate.

See: See Kitsap County Superior Court and Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 2020-17 Re: Open Courts. The Order remains in effect until further Order of both courts. The May 22, 2020 end date is an estimate at this time.

Emergency Administrative Order 2020-25 discusses Kitsap District Court's recent budget reductions due to COVID-19. Three District Court staff are no longer funded, resulting in a total remaining staff of 18.

District Court found that it is no longer constitutionally funded per In re Juvenile Director, but will not issue a self-funding order. Instead, the Court suspended and continued all infraction hearings until at least March 2021. The Court also will delay opening the clerk's office until 8:30 am. It is hoped that budget issues will improve in 2021, and that the Court has sufficient staff for the rest of 2020 to carry out its constitutional obligations

Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-25  (COVID-19 2020 Budget Reduction)

Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-23 Courthouse and Courtroom Facial Coverings

Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-22

Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 2020-17 Re: Open Courts

Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-15 Re: Electronic Signatures

Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-14 Re: Out-of-Custody Criminal Cases

Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-12 Re: Digital Signatures

Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-11

Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-06

Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-3

Kitsap County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Kittitas Superior Court

March 17, 2020 10:00 AM – May 31, 2020 5:00 PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Due to public health concerns the Kittitas County Superior Court is temporarily closed to the general public. Although the general public is discouraged from visiting the Court, the Court does remain open to deal with issues involving domestic violence, threats to physical security, threats to loss of housing, or other emergencies. Attorneys or individuals with pending cases should review the attached appendix for further detail.

As the situation changes, the Court remains open to modifications to comply with this rapidly changing environment. Please review https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/courts/superior for the most recent information.

See: Kittitas County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 050820

07/31/2020

Klickitat Superior Court

 March 18, 2020 – September 23, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Klickitat Superior Court Fourth Amended Emergency Administrative Order

Klickitat County Superior Court Fourth Revised and Extended Emergency Order

Klickitat County Superior Court Supplemental Third Revised and Extended Emergency Administrative Order

Klickitat County Superior Court Third Revised and Extended Emergency Administrative Order

Klickitat County Superior Court Third Revised and Extended Emergency Administrative Order

Klickitat County Superior Court Second Revised and Extended Emergency Administrative Order

Klickitat County Superior Court Revised and Extended Emergency Administrative Order

Klickitat County Superior Court Supplemental Emergency Order

Klickitat County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Lake Forest Park Municipal Court

The Court has rescheduled all non-mandatory hearings effective Monday, March 16 – September 1, 2020.

The court front counter and City Hall are closed to the public. All court staff will report to work as usual, unless otherwise directed.

For more information please visit: https://www.cityoflfp.com/147/Municipal-Court/

07/31/2020

Lakewood Municipal Court

March 12, 2020 – 8:00 AM to July 24, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency.

Lakewood Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-04

Lakewood Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order Amended 2020-02

Lakewood Municpal Court Administrative Order (Amended) 2020-02

Lakewood Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-03

Lakewood Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-02

Lakewood Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-01

07/31/2020

Lewis County District Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – August 2, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency:

Lewis County District Court remains open. However, the public is encouraged to contact the Court via telephone or email.

Jury trials currently scheduled for July 2020 shall be rescheduled to a new date after August 1, 2020

Lewis County District Court General Order 5-2020

Lewis County District Court Emergency Admin Order 4-2020

Lewis County District Court Emergency Admin Order 3-2020

Lewis District Court Emergency Administrative Order GR 21

07/31/2020

Lewis County Superior Court

March 19, 2020 – July 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

All jury panels currently scheduled for March 9 – 20, 2020 for Lewis County Superior Court are now rescheduled to the week of July 6, 2020 due to community health concerns.

Lewis County Superior Court remains open for business during this time.

See below General Order:

Lewis County Superior Court General Order GR21

Lewis County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-04-30

Lewis County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-04-22

Lewis County Superior Court GR21 Dated 3/18/2020

Lewis County Superior Court General Order GR 21 Dated 3/16/2020

07/31/2020

Lincoln County District Court

March 17, 2020 – July 1, 2020

COVID-19

Lincoln County District Administrative Order 2020-002 signed on March 18, 2020

Lincoln County District Court Administrative Order signed March 17, 2020

07/31/2020

Lincoln County Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to July 7, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Modification of Operation due to COVID-19

Lincoln County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Lower Kittitas District Court

July 29, 2020 – December 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Lower Kittitas District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-05

Lower Kittitas District Court Adminstrative Order 2020-04 – Phase 3 COVID-19 Reopening Procedures

Lower Kittitas District Court Admin Order 2020-03 and Phase 2 Plan

Lower Kittitas District Court Emergency Local Rule dated 4.20.2020

Lower Kittitas District Court Adminstrative Order 2020-02

Lower Kittitas District Court Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Lynden Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – December 31, 2020

COVID-19

See Order:

Lynden Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-02

Lynden Municipal Emergency Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Lynnwood Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 – May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Clerk's Office is closed to the public.

Staff will be available by phone or email.

– Out of custody DUI/Physical Control and Assault DV arraignments and other hearings will be heard at 8am.

– The courtroom will be closed the remainder of the day.

– 8am Lynnwood Jail and 9am SCORE jail calendars will be heard M-F.

See: Lynwood Municipal Court GAO 2020.02

07/31/2020

Maple Valley Municipal

The following Emergency Modification to Operations is in effect:

March 17, 2020 – April 24, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Maple Valley Municipal Court General Order No. 20-01

07/31/2020

Marysville Municipal Court

March 12, 2020 – 8:00 AM until December 31, 2020.

