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June 3 / News

Courts Take Measures in Response to the COVID-19 Virus

California Courts Newsroom | Court Emergency Orders
Courts take measures in response to the COVID-19 virus

Current California law circumscribes the authority of the Chief Justice during emergencies. Presiding judges of county superior courts may petition the Chief Justice—as chair of the Judicial Council—for an emergency order to support their local needs.

Click here or copy & paste into your browser: https://newsroom.courts.ca.gov/news/court-emergency-orders-6794321

June 2 / News

SCCTLA Changes to Tolling Dates by Judicial Council

Courtesy of Consumer Attorneys of California:

Tolling changes

The Judicial Council late last week revised its emergency rules regarding the statutes of limitations for filing civil cases during the COVID-19 pandemic and to clarify that the emergency rule also applies to statutes of repose. The action revised emergency rule the council adopted April 6 to suspend statutes of limitation on all civil cases until 90 days after Gov. Gavin Newsom lifts the state of emergency related to the pandemic. Given that the governor has not announced a date to lift the state of emergency order as some county courts have launched efforts to reopen and process civil filings, the council decreed that the original emergency rule needed to be adjusted so it is no longer yoked to Newsom’s coronavirus emergency declaration. The new rule, which you can read here, will restart statutes of limitations on set dates, and will suspend from April 6 to Oct. 1 the statutes of limitations and repose for civil causes of action that exceed 180 days, and suspend from April 6 to Aug. 3 the statutes of limitations and repose for civil causes of action that are 180 days or less. Causes of action with short-term statutes of limitation and repose have the more immediate deadline of Aug. 3 because those deadlines are designed to ensure that any challenges in those matters are raised more quickly. This end date is intended to ensure courts can process civil actions while providing certainty and reasonable notice to litigants of the end of the suspension period.

May 21 / News

Sayler Legal Will Reopen on Monday June 1, 2020

Sayler Legal is proud to announce that we will reopen on Monday June 1, 2020. We will be serving ALL types of legal documents (residence and business addresses) and our entire field staff in all departments will be operational. We will be monitoring “hot spots” in our tri-county territory and may choose not to enter those zones. We also will be utilizing social distancing practices in every department, so there may be some locations that cannot be accessed due to those limitations. If we encounter these types of entities/locations, we will promptly notify you so that other alternatives for order completion can be addressed.

Court service assignments will be completed based on the operating procedures of our local courts. From May 26 through May 29, 2020, we will be making one daily trip to each of our local courts: Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. Our cut-off time will be noon. The current statuses of our local courts are as follows:

Monterey Superior Court (this is an e-filing court) – All locations are still closed to the public in regards to obtaining copies from case files. The court is accepting courtesy copies and copy requests via the drop box. The court is 4-5 weeks behind in processing copy requests. More information can be found on the court’s website here: https://www.monterey.courts.ca.gov/

Santa Cruz Superior Court (this is an e-filing court) – All locations are open for limited service hours from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. The court is accepting copy requests but they are currently 6-8 weeks behind in processing requests. This court does not accept courtesy copies. The court has released a schedule for reopening which can be found here: Santa Cruz Reopening Schedule. More information can be found on the court’s website here: https://www.santacruzcourt.org/content/covid-19

San Benito Superior Court (this is not an e-filing court) – This court is closed to the public but is accepting filings and copy requests via drop box. The filing windows will remain closed until June 15, 2020. More information can be found on the court’s website here: http://www.sanbenito.courts.ca.gov/covid19.shtml

County Recorders Offices in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties are closed to the public. Walk-ins will not be accepted and documents should be mailed or e-filed depending on the location.

Monterey County Tenancy Notice: Monterey County Weekly reports the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to extend the eviction moratorium from May 31 to July 31, 2020.  It does not relieve renters from the obligation of rent, but rather temporarily prohibits evictions related to the pandemic. The Monterey County Superior Court has adopted emergency rules pertaining to the pandemic, which includes the requirement that courts decline to issue summonses for both evictions and foreclosures until 90 days after the end of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s state of emergency that was declared on March 4th. That means as an alternative, the Board could decline to extend the ordinance in July and rely solely on the judicial order for renter protection.

As a veteran once said, “It isn’t quite right to say, ‘Happy Memorial Day.’”
We honor those soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen by enjoying this life and honoring their memory.
Please note that our office will be closed this Monday, May 25th, so we may remember those who went before us.

