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RIVERSIDE SUPERIOR COURT

EXTENDS CLOSURE DATE

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
 
ACTION TO CLOSE MULTIPLE RIVERSIDE COUNTY COURTHOUSES AND/OR REDUCE SERVICES
 
 
This public comment notice is being sent on behalf of the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside.
 
Due to the State of California’s $54 billion deficit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Riverside Superior Court will experience a revenue shortfall in Fiscal Year 2020/2021 of $12 million. The Court has taken actions to reduce this deficit by closing some courthouses, freezing vacant staff positions, reducing operating costs, and implementing some furloughs. These actions alone will not be enough to cover the anticipated shortfall.
 
Pursuant to Government Code § 68106(b)(1), the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside provides this 60-day notice of its intention to tentatively take one or more of the following actions. These actions are proposed to occur no sooner than October 5, 2020.
 
  • Close Riverside County courthouses one (1) to two (2) Fridays per month;
  • Reduce service hours to 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; and/or
  • Continue closures of the Corona, Hemet, Moreno Valley and Temecula courthouses until further notice.
Any interested person or entity wishing to comment on these actions must send their comment in writing or electronically no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, October 5, 2020. Comments may be submitted to the following:
 
Superior Court of California, County of Riverside
Executive Office
4050 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501

 

RIVERSIDE

SUPERIOR COURT:

Restoration of Court Services


Restoration of Services in Traffic Matters -

This notice is being sent on behalf of the Hon. John W. Vineyard, Presiding Judge of Riverside Superior Court. The full notice outlines processes for the restoration of services for traffic matters.
 
Effective Monday, July 6, 2020, the court will resume processing traffic matters, except for those that require a hearing.
 

Restoration of Court Services in Civil Matters -

This notice is being sent on behalf of the Hon. John W. Vineyard, Presiding Judge of Riverside Superior Court. The full notice outlines processes and timelines for the restoration of services for civil matters.
Effective Monday, June 1, 2020, the court rescinded the court holiday provision for all non-emergency general civil and limited civil filings (except unlawful detainer (evictions) and small claims filings), which was enacted pursuant to Government Code section 68115.

Restoration of Court Services in Criminal Matters -

This notice is being sent on behalf of the Hon. John W. Vineyard, Presiding Judge of Riverside Superior Court. The full notice outlines processes and timelines for the restoration of services for criminal matters.
 
Effective Monday, June 1, 2020, the court rescinded the court holiday provision for all non-emergency general civil and limited civil filings (except unlawful detainer (evictions) and small claims filings), which was enacted pursuant to Government Code section 68115.
 

Restoration of Court Services in Juvenile Law Matters -

This notice is being sent on behalf of the Hon. John W. Vineyard, Presiding Judge of Riverside Superior Court. The full notice outlines processes and timelines for the restoration of services for juvenile law case matters
Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, the court reopened an additional courtroom in each region of the county.  All hearings will be conducted telephonically or via video.
 
 

Restoration of Services in Family Law Matters -

This notice is being sent on behalf of the Hon. John W. Vineyard, Presiding Judge of Riverside Superior Court. The full notice outlines processes and timelines for the restoration of services for family law case matters.
 
Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, the court will rescind the court holiday provision for all non-emergency general family law and many Department of Child Support (DCSS) filings.
  

Restoration of Services in Probate Matters -

This notice is being sent on behalf of the Hon. John W. Vineyard, Presiding Judge of Riverside Superior Court. The full notice outlines the restoration of services and timeline in probate case matters.

Effective Monday, May 11, 2020, the court will rescind the court holiday provision for all non-emergency probate filings which was enacted pursuant to Government Code section 68115.

For more information on the Court’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the COVID-19 Court Operations website.

PRESS RELEASE & COURT UPDATES

 Up to date information on the Riverside Court's response to the Covid-19 crisis is available on the Court's website.

  • Update: Face Coverings Now Required to Enter County Courthouses: Click here (PDF)
  • June 26, 2020 Update click here on extension of court closures for select locations (PDF)
  • June 19, 2020 Riverside Superior Court to begin Live streaming Court Proceedings (PDF)
  • June 11, 2020 Update click here on extension of court closures for select locations (PDF)
  • May 28, 2020 Update click here for update on summons for jurors for criminal trials (PDF)
  • May 14, 2020 Press Release click here for update about court closures (PDF)
  • May 8, 2020 Press Release click here for court restoration of services in probate matters (PDF)
  • April 29, 2020 Press Release click here for the news release about court closures (PDF)
  • April 15, 2020 Press Release click here for the news release about court closures (PDF)
  • April 1, 2020 Press Release click here for the news release about court closures (PDF).
  • March 27, 2020 Press Release click here for the PDF document
  • March 19, 2020 Press Release click here for the news release about court closures (PDF).
  • March 17, 2020 Press Release click here for the PDF document.

For current information please visit the court websites directly at these links:



Riverside Court Self-Help Center Services

Riverside Courts Self-Help current services available

Effective immediately: You are encouraged to call or email the self-help center for self-help services in Family Law, Civil or probate matters.
SelfHelp@Riverside.Courts.Ca.Gov 951-274-4499 or 760-393-2163

 Staff are able to:
✓Explain what it means for litigants to be their own attorney.
✓ Provide links to forms and answer specific questions.
✓ Provide legal information.
✓ Explain the court process/procedures.

