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Civil and Probate COVID-19 Information

Participating Remotely by Zoom

How to Appear in Court

Face-coverings at the Courthouse: Effective Monday, March 7, 2022 the Court is modifying face-covering rules. The Court strongly encourages, but will not require, face-coverings for those who are fully vaccinated in all court facilities. All other unvaccinated persons entering court facilities will continue to be required to wear face-coverings. The Self-Help Center and Law Library will still require face-coverings upon entry regardless of vaccination status.

Remote appearances for Civil and Probate cases are through Zoom. Attorneys and parties may appear in person or by Zoom unless otherwise directed by the judge.

You may access the court's Local Rule 1.4 on remote appearances on the Local Rules page.  You will need to give notice to the court and other parties of your intent to appear remotely using form RA-010. If appearing remotely, you may need to submit your evidence to the court and serve your evidence on the other side before your court date. Make sure to read through the Guidelines for Evidence Submission for Non-Criminal Trials and Evidentiary Hearings on when and how to do so. It can be found on the Local Rules page. 

To access Zoom links and other helpful Zoom information please go to our page, Participating Remotely by Zoom.

General Information

Self Help Information Regarding Legal Services and COVID-19

Unlawful Detainers:

Assembly Bill 2179 extended some of the requirements for when an eviction based on non-payment of rent may be filed through June 30, 2022. 

For a plain language explanation of what notices are required and what you need to do to move forward with the process visit https://selfhelp.courts.ca.gov/eviction-landlord

The Judicial Council form Plaintiff's Mandatory Cover Sheet and Supplemental Allegations UD-101 is required to be filed with all new Unlawful Detainers. You may find a fillable version of the UD-101 here Judicial Council Unlawful Detainer forms.

Until further notice, the court will be setting all UD Default Judgments for hearing so that a Judge can review that they are compliant with the current laws.

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief

The COVID-19 Rent Relief program closed on March 31, 2022. You can still check pending application status online on the California COVID-19 Rent Relief page.

 

Court phone: (831) 786-7200 or (831) 420-2200

Clerk Civil/Probate: civilinfo@santacruzcourt.org

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