Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, the court will rescind the court holiday provision for all non-emergency general family law and Department of Child Support (DCSS) filings (except Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights filings), which was enacted pursuant to Government Code section 68115. The processing of Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights filings will resume on June 15, 2020. In addition, the court will resume conducting Child Custody Recommending Counselor (CCRC) appointments via video conference and will begin in-person hearings for permanent domestic violence restraining orders and telephonic hearings for general family law matters.

This notice outlines processes and timelines for the restoration of services for family law case matters.

Clerk’s Offices

Emergency Matters

Clerk’s offices at the Larson Justice Center (Indio), Southwest Justice Center (Murrieta), and Hall of Justice (Riverside) will remain open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for processing emergency matters as follows:

  • File or pick-up any type of restraining order;
  • Request family law emergency orders (i.e. custody/visitation);
  • Request other types of emergency ex parte application relief; and
  • Stipulations.

Beginning June 8, 2020, family law emergency matters currently being filed in the Hall of Justice will begin being accepted in the clerk’s office of the Riverside Family Law Court, located at 4175 Main Street, Riverside.

Non-Emergency Matters

Customers may continue to file non-emergency documents in one of three ways:

  • Online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal at https://www.riverside.courts.ca.gov/FormsFiling/ESubmit/esubmit.php The eSubmit program allows court customers to electronically deliver documents to the court securely via the internet. The eSubmit fee of $1.85 is suspended through June 30, 2020.
  • Mailed or delivered to the court for processing. Addresses can be found on the court’s website; or
  • By placement in a dropbox at any of the open justice centers. Drop boxes are available for customers to drop off filings for submission to the clerk’s office.

Courtroom Proceedings

In-Person Proceedings

Effective May 18, 2020, the court will resume in-person hearings on permanent domestic violence restraining orders at each of the open justice centers. Notices of dates, times, and locations of in-person hearings will be mailed to parties.

Telephonic Appearances

Effective June 8, 2020, the court will resume family law calendar matters, with the exception of trials, trial readiness conferences and mandatory settlement conferences. Notices of dates, times, and locations of telephonic hearings will be mailed to parties.

Child Custody Recommending Counselor (CCRC) Appointments

The court will commence child custody and visitation CCRC appointments on May 18, 2020. These sessions will be conducted via videoconference. Notice of the new or rescheduled appointments will be mailed to all parties.

For more information on the Court’sresponse to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the COVID-19 Court Operations website.

View the full notice here.

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