COVID-19 Emergency:

Marysville Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-06

Marysville Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-05

Marysville Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-04

Marysville Municipal Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Mason County District Court

March 20, 2020 – July 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

REFER TO:

Mason County District Court Administrative Order 20-007

Mason County District Court Administrative Order 20-006

Mason County District Court Amended Administrative Order – No. 20-005

Mason County District Court ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 20-001

Amended Administrative Order per the Supreme Court order

07/31/2020

Mason County Superior Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – April 24, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Mason County Superior Court Administrative Order entered on April 16, 2020

Mason County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Criminal Matters

Mason County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Civil and Domestic Matters

Mason County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Juvenile Matters

Mason County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Dependency Matters

07/31/2020

Mccleary Municipal

March 16, 2020 – May 26, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency See:

McCleary Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-D

McCleary Municipal and Grays Harbor District Court Administrative Order 2020-3D

McCleary Municipal and Grays Harbor District Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Mercer Island Municipal Court

March 13, 2020 – until further notice.

Due to community health concerns, the court office will be closed from March 13, 2020 through May 4, 2020.

Court staff will be available by telephone only (206) 275-7604.

The court will reschedule all out of custody court hearings.

For more information: http://www.mercergov.org

No jury trials will be set for March and April jury term.

Mercer Island Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-2

Mercer Island Municipal Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Milton Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 – May 431 2020

Milton Municipal Court is closed.

COVID-19 Emergency.

07/31/2020

Monroe Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – 3:00 PM to September 1, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Monroe Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-04

Monroe Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-03

Monroe Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-02

Monroe Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Montesano Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to May 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency.

Court staff will be available by phone 360-249-4245 during the closure.

Montesano Municipal Court Amended General Order Re: Public Health 2020-5

Montesano Municipal Court General Order 2020-1 Emergency Order Re: Public Health

07/31/2020

Mount Vernon Municipal

March 18, 2020 – December 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Mount Vernon Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-6

Mount Vernon Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-5

Mount Vernon Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-4

Mount Vernon Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-3

Mount Vernon Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-2

07/31/2020

Napavine Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – May 31, 2020

COVID-19

Napavine Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-01 AMENDED

Napavine Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

North Bonneville Municipal

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – July 3, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

See:

North Bonneville Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-04

North Bonneville Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-03

North Bonneville Municipal Court Administration Order 20-02

North Bonneville Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-01

07/31/2020

North Pacific District

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to May 31, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

North Pacific District Court General Order 1-20

07/31/2020

Oakville Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – 9:00 AM to May 4, 2020 – 9:00 AM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Oakville Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Ocean Shores Municipal Court

March 17 2020 – June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency: Court staff will be available by phone or email during normal business hours. Limited access to in person filings or payments. Contact the court for further information.

Ocean Shores Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Okanogan County District Court

March 17, 2020 – 11:30 AM to May 11, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Okanogan District Court Administrative Order 2020-003

Okanogan District Court Administrative Order 2020-002 supersedes any provisions in Administrative Order 2020-001.

Okanogan District Court Administrative Order 2020-001

07/31/2020

Okanogan County Superior Court

March 20, 2020 – 3:00 PM to September 7, 2020 – 9:00 AM

COVID-19 Emergency

Okanogan Superior Court Administrative Order of the Court 2020-3 AMENDED

Okanogan Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-2

Okanogan Superior Court Emergency Adminstrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Olympia Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 12:00PM – June 1, 2020 8:00AM

COVID-19 Emergency

See:

Olympia Municipal Court Amended Emergency Administrative Order 2-2020

Olympia Municipal Court Amended Emergency Administrative Order 2-2020

Olympia Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2-2020

Olympia Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 1-2020

07/31/2020

Omak Municipal Court

March 23, 2020 – 8:00 AM until order of the Court.

COVID-19 Emergency

Closed to the public until further order.

Omak Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-001

07/31/2020

Orting Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – May 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

The Court office is closed to the public for in-person transactions. Staff in the clerk's office will be available by phone or email.

Orting Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-02

07/31/2020

Othello District Court

The following Emergency Modification to Operations is in effect:

Previous order posted in effect until July 1, 2020. District Court Clerk's office will be open to the public commencing July 1, 2020, 8:30-4:30. The public is encouraged to continue utilizing Court services while following the applicable public health guidelines.

Othello District Court General Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Pacific County Superior Court

March 17, 2020 – May 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Pacific County Superior Court Supplemental Emergency Administrative Order 2020-01

Pacific County Superior Court Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Pacific Municipal Court

COVID-19 Emergency:

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to June 1, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

Pacific City Hall will be closing to the public starting Monday 3/16/2020; the court is located within City Hall and therefore will be closed to the public in-person.

We are going to reset hearings currently scheduled for March 18, 2020.

Contact your attorney if you have one or the court if you do not.

Staff will still be in the office.

Pacific/Algona Municipal Court General Order No. 20-01

07/31/2020

Pasco Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 12:00:PM – April 24, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Pasco Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-02

07/31/2020

Pend Oreille District Court

March 16, 2020 – and shall remain in effect until further order of the Courts.

COVID-19 Emergency.

Pend Oreille County Superior Court Virtual Courtroom

Pend Oreille County Superior Court Order Quashing Warrant

Pend Oreille County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order Re: Continued Court Operations 5-14

Pend Oreille County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order Re: Superior Court Clerk's Office

Pend Oreille County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Civil, Family and Juvenile

Pend Oreille County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Criminal 04-10-20

Pend Oreille County Superior Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Pend Oreille Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – and shall remain in effect until further order of the Courts.

COVID-19 Emergency.

Pend Oreille County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order RE: Continued Court Operations 5-14

Pend Oreille County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order Re: Superior Court Clerk's Office

Pend Oreille County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Civil, Family and Juvenile

Pend Oreille Superior Court Administrative Order

Pend Oreille County Superior Court Administrative Order Re Criminal 04-10-20

07/31/2020

Pierce County District Court

 March 17, 2020 – September 1, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Pierce County District Court General Order 2020-10 Revising Order 2020-03

Pierce County District Court General Order 2020-08

Pierce County District Court General Order 2020-07

Pierce County District Court General Order 2020-06

Pierce County District Court General Order 2020-05

Pierce County District Court General Order 2020-04 Amended

Pierce County District Court General Order 2020-02

07/31/2020

Pierce County Superior Court

All Civil Jury Trials are cancelled/continued to November 1, 2020.

