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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 and Governor Newsom’s executive order, the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara has suspended all non-essential functions until such time as the orders are extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended.

Currently, 25 departments and four courthouses continue to hear matters on a limited number of case types. At this time, the Palo Alto and Morgan Hill Courthouses are completely closed to the public and no hearings are taking place at these locations.

See the steps that the Superior Court is taking to protect the safety of everyone who enters the courthouse.
Watch the video here: Safe In Court Video.

This page provides updates and information regarding Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), including:

  1. Temporary Emergency Orders of the Judicial Council of California
  2. General Orders of the Presiding Judge
  3. Court Division Orders and Notices
  4. Press Releases
  5. Contact the Court
  6. Changes to Court Operations
  7. Court FAQs
  8. Judicial Proceedings / Court Hearings
  9. Options to Avoid Physically Coming to a Courthouse
  10. CourtCall
  11. COVID-19 Resources
  12. FAQs about the Local Health Officer Shelter in Place Order
  13. Social Distancing Protocols: Site-Specific Protection Plans

1. Temporary Emergency Orders of the Judicial Council of California

Temporary Emergency Orders of the Judicial Council of California (April 6, 2020)

2. General Orders of the Presiding Judge

General Order RE: Extension of Criminal Trials (September 10, 2020)

Order Approving Electronic Signatures for Department of Child Support Services (September 4, 2020)

General Order Re: Unlawful Detainers and Juvenile Justice Filings (September 1, 2020)

General Order Extending Bail Schedule (August 26, 2020)

General Order Re: Criminal Trials Deadlines Extended (August 12, 2020)

General Order Re: Civil Grand Jury Transition (August 10, 2020)

Amended General Order Re: Business Office Hours Effective August 17, 2020 (August 10, 2020)

General Order Re: Business Office Hours Effective August 17, 2020 (August 7, 2020)

General Order Re: Unlawful Detainer, Juvenile Matters Extended to August 31, 2020 (July 31, 2020)

General Order Re: Extending Statutory Deadlines Criminal Trials (July 15, 2020)

General Order: Unlawful Detainers, Juvenile Justice filings (July 1, 2020)

Order – Amended Bail Schedule (June 23, 2020)

Interim Order Re: Bail Schedule Effective June 20, 2020 (June 18, 2020)

General Order Re: Temporary Judge Requirements (June 16, 2020)

General Order Re: Courthouse Access Effective June 15, 2020 (June 11, 2020)

General Order Re: June 1 Court Closure, Unlawful Detainers, Juvenile Matters, and Criminal Trials (June 2, 2020)

Order Re: Closure of Santa Clara Superior Court on June 1, 2020 (June 1, 2020)

General Order Juvenile Matters (May 18, 2020)

General Order Re: Face Coverings Required in Courthouses (May 12, 2020)

General Order on Court Operations with Attached Table (May 8, 2020)

General Order Re: Complex Civil Actions (May 6, 2020)

General Order Re: Release of Hold Upon Arrangement of Payment Plan (May 01, 2020)

Santa Clara Implementation Order for PC 825 and 859b (May 01, 2020)

General Order Emergency Relief (April 29, 2020)

General Order Re: Extended Due Dates for Traffic Matters (April 23, 2020)

General Order Juvenile Matters (April 16, 2020)

General Order Statewide Emergency Bail Schedule (April 10, 2020)

General Order on Appearance of Conservatees and Involuntary Patients (April 9,2020)

General Order on Court Operations (April 3, 2020)

General Order Emergency Relief (April 1, 2020)

Order Amending 2020 Bail Schedule (April 1, 2020)

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)

3. Court Division Orders and Notices

APPELLATE Order Date
ORDER: EXTENDING APPELLATE DIVISION DEADLINES March 30, 2020

 

CIVIL Order Date
NOTICE DIVISION OPERATIONS May 1, 2020
CIVIL LOCAL RULE 8 Effective August 25, 2020
CIVIL LOCAL RULE 16 Effective August 25, 2020

 

CRIMINAL Order Date
STANDING ORDER: DEFERRING SURRENDER DATES March 18, 2020
STANDING ORDER: SHERIFF’S OFFICE March 20, 2020

 

FAMILY VIOLENCE CALENDAR

 

