Riverside Superior Court Notices

Update: May 7, 2020

 

Master Plan to Restore Court Services Please direct any comments regarding the proposed master plan to the Riverside Superior Court via email to courtexecutiveoffice@riverside.courts.ca.gov. Please submit comments by 5:00 p.m. on May 13, 2020.
SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE
PROPOSED
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2
PUBLIC ACCESS …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
SELF-HELP …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
CLERK OFFICES …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
FACILITIES ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
COURT OPERATIONS ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 6
CRIMINAL ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6
JUVENILE ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7
DELINQUENCY (JUVENILE JUSTICE) ……………………………………………………………………………….. 7
DEPENDENCY ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 8
PROBATE ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 9
FAMILY LAW ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 11
CIVIL ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 12
UNLAWFUL DETAINERS …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 14
SMALL CLAIMS ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 14
TRAFFIC ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 15
APPELLATE ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 15
Please direct any comments regarding the proposed master plan to
Please direct any comments regarding the proposed master plan to restore services to restore services to the Riverside Superior Court via email to the Riverside Superior Court via email to courtexecutiveoffice@riverside.courts.ca.govcourtexecutiveoffice@riverside.courts.ca.gov. .

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Master Plan to Restore Court Services
Introduction
The Riverside Superior Court is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community while performing our constitutional duties. The health and welfare of each judicial officer, employee, contractor, and member of the public that enters our facilities is paramount in the decisions that are made as the Riverside Superior Court begins to restore services.
The Riverside Superior Court is closely monitoring local, state, and federal public health directives related to COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and will continue to update the master plan as appropriate. This master plan for restoring services is fluid and will largely depend on policy-setting and guidance from the Judicial Council of California, and local, state and federal officials; therefore, this document will be updated periodically and further refined as the phases in the plan are solidified.
Following the guidelines provided by Governor Newsom’s executive orders1 and the County of Riverside’s orders by the Public Health Officer, on March 20, 2020 the court suspended all non-essential functions and is currently hearing only specific limited essential services and emergency matters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (See Essential Functions Order 2020-20 dated 04/29/20.)
The master plan to restore court services addresses public access, court facilities and court operations.
Public Access
To reduce potential exposure to COVID-19 and reduce the number of infections and community spread of the virus, the general public has been unable to personally attend court hearings during the closure.
To allow attendance at public hearings, audio streaming capabilities will be made available in public courtrooms. An individual’s ability to attend a court proceeding differs by the type of proceeding and the status of the person who wishes to attend the proceeding. The instructions for audio streaming are available on the court’s website at (pending website link).
For those attending live, in-person proceedings, which will start under the restoration of services plan, the following applies:
• General public must have a case on calendar to enter the courtroom.
• All attorneys entering any courthouses must show their bar card or employee identification card at security screening stations.
1 Under Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20, the judicial branch is deemed an essential, critical infrastructure, and incudes “workers supporting the operations of the judicial system, including judges, lawyers, and others providing legal assistance”.
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• Witnesses will be allowed to enter and must be prepared to state which courtroom he or she will be appearing.
• Friends, family, and other companions are not allowed to enter the courthouse unless specifically permitted, e.g. victim support person.
The media may enter the court facility during this closure period. The media may enter a courtroom providing they have an approved order by the judge presiding in the case pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 1.150 and local rule 10030. Requests for media coverage must be submitted to the Public Information Officer.
Self-Help
Since March 19, 2020, Riverside Self-Help Center services continue to be available via phone and email for court matters deemed essential. Self-Represented litigants can request assistance with restraining orders, emergency family law requests for orders, and emergency guardianship and conservatorship. As the court begins to restore court matters and hearings, self-help services will follow in its expansion of services and eventual resumption of assistance with Family Law, Probate, Unlawful Detainer, Small Claims and other limited Civil matters.
Riverside Self-Help Center Locations are currently closed to the public. As part of court facilities taking measures to comply with current health directives, the self-help centers must implement protocol to maintain sanitary conditions and ensure adequate social distancing before resuming in person legal assistance.
To continue to meet the public need, Self-Help Legal Services staff will provide all services via phone and email. Additionally, educational workshops and forms review will resume over the following months through new services including online appointments with self-help staff, webinar workshops, and video conferencing.
Clerk Offices
Clerk’s offices at the Blythe Courthouse, Larson Justice Center, Southwest Juvenile Courthouse, Southwest Justice Center, Hall of Justice, and the Riverside Juvenile Courthouse are open and processing filings in emergency matters. This includes:
• File or pick-up any type of restraining order
• File or pick-up a temporary guardianship
• File or pick-up a temporary conservatorship
• Request family law emergency orders (i.e. custody/visitation)
• Request other types of emergency ex parte application relief
For non-emergency matters, customers may file documents in one of three ways:
• Online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal. The eSubmit program allows court customers to electronically deliver documents to the court securely via the internet. The eSubmit fee of $1.85 is suspended through June 30, 2020.
• Mailed or delivered to the court for processing. Addresses can be found on the court’s website; or
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• By placement in a drop box. Drop boxes are available for customers to drop off filing for submission to the clerk’s office. Drop boxes are available at the following court locations:
(Pending Location List)
Based on emergency orders issued by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, the period from March 17, 2020 through May 23, 2020, is a holiday for purposes of Code of Civil Procedure §§ 12 and 12a, (the “court holiday provision”). During this period the Court has not filed any documents other than those necessary for essential services and emergency matters. As addressed in this master plan, the court intends to rescind the court holiday provision, and clerk’s offices will resume filing documents, however the resumption of filing of this will differ by case type.