REVISED Emergency Order #18 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Pierce County Corrections Restraint Procedures (Amending Emergency Order #9)

Pierce County Superior Court Revised Emergency Administrative Order 20-18

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #18 Regarding Resumption of Jury Trials

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #17 Regarding Prohibiting Recording or Videoing of Remote Proceedings until further ordered.

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #16 Regarding Resumption of Jury Trials

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #15 Regarding Extension of Supreme Court Orders

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #14 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Amendments in Conformance with Supreme Court Orders 20-14

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #13 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Protocol Amendments

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #12 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Adult Criminal Proceedings By Video Conferencing

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #11 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Adult Criminal Proceedings

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #10 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding All Civil Protection Orders

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #9 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Pierce County Corrections Restraint Procedures

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #8 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Western State Hospital Operations

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #7 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Operations at Pierce County Juvenile Court

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #6 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Operations at Pierce County Juvenile Court

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #5 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Operations

Pierce County Emergency Order #4 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Operations

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #3 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Ramann Hall Operations

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #2 Public Health Emergency Order Regarding Jury Trials

Pierce County Superior Court Emergency Order #1 Order on Expanded Criteria for Excusing Jurors based upon public Health Emergency

Pierce County Superior Court Order Re Local Court Rule Amendments

07/31/2020

Port Orchard Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00:AM until further notice

COVID-19 Emergency

Court has resumed calendars using video court (zoom). The court office remains closed to the public. For more information, please contact us by email at court@cityofportorchard.us or by phone (360) 876-1701

Port Orchard Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-01

07/31/2020

Poulsbo Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 04:30 PM – May 1, 2020 5:00 PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Poulsbo Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-2

07/31/2020

Puyallup Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 08:30:AM – And shall remain in effect until further Order of the Courts.

Puyallup Municipal Court Clerk's Office is Closed.

COVID-19 Emergency:

For more information please visit: https://www.cityofpuyallup.org/558/Municipal-Court

Puyallup Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 20-08

Puyallup Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 20-07

Puyallup Municipal Administrative Order 20-04

Puyallup Minicipal Administrative Order 20-03

Puyallup Municipal Administrative Order 20-02

Puyallup Municipal Administrative Order 20-01

07/31/2020

Raymond Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 8:00AM – May 18, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Raymond Municipal Court Administrative Order 2-2020

Raymond Municipal Court Administrative Order 1-2020

07/31/2020

Renton Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – August 31, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Renton City Hall and Municipal Court remains closed until Phase 3 of the Governor's reopen plan.

Renton Municipal Court Administrative Order No. 2020-004

Renton Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-003 Re-Scheduling of Hearings and Other Changes to Court Operations

Renton Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-002

07/31/2020

Ritzville District Court

March 17, 2020 – July 1, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Ritzville District Court Aministrative Order

07/31/2020

Roslyn Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – December 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Roslyn Municipal Court has issued Emergency Administrative Order limiting calendars and continuing jury trials until further Order of the Court.

Please refer to Emergency Administrative Order RMC for complete information.

Roslyn Municipal Court Amended Emergency Administrative Order 05062020

Roslyn Municipal Court Amended Emergency Administrative Order 2020

Roslyn Municipal Court Amended Emergency Administrative Order RSM 2020_03_23

07/31/2020

Roy Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 – 8:30 AM to July 14, 2020 – 8:30 AM

COVID-19 Emergency

The court will resume in person hearings on July 14, 2020. The court office will remain closed with services available by phone or email.

Roy Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-3

Roy Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-2

Roy Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Ruston Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – December 31, 2020

COVID-19

All Court hearings have been reset until further notice.

Ruston Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-04

Ruston Municipal Court Amended Administrative Order 2020-03

Ruston Municipal Court Amended Administrative Order 2020-02

07/31/2020

San Juan District Court

 March 17, 2020 – 8:00 AM to November 1, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency.

San Juan County District Fourth Amended Emergency Order, Corrected 20-07

San Juan County District Court Second Amended Emergency Order 20-04 Court Operations

San Juan District Court Supplemental Emergency Order 20-03

San Juan District Court Amended Emergency Order 20-02

 San Juan District Court Emergency Administrative Order 20-01 COVID 19

07/31/2020

San Juan Superior Court

March 18, 2020 08:00:AM – August 3, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

San Juan County Superior Court Second Amended Emergency Order 2020-5

San Juan Superior Court Second Supplemental Emergency Order 2020-4 Court Operations

San Juan Superior Court Supplemental Emergency Order 2020-3

San Juan County Superior Court First Amended Emergency Order 2020-2 – 3.20.2020

San Juan County Superior Court Emergency Order 2020-1 – Corrected

San Juan County Superior Court Emergency Order 2020-1 Court Operations

07/31/2020

Seattle Municipal Court

March 14, 2020 – December 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency:

In response to COVID-19 public health emergency, Seattle Municipal Court operations are significantly limited:

The Seattle Justice Center is open to the public with a phased approach to reopening court programs and services. See Attachment A in General Administrative Order 2020-08 and Attachment C in General Administrative Order 2020-09 for details.

Full operations are not expected to resume before December 31, 2020. Face coverings and social distancing are required. Temperature screening is mandatory upon entrance to the Seattle Justice Center.

Ticket due dates are being extended during this time period, no late penalties or referral to collections.

Mitigation and contested settlement hearings for tickets are being held by mail or phone. Limited contested ticket hearings resume in Courtroom 301 August 18, 2020.

In-person Day Reporting and Probation appointments are limited.

Community service and work crew obligations are extended and activities are suspended.

No weddings will be held at Seattle Municipal Court until at least August 3, 2020.

The Community Resource Center will reopen on August 10, 2020.