FAMILY Order Date
NOTICE: CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION POLICIES April 2, 2020
ORDER: SUPERVISED VISITATION USING REMOTE TECHNOLOGY April 3, 2020
ORDER: REMOTE MEDIATION April 7, 2020
ORDER: COURTCALL April 8, 2020
NOTICE: DIVISION OPERATIONS May 8, 2020
FAMILY RULE 5N & FM-1193 Effective May 26, 2020
NOTICE: TELEPHONIC COURT APPEARANCES FOR CHILD SUPPORT MATTERS IN DEPARTMENT 71 June 2, 2020
ORDER: COURTCALL June 12, 2020
NOTICE: TELEPHONIC COURT APPEARANCES FOR CHILD SUPPORT MATTERS IN DEPARTMENT 70 June 22, 2020
FAMILY RULE 2 & FM-1195 Effective June 23, 2020
FAMILY LOCAL RULE 1M & FM-1196 Effective August 25, 2020
DEPARTMENT 66 CHILD SUPPORT PROTOCOL CALL IN Effective September 22, 2020
FAMILY LOCAL RULE 1H Effective October 1, 2020
FAMILY LOCAL RULE 6 Effective October 1, 2020

 

GENERAL COURT & ADMINISTRATION Order Date
GENERAL COURT AND ADMINISTRATION LOCAL RULE 6 Effective August 25, 2020

 

JUVENILE DEPENDENCY Order Date
ORDER MODIFYING DEPENDENCY COURT-ORDERED VISITATION March 19, 2020
ORDER MODIFYING DEPENDENCY COURT-ORDERED VISITATION April 13, 2020
ORDER MODIFYING DEPENDENCY COURT-ORDERED VISITATION April 30, 2020
ORDER MODIFYING DEPENDENCY COURT-ORDERED VISITATION May 29, 2020

 

JUVENILE JUSTICE Order Date
TEMPORARY PROTOCOL April 1, 2020
TEMPORARY PROTOCOL May 5, 2020
ELECTRONIC MONITORING / COMMUNITY RELEASE PROGRAM PROTOCOL May 5, 2020
ELECTRONIC MONITORING / COMMUNITY RELEASE PROGRAM PROTOCOL May 29, 2020
TEMPORARY PROTOCOL June 1, 2020
TEMPORARY PROTOCOL August 10, 2020

 

PROBATE Order Date
ORDER RE: TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES FOR CONSERVATORSHIP HEARINGS May 15, 2020
ORDER EXTENDING AUTHORIZATION FOR TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE IN ALL COURT HEARINGS UNDER LPS ACT May 14, 2020
ORDER RE: TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES FOR ALL COURT HEARINGS UNDER THE LANTERMAN-PETRIS-SHORT ACT March 24, 2020
GENERAL ORDER ON APPEARANCE OF CONSERVATEES AND INVOLUNTARY PATIENTS April 9, 2020

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4. Press Releases

September 18, 2020 The Santa Clara County Superior Court Bench Elect New Leadership for 2021-2022 

September 17, 2020 Santa Clara County Judicial Officers Leverage Technology to Educate 5th Grade Students about the Constitution 

September 9, 2020 Traffic Court Updates and Information 

September 8, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Welcomes Commissioner Erik S. Johnson to the Bench 

September 2, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Announces CARE COURT: Court for Achieving Re-engagement with Education 

August 27, 2020 Presiding Judge Deborah A. Ryan Honored by the Santa Clara County Bar Association Women Lawyers’ Section 

August 26, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Extends Emergency Bail Schedule To January 31, 2021 

August 17, 2020 Public Notice: Change to Self Help Center and Restraining Order Help Center Hours 

August 10, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Adds New Online Ability to Pay Tool for Traffic Court Defendants 

August 10, 2020 Court Seeks Candidates for Public Watchdog Agency  Recruitment begins for 2021 Civil Grand Jury panel

August 8, 2020 Public Notice: Change to Office Hours for Santa Clara County Superior Court 

August 4, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Convenes Fresh Air Court for Young Adults Deferred Entry of Judgment 

July 22, 2020 Juvenile Justice Youth Win Law Day Poster Contest with Powerful Image of Single Fist 

July 9, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Hosts Program on Criminal Justice Reform: The Color of Justice 

July 8, 2020 Live Chat Now Available for Self-Represented Litigants Seeking Assistance With The Self-Help Center 