Lastly, the Court’s reduced public service hours, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., will remain in effect until further notice.
Telephonic Appearances
Pursuant to Emergency Rule 3, the Court is operating through remote telephone and video technology to the greatest extent possible. The Court requires that judicial proceedings for most case types, and court operations, be conducted remotely. This is to protect the health and safety of the public, including court users, both in-custody and out-of-custody defendants, witnesses, court personnel, judicial officers, and others.
Facilities
The Riverside Superior Court facilities that are currently open to the public are Blythe, Larson Justice Center, Southwest Juvenile, Southwest Justice Center, Hall of Justice, and Riverside Juvenile. Pursuant to the order of the Presiding Judge, the remaining court locations will remain closed to the public until further order of the court.
Those who are feeling ill or experiencing flu-like symptoms, have a fever, are coughing or sneezing, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should not come to, or enter, the courthouse.
Until further order of the court, face coverings are required to enter all Riverside County courthouses. The Sheriff’s Department will turn away any person not wearing a face covering prior to security screening. Face coverings can be scarves (dense fabric, without holes), bandana, neck gaiter, or other fabric face covering.
The Court has instituted measures to comply with the current health directives issued by local, state, and federal officials. Some of these measures include the following:
• Enhanced screening measures at open court facilities are being explored to mitigate
possible exposure, such as screening questions and temperature checks. This proposed protocol is being coordinated with the Riverside Sheriff’s Office.
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• All court attendees are directed to comply with social distancing guidelines (6-foot separation), and wear a face covering at all times while in court facilities.
• Limiting the number of participants present to allow for six-feet of separation in public lobby or waiting areas, clerk’s offices and courtrooms.
• Assess visible means to demark 6-foot distances where practical.
• Daily sanitation and disinfection of common and high-traffic areas.
• Court participants maintaining a 6-foot distance from each other using courtroom layouts to facilitate that separation (e.g., stand on either sides of the “bar” or counsel table).
Children’s rooms located within court facilities will remain closed until further notice.
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Court Operations
CRIMINAL
Since the court closure on March 20, 2020, the Riverside County criminal courts continued to review calendars on a daily basis. Based on the court’s general orders, the statewide emergency orders issued by the Chief Justice, or the adoption of the Emergency Rules under Appendix I of the California Rules of Court, the court has been issuing individual orders to continue hearings.
The court continues to hear in-custody arraignments via video for both misdemeanor and felony cases, and accept stipulations, and ex parte gun violence restraining orders. During the month of April, the court gradually resumed certain proceedings such as preliminary hearings where time has not been waived, bail hearings, priority sentencing hearings, and accepted Penal Code § 977 waivers and Own Recognizance Release Agreements.
In consultation with local justice partners, on March 30, 2020, the Court began using the CourtCall remote appearance platform to conduct video in-custody arraignments.
Below outlines the proposal to restore all remaining criminal services:
Phase I
For Phase I, the court would add additional courtrooms in each region of the county. The additional departments would be used for in-custody and out-of-custody negotiated dispositions, and for hearings on motions and preliminary hearings. These hearings would be live, in-person hearings requiring the presence of counsel and defendants in court until a viable and constitutionally sound process is developed for conducting these hearings remotely.
In-custody felony negotiated dispositions are already being accepted countywide. Out-of-custody negotiated dispositions would be added to calendar as soon as May 11, 2020, although disposition paperwork could be submitted as early as May 6, 2020.
On May 1, 2020, the court will accept misdemeanor dispositions that do not require the defendant’s personal presence (Penal Code § 977). Relevant paperwork is submitted to the duty judge for review and disposition.
Phase II
On June 15, 2020, the court contemplates opening all available calendar courtrooms in Riverside, Banning, Southwest (Murrieta), and Indio. Generally, each region would double the number of calendar courtrooms for both felonies and misdemeanors to handle the backlog in cases. This would minimize crowd size within each courtroom and decrease the number of people entering court facilities.
All courtrooms that do not become calendar courtrooms would be treated as hearing departments and will continue to handle hearings on motions, preliminary hearings, and other matters.
This phase contemplates that on June 1, 2020, the court would rescind the court holiday provision as to criminal filings, and that the criminal clerk’s office would resume filing all criminal documents.
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In addition, Phase II contemplates that the Banning Justice Center will reopen on June 1, 2020. The Banning Justice Center would handle its own video in-custody arraignment calendar, preliminary hearings where no time waiver has been taken, misdemeanor Penal Code § 977, and in- and out-of-custody negotiated dispositions.
Phase III
In Phase III, the Court will resume criminal jury trials. The court is currently contemplating several initiatives that would allow summoned jurors to enter criminal courthouses, while addressing crowd size and physical distancing. The court is also looking at ways to conduct jury trials in courtrooms that would space out participants to successfully conduct voir dire, the trial, and deliberations. The first jury trials would resume when statutorily required pursuant to the statewide emergency orders issued by the Chief Justice.
JUVENILE
Since the court closure on March 20, 2020, the juvenile court continued to review and triage dependency and delinquency calendars on a daily basis. Based on the court’s general orders, the statewide emergency orders issued by the Chief Justice, or the adoption of the Emergency Rules under Appendix I of the California Rules of Court, the court has been issuing individual orders to continue hearings.
DELINQUENCY (JUVENILE JUSTICE)
The court continues to hear detention hearings, jurisdiction/disposition matters when the minor is detained, detention hearings on Welfare and Institutions Code § 777 petitions when the minor is detained, 15-day review hearings, requests to re-enter foster care, emergency medical requests, requests for warrants, psychotropic medication applications, and accept ex parte applications and stipulations.
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DEPENDENCY
The court continues to hear detention hearings, requests to re-enter foster care, emergency medical requests, psychotropic medication applications, accept restraining order applications, ex parte applications and stipulations, and issue protective custody warrants.
Below outlines the proposal to restore all remaining juvenile services:
Phase I
On May 4, 2020, the juvenile court implemented use of stipulations in dependency and delinquency cases. This is because most of the cases that continued could be handled by stipulation. No court appearance is required, and a local form has been developed.
In dependency, stipulations would include:
• Jurisdiction/Disposition hearings;
