Amid COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to hold criminal trials has been extended a total of 90 days.
Videoconference technology helps deliver self-help services remotely and increases a court's outreach.
The Judicial Council approved a revision to emergency rule 9 regarding the statutes of limitations for filing civil cases during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to clarify that the emergency rule also applies to “statutes of repose”.
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.
Webcasts of the court’s oral arguments have been accessed more than 44,000 times since it began streaming them last year.
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.
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.
Los Angeles County's online tool is just one of the programs in the state helping parties settle their cases without a trip to the courthouse.
Funding used for remote video, online services, and expanding self-help also helped limit the service impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on court users