ANYONE REFUSING TO WEAR A MASK/FACE COVERING MAY BE DENIED SERVICES,
ASKED TO LEAVE OR ESCORTED OUT BY LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES
Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile today signed a General Order mandating facial coverings and social distancing requirements in all 38 Superior Court of Los Angeles County courthouses and courtrooms.
“The Court must fulfill its statutory duties while safeguarding the well-being of the public it serves,” Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile said. “The Court has taken extensive measures to reduce the number of persons coming to its courthouses, including limiting the matters to be heard on any given day, spreading out the scheduling of cases, directing prospective jurors to courtrooms instead of jury assembly rooms, facilitating remote telephonic/video court transactions with the virtual Clerk’s Office, online and remote Self-Help services, remote mediations, teleworking employees, encouraging counsel, and litigants to appear remotely, and implementing scheduled appointments for in-person transactions at the courthouse.”
The Order allows individuals whose disabilities preclude them from wearing a mask to seek an exemption as a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Rule 1.100 of the California Rules of Court. Requests for an exemption to the Order may be directed to the ADA liaison at each courthouse. A list of liaisons is available at www.lacourt.org/ada/adahome.aspx.
Under the Order:
- All persons entering any courthouse or courtroom shall wear a face-covering/mask over his or her nose and mouth at all times within public areas of the courthouse or courtroom. Face coverings shall also include face shields that cover both the nose and the mouth. Children under the age of (3) three are exempt from the Order.
- To reduce the risk of contagion, the matters involving individuals exempted from wearing a mask may be scheduled when fewer people are present to reduce the risk of virus transmission.
- Individuals who remove their masks or face coverings after entering the courthouse or courtroom will be reminded to wear them. If they refuse, they may be denied services, may have their legal matters rescheduled, and/or will be asked to leave the courthouse or courtroom immediately.
- Persons who refuse to leave voluntarily will be escorted out of the courthouse and/or courtroom by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department personnel.
- Individuals are required to maintain at least (6) six feet of physical distance from all persons (except those within their household) at all times and comply with social distancing signage throughout the courthouse.
- Use hand sanitizer when entering the courthouse, practice good hand-washing hygiene, and cover coughs and sneezes, preferably with a tissue.
The Order, which is attached, is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.
Judicial officers and employees also are required to wear masks or facial coverings in all courthouses, courtrooms, and public spaces unless they have a medical exemption. The Court has provided judicial officers and employees with two cloth face coverings for their use. Paper masks also will be available for the public at security screening areas at courthouse entrances. Mandatory use of a face covering/mask is part of the Court’s Here For You | Safe For You plan to provide a safe courthouse environment while 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 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 Twitter page (@LASuperiorCourt).
View the full notice here.
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