Seattle Municipal Court General Administrative Order 2020-09 COVID-19 Emergency Limited Court Operations

Seattle Municipal Court General Administrative Order 2020-8 COVID-19 Emergency Limited Court Operations

Seattle Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-07 COVID-19 Emergency Limited Court Closure 

Seattle Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-06 COVID-19 Emergency Limited Court Closure

Seattle Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-05 COVID-19 Emergency Court Closure

Seattle Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-04 COVID-19 Emergency Limited Court Closure

Seattle Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-03 COVID-19 Limited Court Operations

Seattle Municipal General Administrative Order 2020-02 COVID-19

The GAO and local court rule changes are published here: https://www.seattle.gov/courts/for-attorneys/local-court-rules

For the latest operational changes, visit: https://www.seattle.gov/courts

07/31/2020

Sedro – Woolley Municipal Court

Sedro Woolley Municipal Court will be closed on the following dates: April 29, 2020 – May 1, 2020 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

July 29, 2020 – July 31, 2020 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM

October 28, 2020- October 30, 2020 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM

07/31/2020

Shelton Municipal Court

March 19, 2020 – 1:00 PM to May 31, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Shelton Municipal Court is only open during hearings June 1st – 15th
The Shelton Civic Center will remain closed for all other business until June 15th. The court staff is in the office and available by phone when court is not is session Mon-Fri 8:30 to 4:30 until the Civic Center reopens.

Shelton Municipal Court Administrative Order No 6-2020

Shelton Municipal Court Administrative order No. 1-2020

Shelton Municipal Court Administrative Order 2-2020 are in effect until further notice.

Shelton Municipal Court Administrative Order 3-2020

Shelton Municipal Court Administrative Order 4-2020

07/31/2020

Skagit County District Court

 March 17, 2020 – December 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Skagit County Emergency Administrative Order 20-6

Skagit County Municipal Courts Administrative Order 20-5

Skagit County District Court Administrative Order 20-4

Skagit County District Court Administrative Order 20-3

Skagit County District Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Skagit Superior Court

March 17, 2020 – September 15, 2020 – 5:00 PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Skagit County Superior Court Emergency Order 20-8

Skagit County Superior Court Emergency Order 20-7

Skagit County Superior Court Amended Administrative Order 20-6-A

Skagit County Superior Court Emergency Order No. 20-6

Skagit County Superior Court Emergency Order No. 20-5

Skagit County Superior Court Emergency Order No. 20-4

Skagit County Superior Court Emergency Order No. 20-3

07/31/2020

Skamania District Court

March 16, 2020 08:30:AM – July,3 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency, See Administrative Order:

Skamania County Distric Court Administrative Order 20-04

Skamania County District Court Administrative Order 20-03

Skamania County District Court Administrative Order 20-02

Skamania County District Court Administrative Order 20-01

07/31/2020

Skamania Superior Court

March 18, 2020 – December 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Skamania County Superior Court Fourth Revised and Extended Emergency Order

Skamania County Superior Court Supplemental Third Revised and Extended Emergency Administrative Order

Skamania County Superior Court Third Revised and Extended Emergency Administrative Order

Skamania County Superior Court Supplemental Emergency Order  GR 16 Prohibiting Live Stream

Skamania County Superior Court Supplemental Emergency Administrative Order 06.08.20

Skamania County Superior Court Revised and Extended Emergency Administrative Order

Skamania Superior Court Emergency Adminstrative Order 20-02

Skamania Superior Court Supplemental Emergency Order

07/31/2020

Snohomish County – Cascade Division

March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2020 5:00PM

Snohomish County District Court has issued an Emergency Administrative Order

Snohomish County District Court Administrative Order 20 – 10 with Attachments A and B

Snohomish County District Court – Cascade Division Administrative Order 20-09B

Snohomish County District Court – Cascade Division Administrative Order 20-09A with attachments A and B

Snohomish County District Court – Cascade Division Administrative Order 20-09

Snohomish County District Court – Cascade Division Administrative Order 20-05

Snohomish County District Court – Cascade Division Administrative Order 20-08

07/31/2020

Snohomish County – Everett Division

March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2020

Snohomish County District Court has issued an Emergency Administrative Order

Snohomish County District Court Administrative Order 20 – 10 with Attachments A and B

Snohomish County District Court – Everett Division Administrative Order 20-09B

Snohomish County District Court – Everett Division Administrative Order 20-09A with attachments A and B

Snohomish County District Court – Everett Division Administrative Order 20-09

Snohomish County District Court – Everett Division Administrative Order 20-05

Snohomish County District Court – Everett Division Administrative Order 20-08

07/31/2020

Snohomish County – Evergreen Division

March 13, 2020 4:00PM – September 30, 2020 5:00PM

Snohomish County District Court has issued an Emergency Administrative Orders

Snohomish County District Court Administrative Order 20 – 10 with Attachments A and B

Snohomish County District Court – Evergreen Division Administrative Order 20-09B

Snohomish County District Court – Evergreen Division Administrative Order 20-09A with attachments A and B

Snohomish County District Court – Evergreen Division Administrative Order 20-09

Snohomish County District Court – Evergreen Division Administrative Order 20-04

Snohomish County District Court – Evergreen Division Administrative Order 20-05

Snohomish County District Court – Evergreen Division Administrative Order 20-08

07/31/2020

Snohomish County – South Division

March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2020

Snohomish County District Court has issued an Emergency Administrative Order

Snohomish County District Court Administrative Order 20 – 10 with Attachments A and B

Snohomish County District Court – South Division Administrative Order 20-09B

Snohomish County District Court – South Division Administrative Order 20-09A with attachments A and B

Snohomish County District Court – South Division Administrative Order 20-09

Snohomish County District Court – South Division Administrative Order 20-04

Snohomish County District Court – South Division Administrative Order 20-05

Snohomish County District Court – South Division Administrative Order 20-08

07/31/2020

Snohomish County Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – until further notice

Emergency Modification to Operations:

1. All criminal jury trials are CONTINUED until at least April 24, 2020. All civil jury trials are CONTINUED until at least June 1, 2020. Due to the reduced ability to obtain an adequate spectrum of jurors and the effect of the above public health recommendations on the availability of counsel and Court staff to be present in the courtroom, the time period of the continuances by this Emergency Order will be excluded in computing time for trial pursuant to CrR 3.3(e)(3) and CrR3.3(f)(2). The Court further finds that the ends of justice served by continuing these cases outweighs the defendant's right to a speedy trial. The Court further finds that any delays for time for trial are the result of the unavoidable and unforeseen circumstances and are therefore excluded from computing time for trial by CrR3.3(e)(8).