 Click here for more Details and en Español 

 For more information on the Court’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the COVID-19 Court Operations website.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ORDERS


RIVERSIDE SUPERIOR COURT-Emergency Order
General Order No.: 2020-47
This notice is being sent on behalf of the Hon. John W. Vineyard, Presiding Judge of Riverside Superior Court.
 
Here is the Eighth Implementation Emergency Order, effective July 22, 2020.
 
For more information please visit the Court's COVID-19 Court Operations website.

EXTENSION OF COURT CLOSURES

Release Date: July 24, 2020
Contact: Marita C. Ford, Public Information Officer
 
RIVERSIDE COUNTY:
This notice is being sent on behalf of the Hon. John W. Vineyard, Presiding Judge of Riverside Superior Court.
 
Amid continued concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to comply with federal, state and local guidelines, the court will be extending the closures of the Corona, Moreno Valley, Temecula and Hemet Courts as well as the Riverside Self-Help Center and the Riverside Records Center from July 27, 2020 through August 7, 2020.
 
For more information please visit the Court's COVID-19 Court Operations website.

 

JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA

AMENDMENTS TO CALIFORNIA RULES OF COURT

Adopted by the Judicial Council on June 10, 2020, effective June 20, 2020
Emergency rule 4. Emergency Bail Schedule [Repealed]
 
HERE is the repealed Emergency Rule 4, effective June 20, 2020. This rule was repealed by the Judicial Council on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, by way of circulating order (CO-20-11).
 
To see a copy of the circulating order, please go to the council’s meeting page at: https://jcc.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=793396&GUID=148E67E5-F24A-4FEC-AA1B-609CA5D3B2D1.
 
 
Adopted by the Judicial Council on May 28, 2020, effective May 29, 2020
Emergency rule 9. Tolling statutes of limitations for civil causes of action

HERE is the amended Emergency Rule 9, effective immediately. This rule was amended by the Judicial Council on Friday, May 29, 2020, by way of circulating order.
 
To see a copy of the circulating order, please go to the council’s meeting page at https://jcc.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=A&ID=790621&GUID=A0ED0998-D827-4792-9BD1-A3A4FCF939AA

Law Library of Congress Legal Research Institute

The Library of Congress is offering webinars on a variety of legal research topics. Visit their website for a list of courses and more information.

https://www.loc.gov/law/learning/us-webinars.php?loclr=bloglaw

 

 

RIVERSIDE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

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The Riverside County Bar Association hosts MCLEs and other events throughout the year. Visit their website to get more information about becoming a member, to learn about the many opportunities to connect with other legal professionals in the community, and complete MCLE credit hours.

Visit the Riverside County Bar Association website to view their calendar, and for more information on upcoming events.

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Now Accepting Applications for the RCBA-Riverside Superior Court New Attorney Academy

Visit the RCBA website for more information on how to apply

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 Upcoming MCLE Events

 

CIVIL LITIGATION SECTION

"Cross Examination of Experts —Setting Them Up and Knocking Them Down"
 
  • Going to trial? Tune in to learn how to discredit your opposing expert at trial.
  • Learn best tactics to help you prepare for and take depositions of well-prepared expert witnesses for use at trial.
  • Bonus: Tips to help you at your next virtual expert deposition.
Tuesday August 11, 2020, noon to 1:00pm
CLE Credit: 1.0 hour General
 
REGISTER for this webinar by August 10:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. All non-members, whether you need MCLE credit or not, must pay by Aug. 10 in order to receive your confirmation link to join the webinar.
 
Cost: RCBA members Free, Non-members $25.
Click HERE to pay with a credit card (you don't need to log in or create an account to use this option). Make checks payable to RCBA.
 
For more information or to RSVP click here: MORE INFO | RSVP

 

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The Riverside County's Office of County Council Volunteer Program offers unpaid student internships and volunteer opportunities at one of its four office locations on a year-round basis.  Volunteers are provided the opportunity to explore different areas of law and develop skills to become valuable legal contributors to the local community by working closely with the civil public law attorneys and paralegals.  

 

Visit their website for more information and steps on how to apply. 

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DESERT BAR ASSOCIATION EVENTS

The Desert Bar Association hosts events through out the year. Visit their website to get more information about becoming a member, to learn about the many opportunities to connect with other legal professionals in the community, and complete MCLE credit hours.

Visit the Desert Bar Association website to view their calendar, and for more information on upcoming events

 

Riverside Superior Court: Telephone/Remote Appearance Department Information

The court is beginning to resume hearings in certain case types. When your case is set for a hearing, the court will send you either a Notice of Hearing or Notice of Telephonic Hearing. Review this notice carefully, as it will indicate whether the hearing will be conducted live, in-person or telephonically (by phone).

  • Note: if your notice instructs you to attend a hearing in-person, you must appear at the courthouse; if your notice instructs to appear telephonically, you must attend by phone, following the instructions on this page.

If you are not sure, please contact the court or your attorney, if you have one, for assistance. You may also check the status of your case online.

For more information and instructions on how to connect please visit the Riverside Superior Court Website.