NEWS/Operations Updates: COVID-19

Superior Court - Changes in Court Operations

Below is a summary of the orders that have been signed the week of March 16-20, 2020.  Please be advised that the orders will likely be modified as the court continues to respond to the COVID-19 situation.  Additional information is contained in the orders listed below.  Also, please be advised that these orders impact court operations for Superior and Juvenile Court. 

March 16, 2020 Emergency Order

March 20, 2020 Emergency Order 

Superior Court – Changes in Court Operations in response to COVID-19
The following court operation changes apply to Superior Court and are effective immediately:

Criminal Matters: 
·        All criminal jury trials are suspended until after April 24, 2020.  
·        All criminal omnibus, readiness and diversion hearings are suspended until further order of the court.
·        Defendants in criminal jury trials scheduled between March 16 and March 31, 2020 shall appear before the court for triage hearing on April 3, 2020 in Jail Courtroom #1 at 9:00 AM unless the Court has entered an agreed order, signed by the defendant and attorneys before that date.
·        All triage hearings set for March 20, 2020 and March 27, 2020 are continued to April 3, 2020 at 9:00 AM.  Defendants are excluded from attendance at all triage hearings until further order of the court.
·        The Superior Court strikes all hearings set for9:00 AM on April 3, 2020, except triage hearings.
·        Trial dates shall be set at arraignments until further order of the court.  
·        Pretrial Services will perform all intake procedures and meetings with clients telephonically.

Domestic/Civil Matters:
·        All civil jury trials are suspended until after April 24, 2020.  
·        All civil and domestic bench trials are cancelled.  They may be renoted with the Court Administrator’s office for trial after April 24, 2020.
·        All civil hearings, including but not limited to family law, guardianships, probate, unlawful detainer, paternity and community motions are stricken and may be noted for hearing after April 24, 2020.
·        All emergency civil hearings presently noted for hearing or all emergency matters that arise before April 24, 2020must be heard telephonically.  *Emergency is defined as: a situation that clearly appears from specific facts shown by affidavit or by the verified complaint that immediate and irreparable injury, loss, or damage will result. If you believe your motions is an emergency, you must confirm the hearing in advance pursuant to existing confirmation procedures.  
·        All domestic violence protection order hearings will be heard telephonically.
·        Civil and domestic ex-parte matters will be handled in chambers.  Orders may be submitted to the Clerk’s office.
·        Settlement conferences scheduled through May 31,2020 will be reset by the Court Administrator. 
·        Domestic status hearings are suspended thru May31, 2020 and will not be reset.
·        On or after April 24, 2020, and until further order of the court, all family law and paternity hearings shall be encouraged to be held telephonically.
·        On or after April 24, 2020, the following procedures shall apply to remaining civil matters, including civil summary judgment motion hearings, guardianship and probate matters, unlawful detainer hearings and community motion hearings:
   o  All pretrial hearings, if possible, shall be heard telephonically.
   o  All parties and attorneys needing to appear telephonically shall call the conference call line     assigned to the hearing/docket.  

Family Court:
·        Appointments with the Family Court Facilitator will be conducted telephonically, until further notice.
·        Divorce orientation will be held telephonically, until further notice.  

Mental Health/Drug Courts:
·        All court hearings will be conducted telephonically. 

NOTICE: If you are feeling ill you should not enter the courthouse.