2. For the week of March 16, 2020, except for criminal trial call, any matter on the calendar for Criminal Hearings in Department 304 shall be stricken. Out of custody defendants need not appear for criminal trial call on Friday, March 20, 2020, but these cases will be called and the non-appearance will be noted. No Bench Warrants will issue for not appearing on the calendar.

3. Beginning March 23, 2020, all of the criminal hearing matters in C304, except for trial call on Friday at 1:00 p.m. and all video arraignment calendars, shall be limited to in custody defendants only. There will be a second Judge assigned to each calendar for all out of custody proceedings for these calendars.

4. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, pursuant to SCLCR(7)(b)(10)(a) and SCLCR 56, all motions on the Commissioner Family Law Domestic Motions calendar, Commissioner Civil Motions calendars, Commissioner Guardianship calendars, Commissioner Special set calendars, and Commissioner Probate calendars shall be heard telephonically. Each telephonic hearing calendar shall be limited to a total of eight (8) confirmed hearings. The portion of this rule regarding the number of cases which can be confirmed supersedes the previously entered Administrative Order No. 38-20. Once the confirmed hearings limit is reached, the parties will either need to agree to a new hearing date or the matter will need to be re-noted. Parties and/or attorneys shall be required to provide a phone number for the Court to call for the telephonic hearing by leaving the case information, their name, and their phone number during the appropriate time for confirmation of the hearing beginning with cases to be confirmed for hearings for March 23, 2020. For cases to be heard prior to March 23, 2020, the phone number shall be provided no later than noon the day before the hearing. If available, the party confirming the hearing shall provide telephone contact numbers for all parties. For 9:00am calendars, all parties must be available by phone from 9:00am until noon or until their matter is completed, whichever comes first. For matters on a 1:00pm calendar, parties must be available by phone from 1:00pm until 4:30pm or until their matter is completed, whichever comes first. Failure by a party to answer the call when placed by the Court may be grounds for the Court to strike the hearing or proceed without the participation of that party.

5. All Motions on the Judges' Civil Motions Tuesday through Friday Calendar shall be without oral argument unless the Judge assigned to that civil motions calendar specifically requests argument either telephonically or in person.

6. All Truancy matters are suspended until further Order of the Court.

7. All extensions of ARY/CHINS petitions will be granted by calling (425) 388-7954, except if a judicial officer requests the parties to appear telephonically or in person.

8. Any matters not addressed in this emergency order shall proceed in the manner consistent with all State and Local Court rules. This Order modifies, but is not limited to modification of, the following rules: SCLCR7;SCLCR56;SCLCrR4.5;SCLSPR94.04(c)(3)(F; SCLSPR 98.16(3)(a);JuCR 5A.

Emergency Order can be found at: https://snohomishcountywa.gov/197/Superior-Court

Snohomish County Superior Court Emergency Order No. 3F Re: Resumption of Modified Operations for Dependency Cases in Juvenile Court

Snohomish County Superior Court Emergency Order #9 Re: Court Operations

Snohomish County Juvenile Court Emergency Order #3E Re: Resumption of Modified Operations for Dependency Cases in Juvenile Court

Snohomish County Superior Court Addendum to Emergency Order #8 Re: Court Operations

Snohomish County Superior Court Emergency Order #8 Re: Court Operations

Snohomish County Superior Court Emergency Order #7 Re: Court Operations – First Amended

Snohomish County Superior Court Emergency Order #3D Re: Juvenile Court Operations

Snohomish County Superior Court Emergency Order #3C Re: Juvenile Court Operations

Snohomish County Superior Court Emergency Order #6 Re: Court Operations – signed April 17, 2020

Snohomish County Superior Court Emergency Order #3B Re: Juvenile Court Operations

Snohomish County Superior Court Emergency Order #5 Re: Court Operations

Snohomish County Superior Court Emergency Order #3A Re: Juvenile Court Operations

Snohomish County Superior Court Emergency Order #4 Re: Court Operations

Snohomish County Superior Court Emergency Order #3 Re: Juvenile Court Operations

Snohomish County Superior Court Third Amendment to Emergency Order #2 Re: Court Operations

Snohomish County Superior Court Second Amendment to Emergency Order #2 Re: Court Operations

Snohomish County Superior Court Amended Paragraphs of Emergency Order #2 Re: Court Operations

Snohomish County Superior Court Amended Emergency Order

07/31/2020

South Bend Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 – 8:00 AM to June 24, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency.

South Bend Municipal Court Emergency Order 3-2020

South Bend Emergency Order Covid19 2020

07/31/2020

South Pacific District Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to May 31, 2020 – 5:00 PM

COVID-19 Emergency

South Pacific District Court General Order 1-20

07/31/2020

Spokane County District Court

March 16, 2020 – 10:00 AM to July 6, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Due to the community health concerns and recommendations from public health agencies regarding COVID-19, Spokane County District Court has suspended normal operations in accordance with General Court Rule 21 and Washington State Supreme Court Order 25700-B-602. Spokane County District Court will continue with priority calendars only until further order of the Court.