June 30, 2020 State Budget Effect on the Santa Clara County Superior Court 

June 24, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Extends Current Bail Schedule To September 1, 2020 

June 18, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Issues Interim Order to Extend Emergency Bail Schedule 

June 18, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Jury Trials to Resume with Enhanced Social Distancing Protocols 

June 17, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Expansion of Judicial Proceedings and Court Services 

May 31, 2020 Presiding Judge Deborah A. Ryan Orders the Closure Of The Santa Clara County Superior Court on June 1, 2020 

May 15, 2020 Juror Appreciation Week in Santa Clara County Superior Court 

May 14, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Requires Use of Face Coverings While in Court 

May 8, 2020 The Santa Clara County Superior Court to Expand Judicial Proceedings and Court Operations in May 

May 6, 2020 Brooke A. Blecher Sworn in as Judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court 

April 28, 2020 Santa Clara County Traffic Court Information 

April 27, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Video Hearings and Remote Courtroom Access During COVID-19 Pandemic 

April 24, 2020 Santa Clara County Superior Court Expunges Marijuana Convictions 

April 22, 2020 Important Family Law Information for Santa Clara County 

April 10, 2020 General Order RE: Statewide Emergency Bail Schedule 

April 6, 2020 Superior Court Appoints a New Commissioner 

April 3, 2020 General Order RE: Implementation of Emergency Relief 

April 1, 2020 Santa Clara Superior Court Authorizes Citation and Release of Certain Individuals Due to COVID-19 

March 27, 2020 Public Access to Court for Emergency Motions 

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 

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5. Contact the Court

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               • Name
               • Case number or juror number
               • Current mailing address and telephone number
               • Date, time and location of appearance.

               Phone:

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                     Please locate the appropriate Division or Area of the Court related to your inquiry.

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6. Changes to Court Operations

Please note the following changes to court operations effective March 17, 2020, click on a link below to go to that section:

CIVIL

  • Pursuant to the General Orders implementing emergency relief issued by Presiding Judge Deborah A. Ryan, the periods from March 17, 2020, to March 27, 2020, inclusive, and March 30th and April 28, 2020, and April 29 and May 29, 2020, inclusive, are deemed holidays for purposes of computing time for filing papers with the court.
  • All civil jury trials scheduled between Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through October 2020, are hereby vacated. Jury Trials and their Mandatory Settlement Conferences originally scheduled during this period have been re-scheduled to a Trial Setting Conference. Discovery deadlines shall be re-set with the new trial date. The Court will provide notice of the Trial Setting Conference date.
    • When normal operations resume, the Court will set new trial dates for all affected cases, taking into consideration the original trial date, the exigency of the subject matter, and any statutory priority.
  • Mandatory settlement conferences for non-Jury trials scheduled between March 17, 2020, through July 22, 2020, were vacated and re-scheduled to a Trial Setting Conference. The Court sent notices of the Trial Setting Conference date.
  • Status Conferences, OSCs, Dismissal Conferences, Return from Mediation Conferences and Case Management Conferences scheduled between March 17, 2020, through July 10, 2020, were continued and sent notices of re-scheduled dates. Effective week of July 13, these hearings have resumed.
  • All law and motion matters scheduled resumed on May 19, 2020.
  • Parties and counsel are strongly encouraged to arrange for telephonic appearances through CourtCall.
  • A public access phone line will be provided for listen-only participants.
  • Motions may be submitted without a hearing date, Calendar clerks will be assigning the hearing date based on availability, once the motion is processed. When the hearing is set you will be able to view it in your case on: Superior Court-Case Information Portal .
  • Ex parte applications for case management departments are now being accepted via E-filing or drop box. The matters are only heard remotely and may take up to 24-48 hours for processing.
  • Effective March 17, 2020, the Santa Clara County Superior Court is not processing POST-COVID 19 legal paperwork or holding any court proceedings that would result in eviction from a residence or commercial property during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The Court will consider requests for temporary stays of eviction.
  • POST-COVID 19 Unlawful Detainer new complaint filings are currently not accepted and will be returned to the filing party.
  • Effective August 3, 2020, the court will resume processing legal paperwork and hold court proceedings that would result in eviction from a residence or commercial property for Unlawful Detainer cases initiated PRE-COVID 19 pandemic outbreak.
  • All small claims motions and trials scheduled between March 17, 2020, through July 31, 2020 were continued to a future date. Notice of the new date were mailed to all parties. Effective August 3, 2020, Department 15 small claims hearings will resume. However, Department 14 small claims hearings have been or will be continued through the end of August. Notices of rescheduled hearings have been or will be mailed.
  • All General probate matters scheduled for hearing starting August 3, 2020 will resume. Please check the Court’s online portal for more information about your individual case.
  • General probate matters scheduled for hearing between Tuesday, March 17 and Friday, July 31, 2020, were continued on a rolling basis for 45 days.
  • The Clerk’s Office is now open. A drop box is available for filings in the lobby and the court’s e-file system remains available for submissions. Pleadings will be collected and processed in date order they are received.
  • Small Claims Mediation Options 

