What’s Happening in July…
Posted July 15, 2020 in Court Updates
The state of the court systems currently can be quite confusing. Thankfully our friends at LegalConnect have made life a little bit easier by providing some of their original content to help keep us in the know.
During the shelter-in-place order in March, courts throughout California implemented different ways of operating. For example, some courts continued to process filings during this time, although at a far lower volume than usual, while other courts had completely shut down and were not processing any filings at all.
Below are county court updates where the impact appears to be more significant:
- Orange County appears to be working through a backlog of some filings. It is still processing orders it received during its closure as well as new eFilings that it is receiving daily. Additionally, there appears to be a delay in the processing of Request for Entry of Defaults and Judgement-related filings.
- The Court is only mailing conformed copies back to the filing party.
- Although Riverside accepted filings via eSubmit during its closure, it has not processed some of the filings that were eSubmitted between March 23rd and May 29th. However, filings that are currently submitted are being processed and returned quicker than those submitted during the court closure.
- San Diego did not accept or file any documents during its court closure.
- Most County Recorders offices are closed and are only accepting recordings by mail except at limited counties which are listed below:
- Orange and San Joaquin counties are open.
- Humboldt county is by appointment or can be mailed or drop-boxed.
- Plumas and Stanislaus have limited access.
- Los Angeles remains closed and only accepts recording via mail.
Other Notable Updates:
- Los Angeles Superior Court Civil has increased its Court Transaction Fee to $2.25 starting July 1st.
- Kern County Superior Court will require mandatory electronic filing (eFiling) for all Probate case types starting Monday, August 3, 2020.
Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many courts continue to operate with reduced services and or hours. As the situation is ever-changing, please always check the court’s website for the latest information.