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Updated Notice on COVID-19

3rd General Order re Implementation of Emergency Relief 4_8_20

2nd General Order Implementation 4_3_20

Memo to Justice Partners re JC Statewide Emergency Bail Schedule 4_8_20

Emergency Order Bail Schedule 4_1_20

Do I Need to Appear in Court

Updated Jury Services Notice

Information Re: Limited Drop Box/Drop Window Access During COVID-19 Pandemic

Information for Parents Sharing Custody During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Frequently Asked Questions

Criminal

Does the defendant need to appear for court date?
All out of custody cases will be rescheduled, except a limited number of cases. Defendants will receive a notice in the mail with a new court date if the case has been rescheduled. Defendants may also be able to find the new court date on the courts website.
I have an attorney. Do I still have to appear?
Contact your attorney and update your contact information with them. Preliminary Hearings may still be heard. Contact your attorney for the status of your hearing.
How will the defendant be notified of the continuance date?
Defendants who are not represented by an attorney will receive a notice in the mail with a new court date. Defendants may also visit the court’s website for updated court date information.
Someone I know has a court date. Am I able to attend the hearing?
No audience will be allowed into the courtrooms.
I am a witness on a case. Do I still need to show up?
Contact the party that sent you the subpoena.
My court date was scheduled at the Lodi Branch or Manteca Branch. When and where will it be heard?
Lodi and Manteca calendars will be rescheduled, except for some Preliminary Hearings, which will be heard in 7B. Defendants with all other out of custody hearings will receive a notice in the mail with a new court date. Defendants may also visit the courts website for updated court date information.
Do I still report to jail?
Visit the jail’s website for any updated information (sjgov.org/sheriff) on your commitment.

Juvenile – French Camp

Will my case still be heard?
• Only minors that are currently in-custody or detained will have their cases heard. – Parents and guardians will be allowed into the courtroom. • If a minor is wearing an ankle bracelet, the case may also be heard in court. – Parents should contact the attorney. – Minor, parents, or guardians may be allowed into the courtroom. • If you are not being held at Juvenile Hall now, not wearing an ankle bracelet, or have a traffic matter, then your case will be rescheduled. – If you have an attorney, contact for status of your case. – If you do not have an attorney, you will receive notice in the mail.
I do not have an attorney. Do I still have to appear?
You will receive notice of your new court date in the mail.
Someone I know has a court date. Am I able to attend the hearing?
Only parents, guardians, or victims will be allowed into the courtroom for hearings. No other persons will be allowed into the courthouse during this time.
I am a witness on a case. Do I still need to show up?
Contact the party that sent you the subpoena.

Civil

When will the court reopen?
Please refer to the Court’s website for updates regarding the court’s return to regular operations.
I have a civil matter scheduled between April 6 and May 1, 2020.

The hearings for all civil Case management conferences, Further case management conferences, and Trial setting conferences from April 1, 2020  through May 1, 2020 are hereby continued to a new hearing date 8 weeks from the previous hearing date, hearing times shall remain the same.  Parties can verify the new hearing dates for these matters through the online cases management system.

The hearings for all law and motion matters from April 1, 2020  through May 1, 2020 are hereby continued to a new hearing date which shall be 60 days or more from the previous hearing date.  The new hearing dates shall be published in the tentative rulings that are posted to the court’s website, www.sjcourts.org.  Parties can also verify the new hearing dates for these matters through the online cases management system.

The hearings for all Claims of Exemption and Appearance and Examinations of Judgment from April 1, 2020  through May 1, 2020 are hereby continued to a new hearing date which shall be 60 days or more from the previous hearing date.  The new hearing dates shall be published in the tentative rulings that are posted to the court’s website, www.sjcourts.org.  Parties can also verify the new hearing dates for these matters through the online cases management system.

The hearings for all settlement conferences from April 1, 2020  through May 1, 2020 are hereby continued to a new hearing date which shall be 60 days or more from the previous hearing date.  The new hearing dates shall be published in the tentative rulings that are posted to the court’s website, www.sjcourts.org.  Parties can also verify the new hearing dates for these matters through the online cases management system.

The trial dates for all civil trials from April 1, 2020  through May 1, 2020 are hereby continued to a new trial date which shall be 60 days or more from the previous date.  The new hearing dates shall be published in the tentative rulings that are posted to the court’s website, www.sjcourts.org.  Parties can also verify the new hearing dates for these matters through the online cases management system.