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CRIMINAL

  • All time waived jury trials currently set between Tuesday, March 17 and Tuesday, June 30, 2020 will be continued on a rolling basis.
  • All preliminary examinations with time waivers set between Tuesday, March 17 and Tuesday, June 30, 2020 will be continued on a rolling basis.
  • Please contact your attorney of record to verify the new date for your time waived trial or time waived preliminary examination or check with the Court after Tuesday, June 30, 2020 for more information.
  • In custody arraignments from all Santa Clara County Superior Court facilities will be heard at the Hall of Justice at 190 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110 until further notice. In custody and out of custody arraignments for Family Violence charges will be heard as scheduled at the Hall of Justice at 190 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110 until further notice.
  • All preliminary examinations without a time waiver from all Santa Clara County Superior Court facilities will be heard as scheduled at the Hall of Justice at 190 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110 until further notice.
  • In custody felony pleas from all Santa Clara County Superior Court facilities will be heard at the Hall of Justice at 190 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110 beginning May 11, 2020, until further notice.
  • All Family Violence cases from all Santa Clara County Superior Court facilities will be heard at the Hall of Justice at 190 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110 beginning June 8, 2020, until further notice. All matters set to be heard on or after August 3 will be heard on the currently set date and time. Matters currently set in D45 and D46 will be heard across the hall in D43 or D44 as indicated in the attached calendar . Trial Readiness will now be set for all family violence trials. Family violence time waived and time not waived preliminary hearings will be heard in family violence departments. For every case, please email readiness status to the judge scheduled to hear the preliminary hearing two days before the preliminary hearing date.
  • All misdemeanor cases (in and out of custody) will be heard will be heard at the Hall of Justice at 190 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110 until further notice.
  • Collaborative courts (departments 62 and 63) will hear matters beginning Monday, August 3, 2020.
  • The court is making limited calendar space available for cases set at the request of the parties. Please contact your attorney of record for questions about this calendar.
  • Effective May 18, 2020, persons conducting background checks are now able to come to the Records Unit located at the Hall of Justice 190 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110.

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FAMILY

  • Pursuant to Emergency Rule 8 of the California Rules of Court, adopted by the Judicial Council on April 6, 2020, all DVRO trials scheduled between March 17, 2020, through May 1, 2020, will be continued by the court for up to 90 days, except where the court has determined that child custody and visitation must be addressed.

  • When normal operations resume, the Court will set new trial dates for all affected family cases, taking into consideration the original trial date, the exigency of the subject matter, and any statutory priority.

  • Mandatory settlement conferences scheduled between March 17, 2020, through May 29, 2020, are hereby vacated. When normal operations resume, the Court will set new mandatory settlement conference dates. Alternatively, the parties may be contacted to participate in a settlement conference using telephone, remote, or tech-based services.

  • All law and motion matters scheduled between March 17, 2020, through May 29, 2020, are hereby continued, excluding:
    • (a) requests for DVRO where the court has determined that child custody and visitation must be addressed; .
    • (b) Order to Show Cause re: Contempt, where personal appearance may be necessary to preserve the court’s jurisdiction;
    • (c) Requests for Order or other matters involving the safety of children, such as Emergency Screenings, and
    • (d) other urgent matters requiring judicial intervention, scheduled at the court’s discretion
  • Any Temporary Emergency Order shall remain in effect until the continued hearing date, unless otherwise indicated by the Court. .
  • Parties and counsel are strongly encouraged to arrange for telephonic appearances through CourtCall.
  • Most Status Conferences scheduled between March 17, 2020, through May 29, 2020, are hereby continued. The court will send notice of a re-scheduled Status Conference.
  • Most Judicial Custody Conferences, Custody Settlement Conferences, and Custody and Visitation Review Hearings scheduled between March 17, 2020, through May 29, 2020, are hereby continued. The Court will send notice of a re-scheduled conference or review hearing.
  • Most matters scheduled before a Child Support Commissioner between March 17, 2020, through May 29, 2020, are hereby continued. The Court will send notice of the re-scheduled hearing date.
  • All temporary judge assignments on any date through May 31, 2020, have been cancelled.
  • Department of Child Support Services info: Please call 866-901-3212 for assistance with child support cases. Services are limited at this time. Customers can also communicate with the department electronically via CUSTOMER CONNECT . Child Support payments continue to be accepted online
  • Self Help Center/Family Law Facilitator's Office/Restraining Order Help Center Information

