The Court Facilities Advisory Committee today voted to recommend to the Judicial Council that all 23 current judicial branch projects continue based on the general criteria of working with available funding, not incurring additional costs, or wasting funds. Projects would be grouped into four broad categories that would determine how far an individual project can proceed until adequate funding is restored.
Courthouse projects in various stages—all require funding to continue. Others are indefinitely delayed.
The California Supreme Court announced it has amended oral argument procedures to protect the health and safety of the public.
The Supreme Court of California on Wednesday expanded mandatory electronic filing of all documents, including briefs, for review by the court.
The order applies only to California Supreme Court proceedings with deadlines from March 20 through April 20.
California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on Monday issued a statewide order suspending all jury trials in California's superior courts for 60 days and allowing courts to immediately adopt new rules to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emergency meeting of court and branch leaders from around the state will focus on measures to ensure California courts can meet stringent health directives while also providing due process and access to justice.
The measures aim to continue essential court services while guarding the health and safety of the public, court employees, attorneys, litigants, judicial officers, law enforcement, and staff and inmates in detention facilities.
The council's latest temporary emergency rule requires attorneys to electronically serve and receive notices and documents in all general civil actions and family and probate proceedings when requested to do so.
Judges now have discretion to backdate modification requests for child, spousal, partner, or family support orders during the state of emergency.
The California Supreme Court ordered the July California Bar Exam be postponed to Sept. 9-10, and directed the State Bar to make every effort to administer the test online with remote or electronic proctoring.
Amid COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to hold criminal trials has been extended a total of 90 days.