• 6,12,18, 24-month review hearings;
• Family Maintenance Reviews under Welf. & Inst. Code § 364;
• Post-Permanency Review Hearings;
• Non-Minor Dependents (NMD); and
• Psychotropic Medication Review
In delinquency, stipulations would include: permanency plan hearings (PPH), nonminor dependent (NMD), and regular review hearings.
In dependency, the court would also process non-emergency ex-parte requests and motions under Welfare and Institutions Code § 388 that are not solely related to placement for prima facie.
Phase II
On May 18, 2020, the court would open additional juvenile courtrooms in each region of the county. Riverside would operate two out of the four courtrooms – one for dependency and one for delinquency. Southwest (Murrieta) would operate with two out of the three courtrooms – one dependency and one delinquency. Indio would open five days a week for dependency and open a delinquency courtroom two days a week. Hearings will still be conducted telephonically or via video (as appropriate), with minimal need for parties and/or attorneys to actually appear in court.
Phase III
Beginning on June 15, 2020, the court contemplates hearing all contested matters including those with live testimony, non-expert witnesses, and expert witnesses. For both dependency and delinquency this would require the opening of all juvenile courtrooms. The court is considering methods of calendaring cases that would reduce large numbers of persons being present in the courthouse and congregating in hallways waiting for cases to be heard.
On June 1, 2020 the court will rescind the court holiday provision as to juvenile filings, and the juvenile clerk’s office would resume filing all juvenile documents.
This includes hearings on non-vehicle code infraction matters that would be heard in the delinquency departments, unless the current general order concerning infractions is extended by the Presiding Judge.
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Phase IV
On July 6, 2020, the court contemplates adding remaining calendars for delinquency, such as family preservation and JUST calendars.
PROBATE
Since the court closure on March 20, 2020, the probate court has continued to review calendars on a daily basis. Based on the court’s general orders, the statewide emergency orders issued by the Chief Justice, or the adoption of Emergency Rules under Appendix I of the California Rules of Court, the court has been issuing individual orders to continue hearings.
The court continues to rule on stipulations and requests for elder abuse temporary restraining orders, and to hear temporary guardianships, temporary conservatorships, LPS conservatorships, requests to renew elder abuse restraining orders, and requests for ex parte relief. In April 2020, the court resumed processing guardianship status reports and petitions for compromise of disputed claims of minors and persons with disabilities.
Below outlines the proposal to restore all remaining probate services:
Phase I
On May 11, 2020, the court would rescind the court holiday provision as to probate filings, and the probate clerk’s office would resume filing all probate documents.
Elder abuse restraining orders would be heard as live in-person proceedings starting May 18, 2020. These proceedings would be held at open justice centers, primarily the Hall of Justice and the Larson Justice Center. In addition, probate investigator interviews would resume telephonically or via video to prepare for Phase II.
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Phase II
In Phase II, commencing June 15, 2020, the court will restore all probate hearings customarily set on the morning calendar, including all categories (guardianships, conservatorships, decedent’s estates, trusts, minor’s compromises, etc.). Each of the four (4) departments will handle its respective caseload. The morning calendars will be conducted telephonically.
Phase III
In Phase III, the court will implement a process for trials and contested hearings and resume in-person hearings. Unfortunately, the court cannot project a specific date for this phase to begin but anticipates that it may be in Autumn of this year. In this phase, the court would consider reopening the courthouses in Palm Springs, Temecula, and the Riverside Historic Courthouse.
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FAMILY LAW
Since the court closure on March 20, 2020, the family law court has continued to review and triage calendars on a daily basis. Based on the court’s general orders, the statewide emergency orders signed by the Chief Justice, or the adoption of the Emergency Rules under Appendix I of the California Rules of Court, the court has been issuing individual orders to continue hearings.
The court continues to accept ex parte domestic violence restraining order requests, requests to renew restraining orders, ex parte applications and stipulations, and surrogacy petitions wherein birth is imminent.
Below outlines the proposal to restore all remaining family law services:
Phase I
On April 30, 2020, Family Law began accepting stipulations from the Department of Child Support Service (DCSS) on child support matters.
On May 18, 2020, the court will resume live, in-person hearings on permanent domestic violence restraining orders. These proceedings would be held at open justice centers – the Hall of Justice, the Larson Justice Center, the Southwest Justice Center, and the Blythe Courthouse.
In addition, Child Custody Recommending Counseling (Family Court Services) will conduct mediations either by video or telephonically. Mediations will occur the week of May 18, 2020 in order to prepare for Phase II Request for Order (RFO) telephonic hearings that would commence on June 8, 2020.
On May 18, 2020, the court would rescind the court holiday provision as to some family law filings and resume filing general family law and DCSS documents.
Phase II
On June 8, 2020, the court contemplates resumption of hearings on Requests for Orders (RFOs). Judicial officers have been reviewing calendars and prioritizing hearings since the closure; hearings will be heard in a manner that sets the priority matters on calendar to be heard first. All hearings will be conducted telephonically at this time.
Under emergency local rules, the court will be instituting processes and forms to help facilitate additional information being submitted to the court on Requests for Order (RFOs) that have been pending since the closure, including the ability to withdraw the motion, if appropriate.
Phase III
In Phase III, the court will implement a process for trials and contested hearings and resume in-person hearings in family law matters. Unfortunately, the court cannot project a specific date for this phase to begin but anticipates that it may be in Autumn of this year. In this phase, the court would consider reopening the Hemet Courthouse and the Riverside Family Law Courthouse.
On June 15, 2020, the court would rescind the court holiday provision as to adoption filings, and resume filing adoption documents.
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Phase IV
In Phase IV, the court will implement a master calendar process for mandatory settlement conferences, trial readiness conferences and trials.
CIVIL
Since the court closure on March 20, 2020, the civil court has continued to review calendars on a daily basis. Based on the court’s general orders, the statewide emergency orders, or the adoption of the Emergency Rules under Appendix I of the California Rules of Court, the court has been issuing individual orders to continue hearings. The civil departments have also been reviewing default judgments that were pending prior to the court closure
The court continues to rule upon applications for temporary civil harassment restraining orders, other types of temporary civil restraining orders, requests to renew restraining orders, ex parte applications, stipulations, and inspection and abatement warrants.
Below outlines the proposal to restore all remaining civil services:

