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.
|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|
|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)|
|All California Courts of Appeal||4/9|
|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|