Spokane County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 11 – Amendment to Emergency Order No. 1

Spokane County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 10 – Amendment to Emergency Order No. 1

Spokane County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 9 – Amendment to Emergency Order No. 1

Spokane County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 8 – Amendment to Emergency Order No. 1

Spokane County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No 7. – Amendment to Emergency Order No. 1

Spokane County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 6 – Amendment to Emergency Order No. 1

Spokane County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 5 – Amendment to Emergency Order No. 1

Spokane County District Court General Emergency Administrative Order: COVID-19 Emergency Court Closure of Spokane County District Court Spokane Valley Courthouse

Spokane County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 4 – Amendment to Emergency Order No. 1

Spokane County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 1 Re: Probation Department

Spokane County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 3

Spokane County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 2

Spokane County District Court Emergency Administrative Order No. 1

Spokane County District Court Declaration of National Emergency Pandemic Operations

07/31/2020

Spokane Municipal Court

Closed: June 1, 2020 8:00:AM – 5:00:PM

Reason: Civil disturbance and related emergency directives from the Spokane Mayor, Spokane County Board of County Commissioners and local law enforcement.

07/31/2020

Spokane Superior Court

The Spokane Superior Court will be closed the following day: June 1, 2020 8:00:AM – 5:00:PM

Reason:Due to safety concerns

Spokane County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 06-2020

07/31/2020

Stevens County Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM and shall remain in effect until further order of the Courts.

COVID-19 Emergency

Stevens County Superior Court Courtroom 1 Virtual Courtroom

Stevens County Superior Court Courtroom 2 Virtual Courtroom

Stevens County Superior Court Courtroom 3 Virtual Courtroom

Stevens County Superior Court Administrative Order re Warrant Quash

Stevens County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order Re: Continued Court Operations

Stevens County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order Re: Superior Court Clerk's Office

Stevens County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Civil, Family and Juvenile

Stevens County Superior Court Administrative Order Re Criminal 04-10-20

Stevens Superior County Court COVID-19 Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Stevens District Court

March 17, 2020 – July 6, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Stevens County District Court Administrative Order 2020-3

Stevens County District Court Administrative Order 2020-2

07/31/2020

Stevenson Municipal

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – July 3, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

See:

Stevenson Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-04

Stevenson Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-03

Stevenson Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-02

Stevenson Municipal Court Administrative Order 20-01

07/31/2020

Sumas Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to June 2, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency.

See:

Sumas Municipal Adminstrative Order_2209

Sumas Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-02

07/31/2020

Sumner Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 08:30:AM – December 31, 2020 05:00 PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Court will start resuming in person hearings on June 1, 2020, but the court office will remain closed with services available by phone, email or visiting the website

Sumner Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 07072020

Sumner Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 06-2020

Sumner Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 05042020

Bonney Lake_Sumner Administrative Order

Bonney Lake_Sumner_Eatonville_South_Prairie_Pierce Order 2020-1

Bonney Lake Sumner Municipal Administrative Emergency Order 04_03_20

07/31/2020

Sunnyside Municipal Court

March 20, 2020 – June 1, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Sunnyside Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-2

Sunnyside Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Supreme Court

COVID-19:

Oral arguments scheduled for March 17, 2020 and March 19, 2020 will be rescheduled for the Spring term.

Supreme Court Order Temporarily Closing Temple of Justice

Information About Court Operations During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Nuestros Services Estarán Limitados

Limited Services

07/31/2020

Tacoma Municipal Court

March 18, 2020 – July 6, 2020

Tacoma Municipal Court front counters are CLOSED to the public.

The court will continue to operate internally by providing customer service via telephone and email:

Phone Hours from 8:30 am – 12 noon, M-F
Email Service from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, M-F
Court Phone Number (253) 591-5357
Court Fax Number (253) 591-5301
Email: MunicipalCourt@cityoftacoma.org

Tacoma Municipal Court will suspend all jury trials between March 16 – July 6, 2020

Please see attached General Order for list of operational changes.

Tacoma Municipal Court Amended General Order 2020 07

Tacoma Municipal Court Amended General Order 2020 06

Tacoma Municipal Court Amended General Order 2020 05

Tacoma Municpal Court Amended General Order 2020-04

Tacoma Municipal Court Amended General Order 2020-03

Tacoma Municipal Court Amended General Order 2020-02

Tacoma Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-01

07/31/2020

Tenino Municipal Court

March 15, 2020 – 12:00 PM to July 20, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency.

Tenino Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-4

Tenino Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-3

Tenino Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-2

Tenino Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Thurston County District Court

COVID-19 Emergency.

March 18, 2020 – until further order of the court, Thurston County District Court is open with reduced operations. Please see 2020-003 amended emergency order.

Thurston County District Court Sixth Amended Administrative Order 2020-003 – Emergency Measures

Thurston County District Court Administrative Order 2020-004 – In the Matter of Public Health

07/31/2020

Thurston Superior Court

March 23, 2020 – May 15, 2020 or until further order of the court.

COVID-19 Emergency.

Thurston County Superior Court is open with reduced operations.

Please see refer to emergency order 3 for the most updated information.

Thurston County Emergency Administrative Order No. 1

Thurston County Emergency Administrative Order No. 2

Thurston County Emergency Administrative Order No. 3

07/31/2020

Tukwila Municipal Court

Please note: The building is closed to the public, but the court team will be available remotely Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Emergency

Tukwila Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-2

Tukwila Municipal Court Adminstrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Twisp Municipal Court

March 24, 2020 – 8:00 AM to May 31, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

Twisp County Municipal Administrative Order 2020-001

07/31/2020

Upper Kittitas District Court

March 16, 2020 08:00:AM – December 31, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency: The Court office will remain open.

UPPER KITTITAS COUNTY DISTRICT COURT has issued Emergency Administrative Order limiting calendars and continuing jury trials until further Order of the Court. Please refer to Emergency Administrative Order for complete information.

Upper Kirritas District Court Emergency Administrative Order 05062020

Upper Kittitas District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020

Upper Kittitas District Court Amended Emergency Administrative Order 2020

Upper Kittitas County Emergency Administrative Order UKD.

