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Chief Justice Issues COVID-19 Statewide Order

April 2, 2020

On March 30, the Chief Justice issued a statewide order following the March 28 meeting of the Judicial Council in response to COVID-19. This coincides with Executive Oder N-38-20, issued by Governor Newsom on March 27. This statewide order is another step taken by the Chief Justice to respond to COVID-19 in a manner that balances the constitutional due process rights of parties in both criminal and civil proceedings with the health and safety of these parties, the public, court staff, judicial officers, attorneys, witnesses, jurors and others present at these proceedings.

In this statewide order, the Chief Justice authorizes the following:

  • Extending the 10 court day period for holding a preliminary hearing and the defendant’s right of release to 30 court days;
  • Extending the time period in which a defendant charged with a felony offense shall be taken before a judicial officer from 48 hours to not more than 7 days;
  • Extending the time period for holding a criminal trial by more than 30 days; and
  • Extending the time period to bring an action to trial by more than 30 days.
  • Making use of available technology, when possible, to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely.
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