Courthouses closed

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South County Courthouse

The Superior Court in Chula Vista, San Diego, El Cajon and Vista was closed March 17 following an emergency proclamation about the spread of the coronavirus.

They will reopen on Monday, April 6.

Presiding Judge Lorna Alksne issued the closing order following California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s declaration of a state of emergency as well as a declaration of a local health emergency by the health officer for San Diego County.

All proceedings–traffic, criminal, civil, family, probate, small claims, and Juvenile Court–are suspended.

Arraignments are usually done within 48 hours of arrest, but the period of time, March 17 through April 3, will be considered a legal holiday.

There are limited emergencies that can be considered by a judge and it is recommended to seek more information at the website www.sdcourt.ca.gov.

Emergency court services would include gun violence protective orders, juvenile detention, chambers conferences for ex parte requests for civil harassment, restraining orders including those for domestic violence.

All of the cases previously scheduled during this time will be automatically delayed to another date. Temporary restraining orders will be automatically extended by 30 days.
Electronic filing of civil and small claims matters have been suspended. Jurors with a summoned date during this time are not to report to the courthouse and their jury service will be considered filled, according to a release from Superior Court.

Courthouses closed