In order to protect the public safety, and prevent the spread of the coronavirus ( COVID-19), the Court adopts the following visitor restrictions for all courthouses and probation and pretrial services offices in the District:
The United States District Court for the Southern District of California announces visitor restrictions to all courthouses and probation and pretrial services offices in the District as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended to everyone to take precautions during the coronavirus outbreak and has advised that the best way
to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Therefore, effective immediately, the following persons will not enter any federal courthouse or probation and pretrial services office in the Southern District of California:
Persons who have traveled to any countries within the last fourteen days for which the CDC has issued Level Two or Level Three travel health notices, including, as of the date of this order:
- South Korea
(This list may be updated as further guidance is received.)
- Persons who reside or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to any of those countries within the last fourteen days;
- Persons who have traveled to a quarantined area in the United States within the last fourteen days;
- Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency;
- Persons who have been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus;
- Persons with apparent symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, severe cough, or shortness of breath;
- All visits by student groups and all tours of the Courthouses of the Southern District of California unrelated to a Court proceeding are hereby CANCELLED.
Anyone attempting to enter in violation of these protocols will be denied entry by a Court Security Officer.
If you have a scheduled appointment or you are otherwise required to appear at one of the courthouses or at the probation or pretrial service offices in the Southern District of California, and you are unable to appear because of these restrictions, you should proceed as follows:
- If you are represented by an attorney, you should immediately contact your attorney;
- If you are an attorney and you are scheduled to appear in court before a judge, please contact that judge’s courtroom deputy directly;
- If you are scheduled to meet with a Probation or Pretrial Services officer, please visit the Probation and Pretrial Services Office websites at: https://www.casp.uscourts.gov/ and http://www.caspt.uscourts.gov/;
- If you are a juror, please contact the Jury Department at: (800) 998-9035 or https://www.casd.uscourts.gov/;
- For Bankruptcy Court matters, please visit the Bankruptcy Court’s website at: https://www.casb.uscourts.gov/;
- For other District Court matters, please visit the District Court’s website at: https://www.casd.uscourts.gov/.
These restrictions are temporary and will remain in place until it is determined to be safe to remove them. People who think they may have been exposed to the coronavirus should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
View the full notice here.