San Mateo Superior: Update on Criminal Appearances

Starting July 1, 2022, except in limited circumstances, all parties must appear in person for all criminal proceedings. The Court will no longer conduct criminal hearings via Zoom. On June 30, 2022, the statewide emergency orders permitting remote appearances in criminal matters expired. On July 1, 2022, Governor Newsom signed AB 199 which allows the Court to permit the continued use of remote proceedings in criminal matters. For now, the Court will continue to allow remote appearances in certain non-criminal proceedings and in some criminal matters, but only with the permission of the judge hearing the matter. In light of AB 199, the Court will soon be announcing new policies and procedures regarding remote appearances by attorneys and witnesses in felony and misdemeanor matters. Until then, please check the Court’s webpage for a complete listing of calendars and their appearance requirements.

Click here to learn more from the court’s homepage.

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