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JUVENILE COURTS

Juvenile Justice

  • All Juvenile Justice out-of-custody hearings will be continued on a rolling basis for 30 to 60 days depending on the type of hearing. Detentions, Jurisdiction hearings and emergency in-custody requests will be combined on one morning calendar each day.

Juvenile Dependency

  • All dependency hearings are being held at this time with the following exceptions:
    • All non-minor dependent hearings are being done by stipulation without in-court hearings.
    • All Medication Progress Reviews are being done by stipulation without in-court hearings.
  • Dependency Court has the ability to accommodate remote video appearances, and in fact, the court encourages attorneys and parties to appear remotely. A party should contact his/her attorney to get directions on how to appear remotely.
  • If parties wish to attend the court hearing in person, they are on notice that only parties will be admitted to the hearing. No relatives, support people or others will be allowed entry to the courtroom.

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MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT / COLLABORATIVE COURTS

  • For Criminal Drug Treatment Court (DTC) participants (Prop 36 or PDP), if they have questions they should contact their probation officer or their attorney.
  • For Dependency Wellness Court (DWC) participants, if they have questions they should contact their social worker or attorney.
  • For Family Law Treatment Court (FLTC) participants, if they have questions they should contact FLTC coordinator Noemi Barnett at 408-534-5769 or at .
  • For YADEJ participants, they should contact their probation officer or attorney.
  • For Truancy CARE Court participants, they should contact their attorney (if they have one) or Deputy District Attorney Alisha Schoen at 408-808-3766 .
  • Assistance available by phone:
    • Substance use treatment programs 1-800-488-9919 
    • Mental health assistance 1-800-704-0900 
    • Crisis and suicide hotline 1-855-278-4204 

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TRAFFIC

  • All Traffic matters currently scheduled for Court between Tuesday, March 17 and Thursday, July 2, 2020 will be continued on a rolling basis. Notice of new hearing and trial dates will be mailed to all parties. Please check the Court’s online portal for more information about your individual case.
  • The “Appear by Date” (due date) on your courtesy notice will be automatically extended to Thursday, July 2, 2020. Tickets can be paid online or by phone: 408-878-0098 .
  • For Traffic cases with initial due dates between March 17, 2020, and May 1, 2020, or a payment plan with the next payment due between March 17, 2020, and May 1, 2020, all due dates and payment dates will be extended to July 6, 2020.
  • Request a Fine Reduction Online MyCitations: Ability to Pay Tool .

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JURY SERVICES

  • Please visit our Jury Services page for the most current jury information.
  • See the steps that the Superior Court is taking to protect the safety of everyone who enters the courthouse. Watch the video here: Safe In Court Video.

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SELF HELP CENTER/FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR'S OFFICE/RESTRAINING ORDER HELP CENTER

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7. Court FAQs

This section provides updates and information regarding Court FAQs, including:

  1. Civil Court FAQ
  2. Family Court FAQ
  3. Probate Court FAQ

1. CIVIL COURT FAQ:

Is the Court accepting filings?

Yes, the dropbox is available as is e-filing.

How to attend court appearances?

Most matters are being heard remotely through court call and a public access, listen-only line is also available.

When will trials begin?

Civil jury trials will be re-scheduled to a Trial Setting Conference date later in the year. The Court will provide notice of the Trial Setting Conference date.

When will Mandatory Settlement Conferences resume?

Mandatory Settlement Conferences will be re-scheduled to a Trial Setting Conference date later in the year. The Court will provide notice of the Trial Setting Conference date.