Phase I
On April 22, 2020 the court issued a General Order re: Civil Division Reorganization pertaining to Unlimited and Complex Civil cases. (See General Order 2020-15.)
On April 24, 2020, the court established guidelines for Informal Discovery Conferences (IDC) and Voluntary Settlement Conferences (VSC) in unlimited civil proceedings to assist in facilitating settlements. Additionally, some of the Civil Mediation panel members have been conducting court-ordered mediations remotely to assist parties in settling cases.
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The Law and Motion Reservation System will reopen on May 7, 2020, for telephonic hearings beginning on June 1, 2020. The civil clerk’s office will process and file all documents and briefs pertaining to hearings reserved on or after May 7, 2020.
In addition, by way of General Order 2020-15:
• All currently set hearings on unlimited demurrers and all pretrial motions have been vacated. New hearings on said pretrial motions and demurrers may be scheduled as needed through the Law and Motion System.
• All unlimited jury and court trials previously set have been vacated and trial setting conferences have been scheduled in their place.
• All hearings on the merits of all petitions for writ of mandate or other extraordinary relief have been vacated and status conferences have been scheduled in their place.
• All Mandatory Settlement Conferences in unlimited civil matters previously set have been vacated.
• All Court-Ordered Mediation Completion and Judicial Arbitration completion dates will be automatically continued 180 days.
• Certain Orders to Show Cause are being discharged in limited and unlimited civil cases. (See General Order 2020-17.)
All other hearings in limited and unlimited civil cases, including but not limited to case management conferences, trial setting conferences, status conferences, post-trial motions, and some orders to show cause (see General Order 2020-17), will remain on calendar. Orders on these matters will be made in chambers by judicial officers to either address the matter or continue the hearing.

