UncategorizedRiverside Superior Court closes amid COVID-19

March 18, 2020by RaxterLaw

The Riverside County Superior Court along with other local County Courts are closing or drastically limiting services in response to COVID-19. San Diego, Orange, and San Bernardino Courts are taking similar steps. Below is Riverside County’s response. In addition, please note that the Department of Veterans Affairs office, EDD, and Labor Commission are also closing or limiting public service.

Criminal The Court will continue to hear in-custody arraignments for both misdemeanor and felony cases and gun violence restraining orders. All criminal jury trials are continued for 14 days. Criminal jury trials that are in-progress will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Civil The Court will continue to hear civil harassments, other types of civil restraining orders, ex-parte applications, and name change petitions. Unlimited and limited civil trials are suspended until May 25, 2020. Civil trials that are in-progress will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. All other matters will be conducted telephonically and by judge’s order, or continued as needed.
Probate The Court will continue to hear temporary guardianship and temporary conservatorship cases, LPS conservatorships, elder abuse restraining orders, Riese hearings, and ex-parte applications. All other matters will be continued with the exception of those that can be conducted telephonically. Probate investigator in-person interviews are postponed until further notice.
Family Law The Court will continue to hear domestic violence restraining orders and ex-parte applications. All other matters will be continued. Telephonic appearance may be ordered on a case-by-case basis.
Juvenile The Court will continue to hear detention hearings, contested and uncontested jurisdiction hearings, requests to re-enter foster care, restraining order applications and ex-parte applications. All other matters will be continued with the exception of those that can be conducted telephonically.
Traffic The Court will postpone all traffic matters for 30 days. Traffic court trials will be postponed for 14 days. Night court traffic matters will be suspended for 30 days and matters already scheduled will be continued.
Small Claims The Court will postpone all small claims matters for 90 days. Night court small claims matters will be suspended for 90 days and matters already scheduled will be continued.
Unlawful Detainers The Court will postpone all unlawful detainer matters for 60 days.