Courts across California are gradually beginning to reopen as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in certain areas throughout the state. These restrictions were set in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect the safety and health of workers. However, some places have resumed operations again.
Contra Costa County Superior Court has decided to open its doors to the public at all court locations starting 8 a.m. Tuesday as well as resuming jury trials. All individuals within the courthouse are required to wearing face masks and stay six feet away from each other at all times. Only 50 potential jurors are allowed in an assembly room at one time and litigants are not allowed to have friends or family members attend their hearings.
Other places like Santa Clary County and Monterey County are following in their footsteps starting June 1, with corresponding guidelines for trials. Monterey Superior Courts stated the court will hold less trials at any single time to reduce the amount of people coming in and out of the courthouse. What’s more, the public is allowed to listen to hearings and trials that are habitually open to the public.
Moving across the state, Alameda County is augmenting the amount of court hearings that will be held remotely. Commencing on June 1st, Alameda County Superior Court will begin small-claims hearings and trials on elder abuse, civil harassment, and domestic violence restraining orders. Hearings like probate and family law will also be conducted remotely. The public will be able to listen to the hearings through a live audio stream found on the court’s website.
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