Covid-19 Updates for Los Angeles Superior Court
for more information: see our list of court closures updated daily
April 6, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 6, 2020
COURT ADVISES THE PUBLIC TO BE AWARE OF
The COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in a surge of phishing scams and other cyber attacks. The Court is advising the public to exercise caution when opening any COVID-19 or pandemic-themed email or when responding to calls from anyone alleging to offer assistance.
Examples include emails appearing to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, or other reputable authorities.
Fake emails (also known as spoofs) generally purport to offer information and updates on the unfolding crisis from trusted authorities or companies to trick users to click links and attachments to malicious content.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most court hearings, except those considered essential or time-sensitive, have been continued and jurors are not being asked to report for jury service at this time.
Some of these fake electronic communications may contain an attachment or a link that installs a virus or other spyware on the computer or mobile device. Other communications, for example a telephone call, make fraudulent demands to pay a fine or provide personal information, such as a Social Security number.
The Court sometimes makes automated phone calls reminding people of a court appearance or jury service, but will not demand any personal information, payment or donations.
The Court uses a vendor to collect on certain delinquent fees and fines. To confirm an inquiry about delinquent court-ordered debt, you can call GC Services at 1-800-352-3778, or visit their website: https://courtpay.gcserv.com
Anyone with questions about a suspicious communication that appears to be from the Superior Court of Los Angeles County should contact the Court. Phone numbers and additional information regarding the Court’s response to the pandemic can be found on the Court’s website.
NEWS RELEASE: COVID-19
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Media Relations 111 N. Hill Street, Room 107, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 830-0801 email@example.com www.lacourt.org @LASuperiorCourt
Release Date: March 23, 2020
THE CLERK’S OFFICES AT THE SUPERIOR COURT OF LOS
ANGELES COUNTY WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC; SERVICES
TO BE TRANSITIONED TO TELEPHONIC AND REMOTE SOLUTIONS
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.
The Court is establishing telephone numbers and other means for litigants, counsel and the public to conduct limited, time-sensitive and essential services. Special provisions will be made for the filing and processing of Restraining Orders, ex parte proceedings in Family Law, Probate and Civil, and certain types of Emergency Writ Petitions. These new procedures will be outlined soon in a subsequent public notice and posted on the Court’s website.
For individuals needing to file court documents, drop boxes will be set up at the entrances to all courthouses. If a conformed copy of the filed documents is needed, leave a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the filing. No cash will be accepted at the drop boxes, only credit cards and checks. The documents will be deemed filed same-day if received by 4:30 p.m. Drop boxes will be checked frequently.
Nationwide Legal is open and ready to handle all your requests
Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
March 19, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUPERIOR COURT OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY TO RE-OPEN TOMORROW 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
Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile today announced an amended General Order that clarifies the time-sensitive and essential functions the Court will handle when it reopens most of its courthouses tomorrow after a three-day closure.
“The Court is working with our Judicial Officers and employees on a court-wide operations plan designed to keep as many people out of our courthouses as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19, while prioritizing our time-sensitive, essential functions,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “Although 36 of 38 courthouses in Los Angeles County will re-open tomorrow, our trial court operations will be downsized and scaled back substantially due to the closure of nearly 400 courtrooms starting Friday, March 20, 2020.”
Today’s “Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge Re: COVID-19 Pandemic” retroactively amends his original 30-day emergency order signed on March 17, 2020, and remains in effect until April 16, 2020.
Under today’s amended Order, the Court finds good cause to continue all Unlawful Detainer trials without a determination pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1170.5(c).
