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:
The court will be available for the following Civil related services:
- Civil Temporary Restraining Orders
- Emergency Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO)
- Emergency Ex-parte Lock-out Matters (Unlawful Detainer)
- Emergency Civil Temporary Injunctions (CRC 3.1150)
All other civil hearings, including court and jury trials, will not be conducted for a minimum of 60 days.
For more information on how the closures will affect the calendar of various types of cases, you can read the court’s latest release here.
The Los Angeles County Superior Court is closing all courthouses from March 23, 2020 until further notice. All judges, attorneys, courtroom staff and bailiffs must quarantine for 14 days. If you have notice for jury duty at anytime between March 23 and April 6, your service is canceled. Jurors scheduled for service during this time period should not report for jury service and do not need to take further action including registering for jury service or checking reporting instructions.
The San Bernardino Superior Court has closed most courthouses between March 17, 2020 and April 2, 2020, including Barstow, Big Bear, Fontana, Needles, and Rancho Cucamonga. Other courthouses in the county are limited to emergency matters and are reducing the number of courtrooms hearing criminal and family law matters and are limiting court hours to 8:30 to noon. The San Bernardino Justice Center will have one courtroom for all civil matters on restricted hours.
The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services at all courthouses beginning March 17, 2020 through April 3, 2020. For information about services that may still be available, you can read the court’s latest update from March 19, 2020 here.
The Santa Barbara County Superior Court is closed until March 27, 2020 and has rescheduled most matters until after April 3, 2020. During this time, the court will only hold criminal arraignment (hearing only in-custody matters) and juvenile matters in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara courthouses. Please read the court’s news release here for more information
The Ventura County Superior Court closed all courthouses as of March 23, 2020 and are scheduled to reopen on April 17, 2020. Additionally, all those with jury duty scheduled through March 31 have been excused and credited with one year of service. All civil and non-emergency hearings are suspended for 90 days. For more information, you can read the court’s update here.
In addition to the state courts, the United Stated District Court for the Central District of California is closed at all locations until May 1, 2020. All civil matters except for emergency hearings are postponed, and those matters still to be heard will be conducted via telephonic hearing. For criminal cases, criminal duty matters will go forward at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Los Angeles only. Telephonic hearings on other criminal matters may proceed as directed by the assigned judicial officer. For more information, please view the court’s annoucement here.
We will keep updating this page with more information as it becomes available. Stay safe, everyone.