From Santa Cruz Superior Court: Given the current surge of COVID we would like to remind everyone that pursuant to Emergency Local Rule 1.1.01, for all non-criminal hearings, remote appearances are mandatory for attorneys unless a Judge directs you otherwise. We also strongly encourage all parties, self-represented litigants, witnesses and other participants to appear remotely. For additional information please see the remote appearance page on our website: Click here.
For more info: Advisory on COVID-19 and Court Operations
For more info: 2021 Judicial Assignments
Assembly Bill No. 1950 was approved by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 30, 2020 and will become effective on January 1, 2021.
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Due to Covid 19, Santa Cruz and Monterey County courts’ have moved to mostly remote hearings.
Santa Cruz County Court
To view Santa Cruz County court Zoom information click here.
Monterey County Court
Monterey County courts are currently using CourtCall for remote hearings. To view additional information, click here.
Santa Cruz Superior Court’s new local rules are officially in effect as of July 1, 2020. Find them here: Rules of court.
The Judicial Council of California voted to end the COVID-19 emergency bail schedule, as California begins a phased re-opening and courts restore services shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Judicial Council voted 17-2 to rescind, effective June 20, the COVID-19 temporary bail schedule that set presumptive bail at $0 for people accused of lower-level crimes, a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 in jails and surrounding communities.
At the same time, California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye rescinded her statewide order (link) extending time for defendants to be arraigned. That change would require defendants again be arraigned within 48 hours.
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Below are the current recording procedures for the Recorder offices in our service area:
Monterey County: Closed to the public but accepting documents via mail or drop box. More information can be found here: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/assessor/recorder
Santa Cruz County: Open.
San Benito County: Closed to the public but accepting documents via mail or drop box. More information can be found here: http://sbcvote.us/county-recorder/
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.
We are currently serving all types of papers in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.