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));

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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,
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§ 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.