Upper Kittitas County Amended Emergency Administrative Order UKD 2020_03_23

07/31/2020

Wahkiakum District Court

March 16, 2020 – November 30, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Wahkiakum County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 4-20

Wahkiakum District Court General Order 3-20

07/31/2020

Walla Walla District Court

March 16, 2020 4:00 PM – June 5, 2020 5:00 PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Walla Walla District Court Third Amended Administrative Order 20-004

Walla Walla District Court Second Amended Administrative Order 20-003

Walla Walla District Court AMENDED Administrative Order 20-001

Walla Walla District Court Administrative Order 20-001

07/31/2020

Walla Walla Superior Court

March 16, 2020 8:00:AM – July 5, 2020 9:00 AM

COVID-19 Emergency

Courthouse hours have changed to 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Walla Walla County Superior Amended Emergency Order 20-5

Walla Walla Superior Court Amended Emergency Order 20-03

Walla Walla Superior Court Amended Emergency Order 20-3

Walla Walla Superior Court Amended Emergency Order 20-2 with Attachment

Walla Walla Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 20-1

Walla Walla Superior Court Administrative Order Amendment

07/31/2020

Wapato Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 – June 7, 2020

COVID-19

Wapato Municipal Court Administrative Order

07/31/2020

West Klickitat District Court

March 17, 2020 8:00AM – September 1, 2020 5:00PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Please see Administrative Order:

West Klickitat District Court Covid Emergency Order 2020-005

West Klickitat County District Court Emergency Administrator Order 2020-004

West Klickitat County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-003

West Klickitat County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-002

West Klickitat County District Court Emergency Administrative Order

07/31/2020

Westport Municipal Court

March 16, 2020 – 8:00 AM to June 5, 2020 – 8:00 AM

COVID-19 Emergency

Court Office will remain open

See:

Westport Municipal Administrative Order 2020-2

Westport Municipal Administrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Whatcom County Superior Court

COVID-19 Emergency

March 11, 2020 to July 6, 2020

Cancelation and Suspension of Jury Trials extended through July 6, 2020.

Significant reduction in court activities. Reductions can be viewed at: http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/1944/Superior-Court-Clerk

Update:

Whatcom County Superior Court Sixth Administrative Order

Whatcom County Superior Court Fifth Administrative Order

Whatcom County Superior Court Fourth Administrative Order

Whatcom County Superior Court Second Administrative Order 3.31.2020

Whatcom County Superior Court Second Administrative Order

Whatcom County Superior Court Administrative Order Re: Drug Court

07/31/2020

Whitman County District Court

March 17, 2020 – March 31, 2021

COVID-19 Emergency

Whitman County District Court Third Emergency Administrative Order

Whitman County District Court Emergency Administrative Order 05052020

Whitman County District Court Emergency Adminstrative Order

07/31/2020

Whitman Superior Court

March 16, 2020 – December 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Whitman County Superior Court Courtroom Safety Order and First Amended Whitman County Superior Court Courtroom Safety Order Re: Jury Trials

Whitman County Superior Court Emergency Order 2020-5004

Whitman County Superior Court Emergency Order 01

07/31/2020

Winlock Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 – May 31, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Winlock Municipal Court Administrative Order GR 21

07/31/2020

Winthrop Municipal Court

March 24, 2020 – 8:00 AM to September 1, 2020 – 5:00 PM.

COVID-19 Emergency

07/31/2020

Yakima District Court

March 16, 2020 06:00:PM – Until further notice

COVID-19 Emergency

Note that this order extends the June 11, 2020 order. There is no end date on this order, rather, it will be reviewed weekly.

Yakima County District Court GR 21 Order 06262020

GR 21 Order signed on June 9, 2020 rescinds previously issued order entered on March 16, 2020.

Yakima County District Court General Order GR21 Effective June 11, 2020

Yakima County District Court Emergency Supplemental Administrative Order GR21

Yakima District Court Modified General Order GR21 signed March 20, 2020

Yakima District Court General Order GR21

See attached order below closing the Grandview location for Yakima County District Court for Thursday and Friday, June 11th and June 12th. This is being done in response to a COVID exposure. We will re-evaluate the re-opening of Grandview by Monday June 15th.

Grandview Closure – Administrative Order 20-01

07/31/2020

Yakima Superior Court

March 16, 2020 06:00:PM – August 1, 2020 05:00:PM

COVID-19 Emergency

Yakima County Superior Court General Order No. 5 Order Supplementing Order Entered May 1, 2020 (Superior Court Only)

Yakima County Superior Court General Order No. 4 Supplementing Orders Entered March 16, 2020 and March 30, 2020 (Superior Court Only)

Yakima County Superior Court General Order No. 3 Supplementing GR21 Order Entered March 16, 2020 (Superior Court Only)

Yakima County Superior Court General Order GR21

07/31/2020

Yelm Municipal Court

March 17, 2020 – May 12, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Yelm Municipal Court Signed Emergency AdministrativeOrder 2020-3

Yelm Municipal Court Emergency Administrative Order 2020-2

Yelm Municipal Court Emergency Adminstrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020

Zillah Municipal Court

March 20, 2020 – July 6, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency

Zillah Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-2

Zillah Municipal Court Administrative Order 2020-1

07/31/2020
CA Appellate Courts

1st District

Because of the emergency due to the COVID-19 virus, and in cooperation with the orders of various Bay Area county departments of public health, the court is operating remotely, with few staff at the courthouse. The court will continue to receive correspondence and filings both via paper and electronically. All paper filings, including emergency writs, may be made by dropping them in the secure drop box at the entrance to our clerk’s office at 350 McAllister Street in San Francisco. Access to the court by phone will be limited.

The court has obtained two Emergency Orders (Emergency Order 1 / Emergency Order 2) from the chair of the Judicial Council, permitting it to issue orders extending the time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court, and has, by Orders dated April 9 and April 15, done so.

Pursuant to Misc. Order 2020-1, all in-person oral argument sessions in the Court of Appeal, First District, are suspended. Counsel who choose to present oral argument must do so telephonically.

Any further updates will be communicated through the court’s website, both in this place, and in the “Latest News,” below on this page, as appropriate.

07/31/2020

2nd District

The Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. The court is following guidance provided by the Judicial Council, the Department of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus.

