DUE TO THE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER ISSUED BY GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM, THE TULARE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT IS SUBSTANTIALLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FROM MARCH 23, 2020, THROUGH MAY 12, 2020. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE BELOW:
NO COURT HEARINGS DURING THAT TIME: In order to protect the public and court staff, most court hearings will not be held in Tulare County during the closure period. All hearings will be postponed and you will receive written notification of your new court date. If there are temporary orders in place, those orders will also be continued until your new court date (for example, restraining orders, temporary custody orders, etc.).
EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE AN ANSWER OR RESPONSE: The Court has issued an emergency order that extends the time limit for filing documents by considering all days between March 23, 2020 and May 12, 2020, as holidays, which would not be counted for your deadline. (For example, if you were served on March 23 and your response would normally be due thirty days later, on April 23, you would not have to count March 23-May 12 [total of 51 days] as part of the 30 days. Your filing deadline would be extended to May 13.
HOW TO FILE DOCUMENTS DURING CLOSURE: During this emergency, the Court and clerk’s office strongly discourage bringing paper filing documents to the court, and would direct persons to e-file documents (initial filings), since it is safer and less likely to pass on viruses. The office will also be operating with greatly reduced staff; so we ask that you wait to file until after May 12, if possible. For urgent or emergency documents that can only be filed in paper, you may submit your documents by mail to: 221 S. Mooney Blvd., Room 201, Visalia, California 93291, for north county filings and 300 E. Olive Avenue, Porterville, California, 93257 for south county filings. A drop box is also available in the Visalia Division outside of Room 201 on the second floor, or at the South County Justice Center, exterior window number 2.
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