Current California law circumscribes the authority of the Chief Justice during emergencies. Presiding judges of county superior courts may petition the Chief Justice—as chair of the Judicial Council—for an emergency order to support their local needs.

The law allows local courts to request a number of relief measures, including declaring holidays to recalculate filing deadlines, extending temporary restraining orders, holding sessions elsewhere in the county, extending the time for a criminal trial to be held, and others.

The table below shows emergency orders that have been signed by the Chief Justice. Additional emergency orders will be added once they become available.

Statewide Orders  
6/10

Arraignment Time Extension Rescinded
Rescinds provision in previous statewide order authorizing courts to extend time for defendants to be arraigned. Defendants again arraigned within 48 hours.

  • Previous order (link) authorizing courts to extend arraignments from 48 hours to seven days.
Order
4/29 Criminal trial time extension
The order adds a 30-day extension of time, bringing extensions of time to hold criminal trials during the pandemic to a total of 90 days.
(News Release | Order)
3/30 Temporary emergency measures
Order implements action approved by Judicial Council on March 28; clarifies order suspending jury trials for 60 days
(News Release | Order)
3/23 Suspended all jury trials by 60 days and allowing courts to immediately adopt new rules to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (News Release | Order)

 

  California Supreme Court Orders  
4/10 An administrative order amending its order of March 20, 2020, extending deadlines in all high court proceedings for an additional 30 days. Order
3/20 Extended deadlines by 30 days "to do any act required or permitted under CA Rules of Court." The order applies only to California Supreme Court proceedings with deadlines from March 20 through April 20. (News Release | Order)
3/18 Expanded electronic filing of all documents, including briefs. (News Release)
3/16 Amended oral argument procedure "to protect the health and safety of the public."  (Order)

 

APPELLATE COURTS  
All California Courts of Appeal; Courts of Appeal #2 4/9; 4/15
First Appellate District 3/18
Second Appellate District 3/20
Third Appellate District 3/23
Fourth Appellate District 3/20
Fifth Appellate District 3/23
Sixth Appellate District 3/18
SUPERIOR COURTS  
Alameda; Alameda #2; Alameda #3; Alameda #4; Alameda #5 3/17; 4/3; 5/1; 5/29; 6/29
Amador 3/17
Butte; Butte #2; Butte #3; Butte #4 3/18; 3/23; 4/22; 7/21
Calaveras 3/18
Colusa; Colusa #2; Colusa #3; Colusa #4 3/20; 4/6; 5/1; 7/28
Contra Costa; Contra Costa #2; Contra Costa #3; Contra Costa #4; Contra Costa #5; Contra Costa #6; Contra Costa #7 3/13; 3/30; 4/29; 6/3; 6/4; 7/1; 7/31
Del Norte; Del Norte #2; Del Norte #3 3/20; 4/16; 5/7
El Dorado; El Dorado #2 3/18; 4/16
Fresno ; Fresno #2; Fresno #3; Fresno #4; Fresno #5; Fresno #6 3/17; 3/19; 4/1; 4/30; 6/18; 7/16
Glenn 3/18
Humboldt; Humboldt #2; Humboldt #3 3/17; 4/15; 6/19
Imperial; Imperial #2; Imperial #3; Imperial #4 3/18; 4/17; 5/18; 6/17
Inyo Inyo #2 3/20; 4/14
Kern; Kern #2; Kern #3; Kern #4; Kern #5 3/17; 3/19; 4/1; 5/1; 7/8
Kings; Kings #2; Kings #3; Kings #4 3/18; 4/14; 6/15; 7/14
Lake ; Lake #2; Lake #3 3/16; 3/27; 4/28
Los Angeles; Los Angeles #2; Los Angeles #3; Los Angeles #4; Los Angeles #5; Los Angeles #6 3/16; 4/13; 5/12; 6/1; 6/10; 7/10
Madera; Madera #2; Madera #3; Madera #4; Madera #5 3/17; 3/26; 4/20; 5/15; 7/8
MarinMarin #2; Marin #3; Marin #4; Marin #5; Marin #6; Marin #7 3/16; 3/17; 3/30; 4/27; 5/22; 6/19; 7/20
Mariposa 3/23
Mendocino; Mendocino #2 3/17; 4/2
Merced; Merced #2; Merced #3; Merced #4; Merced #5; Merced #6 3/18; 3/23; 4/13; 5/19; 6/11; 7/29
Modoc 4/3;