May 5 / News

Current Operational Procedures – May 5, 2020

Due to some loosening of Shelter In Place restrictions, more counties have opened up and many process servers have implemented additional safety policies.

Sayler Legal Service, Inc. has adopted a Covid-19 Safe Service Policy and employees will follow CDC guidelines (masks, gloves, temperature check, hand sanitizer, etc.) In addition, the following policy has been implemented:
Process Servers will knock, then retreat a minimum of six feet from the doorway. If six feet is not possible (such as in an apartment complex), the Process Server will retreat the maximum distance possible under the circumstances.
Process Servers will conduct identification at a distance, requesting confirmation of residency and confirm identity as normal. We will state that due to social distancing requirements, we will be leaving the documents six feet away on either the ground or other appropriate location.
Process Servers will then retreat at least six feet away and allow the subject to retrieve the documents in view. Process Servers will remain present for a reasonable time until they can visually confirm the documents have been retrieved.
In Monterey County & Santa Cruz County, we are now allowed to serve non-elective legal documents and conservatorship papers, and we are expanding our services in some of our other territories. We are also currently serving process in San Benito County with fewer limitations. As we know more and can do more, we will continue to keep you informed. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

COUNTY COURTS & RECORDERS

All recorder offices in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties are currently closed. Please mail documents directly to the recorder at this time.

Monterey Superior Court (e-filing court) is currently closed to the public. We will make one trip a week to the drop box on Friday mornings to drop off courtesy copies. Courtesy copies must be received by 5:00 pm Thursday evening. Any documents received after the cut-off will be delivered the following Friday.

Santa Cruz Superior Court (e-filing court) is currently open daily from 8:00 to 10:30 am. We are not making physical trips to this court at this time, as they do not accept courtesy copies and have very limited hours.

San Benito Superior Court (not an e-filing court) is currently closed to the public. We will make one trip a week to the drop box on Friday mornings to drop off filings and/or courtesy copies. Documents must be received by 5:00 pm Thursday evening. Any documents received after the cut-off will be delivered the following Friday.

Stay safe and be well.

April 30 / News

USDC New General Orders regarding COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Please click on the links below:

USDC General order 72-2

USDC General order 73 (includes filing information)

April 30 / News

Judicial Council of California Statewide Emergency Order – April 29, 2020

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Judicial Council of California Statewide emergency order – April 29, 2020

April 28 / News

Monterey Superior Court Self-Help Center Update

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Monterey Superior Court Self-Help Center

April 28 / News

Monterey County Superior Court Emergency Local Rules

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Monterey County Superior Court Emergency Local Rules

April 24 / News

U.S. District Court – Northern District – General Order No. 75

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
GENERAL ORDER No. 75

Temporary Suspension of Rules Regarding Personal Service
by the United States Marshals Service During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of California has declared a state of emergency and shelter-in-place in response to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”); and
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and other public health authorities have advised taking precautions to reduce the possibility of exposure to the virus and slow the spread of the disease, it is hereby
ORDERED by the United States District Court of the District of Northern California, that any requirement that personnel in the United States Marshals Service assigned to the Northern District of California effect personal service of process under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(c)(3), 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d), or 28 U.S.C. § 1916, for any cases pending in this District or any other district, is SUSPENDED until further Order of the Court; and it is further
ORDERED that this Order does not apply to service of process by mail, waivers of service under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(d), or service by electronic means, unless otherwise ordered by the Court upon notification by the United States Marshals Service that effecting service of process by mail or electronic means as may be authorized by the California Rules of Civil Procedure—or any equivalent rule of civil procedure applicable to cases pending in any other district where United States Marshals Service personnel assigned to the Northern District of California have been ordered to effect personal service—would interfere with other critical functions they are performing in connection with responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency; and it is further
ORDERED that, in any civil case in which the United States Marshals Service has been ordered to serve process, the time for service under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m) is TOLLED until further Order of the Court.
ADOPTED:
March 30, 2020
FOR THE COURT:
PHYLLIS J. HAMILTON CHIEF JUDGE

April 20 / News

Local Court Operations and Closures

For current information regarding local court operations and closures please click on the links below:

Monterey Superior Court: https://www.monterey.courts.ca.gov/covid-faq

Santa Cruz Superior Court:  https://www.santacruzcourt.org/content/covid-19

San Benito Superior Court: http://www.sanbenito.courts.ca.gov/covid19.shtml

We will update this page as information becomes available.