In an effort to promote the health and safety of court users and employees as well as mitigate community spread of the Covid-19/Coronavirus, the San Joaquin County Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020-April 3, 2020:

CRIMINAL

  • Criminal arraignments with in-custody defendants and “time not waived” (TNW) preliminary hearings and trials will be heard.
  •  Criminal matters with in-custody defendants where defendant’s appearance can be waived.
  • Criminal matters with out-of-custody defendants will be rescheduled.

CIVIL

  • All civil proceedings will be rescheduled.
  • All Unlawful Detainer (UD) matters will be rescheduled.
  • All Civil Harassments will be heard.

FAMILY

  • All domestic violence restraining orders will be heard.
  • All custody hearings where ex parte orders were granted will be heard.
  • All family court and mediation matters will be rescheduled.
  • All clinics and workshops have been canceled.
  • All other family law and family support matters will be rescheduled.

TRAFFIC

  • All traffic matters will be rescheduled.

SMALL CLAIMS

  • All Small Claims matters will be rescheduled.

JUVENILE DEPENDENCY

  • All Juvenile Dependency will be rescheduled.

JUVENILE DELINQUENCY

  • W&I sec. 602 Juvenile Detention hearings will be heard.
  • W&I sec. 602 TNW in-custody jurisdictional hearings will be heard.
  • W&I sec. 602 in-custody TNW dispositional hearings will be heard.
  • W&I sec. 602 TNW in-custody transfer hearings will be heard.
  • All other hearings will be rescheduled.

PROBATE

  • All Probate hearings will be rescheduled.
  • All in-person visits related to guardianship and conservatorship cases will be suspended.
  • Any temporary orders will be extended until the next court date.

THE COURT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR:

  • Ex-parte requests for civil harassment TROs, DVTROs, and Gun Violence Protective Orders.
  • Emergency ex-parte lockout proceedings (UD).
  • A Family law judge will review ex-parte requests for emergency TROs, Guardianship requests where a minor’s safety is at risk.
  • A Juvenile judge will be available for emergency orders and Dependency detentions.
  • A Probate judge will be available to cover emergency conservatorship and other emergency orders.
  • All search warrants (day and night) will be electronically submitted.

In addition, effective March 17, 2020 – April 3, 2020, the Court will institute the following changes:

JURY

WORKSHOPS AND CLINICS

  • All workshops and clinics have been canceled.

SELF-HELP CENTER

  • The Self-Help Center will be closed. Services will be available on-line and by phone. Please call (209) 992-5282.

The public is urged to monitor the San Joaquin County Superior Court website (www.sjcourts.org) for updated information.

View the full notice here.

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