San José, California (March 16, 2020): Following guidelines provided by the County of Santa Clara's “shelter in place” orders effective Tuesday, March 17 at 12:01 AM, the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara has suspended all non-essential functions for three weeks or until such time as the order is lifted.
All clerk's office functions will be closed to the public while the order remains in place. During this time the Court strongly encourages the practice of social distancing and the use of CourtCall (1-888- 88-COURT) to appear telephonically, as permitted by law under California Rules of Court, rule 3.670, whenever possible.
Prospective jurors who have received notice to report during the weeks of 3/16, 3/23, and 3/30 will be excused from service and must not report to Court.
SAN JOSÉ, California (March 26, 2020): In order to assist in protecting the safety and health of the public, court users and staff, Traffic Court matters are currently suspended and the courthouse is temporarily closed.
All Traffic matters currently scheduled for Court between Tuesday, March 17, and Friday, April 3, 2020 will be continued on a rolling basis for 45 days. This means that cases scheduled for March 17 will be continued for 45 days to May 1 and cases scheduled for March 18 will be continued to May 2 and so on. You do not need to come to Court to request a continuance.
Notice of new hearing and trial dates will be mailed to all parties. The “Appear by Date” (due date) on your courtesy notice will be automatically be extended to May 1, 2020. Tickets can be paid online or by phone: 408-878-0098.
The Traffic Office will be closed during the period of Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, April 3, 2020. A drop box is available for payments at the Santa Clara Courthouse and will be checked regularly. For Traffic cases with initial due dates between March 17, 2020 and April 17, 2020 or a payment plan with the next payment due between March 17, 2020 and April 17, 2020, all due dates and payment dates will be extended to May 1, 2020
SAN JOSÉ, California (March 27, 2020): Effective March 17, 2020, the Santa Clara County Superior Court is not processing any legal paperwork or holding any court proceedings that would result in eviction from a residence or commercial property during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The Court will consider requests for temporary stays of eviction.
Unlawful Detainer proceedings, including eviction proceedings, have not been identified as an essential function of the Court AT THIS TIME due to the moratorium on nonessential functions of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Delaying eviction proceedings is consistent with Santa Clara County Urgency Ordinance NS-9.287 dated March 24, 2020, which prohibits evictions through May 31, 2020 unless extended by the Board of Supervisors, and with Governor Gavin Newsom's Executive Order N-37-30 dated March 27, 2020.
As declared in the County Ordinance and consistent with the Executive Order, the temporary ban on evictions is intended to enable tenants in the County whose income and ability to work is substantially affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic to remain in their residences and businesses.
On March 16, 2020 State Supreme Court Chief Justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, issued an Emergency Order enabling the San Mateo County Superior Court to implement extraordinary measures to mitigate the effects of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic and reduce the potential for public exposure to the virus in its court facilities.
Pursuant to that Order, Presiding Judge Jonathan E. Karesh ordered that all trials be suspended for up to 30 days and the time limits on conducting preliminary hearings be continued from 10 court days to 15 court days.
In addition, the Presiding Judge ordered the following matters be continued or rescheduled:
- All Civil and Small Claims matters;
- All Criminal matters unless the defendant has invoked his Constitutional right to a speedy trial or speedy preliminary hearing;
- All Traffic matters;
- Nearly all Family Law and Probate hearings.
With few exceptions, the Court will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
Suspension of trials and all traffic matters will take effect immediately. All other changes will take effect Wednesday March 18, 2020.