Because of the emergency due to the COVID-19 virus, the court is operating remotely with reduced staff present at the Court. Questions directed to the clerk’s office should be made via e-mail at http://www.courts.ca.gov/25071.htm

The court will continue to receive correspondence and filings both via paper and electronically. All paper filings submitted by self-represented litigants, including emergency writs, may be made by dropping them in a drop box at the entrance to the clerk’s office. An order was issued on March 16, 2020 suspending all in-person oral argument in Los Angeles. Counsel will appear remotely via video conference, by telephone conference, or by other electronic means as available and arranged by the clerk’s office.

On April 9, 2020, the Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council issued an Emergency OrderPDF file type icon applying the provisions of amended rule 8.66 of the California Rules of Court retroactively to this court’s current implementation order. This court’s order authorizing retroactive application of amended rule 8.66 can be viewed under Latest News.

These adjustments will remain in place until, by further order, it is determined to be prudent to resume normal procedures.

07/31/2020

3rd District

Following the recommendations of the Department of General Services (DGS) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in Sacramento is closed Tuesday, June 2, 2020. E-filing is still available through the court’s website. The court will continue to monitor the situation and review recommendations from DGS and the CHP.

The Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. The court is following guidance provided by the Judicial Council, the Department of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus.

Further, the court has obtained an Emergency Order from the Chair of the Judicial Council permitting it to issue an order extending the time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court, which it has done by Order dated April 13, 2020.

On April 15, 2020, the court obtained an Emergency Order from the Chair of the Judicial Council permitting it to issue an order extending by no more than 30 days the time periods occurring between April 20 and May 18, 2020, which it has done by Order dated April 17, 2020. Second extensions of time are limited to acts and events that occur prior to the filing of a decision by the Court of Appeal.

Any further updates will be communicated through the court’s website, both here and in Latest News below, as appropriate.

07/31/2020

4th District

The Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. The court is following guidance provided by the Judicial Council, the Department of Public Health, and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus.

Because of the emergency due to the COVID-19 virus, and in response to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20, the court is operating remotely, with few staff at the courthouse. The court will continue to receive correspondence and filings both via paper and electronically. Access to the court by phone will be limited.

The court has obtained two Emergency Orders (Emergency Order 1/Emergency Order 2) from the chair of the Judicial Council, permitting it to issue orders extending the time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court, and has, by Orders dated April 9 and April 15, done so. Any further updates will be communicated through the court’s website, both in this place, and in the “Latest News,” below on this page, as appropriate.

07/31/2020

5th District

The Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. The Court is following guidance provided by the Judicial Council, the Department of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus.
The Court has issued an order suspending all in-person oral argument. This order supersedes the order dated March 17, 2020. Telephonic appearances can be arranged at CourtCall.com, External link icon. Video appearances will be arranged by the Court. As always, oral arguments can be viewed live on the Court’s website using the “Oral Argument Webcast” button.

The Court has obtained Emergency Orders (Emergency Order 1/Emergency Order 2) from the Chair of the Judicial Council permitting it to issue an order extending the time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court, which it has done by orders dated March 23, 2020, April 13, 2020, and April 16, 2020.

NOTE: Juvenile dependency matters are excluded from the April 16 order. See order dated April 20, 2020.

07/31/2020

6th District

The Sixth District Court of Appeal has made the following adjustments for the health of the public and its employees in light of the COVID-19 health emergency, and in cooperation with the orders of Governor Newsom issued March 27, 2020, and of the Director of the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health issued March 31, 2020:

The court has obtained a second emergency order from the Chair of the Judicial Council permitting it to extend all time periods specified by the California Rules of Court that occur during the time period between April 20, 2020, through and including May 18, 2020, and has by order dated April 16, 2020 done so.

Pursuant to Misc. Order 20-002 oral argument sessions in the Sixth District Court of Appeal are being conducted telephonically. Court proceedings will be open to the public and members of the press telephonically.

The Clerk’s Office window is temporarily closed. However, court operations are functional. The court continues to receive phone calls, correspondence by email and U.S. Mail, and electronic filings. If you are unable to file your papers electronically, you may drop off paper filings, including emergency writs, in the drop box located on the 10th floor at 333 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, California, next to the Sixth District Court of Appeal Clerk’s Office entrance. If you need to review a document filed in this court, please contact the Clerk’s Office via phone at 408-277-1004 or email at Sixth.District@jud.ca.gov to make an appointment.

07/31/2020

9th District

Courthouses are closed to the public during non-court weeks. Attorneys and parties who have access to CM/ECF are strongly encouraged to use it for everything, including new petitions for review and original proceedings. Arguments currently scheduled in April, and May 2020 are being evaluated one at a time and orders will issue in those cases giving direction to the parties.

07/31/2020
WA Appellate Courts

Division I

Clerk’s office shall be closed to the public and all in-person hearings are suspended until further order of the Court. 07/31/2020

Division II

Pursuant to an Emergency Order, the offices of the Court of Appeals, Division 2 will be closed to the public until July 31, 2020, unless otherwise ordered by the court. All business with the court shall continue using the telephone, email, regular mail, and other available means that do not require physical entry of the public into the offices of the court.

07/31/2020

Division III

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 the Court of Appeals, Division III public lobby hours will be reduced to 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. daily until further order of the court. During the foregoing hours of operation, public access shall be limited to business interactions with the clerk’s office. Attorneys and individuals having business with the court shall reduce in-person interactions with the court to the maximum extent possible. Court filings continue to be accepted in the following manner:

  • Washington State Appellate Courts’ Portal (electronic filing) at no cost to the filer – https://ac.courts.wa.gov/
  • FAX pursuant to Washington Court General Rule 17 – 509-456-4288
  • U.S. Postal Service – 500 N Cedar Street, Spokane, WA 99201
  • All in-person oral arguments are cancelled until further notice. Parties to cases currently scheduled for in-person argument will be notified as to whether their cases will be considered without oral argument or telephonically.

07/31/2020

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