When will law and motion calendars resume?

The Court will being ramping up these calendars and hearing matters beginning the week of May 18.


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2. FAMILY COURT FAQ:

Can I still file pleadings while the Shelter in Place Order is in effect?

Yes. The FJCC Clerk’s Office is open on a limited basis for parties who need to file restraining orders or other urgent pleadings.

To file non-urgent pleadings, parties may use the drop box in the lobby of the Family Justice Center Courthouse. Parties may also continue to file pleadings using the Court’s e-filing system. Effective June 15, 2020, the FJCC’s Clerk’s Office will reopen.


Is the Court still holding hearings?

Yes. Though most hearings have been continued to future dates, the Court is still holding hearings for matters it has deemed urgent. The Family Division currently has four departments operating each day.

Effective June 15, 2020, the Family Division expects to have six departments operating.
Effective June 22, 2020, the Family Division expects to have nine departments operating.
Effective June 29, 2020, the Family Division expects to have eleven departments operating.
By Mid-July 2020, the Family Division expects to have all thirteen departments operating.


Is the Court conducting any Family Division trials?

No. All trials scheduled through June 30, 2020, have been continued to a status conference after July 1, 2020.


How do I know if my hearing date has been changed?

The Court will send a notice in the mail to the parties if their hearing date has changed. Parties may also check to see if a hearing date has changed using the Court’s online Public Portal by searching for their case number or checking the calendar.


Can I appear by telephone at a hearing?

Yes. All parties, joined parties, attorneys and minor’s counsel are authorized to appear via CourtCall through July 6, 2020, for any matter except for the day of an emergency screening.


How do I know where in the courthouse to go for my hearing?

To determine your hearing department, you can check the schedule that is posted at the metal detector and in front of the courtrooms on the 3rd, 6th and 7th Floors.


Can I receive help filling out court paperwork while the Shelter in Place Order is in effect?

Yes. The Self-Help Center and the Restraining Order Help Center are open to help with paperwork related to restraining orders and emergency child custody and visitation orders.


Do I need to wear a mask at the courthouse?

Yes. All individuals entering the FJCC must wear a face covering.


I submitted a pleading to the Clerk’s Office for filing but have not received anything back. Should I be concerned?

No. The Clerk’s Office is still processing pleadings but is prioritizing urgent matters. As a result, it may take longer to receive a filed copy of your pleading.

If you are requesting relief related to child, spousal, partner or family support, Emergency Rule 13 of the California Rules of Court allows you to serve your request on the other party before it is filed and assigned a hearing date. Any order modifying or terminating support pursuant to an unfiled request may be deemed effective as of the date the request and supporting papers were served.

If you serve an unfiled request related to child, spousal, partner or family support, you must also serve on the other party a filed copy of the request and supporting papers that includes the assigned hearing date once you receive it.


Is the Court hearing any issues related to child, spousal, partner or family support while the Shelter in Place Order is in effect?

The Court is not generally hearing matters related to support; however, some support issues deemed urgent by the judicial officer may be heard while the Shelter in Place Order is in effect.

Contempt matters set before a child support commissioner are being heard with all parties appearing by telephone.


Is Family Court Services still conducting mediations?

Yes. Family Court Services is conducting mediations remotely. If you were previously ordered to mediation, you will review a notice in the mail of your mediation date and time. The mediator will call you and it may be from a blocked number.


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3. PROBATE COURT FAQ:

What kinds of cases are currently being heard?

Effective June 17th, all case types will be heard on calendars as follows:

Mondays: 9:00 a.m. General Probate Calendar
  9:01 a.m. Initial Administration of Estate Petitions
   
Tuesdays: 1:30 p.m. Conservatorship Appointment/Modification/Termination Calendar
   
Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. General Probate Calendar
  9:01 a.m. Initial Administration of Estate Petitions
  10:00 a.m. Motions calendar
   
Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. General Probate Calendar
  9:01 a.m. Initial Administration of Estate Petitions
  10:30 a.m. Status Conference Calendars

At this time, we are not hearing any matters on Fridays, nor are any evidentiary hearings being set. Check back here for updates as we continue to add proceedings.

For all hearings, it is expected parties will appear via Court Call. More information about how to use Court Call can be found here: http://www.scscourt.org/court_divisions/civil/civil_telephonic.shtml. If a person must come to the courthouse for some reason, they will be expected to follow court protocols regarding social distancing and wearing of face coverings.


