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Mandatory Face Covering Requirements:

 Effective Monday, July 19, 2021, all persons entering any court facility will be required to properly wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, regardless of their vaccination status.

Important Information:

Beginning June 15, 2021, all courthouses are open to the public and most in-person services are restored.

Archived COVID-19 Press Releases

  • October 2, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing that, despite being generally closed to the public except for limited public records searches, the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse (RCD), located at 1225 Fallon Street in Oakland, will be open for in-person voting beginning Monday, October 5, 2020.
  • August 14, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing the extension of unlawful detainer stay and adopts emergency Local Rule amendments.
  • July 10, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing extension of unlawful detainer stay and clarifies acceptable unlawful detainer filings; amends Family and Probate emergency Local Rules; and updates Civil, Family, Probate, and Criminal FAQs.
  • July 8, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing staff furlough days to address Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget reductions.
  • June 16, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing the adoption of emergency “zero bail” schedule and additional amendments to emergency Local Rules.
  • June 12, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release detailing its opening of appellate and limited emergency unlawful detainer filings, otherwise extends unlawful detainer stay, and requires email addresses on all filings.
  • June 5, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing resumption of Jury Trials.
  • June 1, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release detailing its extension of Emergency Order and issues further Implementation Order.
  • May 28, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing resumption of in-person traffic trials, increases remote traffic trial opportunities, and extends unlawful detainer stay.
  • May 20, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing remote “reopening.”
  • May 15, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing that it will resume accepting reservations for and setting hearings on most motions, beginning May 18, and detailing remote appearance options in conservatorships
  • May 7, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announces plan to “re-open” civil filings, including new complaints.
  • May 1, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing a new implementation order in response to an emergency order granted by the Chief Justice, and the extension of the Court’s public closure through May 29, 2020.
  • April 29, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing that it has expanded filings and hearings in civil, family, and probate matters, publishes updated FAQ, and prepares to seek additional Emergency Order in anticipation of extending public closure.
  • April 24, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing that it has expanded the types of documents that can be filed by fax, drop box, and mail.
  • April 23, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release detailing the launch of remote public and media access to court proceedings.
  • April 22, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release detailing the enactment of new emergency Local Rule and Local Rule amendments to facilitate the resumption of Court services during the COVID-19 crisis, posts traffic court FAQ and begins accepting some traffic documents via drop box.
  • April 17, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release regarding its offer of relief to litigants in traffic cases, and provides alternatives to litigants in time-not-waived traffic trials.
  • April 16, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release regarding the resumption of limited hearings in Civil, Family, and Probate matters, issues related Emergency Local Rules and FAQs, permits limited public courthouse access, and orders additional jail releases.
  • April 13, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release ordering the release of 56 additional persons from the Santa Rita Jail.
  • April 10, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release announcing new Emergency Local Rules, the opening of limited emergency Civil, Family, and Probate fax filing opportunities, and the tentative start of limited emergency hearings the week of April 20, 2020. The Court also orders release of additional persons from Santa Rita Jail.
  • April 8, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release detailing its adoption of the Emergency Bail Schedule as directed by the Judicial Council of California, along with new local form to facilitate remote criminal court appearances.
  • April 3, 2020 - The Court received a second Emergency Order from the Chair of the Judicial Council of California and has issued a Press Release regarding its implementation of that Order, its adoption of a new local rule, and its excusal of prospective jurors from service.
  • April 2, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release detailing its extension of the public closure period and requests extension of emergency relief, enacts emergency bail schedule, and extends stay of unlawful detainer actions.
  • April 2, 2020 - The Court has adopted new Local Rule 4.115, Emergency Rule Adopting Temporary Emergency Bail Schedule, to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, pursuant to the March 23, 2020, Statewide Order of the Chief Justice.
  • March 27, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release regarding its expansion of remote services during the COVID-19 public closure period.
  • March 25, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release regarding the resumption of Self-Help telephone service, two additional Orders, dated March 20, 2020 and March 25, 2020, releasing persons from custody, and the continuance of trials in accord with the March 23, 2020, Statewide Order of the Chief Justice.
  • March 19, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release regarding the Presiding Judge's General Order releasing 247 persons from the Santa Rita Jail in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Press Release also refers to the new information added below, which details the impact of the current public closures on specific Court divisions and offices.
  • March 17, 2020 - The Court received an Emergency Order from the Chair of the Judicial Council of California and has issued a Press Release providing additional details regarding services that are impacted pursuant to the authority conferred by that Order.
  • March 16, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release detailing its closure of all courthouses in support of the “Shelter in Place” Orders issued by Bay Area public health officials.
  • March 14, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release detailing its plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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