How will this affect my trial date for my UD case? It’s supposed to be heard within 20 days.
The General Order the Court is operating under provides for certain matters, including UDs, to be heard outside of the statutory time frame. The Court will mail a new notice of hearing to all parties.
How will this affect my trial date for my small claims case?
The General Order the Court is operating under provides for certain matters, including Small Claims, to be heard outside of the statutory time frame. Please access the case management system to check for your new hearing date.
I turned the paperwork in to file during the court closure how long will it take to process?
The Court is only accepting limited documents related to protective orders and emergency hearings for Conservatorships and Guardianships, Criminal Complaints, Informations, and Motions or Subsequent filings on TNW preliminary hearings via dropbox. All others can be mailed or delivered in person after the Court returns to normal operations.
How long will it take to get my new case opened? Will the statute be extended if the documents were submitted during the closure?
New cases will be initiated upon the Court’s return to regular operations. Documents provided to the Court during the closure will not be negatively affected as to statute considering and there are no other issues to be determined as to statute by the judicial officer at a later time.
Will I get an extension on my civil harassment orders?
Yes. The Petitioner will be provided an Order on Request to Continue Hearing (Temporary Restraining Order) which will extend the temporary orders to a new hearing date. This will need to be served upon the Respondent.
What will happen to deadlines for filings of civil documents? (ex: Motions, replies, opps. etc.)
If specific due dates were given, you will need to check with the department your case is assigned to once the court returns to regular operations.
Questions verifying hearing dates.
If represented by counsel, you may contact your attorney. If your case is of a non-confidential nature, you can check the Court’s case management system to verify the hearing date or you can wait for a new notice of hearing via the mail.

Records Management

Can I get copies of records?
At this time the Records division is accepting but not processing mail. All mail will be processed in date order received once court operations resume.
What happens to the files I requested for a viewing?
Files requested and programmed to be viewed between March 16 and March 18, 2020, will be held. If you requested a file after March 18, 2020, we will hold the file and provide a date to view it after the court re-opens. This date could change in the future please check back for any updated information.
Can I order copies by phone?
No, at this time we do not take requests for copies by phone.
Can I order and pay for copies by phone or on-line?
No, at this time we do not accept payment on the phone or payments on-line.
I am a government agency how do I get copies? Is there a fee?
If you are a State of California Government Office we will waive the cost of copies of court records. If you are a Federal Government Office we will waive the cost of copies of court records. The court does not waive copy fees for City, County or Out of State Government offices. Our office will provide an invoice for the payment of fees.
How soon can I expect my copies?
All copy requests are processed within 15 days from the date of receipt in the office. Please check the Records web page for further details about turn-around time.
Can I expedite my request?
No, the court does not have “Rush” processing. All requests are processed in the date order received.
Can I pay for overnight shipping?
Yes, you can submit an overnight shipping label with the request.
Can you return my copies via expedited shipping?
No, the court does not pay for expedited shipping.

Traffic

I received a traffic citation and my appearance date on the citation is a date when the Court is closed. What should I do?
If you have received a courtesy notice from the Court, please follow the directions on the notice. If you have not received a courtesy notice from the Court, you may go to our website by clicking on the link above to go to our website homepage and then click on the Red Online Payments button. Enter your citation number and click on search. If your citation has been entered in the court’s case management system, you will be given options on how to pay for your citation. If your citation has not been entered in our case management system, you will be given an option to receive a text or e-mail notification when we have entered your citation. You may sign up for this service by entering your last name (no hyphens or spaces), cell phone number, and your e-mail address. If you do not receive a text or e-mail within three weeks, please check our website again.
I have a scheduled traffic hearing during the Court closure due to COVID-19. What should I do?

For an Infraction, 

The case will be rescheduled at least 13 weeks out. Please check the case management system on the public website at https://cms.sjcourts.org/fullcourtweb/start.do for your rescheduled hearing date.  

For a Misdemeanor, 

Within several weeks, the Court will mail you a written notice setting forth the date and time of your continued hearing.

