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LASC COVID-19 PANDEMIC ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER

Apr 16 2020

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER OF THE PRESIDING JUDGE RE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

GENERAL ORDER

On April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council issued additional Emergency Rules 1 through 11. These Rules appertain to a number of different subject matters and were effective immediately.

In addition, upon the renewed request of Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile, the Chief Justice determined that the conditions described in section 68115(a) continue to exist, and authorized the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles to undertake a number of actions.

In light of these actions and orders, and as supplemented by the specific authority granted to the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, by the Chief Justice pursuant to the provisions of 68115 of the Government Code,

This court HEREBY FINDS AND ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:

1.       From April 17, 2020 until May 12, 2020, inclusive, all courtrooms will remain closed for judicial business, except for the following time-sensitive, essential functions:

  • Civil Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Family Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Civil Ex Parte Proceedings
  • Family Ex Parte Proceedings
  • Hague Convention (International Kidnapping)
  • Probate Ex Parte Hearings
  • Probate Emergency Petitions for Temporary Conservatorship
  • Probate Emergency Petitions for Temporary Guardianship
  • Riese Hearings
  • Search Warrants
  • Arraignments
  • Criminal Preliminary Hearings
  • Criminal Ex Parte Hearings
  • Bail Bond and Cash Bail Processings
  • Bail Review
  • Criminal Mental Competency Hearings
  • Criminal Sentencing Proceedings
  • Criminal Post-Sentencing Proceedings
  • Grand Jury Indictments
  • Juvenile Ex Parte Orders
  • Emergency Orders Relating to the Health and Safety of a Child
  • Juvenile Restraining Orders
  • Juvenile Delinquency Detention Hearings and related case processing
  • Juvenile Dependency Detention Hearings and related case processing
  • Petitions for Writ Seeking Emergency Relief in Misdemeanor, Limited Civil and Infractions.
  • Emergency Writs Challenging COVID-19 Emergency Measures
  • Writs of Habeas Corpus Challenging Medical Quarantines
  • Emergency Protective Orders
  • Proceedings under the Lanterman-Petris-Short ("LPS") Act
  • Judicial Commitments for Dangerous Persons based on Mental Health Conditions.
  • Parole and Post-Release Community Supervision Revocation Hearings ff. Juvenile Delinquency Adjudications and Dispositions, and related case processing gg. Juvenile Petitions pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code section 388e (per Emergency Rule No. 6).
  • Expedited Petitions to Approve Compromise of Disputed Claim or Pending Action or Disposition of Proceeds of Judgment for Minor or Person with a Disability Pursuant to California Rule of Court 7.950.5, if no hearing is required.
  • Writ proceedings under Welfare and Institutions Code sections 4800-4801 seeking release by persons judicially committed to a state hospital, development center, or other facility.

 2.       NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT ALL OTHER MATTERS WILL BE

CONTINUED BY THE COURT. The parties shall receive further notice stating the specific time and date of the continuance in their cases.

3.       The court extends the time periods provided in section 313 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending dependency proceedings must be released from custody to not more than seven (7) days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from April 17, 2020 to May 12, 2020, inclusive.

 4.       The court extends the time periods provided in section 315 of the Welfare and

Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending dependency proceedings must be given a detention hearing to not more than seven (7) days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from April 17, 2020 to May 12, 2020, inclusive.

5.                 The court extends the time periods provided in sections 632 and 637 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a minor taken into custody pending wardship proceedings and charged with a felony offense must be given a detention hearing or rehearing to not more than seven (7) days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from April 17, 2020 to May 12, 2020, inclusive.

6.                 The court extends the time period provided in section 334 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a hearing on a juvenile dependency petition must be held by not more than fifteen (15) days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline would otherwise expire from April 17, 2020 to May 12, 2020, inclusive.

7.                 The Court extends the time period provided in section 657 of the Welfare and Institutions Code within which a hearing on a wardship petition for a minor charged with a felony offense must be held by not more than fifteen (15) days, applicable only to minors for whom the statutory deadline otherwise would expire from April 17, 2020 to May 12, 2020, inclusive.

8.                 Further, the court declares that from April 17, 2020 to May 12, 2020, inclusive, be deemed a holiday/holidays for purposes of computing the time under Code of Civil Procedure section 116.330(a) (requires a small claims matter to be scheduled for hearing no earlier than 20 days but not more than 70 days from the date of the order directing the parties to appear at the hearing).

9.                 April 17, 2020 to May 12, 2020, will be continued until a date after June 22, 2020. The parties shall be notified of the continued trial date by the Court. All pre- All civil jury or non jury trials, other than in unlawful detainer cases, set for trial from trial dates for trials that are continued pursuant to this paragraph are also continued consistent with the new trial date.

10.           In unlawful detainer cases, Emergency Rule 1(d) establishes that if the defendant has appeared in the action, the court may not set a trial date earlier than 60 days after a request for trial is made, unless the court finds that an earlier trial date is necessary to protect public health and safety. Under that same rule, any trial set in an unlawful detainer proceeding as of April 6, 2020 must be continued at least 60 days from the initial date of trial.

11.           All traffic and infraction trials set for trial from April 17, 2020 to May 12, 2020, inclusive, are continued. The parties shall receive notice of the date on which the continued trial shall be set.

12.           In all criminal cases, the court imposes a 90-day continuance of all status reports and progress reports, applicable only to defendants for whom a status report or progress report was due from April 17, 2020 to May 12, 2020, inclusive. The court shall provide notice of when the new proceeding will be held.

13.           The continuance of any and all misdemeanor post-arraignment proceedings, in which the defendant is out of custody, applicable only to defendants for whom misdemeanor proceedings would otherwise be set from April 17, 2020 to May 12, 2020, inclusive.

14.           Access to all Los Angeles County courthouses remains restricted at all times to judges, commissioners, court staff, co-lessees, Judicial Council staff and vendors, and authorized persons, which includes but is not limited to news reporters and news media representatives.

15.             Access to all essential court proceedings, including, but not limited to, arraignments, preliminary hearings, restraining orders or ex parte matters, remains limited to parties, attorneys, witnesses or authorized persons, which includes, but is not limited to news reporters and news media representatives.

16.             The Executive Officer/Clerk of Court may provide telephonic and electronic assistance in these essential court proceedings to the greatest extent possible.

17.             In furtherance of Executive Order N-33-20, paragraph 4, subpart (b), the Court orders all parties who use e-filing to accept electronic service, except in those circumstances when personal service is required by law or where any of the parties are self-represented.

THIS ORDER IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL MAY 12, 2020 AND MAY BE AMENDED AS CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE.

Click here to see the official General Order.

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