California Courts Begin to Reopen as Lockdown Restrictions Ease

Coronavirus Imposed Court Shutdowns Lifted Throughout the State

Courts across the state are preparing to reopen to the public, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. Coronavirus imposed lockdowns are easing throughout California and prompting some counties to reopen courthouses that had been closed to the public. Most will have restrictions even after reopening including limiting the number of potential jurors in a room and who can attend hearings.

The Los Angeles Times article notes that Contra Costa Superior Court will reopen as of Tuesday at 8 am. While jury trials will resume, there will be restrictions including that everyone must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. Other counties including Santa Clara and Monterey will open on June 1.

Courts throughout the state are enacting temporary rules to ensure that jurors, court staff, and attorneys are practicing safe distance and helping to limit their exposure to COVID-19. Other courts will remain closed to the public but are expanding the number of hearings that they will be hearing remotely.

If you have a hearing scheduled or are facing charges, you should always check in regularly with your attorney. More and more courts will begin to reopen to the public over the course of the coming weeks and months. Requirements regarding court appearances may change. If you are ordered to appear in court, check with ahead of time to ensure that you comply with any restrictions.