Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am pro se and do not have computer/internet access. I always come in to personally file my documents and get my notices in the mail. If the court is closed for filing, how can I submit my documents as ordered by the judge without being penalized?

    Mail your documents to Clerk of Court at 255 East Temple Street, Suite TS-134, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3332. You will continue to receive notices and court-issued documents in the mail.

  • For criminal duty matters conducted at the Roybal Courthouse, may a family member or member of the media attend the hearing?

    Yes; however, social distancing must be observed in the courtroom.

  • Are chambers paper copies still required?

    Until further notice, all district judges and magistrate judges do not require mandatory chambers copies during the pandemic.

    Any judge can require a chambers copy in a particular case if desired. The chambers copy shall be mailed to the judge via Fed Ex. Chambers copy cannot be hand-delivered to the courthouse.

  • Will non-emergency civil hearings and conferences be held by via telephone or video conference per General Order 20-05 or are remote hearings only held for emergency civil matters?

    Hearings in any civil matter can be held by video or teleconference per General Order 20-05. At the judge’s direction, telephonic or video hearings may be held in emergency or non-emergency civil matters.

  • Should we expect instructions from the court regarding telephone or video conferences for civil hearings during the COOP period, or does counsel need to make a request for civil hearings to proceed by telephone or video conference?

    Counsel will receive notice from the Court if the matter will go forward by video or telephonic conference.

  • I have jury service scheduled during the COOP period; will I be required to report for jury service?

    Please call (800)327-3296 or check your reporting instructions online as instructed on your summons.

  • I have received a jury summons. Do I need to respond?

    Yes, you must respond to your jury summons.  You must complete and submit a Juror Qualification Questionnaire within 10 days.  Please visit our website at www.cacd.uscourts.gov/jury.

  • I need to submit a pro hac vice application but certificates of good standing are not being issued due to COVID-19. Are certificates of good standing still required for submitting pro hac vice applications?

    You should prepare a declaration that the court you need a certificate of good standing from is closed or is not issuing certificates of good standing due to COVID-19 and attach the declaration to your application.

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