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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.
March 30, 2020
FOR THE COURT:
PHYLLIS J. HAMILTON CHIEF JUDGE
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.
Dear Valued Customer,
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating interesting challenges for all of us, but please know that Sayler Legal Service is still operating under the current conditions. Our office staff is equipped with the infrastructure to work from home and we are proactively monitoring our office so that we can continue to provide services to you and your business.
COURT SERVICES: We are still able to e-file documents. While most of our local courts are currently closed to the public, we are still able to accept over-the-counter filings and research/copy requests. These will be completed once the shelter-in-place orders are lifted.
PROCESS SERVING: We are currently accepting and inputting process serving requests so that our servers will be ready once we are fully operational. Some areas of California and the nation have uninterrupted service and we can assist you beyond our tri-county area.
SUBPOENA PREPARATION FOR RECORDS: We are currently able to create subpoenas for records, and in most cases are able to obtain records from medical facilities and other locations.
If there is anything we can do as a partner to help you through this challenging time, please reach out to us. We value our relationship and look forward to assisting you.
The Sayler Legal Team
March 18, 2020, 9:38 AM
As of March 17, 2020, Due to the government orders in place restricting movement of our field staff, we are currently not performing personal service of legal documents (process serving) for Santa Cruz County, San Benito County and as of March 18, 2020: Monterey County, as well. We can accept your orders and input them into our system; so when the Executive Order is lifted, the jobs can be placed with our process servers.
We understand this is for the safety and greater good of our community and will adhere to these imposed restrictions.
We are not copying records on site to limit exposure and are phoning locations requesting they ship records to us. We will only prepare subpoenas for records for these territories with distant deposition dates to accommodate timely service.
At the time of this updated posting on 3/18/20, eFilings are being processed by the clerks. You may continue to submit your eFiling requests to us. It was reported to us by the Workers Compensation Appeals Board in Salinas, California, that they will not be accepting filings for at least two weeks by order of the Presiding Judge.
We apologize for this temporary interruption to our services and hope the interruption is over quickly. Please check back with us here for updates to this post.
Thank you for your understanding and support in safeguarding our community.
Mandatory eFiling for Complex Civil cases is now July 1, 2019. Click on the blue link for the court’s original notification. Thank you