My traffic fine is due during the Court closure, how can I get an extension or pay my fine?
We are currently unable to extend payment due dates. However, you may contact the Court after we reopen and we will provide you an extension at that time. You may pay your fine online by clicking on Home and then clicking on the Red Online Payments Button.
I want to make a court date for my ticket over the phone or by walking in.
We are currently unable to schedule a court date over the phone or in person. Please contact the court when we reopen to schedule a hearing.
If you have any other questions regarding traffic?
If you have additional questions regarding your citation not addressed above, please visit the Traffic page on our website at https://www.sjcourts.org/divisions/traffic/

Probate

I have an upcoming court date, will the court be open, and do I have to appear?
The probate department is not hearing any matters except emergency ex parte conservatorship and guardianship petitions. All matters set between March 17 – April 3, 2020 are being continued. Notices with the new dates will be mailed.
Can I still file documents?
The only filings we are accepting in probate are emergency ex parte conservatorship or guardianship matters. We are not filing any other documents in probate until at least April 1, 2020.
How do I get/pick-up copies of my paperwork?
If your paperwork was processed before the partial court closure, the copies will be mailed to you upon request. You can make your request at our website https://www.sjcourts.org/divisions/probate/probate-inquiries/ or email us at probate@sjcourts.org. If your paperwork was not processed before the partial closure it will be processed when court fully resumes. All paperwork that has been submitted to the court will be processed as soon as we are able.

Family Law

Do I still have a hearing this week?
The Court will hear cases for Domestic Violence Restraining Orders and Elder Abuse Restraining Orders where the Temporary Orders were denied, if the Temporary Orders were granted, the hearing will be continued. These matters will be heard in Department #4B along with Temporary Emergency Custody Orders.
When will my new hearing date be scheduled?
All matters are being continued to the first available date in the month of May or as soon thereafter. You will receive a notice of your continued hearing date in the mail.
Do I follow the Order and still send my child for visitation with the COVID-19 pandemic and the city shelter-in orders?
Yes, you must follow the current Order or you may be subject to a contempt action.
Will I get in trouble with the court if I choose to not send my child for visitation?
You could be subject to a contempt action.
What forms do I need to file because of the situation I feel scared to let the other party care for my child?
For help with filing documents, please go to our virtual Self-Help Center online at www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm.
I am elderly and with the request of elderly staying home I have a temp order and hearing …do I still have to go?
Only emergency hearings will be held and all other civil matters will be continued. If you have an emergency hearing and are unable to appear in person, you may appear telephonically through CourtCall (888) 882-6878 or www.courtcall.com.
I had a hearing and judge said he was going to mail me the minute order that shows support issued to me and I have not received anything yet. When will I get my Order?
The only Orders being processed are emergency Orders all others will be processed and filed when the Court reopens to the public.
I need a copy of a document, can I come get one?
For copies please refer to the FAQ’s for Records Management.
Where can I get help with my documents since the Self-Help office is closed?
For help with filing documents, please go to our virtual Self-Help Center online at www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm.
I need to file, but when I tried to come to the courthouse I wasn’t let in, what do I do?
You may mail your documents to the Court for filing and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of the documents to you. The documents will be filed once the Court reopens.
When will the Court be open?
Please refer to the Court’s website for updates regarding the court’s return to regular operations.

Jury Services

Do I have to come in for jury service during the court closure due to COVID-19?
No. Jurors summoned for service from March 23, 2020, going forward, are being excused on a weekly basis until limited operations restrictions are lifted.
Can I request to be postponed over to a later date?
Yes. You can request a postponement on our website https://juryweb.sjcourts.org or email jury room staff at jurycontact@sjcourts.org.
How can I get proof that I previously served to provide to my employer?
Email jury staff at jurycontact@sjcourts.org and request verification of service. In your email, provide your full name, date of birth, and badge number if you have it.
I have been summoned for a couple of months from now. Will court operations be back to normal by then?
Reference the Court’s website https://www.sjcourts.org/divisions/jury-service/ for operation updates and to check your reporting status.
I sent in a request to be excused. Are these being processed at this time?
Yes, requests are being processed and notifications are being mailed out. You can also email our jury room staff at jurycontact@sjcourts.org for verification.

General Activities

Where to direct Accounts Payables inquiries?
All Accounts Payable questions can be referred to acctspayable@slcourts.org.
If you have questions regarding your tax refund being intercepted by the Franchise Tax Board?
Please call MSB at (512) 371-9995. For traffic payment collection questions, please call MSB at (512) 371-9995. For all other traffic collection questions, please send an email to dsmith@sjcourts.org.