The State of California Supreme Court issued a directive to close courts due to the existence of the Coronavirus and Covid-19 epidemic.
The CA Supreme court also left it up to each county to set their own policies, so Los Angeles policies are different from other counties in California.
Los Angeles courts handling DUI cases have decided to do the following (from lacourt.org):
- Immediately cause the suspension of any and all Criminal or Civil jury or non-jury trials per the Court’s March 19, 2020 Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge re: COVID-19 Pandemic, including Unlawful Detainer trials, until further notice;
- With all Criminal cases, including all Los Angeles DUI cases, a 90-day continuance of any and all status reports and progress reports;
- The Courts will continue immediately any and all Criminal Misdemeanor cases with out-of-custody defendants, for 90 days, unless otherwise statutorily required;
- Bail review hearings under Penal Code section 1275 for any and all Misdemeanor or Felony pretrial detainees will be deemed a priority matter on the court’s calendar for the next 60 days; and
- Social distancing of at least six (6) feet shall be enforced in all courthouses and courtrooms, to the extent possible.
Presiding Judge Issues New General Order Restricting Courthouse Access to Authorized Parties Only Through June 22, 2020. Authorized persons include but is not limited to news reporters and news media representatives.
Effective Today, Order Delays Criminal and Civil Cases While Prioritizing Bail Review Hearings for the Next 60 Days
Judges, Attorneys, Courtroom Staff and Bailiff Must Quarantine for 14 Days
Effective March 23, 2020, and until further notice, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County will close the Clerk’s Offices at all 38 courthouses in response to the COVID-19 public health threat. Most courthouses, except the Beverly Hills and Catalina courthouses, will remain open for time-sensitive, essential court hearings and matters in accordance with Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile’s General Orders.
Administrative and General Orders
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER OF THE PRESIDING JUDGE RE COVID-19 PANDEMIC (03/17/2020) NOTICE TO JURORS Please be advised that jury service has been canceled for all jurors with a service week of March 23, 2020 through and including the week of April 6, 2020.
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.
If you have any questions, please call 213 972-0970 during regular business hours as listed on your summons.SUPERIOR COURT OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY TO REOPEN AS OF FRIDAY, MARCH 20, FOR ESSENTIAL AND EMERGENCY FUNCTIONS
36 of 38 Courthouses Will Open at 8:30 a.m.
Nearly 400 courtrooms will Remain Closed At Least Through April 16, 2020
Authority to Continue Traffic Matters Stems from Presiding Judge Brazile’s March 17 Implementation OrderSUPERIOR COURT OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY TO SCALE DOWN OPERATIONS (DATED MARCH 15, 2020)
All Civil and Criminal Trials are Suspended through April 16.
Order will Keep the Court Open for Emergency and Essential Matters.
No Jurors are to Report Until April 16.
Child Waiting Rooms Are Closed Until Further Notice. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever ▪ cough ▪ difficulty breathing,) or believe you have been exposed to the virus, please do not come to the courthouse. If you are required to report or appear in court, please review these directions: PARTY/ATTORNEY/WITNESS If you are a party to a case (plaintiff/petitioner, defendant/respondent), an attorney, or a witness and do not feel well or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, and are scheduled for a court hearing, please contact the courtroom where your matter is being heard. Courtroom contact information can be found by visiting the Courthouse Directory (http://www.lacourt.org/courtroom/UI/Courtrooms.aspx) and scrolling down to your assigned courthouse. LITIGANTS SEEKING SELF-HELP SERVICES If you are a litigant who requires self-help services you may call (213) 830-0845 to seek assistance with Restraining Order forms packets over the phone and referrals for additional self-help services. ALL OTHER COURT USERS All other court users who do not feel well or believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should not come to the courthouse. Many transactions can be completed online via the Court’s website at: http://www.lacourt.org UPDATES The Court will post the latest updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19-related impacts to Court operations here, on Twitter (@LASuperiorCourt) and the Public Notice page on our website. Please continue to consult these resources to keep you and your families safe: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html