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COVID-19 Information


Although COVID-19 conditions within Santa Cruz County have dramatically improved, the Court continues to practice many precautions like extra cleaning, recommended mixture of outside air, and making face masks and hand sanitizer available for people entering the courthouse. The Court is also complying with newer CDC and Cal/OSHA requirements that all unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear face masks while inside the courthouse unless directed otherwise. Face masks are available at entry points for those who need them.

June 21, 2021


Covid-19 Safety Precautions at the Courthouse

Updated Notice Re: Covid Protocols and Remote Appearances

March 25, 2021


Evidence Submission for Non-Criminal Trials and Evidentiary Hearings
Presentacion de Evidencias para Juicios y Audiencias Probatorias en Casos no Criminales

March 16, 2021

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

February 2021

New Legislation SB 91 extending AB 3088 impacting Evictions, Small Claims, and Civil law related to unpaid rent.

December 1, 2020

Seventh General Order Emergency Relief

October 5, 2020

New Judicial Council Unlawful Detainer forms. See COVID Civil page for more information.

September 3, 2020

Sixth General Order Emergency Relief Extending Time for Jury Trials

September 1, 2020

New Urgency Legislation AB 3088 impacting Evictions See COVID Civil page for more information.

For a plain language explanation of some of the impacts of the act see the information provided by the California Department of Real Estate

August 26, 2020

State Emergency Rules of Court Related to COVID-19 (includes repealed rules)
Local Emergency Rules of Court for Remote Appearances
Evidence Submission for Non-Criminal Trials and Evidentiary Hearings
Presentacion de Evidencias para Juicios y Audiencias Probatorias en Casos no Criminales

July 29, 2020

The Court is in the process of transitioning to Zoom for remote appearances. Please check the Remote Appearance page for more information.

July 28, 2020

General Order Implementing Emergency Order Jury Trials

June 19, 2020

Media Advisory - Interim Emergency Bail Schedule Issued_Santa Cruz County

June 11, 2020

Rescission of Statewide Emergency Order on: Arraignment Time Extension

June 4, 2020

Attending Your Court Hearing by Phone

June 2, 2020

Amended Emergency Rule of Court 9

May 30, 2020

Fourth General Order Emergency Relief

May 5, 2020

Third General Order Emergency Relief

April 29, 2020

Statewide Emergency Order

April 21, 2020

Appeals Extension Order

April 20, 2020

New and Amended Emergency Rules of Court - see Amended Rule 8 and New Rules 12 and 13.

April 9, 2020

Unlawful Detainer Standing Order Rescinded

Emergency Temporary Bail schedule

April 8, 2020

New Emergency Calfornia Rules of Court

April 1, 2020

Second General Order RE: Implementation of Emergency Relief

March 27, 2020

All public computer terminals at the Watsonville Court, Civil (Room 110 at 701 Ocean Street), Criminal (Room 120 at 701 Ocean Street) are closed until further notice.

March 26, 2020

Changes to Superior Court Hours and Services

March 24, 2020

Family Law Court Date Continuance Notice

Emergency Standing Order Related to Unlawful Detainer Proceedings and Judgments

March 23, 2020

Changes to Superior Court Hours and Services

March 20, 2020

How to Attend Your Court Hearing by Phone

March 18, 2020

General Order RE: Implementation of Emergency Relief

March 17, 2020

In response to the continuing public safety challenges presented by coronavirus, the Superior Court of Santa Cruz County is moving towards curtailing its services to those that are essential or mandated by law to occur within a set timeframe. The Court is in the very difficult position of trying to follow public health and safety guidelines while also attempting to maintain essential services its constitutionally charged to carry out. The Court has been meeting with other justice partner agencies to craft plans to provide limited services during this very challenging time. The Court has already excused jurors ordered to report this week and is working on a plan to delay all other jury trials for the next several weeks. All traffic violation matters that were previously scheduled have also been postponed several weeks. The Court will issue notices for other hearing that it plans to postpone because of the disruption caused by COVID-19 precautions.

Although Clerk’s Office in Santa Cruz and Watsonville remain open to the public at this time, people are highly encouraged to use the Court’s online services to make payments, pay fines, or check court dates—individuals can also call the Court to seek information and avoid coming into Court. If you have an up coming court date, you should contact your attorney for guidance on whether or not you are needed to appear.

The Self-Help Center in Watsonville and the Law Library in Santa Cruz will also remain open for now understanding that conditions may necessitate further reductions in service.