Phase II
On June 1, 2020, the court would rescind the court holiday provision as to general civil and limited civil filings, and the civil clerk’s office would resume filing all civil documents2.
On June 1, 2020, the court will resume hearings on demurrers, all motions, status conferences, trial setting conferences, and, when necessary, guardian ad litem applications. Hearings will be conducted telephonically until further notice.
All trials will be set through a trial setting conference only, as noted above. In setting trials in unlimited and complex cases, the court will give priority to cases entitled to statutory preference and second priority to court trials.
Mandatory Settlement Conferences will be set at the trial setting conference, as noted above.
Case management orders will be made in chambers by judicial officers based on the case management statements filed by the parties.
On June 1, 2020, the court will resume issuing orders to show cause for violations of state and local rules.
2 This excludes documents in unlawful detainers and small claims matters.
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On June 1, 2020, the court will resume consideration of petitions for changes of name. Hearings on the petitions will be conducted telephonically until further notice.
Civil harassment restraining hearings will be heard as live in-person proceedings starting June 1, 2020. These proceedings will be held at open Justice centers at the Hall of Justice, the Larson Justice Center, and the Southwest Justice Center. The court is evaluating options for how and when to resume civil harassment mediations.

Phase III
In Phase III, the court will implement a process for resuming in-person hearings and jury trials in civil matters. Unfortunately, the court cannot project a specific date for this phase to begin but anticipates that it may be in Autumn of this year. In this phase, the court would consider reopening the courthouses in Corona, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs and Riverside Historic Courthouses.
UNLAWFUL DETAINERS (EVICTIONS)
Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order disallowing the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. Subsequently, the Judicial Council of California instituted and adopted Emergency Rule One regarding evictions. This rule is in place until 90 days after the Governor lifts the state of emergency related to COVID-19.
SMALL CLAIMS
Since the court closure on March 20, 2020, all small claims hearings have been postponed for 90 days. As the general order currently stands today, the first small claims would be heard in the middle of June 2020. However, the court is contemplating extending its postponement order in
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small claims cases. The court is evaluating options for how and when to resume small claims mediations.
As the court begins to restore small claims hearings, it is contemplating the use of alternate facilities and the use of temporary judges in order to expedite hearings that have been pending since the closure.
TRAFFIC
Since the court closure on March 20, 2020, the Court has postponed all traffic matters, including night court, for 90 days. All traffic matters with a date to appear or a date to pay from March 16, 2020 through June 14, 2020 are being reset on a rolling basis. No new civil assessments have been imposed that would place holds on drivers’ licenses. However, the court is contemplating extending its postponement order in traffic cases.
The first traffic court trials would resume when statutorily required pursuant to the statewide emergency orders issued by the Chief Justice.
APPELLATE
On June 19, 2020, the court will be restoring the appellate calendar. Hearings on the appellate calendar will be conducted telephonically.

