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California Chief Justice Issues Guidance to Expedite Court Emergency Orders

Monday, March 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
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California Chief Justice Issues Guidance to Expedite Court Emergency Orders

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on Monday issued guidance to California trial courts seeking emergency orders to adjust or suspend court operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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. (Note: All emergency orders signed by the Chief Justice related to COVID-19 can be found here).

The Chief Justice’s guidance serves as a blueprint for requests that would be presumptively approved. Requests beyond those listed in the advisory will also be expedited, she wrote.

“California’s judicial branch is facing an unprecedented challenge with the COVID-19 virus,” Cantil-Sakauye wrote. “I recognize that this situation may require the temporary adjustment or suspension of court operations and procedures. I stand prepared to prioritize all such requests that may be submitted in the days ahead.”


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