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8. Judicial Proceedings / Court Hearings

The Court has determined that these court hearings will go forward during this time:

Case Type & Locations Effective Date Judicial Proceedings / Court Hearings
Criminal

Hall of Justice

190 West Hedding St.
San Jose CA, 95110
March 17 to Present
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

May 11 to Present
Department 32 (additional calendars)
Pleas/Resolution calendar - Tuesday thru Friday at 9:00am and 1:30pm

Department 34 (additional calendars)
Felony Pleas (San Jose, Morgan Hill and Palo Alto cases) - Monday thru Friday at 9:00am and 1:30pm

Department 41 (additional calendars)
Motions/prelim/special set hearings - Monday1:30, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:00am and 1:30pm

Drug Treatment Court and Dependency Wellness calendar - Thursday at 9:00am

Drug Treatment Court calendar - Thursday at 1:30pm

Mental Health Diversion calendar - Fridays at 9:00am

June 2 to Present
Department 26 (new courtrooms open)
Prelims and Trials

June 8 to Present
Department 44 (new courtroom open)
Family Violence

June 16 to Present
Departments 30 (new courtrooms open)
Prelims and Trials

Departments 47, 51 (new courtrooms open)
Misdemeanor hearings (in and out of custody arraignment/pretrial/motion)

Department 49 (new courtroom open)
Family Violence and Misdemeanor Trials

Family

Family Justice
Center Courthouse

201 North First St.
San Jose CA 95113
March 17 to Present
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Juvenile Dependency Detentions
Mental Health Emergency Review

May 7 to Present
Department 70 (new courtroom open)
Child Support Contempt hearings - Thursdays at 9:00am

May 11 to Present
Department 65 (new courtroom open)
Third Family Law courtroom will be available to hear domestic violence restraining order w/minors, emergency custody hearings, emergency screenings and other urgent matters.

Department 68 (additional calendars)
Juvenile Dependency uncontested jurisdiction hearings - Monday thru Friday at 1:30pm

June 15 to Present
Departments 66, 69, and 75 (new courtrooms open)
Domestic Violence No Minor, Juvenile Dependency, and Family Law Calendars

June 22 to Present
Departments 64, 71, 74, and 79 (new courtrooms open)
Family Law Calendars, Child Support, and Department of Child Support Services

Effective June 29
Departments 67, 68 and 78 (new courtrooms open)
Juvenile Dependency and Family Law Calendars

Civil

Downtown Superior

191 North First St.
San Jose, CA 95113
March 17 to Present
Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
Mental Health Conservatorships
Conservatorship and Elder Abuse
Writ Temporary Restraining Orders

May 18 to Present
Departments 6, 8, 20 and 21 (new courtrooms open)
Civil Law & Motion calendars - Tuesday & Thursday at 9:00am
(Tentative Rulings will be posted on Monday and Wednesday afternoon on-line)

Departments 1 and 3 (new courtrooms open)
Complex Civil Law & Motion calendars - Fridays at 9:00am
(Tentative Rulings will be posted on Thursday afternoon on-line)

Department 13 (additional calendars)
Probate Estate Calendar - Mondays, Wednesdays and
Thursdays at 9:00am
**Administration Appointments 5/18/20 with Estate matters
added 5/27/20**

Department 11 (additional calendars)
Appellate Division Oral Argument Calendar - Fridays at 1:30pm
May 22 and 29, 2020

June 22 to Present
Department 13 (additional calendars)
General Probate, Status Conference Calendars, Motions

Effective June 29
Departments 17 and 22 (new courtrooms)
Criminal Grand Jury, Bail Motions, and Trial Setting Conferences


Juvenile Justice

840 Guadalupe Parkway
San Jose, CA 95110
March 17 to Present
Juvenile Detentions

May 11 to Present Department 80/81 (additional calendars)
Uncontested hearings - Monday thru Friday at 1:30pm

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9. 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:

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10. CourtCall

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.

 

11. COVID-19 Resources:

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

 

12. 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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13. Social Distancing Protocols: Site-Specific Protection Plans

Downtown Superior Courthouse 

Family Justice Center Courthouse 

Hall of Justice Criminal Courthouse 

Juvenile Justice Courthouse 

Records Information Center 

Santa Clara Traffic Courthouse 

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