Update: May 7, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside suspended all non-essential functions and is hearing only specific limited emergency matters. Simultaneously, the court has been working towards a plan to restore court services considering the policy-setting and guidance from the Judicial Council of California, and local, state and federal officials.
The Riverside Superior Court is soliciting comments on the proposed master plan to restore services. To view the proposed master plan, please visit the court’s website at: https://www.riverside.courts.ca.gov/PublicNotices/Master_Plan-Restoring_Services_For_Comment_05-06-20.pdf
Please direct any comments on the proposed master plan to restore court services to the Riverside Superior Court via email at courtexecutiveoffice@riverside.courts.ca.gov. In the alternative, comments may also be mailed to Riverside Superior Court Executive Office, 4050 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501.
Comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on May 13, 2020.

Update: April 29, 2020

SUPERIOR COURT OF
CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE
4050 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
951.777.3163

NEWS RELEASE
RIVERSIDE SUPERIOR COURT EXTENDS CLOSURE DATE
Release Date: April 29, 2020
Contact: Marita C. Ford, Public Information Officer
RIVERSIDE COUNTY:
Amid continued concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to comply with federal, state and local guidelines, the court will be extending its temporary closures through Friday, May 15, 2020.
The court will continue to handle emergency matters affecting public health and safety as outlined on the court’s COVID-19 Court Operations website.
We appreciate the support and understanding of the public and justice partners during these challenging times.
Electronic version available at https://riverside.courts.ca.gov/GeneralInfo/MediaInfo/media-info.php
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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE
THIRD AMENDED
GENERAL ORDER RE:
IMPLEMENTATION OF EMERGENCY RELIEF AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO
GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 68115 BY CHAIR OF JUDICIAL COUNCIL

Exercising the authority granted under Government Code section 68115 and the April 1,
2020 Order (“Order”) of Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chair of the Judicial Council of
California, issued in response to the March 26, 2020, request for an emergency order made by the
Superior Court of Riverside County (“Court”),
This Court HEREBY FINDS AND ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:
1. For purposes of computing time for filing papers with the Court under Code of Civil
Procedure sections 12 and 12a, all days from April 6, 2020 to April 24, 2020, inclusive, are
deemed holidays (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(4));
2. For purposes of computing time under Penal Code section 825, and Welfare and
Institutions Code sections 313,315,334,631,632,637, and 657, all days from April 6, 2020 to
April 24, 2020, inclusive, are deemed holidays (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(5));
3. With the concurrence of the Presiding Judge, the Court may order that sessions be
held anywhere in the county, including in correctional and juvenile detention facilities, from March
26, 2020 to April 24, 2020, inclusive (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(l));

