AMENDED Eighth Court Emergency Response Memo
From Jonathan E. Karesh, Presiding Judge
The COVID-19 crisis continues, with no end in sight. Because of COVID-19, this Court was forced to take definitive action on our provision of court services to the public. As a result, on March 16, 2020, the Court issued a “Second Amended Court’s Emergency Response to Novel Coronavirus Pandemic.” The purpose of this Calendar Memo Order was to temporarily discontinue all courtroom and public services that were deemed non-essential. The plan substantially reduced the number of visits by the public to the courthouse and minimized exposure to our court judicial officers and staff, who had to maintain our court services. Additional calendar memo orders were issued after the March 16th Order, most recently on August 31, 2020.
With the gradual opening of the state, most judges returned to work in June. Most of the staff who had been sheltering at home have returned to work. By issuing this Eighth Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order, the Court balances the necessity of court operations to resume while protecting its employees and the public to the greatest extent possible.
Due to number of people testing positive for the virus, the Court has decided to delay any further reopening of its calendars. Therefore, the Court hereby reissues and extends its August 31, 2020 Amended Seventh Court Emergency Response Calendar Memo Order to continue to do the following:
- Curtail court calendars, but safely hear certain court calendars that had been
- Suspend Civil, Family Law, LPS and time waived misdemeanor trials through October 30, 2020.
- The Court will continue to only hear time-not-waived felony trials, time-not-waived misdemeanor trials and time waived felony
- Effective October 13, 2020, the Court will hear Unlawful Detainer trials. The Court will hear Unlawful Detainer Pretrial Conferences starting on October 8,
With this Order, this Court reestablishes the following changes, which originally took effect on March 17, 2020, through October 30, 2020.