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More than two months after the closing of most of the courts in Southern California, we are starting to see courts beginning to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though some courts have begun to resume operations, by no means should we take this as a sign that the emergency has subsided. Most courts will require that you wear a face covering and maintain social distancing guidelines as a condition of entering the courthouse. We encourage all of you to continue to follow the directives of the state and local governments in your area.

Here are the updates as of May 29, 2020:

The Orange County Superior Court has re-opened courthouses for limited services as of May 26, 2020. Members of the public should only visit a courthouse if they have been notified by the Court that they have a hearing scheduled on their matter. The public service windows remain closed. For more information on how courts are handling various types of cases, you can read the court’s latest releases here.

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California is issuing emergency orders upon request from each county’s presiding judge. These orders allow the courts to manage a reduction in judicial services. Each court is authorized to limit its operations as necessary to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 disease. We will be monitoring court rescheduling and closures on this page.

Here are the updates as of March 25, 2020:

The Orange County Superior Court announced that the court will be closed at all locations from March 23, 2020 until further notice. The effect will be that for most types of cases, the closure will be considered a court holiday for purposes of scheduling. The following types of civil hearings will still be conducted:

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