Kern County Superior Court Updates

Notice for Remote Court Proceedings in Civil Cases

Effective March 7, 2022, the court amends its local rules for remote court appearances in civil cases. Remote court appearances will be governed by Code of Civil Procedure §367.75 and the Court’s Local Rules 1.1.1, 3.2.1, 6.3.5, and 8.2.1. These new rules, available on the Court’s website, shall be in effect until July 1, 2023.

The process for amending the rules governing remote court appearances in civil cases was expedited, without the 45-day comment period, pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 3.672(e). No litigant’s substantive rights will be prejudiced for failing to comply with a rule adopted or amended until at least 20 days after the rule change has been posted and distributed. See Rule 3.672(e)(4).

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Notice of Clarification of Civil Fee Schedule – “First Paper” Effective March 7, 2022

California law and the Court’s Civil Fee Schedule require payment of a fee for an “Answer or other first paper” filed by a party other than a plaintiff. See Fee Schedule available on the Court’s website. The Court has previously permitted the filing of certain papers by parties other than plaintiffs without requiring payment of the statutory fee. To ensure the consistent application of the statutory fee, effective March 7, 2022, the Court will require the payment of the statutory fee with the filing of all “first papers” filed by a party other than a plaintiff in limited and unlimited civil cases, unless there is a statutory exemption for the filing. Examples of such “first papers” include, but are not limited to, case management conference statements, stipulations, certificates of inability to respond, requests, applications, and declarations. [Statutory references: Gov. Code sections 70611, 70612, 70602.5, 70602.6, 70613(a), and 70614(a).]

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