Presiding Judge Brazile’s Order also retroactively deletes from Paragraph 4 of the original General Order these matters from the list of time-sensitive, essential
Contempt Proceedings in Family Law Where Custody is at Issue
Traffic Arraignments and Traffic Trials
Today’s amended Order also retroactively adds these matters to the list of time- sensitive, essential functions:
Emergency Protective Orders
Proceedings under the Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act
Judicial Commitments for Dangerous Persons based on Mental Health Conditions
Parole and post-release community supervision revocation hearings
Juvenile Arraignment/Detention Hearings, Adjudication and Disposition
All courthouses will re-open tomorrow except the Beverly Hills Courthouse and the Catalina Courthouse. Signs in the courthouses will indicate the open courtrooms.
The Order also retroactively amends the original order by clarifying that, “The duration of any emergency protective order that would otherwise expire because the emergency condition requiring all courthouses be closed to the public prevented the party from obtaining a temporary restraining order in a timely manner is
extended to March 20, 2020.”
“The Court has used the last three days to plan for measures to adhere to and promote social distancing,” Judge Brazile said. “The public is reminded that when they return for court business tomorrow, we are seeking their help to remain at least six feet away from any other person.”
As the nation’s largest trial court continues to adapt to a vastly reduced operation
through April 16, it is important to emphasize that:
All Civil and Criminal jury and non-jury trials are suspended;
Jury service is suspended temporarily;
No pre-trial conferences will be held; and
Next week, more courtrooms and/or departments will be closed to reflect the Court’s reorganized functions and further downsizing.
The original General Order was issued March 17, 2020, under the authority granted by Government Code Section 68115 and the March 16, 2020, authorization and order of Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.
For the latest updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19-related impacts to Court
operations, please consult the Court’s COVID-19 News Center located at the top of our homepage and follow us on Twitter.
Updated Thursday March 19 4pm
SUPERIOR COURT OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY TO SCALE DOWN OPERATIONS EFFECTIVE TODAY
Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile today announced the Court will begin scaling down operations tomorrow to achieve social distancing in all 38 courthouses. Additional public protection measures will be evaluated and announced tomorrow or Tuesday.
“As the largest trial court in the nation, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County is methodically scaling back non-essential court operations as part of a phased approach,” Presiding Judge Brazile said. “We will continue to provide services for the most vulnerable in our communities and remain open to handle criminal matters subject to statutory deadlines.”
Over the weekend, Presiding Judge Brazile notified the Judges of the Los Angeles County bench that:
- No new jurors will be summoned for any Civil or Criminal jury trials for the next 30 days;
- The trial Judge for any jury trial in session may exercise his or her discretion to either continue the trial or declare a mistrial;
- The trial Judge for any non-jury trial in session may exercise his or her discretion to either continue the trial or declare a mistrial; and
- Self-help centers will be closed tomorrow, except for telephone assistance with restraining order preparation by calling (213) 830-0845.
- Judges were encouraged to consider ways to achieve social distancing in their courtrooms by offering telephonic appearances and other strategies to reduce courtroom traffic; and
Here are some additional updates:
- Additional signage, which is attached to this news release, will be posted beginning tomorrow on courthouse entry points and on courtroom doors advising the public about restrictions on entering our courthouses or courtrooms;
- The Court’s website homepage (www.lacourt.org) has been updated with a new COVID-19 news center at the top of the page;
- The Court will continue to communicate updates on its Twitter page;
- The Court continues to emphasize the importance of staying home when you are sick and frequent, proper hand-washing; and
- The Court expanded its custodial cleaning program and has made sanitizing products available throughout courthouses in response to CDC and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommendations.
The Superior Court of Los Angeles County has 550 judicial officers and more than 4,600 permanent employees serving a diverse population of more than 10 million people. The largest trial court in the nation, the Court has 38 courthouses in 12 judicial districts located throughout the county’s 4,752 square miles.
For the latest updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19-related impacts to Court operations, please consult the Court’s COVID-19 News Center located at the top of our homepage(www.lacourt.org), and follow us on Twitter (@LASuperiorCourt).
Click here to see the courts official notice.
As always should you have any questions or require immediate assistance contact us at (213) 249-9999 and you will be able to speak to a live person.