THIRD AMENDED IMPLEMENTATION ORDER RE EMERGENCY ORDER

4. Any judge of the Court may extend by not more than 30 days the duration of any
temporary restraining order that would otherwise expire on from April 1, 2020 to April 24, 2020,
inclusive, because the emergency condition described in the Order prevented the Court from
conducting proceedings to determine whether a permanent order should be entered (Gov. Code,
§ 68115(a)(7));
5. In cases in which the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from March 26,
2020 to April 24, 2020, inclusive, any judge of the Court may extend the time period provided in
section 313 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending
dependency proceedings must be released from custody to not more than 7 days (Gov. Code,
§ 68115(a)(l l));
6. In cases in which the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from March 26,
2020 to April 24, 2020, inclusive, any judge of the Court may extend the time period provided in
section 315 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending
dependency proceedings must be given a detention hearing to not more than 7 days (Gov. Code,
§ 68115(a)(l l));
7. In cases in which the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from March 26,
2020 to April 24, 2020, inclusive, any judge of the Court may extend the time periods provided in
sections 632 and 63 7 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody
pending wardship proceedings and charged with a felony must be given a detention hearing or
rehearing to not more than 7 days (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(l 1));
8. In cases in which the statutory deadline otherwise would expire on from April 16,
2020 to April 24, 2020, inclusive, any judge of the Court may extend the time period provided in
section 334 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a hearing on a juvenile dependency
petition must be held by not more than 15 days (Gov. Code,§ 68115(a)(l2)); and
9. In cases in which the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from March 26,
2020 to April 24, 2020, inclusive, any judge of the Court may extend the time period provided in
section 657 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a hearing on a wardship petition for
a minor charged with a felony offense must be held by not more than 15 days (Gov. Code,
THIRD AMENDED IMPLEMENTATION ORDER RE EMERGENCY ORDER
-2-
§ 68115(a)(12)).
This order does not nullify or repeal any prior order of this court. In the event that this
order conflicts with any other order of this court, the order that provides to the court the power to
extend existing deadlines the longer period of time shall control.
THIS ORDER IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

 

 

SUPERIOR COURT OF
CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE
4050 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
951.777.3163

NEWS RELEASE
RIVERSIDE SUPERIOR COURT CONTINUES HEARING EMERGENCY MATTERS DURING COVID-19
– UPDATE –
Release Date: March 27, 2020
Contact: Marita C. Ford, Public Information Officer
RIVERSIDE COUNTY:
The Riverside Superior Court continues to operate in a limited capacity, hearing emergency matters only, since its closure on March 20, 2020 (Press Release March 19, 2020). The court is evaluating on a daily basis any changes that may be necessary as a result of health mandates related to COVID-19. This includes the current closure end date of April 3, 2020 as well as the reduced hours of operation (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.), with the goal being to address the highest priority court services that affect public safety in a way to minimize in-court appearances.
Order re: Implementation of Emergency Relief – on March 23, 2020 the court’s Presiding Judge signed a Second Amended Order re: Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per Government Code section 68115 in response to the Statewide Order by Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court on that same day.
Priority Matters – the court is handling only emergency matters affecting public health & safety. These are listed in the March 19, 2020 press release and include but are not limited to:
• In-custody arraignments, preliminary hearings and priority sentencing hearings;
• Restraining orders in civil, criminal, family, juvenile and probate;
• Emergency ex-parte applications in civil, criminal, family, juvenile and probate;
• Temporary guardianship and temporary conservatorship cases; and
• Juvenile detention hearings.
Video Arraignments – In addition to current telephonic appearance capabilities, the court will be going live with video technology for arraignments and associated matters so that in-custody defendants can remain in the jail and counsel and interpreters can provide services from their offices in order to adhere to the CDC social distancing recommendation.
Website – in an effort to provide accurate, timely and critical information to all court customers, the court has developed a new website page providing information on COVID-19 Court Operations. This will include current matters handled, court closures, hours of operation, directions for electronic document submission and telephonic appearances, jury duty, and detailed information by case type.
Social Distancing – the court is complying with federal, state and local guidelines on social distancing, including limited staffing, teleworking, exploring remote technologies for limited case matters, and maintaining a distance of six feet between individuals who are working in the same area within a courthouse. The court has also increased janitorial rotations which include heightened sanitation efforts and provision of health-related supplies to employees.
Jury Duty – Jurors who have received a summons for service should not report during this period of time, but rather request a postponement by utilizing one of the following options:
– Log on to the Juror Web Portal; or
– Use the automated phone system at: 951.275.5076 or 760.342.6264
We appreciate the support and understanding of the public and justice partners during these challenging times.
Electronic version available at https://riverside.courts.ca.gov/GeneralInfo/MediaInfo/media-info.php
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RIVERSIDE SUPERIOR COURT TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE MOST COURTHOUSES AND REDUCE COURT HOURS

EFFECTIVE MARCH 20, 2020

 

RIVERSIDE COUNTY:

 

To further reduce exposure to COVID-19, address immediate and growing concerns for public health and safety, and comply with federal, state and local recommendations on social distancing, the Riverside Superior Court announces temporary court closures throughout the county effective March 20 through April 3. During this time frame, only limited emergency matters will be handled. In addition, those courts that remain open will have reduced public service hours from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Eight courthouses will close completely. Six courthouses will remain open as listed click here to see the chart.