Judicial Council to Consider Ending Remaining Emergency Rules

Proposed action follows the Chief Justice’s rescission of four other pandemic-related measures

by Blaine Corren, Public Affairs

SAN FRANCISCO—The Judicial Council next week will consider ending remaining temporary emergency rules it approved to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the proposal, all emergency rules still in effect would sunset on June 30, which include rules relating to:

  • Remote appearances and personal appearance waivers by criminal defendants
  • Priority for certain juvenile proceedings
  • Temporary restraining or protective order renewals
  • Deadlines to file a civil action or bring a civil case to trial
  • Changes to support orders

The proposal to rescind the remaining emergency rules comes in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s rollback of executive orders related to the state’s pandemic response, as well as the courts’ increasing ability to accommodate the changes resulting from the pandemic.

This week, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye also rescinded, effective April 30, her remaining statewide emergency measures established to address pandemic-related challenges to court operations.

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Article reposted with permission from the Judicial Council of California.

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