News

  • 10/29/2019 10:04 AM | Deleted user

    Update 10/29/2019: As of 8:00 AM, Court Operations have been restored and will remain so long as there is power.


    News from the Court:
    **Court Open with Limited Services During Power Outage**
    Posted 10/27/2019
    As of October 27th at 9:10 PM, Marin County Superior Court will be open Monday, October 28th during business hours with limited services.
    **POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGE**
    Posted 10/25/2019
    The Court has been informed by the County of Marin that PG&E may turn off power to the Marin Civic Center and the courthouse beginning sometime this weekend. As of Friday,10/25/19 at 3:00 p.m. the courthouse will be open on Monday morning. As the court receives more information, we will update this website.


  • 10/29/2019 10:02 AM | Deleted user

    Update 10/29/2019


    The Court will be open for business as usual today until 4:00 P.M.



    Posted October 25, 2019


    The Court will be open for business as usual during PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS).

  • 10/29/2019 10:00 AM | Deleted user

      Clerk’s Notice

    Monday October 28, 2019


    Court Closure October 29, 2019


    The Sonoma County Superior Court (the Court) will be closed for regular business tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29, 2019.  The Court’s facilities are located in the mandatory evacuation zone and the Court is closing for the safety of the public and its employees.


    All jurors are excused from reporting on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. All jurors should check the Court’s website on Tuesday, October 28, 2019 after 5:00 p.m. for their Wednesday, October 30, 2019 reporting status.  


    All hearings scheduled for Tuesday,October 29, 2019 will be rescheduled for a later date. 

    During this closure, the Court is making arrangements to have all emergency ex parte applications and emergency requests for temporary restraining orders heard, starting at 10:00 a.m., at the Petaluma Courthouse located at 11 English Street in Petaluma.  The Petaluma Clerk’s Office will be staffed from 10:00 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.for these matters only. Please check this page for updates on where emergency matters will be heard. 


    All Court users are advised to check this page on Tuesday evening for updates regarding the Court’s status for Wednesday, October 30, 2019. 


    To contact the Court in the event of an emergency, call the Court info line at 707-521-6500. Information pertaining to Court operations will be continuously updated and provided via the Court website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Signage will be also be posted at all court locations. 


  • 10/28/2019 5:22 PM | Deleted user

    California Courts Newsroom

    October 28. 2019


    Counties announce full and partial closures due to power outages and wildfire evacuations.


    Amador County


    The Jackson Courthouse is currently without power.


    Calaveras County


    The San Adreas Courthouse is currently without power.


    El Dorado County


    The Placerville Main Street Branch located at 495 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667 will be closed to the public from Monday, October 28, 2019, through Friday, November 1, 2019


    • Department 1 and 2: Matters calendared Monday, October 28, 2019, through Friday, November 1, 2019, will be heard in Department 9 at the Cameron Park Branch located at 3321 Cameron Park Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682

    • Department 5: Matters calendared Monday, October 28, 2019, through Friday, November 1, 2019, will be heard in the Hearing Room on the main level of Building C at 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, CA 95667

    • Self-Help Center: From Monday, October 28, 2019, through Friday, November 1, 2019, services will be provided at the Front Counter on the main level of Building C at 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, CA 95667


    Humboldt County


    The Eureka Courthouse is currently without power and limited services are available.


    Marin County


    As of October 27th at 9:10 PM, Marin County Superior Court will be open Monday, October 28th during business hours with limited services.


    Mendocino County


    Both Ukiah and Fort Bragg courthouses will be closed on Monday, October 28. 


    Napa County


    No facility closures or service impacts this week.


    Nevada County


    The court will be closed for Monday, October 28.


    Solano County


    Due to power outage, the Vallejo Courthouse is closed today, Monday, October 28, 2019.

    All matters will be heard at the Fairfield Courthouse:

    Department 7 – Courtroom 305 in the Hall of Justice

    Department 15 – Courtroom 203 in the Hall of Justice

    Department 21 – Courtroom 307 in the Hall of Justice

    The Criminal and Traffic Division Clerk’s Office is closed in Vallejo. All Clerk’s Offices are open in Fairfield.


    For Tuesday, October 29:

    Due to power outage, the Vallejo Courthouse is closed Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

    All matters will be heard at the Fairfield Courthouse:

    Department 7 – Courtroom 305 in the Hall of Justice

    Department 15 – Courtroom 203 in the Hall of Justice

    Department 21 – Courtroom 204 in the Law and Justice

    Department 10 – Courtroom 3 in the Old Courthouse – Unlawful Detainer matters scheduled at the Vallejo Courthouse


    The Criminal and Traffic Division Clerk’s Office is closed in Vallejo. All Clerk’s Offices are open in Fairfield.


