Presiding Judge-elect Eric C. Taylor issued a General Order today extending last-day deadlines for Criminal and Juvenile Dependency matters pursuant to the emergency powers granted to him by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye under Government Code 68115. The new Order takes effect upon today’s expiration of General Order 2020-GEN-026-00, issued on December 2, 2020.

The Order, which is attached, provides emergency relief as follows:

Criminal:

  • Extends the time provided by section 859b of the Penal Code for the holding of a preliminary examination and the defendant’s right to release from 10 court days to not more than 30 court days.
  • Extends the time period provided in section 1382 of the Penal Code for the holding of a criminal trial by not more than 30 days, applicable only to cases in which the original or previously extended statutory deadline otherwise would expire from January 4, 2021, to January 28, 2021, inclusive.
  • Extends by 90 calendar days post-conviction progress reports set on January 4, 2021, to January 28, 2021, inclusive.
  • Extends by 90 calendar days, unless statutorily required to be held sooner and the defendant does not consent to a continuance, out-of-custody misdemeanor pretrial hearings set on January 4, 2021, to January 28, 2021, inclusive.

Juvenile Dependency:

  • Extends the time periods provided in section 313 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending dependency proceedings must be released from custody to not more than seven (7) days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from January 4, 2021, to January 28, 2021, inclusive.
  • Extends the time periods provided in section 315 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending dependency proceedings must be given a detention hearing to not more than seven (7) days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from January 4, 2021, to January 28, 2021, inclusive.

The Order also requires, in accordance with General Order No. 2020-GEN-016-02, all persons to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth while in a courthouse. Persons whose disabilities preclude them from wearing face coverings (see California Department of Public Health Guidance Concerning the Use of Face Coverings issued on June 18, 2020) are urged to seek an accommodation under Rule 1.100 of the California Rules of Court in advance of their court appearance or appointment. Sheriff’s Department personnel are directed to enforce the mandatory face mask requirement and social distancing protocols in courthouses.
All judicial Orders and COVID-19 protocols are available on the Court’s Here For You | Safe For You page at this link: http://www.lacourt.org/newsmedia/ui/HfySfy.aspx.

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