November 25 / News

SCCTLA: Limitations on Misdemeanor Probations AB 1950

Assembly Bill No. 1950 was approved by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 30, 2020 and will become effective on January 1, 2021.

To view more info click here.

September 3 / News

Santa Cruz and Monterey County Remote Hearings

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.

July 2 / News

Santa Cruz Superior Court issues new local rules

Santa Cruz Superior Court’s new local rules are officially in effect as of July 1, 2020. Find them here: Rules of court.

June 11 / News

SCCTLA Judicial Council ends COVID-19 Emergency Bail Schedule

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At the same time, California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye rescinded her statewide order (link) extending time for defendants to be arraigned.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.

For more info click here.

June 11 / News

Latest News from Santa Cruz Superior Court

Click on the links below:

Press Release

Resumption of Court Services: Criminal & Traffic

Court Call: Remote Hearings

June 9 / News

Current Recording Procedures for Monterey, Santa Cruz & San Benito Counties

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:

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:

June 4 / News

COVID-19 Safe Serving Policy

May 2021

As more people become vaccinated and our service territory moves to less restrictive tiers, our Covid-19 safe serving policy will be adjusted accordingly.

June 2020

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.

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.

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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:

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:

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:

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.