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Updates and Information Regarding Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

The Santa Clara County Superior Court is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community while performing our Constitutional duties. Following guidelines provided by the County of Santa Clara’s “shelter in place” orders effective Tuesday, March 17 at 12:01 AM and the Governor’s order effective March 19, 2020, the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara has suspended all non-essential functions for three weeks or until such time as the orders are extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended. Currently, 17 departments and four courthouses continue to hear matters on a limited number of case types.

General Orders of the Presiding Judge

General Order Courthouse Entry (March 23, 2020)

General Order CRC 10.500 Requests (March 23, 2020)

General Order Access to Ex-Parte (March 23, 2020)

General Order Emergency Relief #2 (March 18, 2020)

General Order Emergency Relief #1 (March 18, 2020)

General Order Emergency Relief (March 16, 2020)


Press Releases

March 27, 2020 Public Access to Court for Emergency Motions

March 27, 2020 March 27, 2020 Unlawful Detainer (Evictions) Information

March 26, 2020 Traffic Court Information

March 24, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Restricts Visitors Entering the Courthouse

March 17, 2020 Superior Court Operations During Shelter in Place

March 13, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Issues Emergency Orders

March 12, 2020 Traffic Court Payments by Phone

March 09, 2020 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information


All clerk’s office functions, including the Self-Help Center, will be closed to the public while the order remains in place.

Contact the Court

Parties, attorneys, and jurors with questions should email or call 408-882-2700 (press 8 then 0) and provide the following information to request a continuance or deferral: name, case number or juror number, current mailing address, telephone number, date, time and location of appearance Prospective jurors who have received notice to report during the weeks of 3/23, and 3/30 will be excused from service and must not report to Court. Empaneled jurors already in trial will receive instruction on when and where to report for duty on a case by case basis.

The Court has determined that only these essential functions will go forward during this time:



Essential Functions

Criminal Courthouse
Hall of Justice

190 West Hedding St.
San Jose CA, 95110
7 courtrooms In Custody Arraignments - including:
Misdemeanors / Felonies / Domestic Violence / Violations of Parole

In and out of Custody Arraignments: Family Violence

Time Not Waived Preliminary Hearings

Collaborative Courts Violations of Parole
Family Justice
Center Courthouse

201 North First St.
San Jose CA 95113
2 courtrooms Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
1 courtroom Juvenile Dependency Detentions
1 courtroom Mental Health Emergency Review
Civil Courthouse
Downtown Superior

191 North First St.
San Jose, CA 95113
1 courtroom Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
1 courtroom Mental Health Conservatorships
1 courtroom Conservatorship and Elder Abuse
1 courtroom Writ Temporary Restraining Orders
Juvenile Justice

840 Guadalupe Parkway
San Jose, CA 95110
1 courtroom Juvenile Detentions

Options to avoid physically coming to a courthouse

If you are currently experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (or any flu-like symptoms) and have business with the Court, please consider the following options that are available to you to minimize the need to come to a courthouse:


During this time the Court strongly encourages the practice of social distancing and the use of CourtCall (1-888-88-COURT) to appear telephonically, as permitted by law under California Rules of Court, rule 3.670, whenever possible.

As courts are allowing more telephonic appearances and shortening the related scheduling deadlines in response to the COVID-19 crisis, CourtCall will waive any and all late fees that it is otherwise entitled to collect in any and all courts served in the United States and Canada for all CourtCall Appearances scheduled between March 12, 2020 and April 30, 2020.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the following webpages:

FAQs about the Local Health Officer Shelter in Place Order

Shelter in Place FAQ-English 

Shelter in Place FAQ-Chinese 

Shelter in Place FAQ-Spanish 

Shelter in Place FAQ-Vietnamese 

Shelter in Place FAQ-Tagalog 

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