May 29, 2020

Civil Covid-19 Information and Update

Sonoma County Superior Court is closed. At this time, no hearings will be held during the closure. All matters set during this time will be continued, and you will receive a notice at the address the court has on file.

5/5/2020 - Department 16 Scheduling Order Pursuant to the First Amended Omnibus General Order of the Presiding Judge

5/5/2020 - Department 17 Scheduling Order Pursuant to the First Amended Omnibus General Order of the Presiding Judge

5/5/2020 - Department 19 Scheduling Order Pursuant to the First Amended Omnibus General Order of the Presiding Judge

5/11/2020 - Department 18 Consolidated List of Continued Matters

CIVIL BUILDING AND DEPARTMENT CLOSURES

The Civil Courthouses including the Hall of Justice, the Civil and Family Courthouse, and the Empire College Annex are closed until further notice by the Presiding Judge.

CIVIL Case Continuance and Cancellation of Appointments


All Civil matters have been continued for sixty (60) days from the day the Presiding Judge ordered the court closed, March 16, 2020. The court will notify you of your new court date using the address you have of file. See General Order Regarding the Extension of Time for Expiration of Civil Harassment Restraining Orders & Order Amending the Order Regarding the Implementation of Emergency Relief.

CIVIL Case types identified by the court as Emergencies and how to file

  • Elder Abuse, Civil Harassment and Workplace Violence Temporary Restraining Order Matters
  • Unlawful Detainers / Evictions
  • The court highly recommends e-Filing all documents related to Restraining Orders. If the court user cannot e-file, filers must deposit all required documents and copies in the drop-box located at the Hall of Justice, 600 Administration Drive, Room 107J by 8:30 am. The documents will be returned by email no later than 2:30 pm. Please comply with all State and County orders about travel.

CIVIL Related Information & Frequently asked questions

What if I have a Civil Harassment Restraining Order that is due to expire during the court closure?

Notices will be sent regarding new court dates once normal court operations resume. Civil harassment temporary restraining orders made by this court that were due to expire during the court closure have been extended. See Omnibus General Order of the Presiding Judge Re Court Operations on our home page.

Can I file a request for an emergency civil harassment restraining order during the court closure?

Yes, either by electronic filing 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 email or regular mail during the court closure. Self-Help information regarding civil harassment orders is available through the California Courts Self-Help site at https://www.courts.ca.gov/1044.htm.


 

Elder Abuse

What if I have an elder abuse restraining Order that is due to expire during the court closure?

Notices will be sent regarding new court dates once normal court operations resume. Elder abuse temporary restraining orders made by this court that were due to expire during the court closure have been extended. See Omnibus General Order of the Presiding Judge Re Court Operations on our home page.

Can I file a request for an Emergency Elder Abuse Restraining Order during the court closure?

Yes, either by electronic filing 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 email or regular mail during the court closure. Self-Help information regarding elder abuse restraining orders is available through the California Courts Self-Help site at https://www.courts.ca.gov/1058.htm.


 

Unlawful Detainer / Evictions

Can I file documents to stop an eviction from going forward?

Yes, either by electronic filing 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 email or regular mail during the court closure.


 

Small Claims

What will happen to my small claims hearing that was scheduled during the court closure?

Notices will be sent regarding new court dates once normal court operations resume. See General Order Postponing and Resetting Time for Small Claims Matters on our home page.


 

E-Filing

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.

     Civil Settlement Conferences

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.  Thank you.

 

 


 
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