LASC: New General Order Extends Trials and Hearings for 60 Days

Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile announced today the implementation of the
Emergency Order issued by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on March
30, 2020, that was in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order
issued on Friday, March 27, 2020, and the unanimous action taken by the
Judicial Council of California (JCC) on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Presiding Judge Brazile said: “The continuous operation of our courts is
essential for our constitutional form of government, for providing due
process and protecting the public. Therefore, the courts must remain open.”

On March 28, 2020, the Judicial Council met in emergency session to
consider the Chief Justice’s order requiring superior courts to suspend jury
trials for 60 days, among other actions. The Judicial Council unanimously authorized and supported the Chief Justice issuing statewide emergency orders to extend statutory guidelines for preliminary hearings, arraignments, and last day trials, in both Criminal and Civil proceedings.

The Court will also implement, where possible, technology for telephonic and
video arraignments in Misdemeanor and Felony courtrooms. Also, by next
week, every Dependency courtroom should be using video WebEx for

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