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California Court Closures

Posted by Pre-employ on March 19, 2020

Updated May 27, 2020 1:45 pm EST     

California may be massive, but that doesn’t make it immune to society-slowing situations like the one we find ourselves in. Home to Silicon Valley companies like Apple and Google as well as smaller, different corporations like Gibson guitar or Taco Bell, this bustling commercial state can’t afford to miss a step. Our team at Pre-Employ has compiled a comprehensive list of the many courts within the state, and we’re updating their status for the convenience of your hiring manager to prevent hiring delays.

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Courts Within California Jurisdictions    

 Jurisdiction = County or Parrish Court System

Record Access= Can access FCRA Compliant records at this time

In-Person = Can general public access courthouses for records or information 

Jurisdiction  Full or Partial Access? Court Status Jurisdiction  Full or Partial Access? Court Status
Alameda, CA Yes OPEN Orange, CA Yes CLOSED
Alpine, CA Yes OPEN Placer, CA Yes OPEN
Butte, CA Yes OPEN Riverside, CA Yes OPEN
Calaveras, CA Yes OPEN Sacramento, CA Yes CLOSED
Colusa, CA Yes OPEN San Benito, CA Yes OPEN
Contra Costa, CA Yes LIMITED ACCESS San Bernardino, CA Yes CLOSED
Del Norte, CA Yes OPEN San Diego, CA Yes CLOSED
El Dorado, CA Yes OPEN San Francisco, CA No CLOSED
Fresno, CA Yes OPEN San Joaquin, CA Yes CLOSED
Glenn, CA Yes OPEN San Luis Obispo, CA No CLOSED
Humboldt, CA Yes LIMITED ACCESS San Mateo, CA Yes CLOSED
Imperial, CA Yes OPEN Santa Barbara, CA Yes LIMITED ACCESS
Kern, CA Yes OPEN Santa Cruz, CA Yes OPEN
Kings, CA Yes OPEN Shasta, CA Yes OPEN
Lake, CA Yes OPEN Sierra, CA No CLOSED
Lassen, CA Yes OPEN Siskiyou, CA Yes OPEN
Los Angeles, CA Yes CLOSED Solano, CA Yes OPEN
Marin, CA Yes CLOSED Stanislaus, CA Yes CLOSED
Mariposa, CA No CLOSED Sutter, CA Yes OPEN
Mendocino, CA Yes OPEN Tehama, CA Yes OPEN - LIMITED ACCESS
Merced, CA Yes OPEN Trinity, CA Yes OPEN
Modoc, CA Yes OPEN Tulare, CA Yes CLOSED
Mono, CA Yes OPEN Tuolumne, CA Yes OPEN
Monterey, CA Yes CLOSED Ventura, CA Yes CLOSED
Napa, CA No CLOSED Yolo, CA Yes OPEN


California Federal Appeals Court

Central District of California

Except for certain Criminal hearings, all courthouses are closed until May 1st. No courthouse tours will be permitted. Civil hearings are postponed unless time-sensitive and/or emergency. Any hearings regarding emergency civil matters will continue via telephone. Matters regarding bankruptcy court will proceed as well via telephone.

Eastern District of California

All civil and criminal jury trials are postponed until May 1st and are closed to the public. If necessary, civil matters will be decided on the papers or by remote hearings. All criminal initial appearances, arraignments and other essential proceedings will proceed before magistrate judges, unless parties agree to delay.  Proceedings should be conducted remotely when possible. District judges may postpone criminal matters to a date after May 1.

Northern District of California

All civil and criminal jury trials are postponed until May 1st and all courts are closed to the public. Essential courthouse operations for the Oakland, San Jose, and Eureka/McKinleyville courthouses will be consolidated and relocated to the San Francisco courthouse until April 7th.

Southern District of California

Civil and criminal jury trials are postponed until April 16th. For the district’s bankruptcy court, all hearings will be conducted telephonically through April 16th.

State courts

The California Supreme Court suspended in-person oral argument sessions until further notice. Counsel will only appear remotely. All oral argument sessions will be held in the court’s San Francisco headquarters courtroom with limited seating.

Los  Angeles County Superior Court All civil and criminal trials are suspended through April 16th. From March 20 – April 16th, courts will only be open for time-sensitive, essential functions.

San Francisco Superior Court has postponed civil jury trials 90 days from the date they had been scheduled. Exceptions to that restriction are preference cases and trials already in progress. All criminal jury trials set before April 15th will be postponed for 30 days from the currently scheduled county date. All in-person visits related to guardianship and conservatorship are postponed until April 15th.

In San Francisco Unified Family Court, matters will be delayed by agreements of the parties or at the discretion of the court.

The Orange County Superior Court is closed at all locations from March 17th through March 27th. Facilities are closed to the public until March 30.

The San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non emergency services from March 17th through April 3rd.

The San Bernardino Superior Court has closed most of it’s courthouses from March 17th through April 2nd with limited emergency criminal and family law matters available in some facilities.

Alameda County Superior Court is closed to the public for most court operations through April 7th

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Courthouses are closed to the public during non court weeks until further notice. The court is evaluating arguments currently scheduled in March, April and May and will give orders to the cases individually.


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