Status of Court Closures: (COVID-19) Update

March 17, 2020

As a valued client, we will continue to keep you apprised of court closures, moratoriums on evictions, and “shelter in place” orders that may adversely affect new and pending court filings.  Please note “shelter in place” orders may prohibit our attorneys and staff from working within any  of our five office locations. 

In the meantime, we will be able to answer your legal questions, take in new unlawful detainer, collection, fair housing, and general civil litigation cases, conduct lease and document reviews, transactions, and meet your estate planning needs. Our education department will also be available for our online continuing education courses. Please consult our website www.kts-law.com for future updates on the status of court closures, Sheriff offices and trial delays/restrictions. Changes are taking place daily.

Below is the most recent update.  Please also see our court spreadsheet here.  

Court Closures

The following counties have temporarily closed their courts or have limited court hours/operations.  As a result, unlawful detainer trials will be postponed and defaults will not be processed. We will continue to process any new cases for our clients and can file them as soon as courts re-open.

Alameda

Contra Costa

El Dorado

Marin

San Bernardino

San Francisco

San Mateo

Santa Clara

Sonoma

Unlawful Detainer Trials

Unlawful detainer trials have statutory priority over the courts’ calendars. Unless the particular court where your matter is being heard is closed, we will continue to proceed with unlawful detainer trials. Courts that are remaining open have begun to limit jurors summons and any Unlawful Detainer trial with a jury demand may be continued at the court’s discretion.

Sheriff Lock-outs

The following counties will not allow Sheriff lock-outs at this time:

Alameda

Contra Costa

El Dorado

Lake

Los Angeles

Marin

Orange County

San Bernardino

San Diego

San Francisco

San Mateo

Santa Clara

Sonoma

Collections

Our collection department will continue to operate as usual and can continue to process new cases.  We may be temporarily limited in our ability to process bank levies, wage garnishments or utilize other court related collection procedures during court closures.

KTS Offices

Although there is a “shelter in place” order impacting all counties in California, attorneys and staff are working remotely and we are still available to assist clients via email at info@kts-law.com.

Thank you and stay healthy!

Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP is a full service real estate law firm representing residential and commercial property owners and managers. This article is for general information purposes only. While KTS provides clients with information on legislative changes, our courtesy notifications are not meant to be exhaustive and do not take the place of legislative services or membership in trade associations. Our legal alerts are provided on selected topics and should not be relied upon as a complete report of all new changes of local, state, and federal laws affecting property owners and managers. Laws may have changed since this article was published.   Before acting, be sure to receive legal advice from our office. For contact information, please visit our website: www.kts-law.com.  For past Legal Alerts, Questions & Answers, and Legal Articles, please consult the resource section of our website.


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