Mono Local orders posted on website

 
Monterey; Monterey #2; Monterey #3 3/18; 4/2; 4/30
Napa; Napa #2; Napa #3 3/17; 4/8; 4/30
Nevada; Nevada #2; Nevada #3; Nevada #4; Nevada #5; Nevada #6; Nevada #7 3/16; 3/19; 3/23; 4/10; 5/8; 6/8; 7/8
Orange; Orange #2; Orange #3; Orange #4; Orange #5; Orange #6; Orange #7 3/16; 3/26; 4/24; 5/26; 6/10; 6/18; 7/16
Placer; Placer #2; Placer #3 3/17; 4/10; 6/19
Plumas; Plumas #2 3/20; 4/22
Riverside; Riverside #2; Riverside #3; Riverside #4; Riverside #5; Riverside #6; Riverside #7; Riverside #8; Riverside #9; Riverside #10 3/17; 3/20; 3/23; 4/1; 4/24; 5/26; 6/2; 6/23; 7/21; 7/29
Sacramento; Sacramento #2; Sacramento #3; Sacramento #4; Sacramento #5; Sacramento #6; Sacramento #7 3/17; 3/27; 4/16; 5/14; 6/11; 6/24; 7/15
San Bernardino; San Bernardino #2; San Bernardino #3; San Bernardino #4; San Bernardino #5 3/17; 4/1; 4/29; 6/11; 7/16
San Diego, San Diego #2; San Diego #3; San Diego #4; San Diego #5; San Diego #6; San Diego #7; San Diego #8; San Diego #9; San Diego #10; San Diego #11 3/17; 3/18; 4/2; 4/3; 4/29; 6/4; 6/10; 6/17; 6/30; 7/14; 7/21
San Francisco; San Francisco #2; San Francisco #3; San Francisco #4 3/16; 3/19; 4/10; 5/27
San Joaquin; San Joaquin #2; San Joaquin #3 3/17; 4/2; 4/28
San Luis Obispo; San Luis Obispo #2; San Luis Obispo #3; San Luis Obispo #4; San Luis Obispo; San Luis Obispo 3/16; 4/9; 5/7; 6/4; 7/2; 7/31
San Mateo; San Mateo #2; San Mateo #3; San Mateo #4; San Mateo #5; San Mateo #6 3/16; 4/2; 4/10; 5/14; 6/11; 7/13
Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara #2; Santa Barbara #3; Santa Barbara #4; Santa Barbara #5; Santa Barbara #6 3/16; 3/18; 3/27; 4/24; 5/26; 7/7
Santa ClaraSanta Clara #2; Santa Clara #3; Santa Clara #4; Santa Clara #5; Santa Clara #6; Santa Clara #7; Santa Clara #8; Santa Clara #9; Santa Clara #10; Santa Clara #11

3/13; 3/17; 3/18; 3/30; 4/16; 4/29; 5/18; 6/1; 7/1; 7/15; 7/31

Santa Cruz; Santa Cruz #2; Santa Cruz #3; Santa Cruz #4 3/18; 3/27; 5/29; 7/27
Shasta; Shasta #2; Shasta #3 3/17; 3/23; 4/9
Sierra; Sierra #2; Sierra #3; Sierra #4; Sierra #5; Sierra #6 3/18; 4/3; 5/1; 5/29; 6/26; 7/29
Siskiyou; Siskiyou #2; Siskiyou #3; Siskiyou #4 3/19; 4/15; 6/15; 7/31
Solano; Solano #2; Solano #3 3/17; 4/3; 4/29
Sonoma; Sonoma #2; Sonoma #3; Sonoma #4; Sonoma #5 3/16; 3/18; 3/27; 6/4; 7/29
Stanislaus; Stanislaus #2; Stanislaus #3; Stanislaus #4; Stanislaus #5; Stanislaus #6; Stanislaus #7 3/18; 4/16; 5/15; 6/10; 6/12; 6/19; 7/13
Sutter; Sutter #2 3/20; 4/10
Tehama; Tehama #2; Tehama #3 3/19; 4/2; 5/1
Trinity 3/20
Tulare; Tulare #2; Tulare #3; Tulare #4; Tulare #5 3/17; 4/13; 5/11; 6/9; 7/8
Tuolumne; Tuolumne #2 3/19; 4/20
Ventura; Ventura #2; Ventura #3; Ventura #4; Ventura #5 3/13; 3/20; 4/14; 5/11; 6/10
Yolo; Yolo #2; Yolo #3 3/17; 3/30; 4/27
Yuba; Yuba #2 3/20; 4/7

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