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Civil Covid-19 Information and Update
Modified lobby and phone hours are 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, excluding court holidays. Please call (707) 521-6610 during these hours to speak with a clerk.
Self-represented litigants and filers who are not required to eFile pursuant to Local Rule 18.22 can file civil ex parte requests, unlawful detainer ex parte requests and restraining order petitions in person during these hours. Access to eFile and the drop box located outside of room 107-J is available 24/7.
Court users are advised to check this page regularly for updated information.
1/12/2021 - Standing Order Re: Small Claims Trials
10/7/2020 - Clerk's Notice Re Unlawful Detainer Filings
CIVIL Related Information & Frequently asked questions
- How can I file for a Civil Harassment Restraining Order?
Civil harassment restraining order requests can be submitted either by electronic filing, by dropping completed requests in the drop-box located next to room 107-J, or in person at the Civil Clerk’s Office between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. on regular business days at 600 Administration Drive in Santa Rosa. Processed orders will be returned via eFile or regular mail or will be available for pickup after 2:30 p.m. It is important to provide contact information for the clerk to contact you. If you do not want contact information on the request form, please submit a separate sheet of paper with the information
- How can I file a request for an elder abuse restraining order?
Elder abuse restraining order requests can be submitted either by electronic filing, by dropping completed requests in the drop-box located next to room 107-J, or in person at the Civil Clerk’s Office between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. on regular business days at 600 Administration Drive in Santa Rosa.Processed orders will be returned via eFile or regular mail or will be available for pickup after 2:30 p.m.It is important to provide contact information for the clerk to contact you. If you do not want to submit contact information on the request form, please submit a separate sheet of paper with the information for court use.
- Can I file documents to stop an eviction from going forward?
Yes, either by electronic filing, in person at the Civil Clerk’s Office or by dropping completed requests in the drop-box located next to room 107-J at the Hall of Justice, 600 Administration Drive in Santa Rosa. Processed orders will be returned via eFile or regular mail or will be available for pickup after 2:30 p.m.
- Are there new laws that apply to eviction cases?
Information regarding new laws is available at the Judicial Council website at https://www.courts.ca.gov/44660.htm.
- Are new forms available for filing in eviction cases?
New forms are available as of 10/5/20 on the Judicial Council website at https://www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm?query=eviction
The following forms are new as of October 5, 2020:
UD-101 Plaintiff’s Mandatory Cover Sheet and Supplemental Allegations—Unlawful Detainer
UD-104 Cover Sheet for Declaration of COVID-19-Related Financial Distress
UD-104(A) Attachment—Declaration of COVID-19-Related Financial Distress
In addition, the Answer – Unlawful Detainer (form UD-105)was revised to add new affirmative defenses
How will I appear for the court hearing?
Appearances for all civil matters including civil harassment restraining orders, elder abuse restraining orders, unlawful detainer hearings and all other civil matters are being held remotely via Zoom. Please review the Virtual Appearance Guide for additional information. There is a Zoom kiosk available for use at the Sonoma County Public Library for use by persons over the age of 65 who have filed an application for a restraining order. If you are over 65 and have filed an application for a restraining order, you may contact our Self-Help Center at (707) 521-6534, to learn more and set an appointment to use the kiosk for your hearing
- When will my Small Claims Case be heard?
All small claims matters scheduled in 2020 are being rescheduled to begin via remote hearing beginning February 5, 2021. Notices will be mailed advising of the new court date and Zoom information.
- How do I submit my exhibits prior to the Zoom hearing?
For instructions on how to submit exhibits prior to your hearing please see the Standing Order Re: Small Claims Trials. Also available for use is optional form Exchange and Submission of Evidence. In addition you may contact the court’s Self-Help Center for assistance prior to your hearing date by phone at (707) 521-6534 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What if I need assistance appearing by Zoom?
For assistance in how to appear by Zoom please review the Virtual Appearance Guide. You may also contact the court’s Self-Help Center for assistance prior to your hearing date by phone at (707) 521-6534 or by email at email@example.com.
- Can I E-File during the court closure?
E-Filing allows filers to submit documents to open court cases and e-file documents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. E-filing remains open and available to all parties during court closures due to COVID-19. Except for documents related to hearings being conducted during the closure, documents that are submitted for filing during the closure will have a filing date on the next day that is not a judicial holiday if the document meets appropriate criteria for filing. Due to the volume of documents submitted during the closure, the processing of submitted documents may be delayed.
- Are Civil Settlement Conferences being held?
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Civil Settlement Conference Program is suspended until further notice. No settlement conferences will be held at any court facility until further notice. Counsel and self-represented litigants may choose another form of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Selection of any other form of ADR will not allow for use of a court facility at this time.
It is unknown if settlement conferences scheduled during the period of the closure (March 16 through May 31, 2020), will be re-set.
Please check this page again after June 30 for any possible further updates.
Unlawful Detainer / Evictions
Civil Settlement Conferences