    Sonoma County

    The Sonoma County Superior Court (the Court) will be closed for regular business tomorrow, Monday, October 28, 2019. The Court’s facilities are located in the mandatory evacuation zone and the Court is closing for the safety of the public and its employees.


    All jurors are excused from reporting on Monday, October 28, 2019. All jurors should check the Court’s website on Monday, October 28, 2019 after 5:00 p.m. for their Tuesday, October 29, 2019 reporting status.


    All hearings scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2019 will be rescheduled for a later date.


    During this closure, the Court is making arrangements to have all emergency ex parte applications and emergency requests for temporary restraining orders heard, starting at 10:00 a.m., at the Petaluma Courthouse located at 11 English Street in Petaluma. Please check this page for updates on where emergency matters will be heard.


    All Court users are advised to check this page on Monday evening for updates regarding the Court’s status for Tuesday, October 29, 2019.


    To contact the Court in the event of an emergency, call the Court info line at 707-521-6500. Information pertaining to Court operations will be continuously updated and provided via the Court website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Signage will be also be posted at all court locations.


    Lake County


    Clearlake Courthouse will be closed until power is restored to the building.

    Lakeport Court offices will be open and courtroom calendars will be held as scheduled.


    View the Power Outage Notice for the full details.
     

    Santa Clara County

    The South County Courthouse in Morgan Hill will be temporarily closed on October 28, 2019 due to a public safety power shutoff scheduled by the utility company.


    Department 105
    9:00am Preliminary Hearing calendar will be continued to 11/4/19 at 9am D105
    9:02am Violation of Probation calendar for defendants out of custody will be continued to 11/18/19 @ 9:02am D105. Defendants in custody will be heard in Department 53 at the Hall of Justice at 9am.
    1:30pm Pretrial calendar will be continued to 11/25/19 @ 1:30pm D105
    1:31pm In-custody Arraignment calendar will be moved to Department 53 at the Hall of Justice in San Jose. (190 W. Hedding Street, San Jose)

    Department 110 Trial will be moved to Department 54 at the Hall of Justice in San Jose. For Clerk’s Office assistance, please call (408) 808-6600. 


  • 10/28/2019 5:19 PM | Deleted user

    Napa Valley Register

    October 25, 2019



    Governor Gavin Newsom has tapped Joseph J. Solga, of Napa, to fill a vacancy on Napa County Superior Court’s bench.

    He has worked as a deputy public defender at the Napa County Public Defender’s Office since 2002, according to the governor’s statement. Solga’s appointment will bring the total number of judges in the county to seven.


    https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/governor-taps-deputy-public-defender-for-napa-judgeship/article_71a6b878-ec59-5484-b1a6-3ce87f183dfc.html


  • 10/27/2019 6:00 PM | Deleted user

    Stanford Legal Radio on Sirius


    What is driving the crisis at America’s southern border, with tens of thousands of asylum seekers waiting to file claims—and hundreds of children still separated from their families. Immigration law expert Lucas Guttentag joins Stanford Law student Julia Neusner to discuss the situation at the border and the legal issues surrounding immigration in a live taping of the Stanford Legal podcast.




  • 10/24/2019 6:30 AM | Deleted user

    California Courts Newsroom

    October 23, 2019


    Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil Sakauye was honored with the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for the Achievement of Civics Education on Saturday, October 12 in Monterey. The award honors those who have promoted or inspired in the field of civics education relating to the justice system.


    https://newsroom.courts.ca.gov/internal_redirect/cms.ipressroom.com.s3.amazonaws.com/262/files/20199/CivicLearningTimeline.pdf

  • 10/22/2019 6:02 AM | Deleted user

    Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture

    UC Berkeley

    October 21, 2019


    Herma Hill Kay Inaugural Lecture - A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg




    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBWJK_DlNTo


  • 10/22/2019 6:00 AM | Deleted user

    ABA Journal News

    October 22, 2019

    By Jason Tashea


    "As scalable technology plays a bigger role in the investigation, arrest and prosecution of people, mass conviction reviews will be more common. This creates a hidden but substantial human and monetary cost to hardware and software adoption in the criminal justice system."



    http://www.abajournal.com/lawscribbler/article/scalable-tech-will-increase-mass-conviction-review-but-it-doesnt-have-to




  • 10/20/2019 6:04 AM | Deleted user

    California Courts Newsroom

    October 7, 2019


    A Year in Review: the California Supreme Court 

    A look back at highlights of the court's 2018-2019 year



    https://newsroom.courts.ca.gov/news/a-year-in-review-the-california-supreme-court



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