Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor today received emergency authority from Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to issue a new General Order extending last-day deadlines for Criminal trials, as well as Juvenile Dependency matters. With the help of effective Department of Public Health-approved safety measures established in all courthouses, the Order assists the Court in the continuing safe expansion of Civil and Criminal jury trials throughout the county.

“Despite the dramatic decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County since the winter surge, the Court continues to rely on this emergency authority to safely increase the number of jury trials while limiting the number of people in our courthouses,” Presiding Judge Taylor said. “The Court cannot operate at pre-pandemic levels while the COVID-19 virus remains a concern in our community and social distancing and mask mandates are necessary. Together, we are making progress in Los Angeles County to safely and carefully ramp up Criminal and Civil jury trials. I am grateful to Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and our justice and community partners for helping the Court to achieve a deliberate, safe resumption of jury trials while more Angelenos become fully vaccinated and the COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline locally.”

The Order, which is attached, extends deadlines 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 April 24, 2021, to May 21, 2021, inclusive.
  • Extends by 90 calendar days post-conviction progress reports set on April 24, 2021, to May 21, 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 April 24, 2021, to May 21, 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 April 24, 2021, to May 21, 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 April 24, 2021, to May 21, 2021, inclusive.

The Court also orders:

Courthouse Access and Remote Appearances:

In the interest of safeguarding the well-being of court users and enforcing social distancing, persons seeking services from the Clerk’s Office, court support services, and/or the Self-Help Centers must have a prescheduled appointment. For telephone or video assistance, or to schedule an appointment, the telephone number for each courthouse is listed at the courthouse entry and posted on the Court’s website, www.lacourt.org.

Access to LASC proceedings is governed by General Order 2020-GEN-025-00 issued on November 23, 2020.

Face Coverings:

In accordance with Amended General Order No. 2021-GEN-009-02, issued on February 25, 2021, all persons are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while in a courthouse. Persons whose disabilities preclude them from wearing face coverings compliant with the California Department of Public Health Guidance Concerning the Use of Face Coverings issued on June 18, 2020, are urged to seek accommodation under Rule 1.100 of the California Rules of Court in advance of their court appearance or appointment.

These health and safety requirements are part of the Court’s Here For You | Safe For You initiative, which provides numerous protective measures to operate courthouses safely, including offering services that allow court business to be conducted remotely. Whether appearing by phone, from home, the office, or coming to the courthouse, the Court provides safe, efficient options to access justice. The Court’s remote courtroom appearance technology options promote social distancing by reducing the number of people appearing in person.

Information on Here For You | Safe For You can be found here and on the Court’s Twitter page (@LASuperiorCourt).

View the full notice here.

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