Following a closure from March 17, 2020 through May 25, 2020 for all non-emergency services, the San Diego Superior Court has reopened for most business operations. With that being said, court hearings are still limited to video or telephone conferences only.
The court has released guidance regarding criminal procedures now that they have reopened. Here is a summary of the most important developments:
- All criminal hearings after March 16, 2020 will be vacated and reset for future hearings. All individuals will be notified of their new hearing date within 90 days of May 26, 2020.
- All due dates for proofs of completion that were due from March 17, 2020 through May 22, 2020 (excluding some specific programs) have been extended for 90 days from May 26, 2020. If you need to submit proof of completion to the Court, you can either mail the proof or drop it off.
- All court-ordered program enrollment between March 17, 2020 through May 22, 2020 (excluding some specific programs) have been extended for 90 days from May 26, 2020. All dates to enroll in court-ordered SCRAM between March 17, 2020 through May 22, 2020 have been extended for 30 days from May 26, 2020. If you were unable to enroll in a program and need new paperwork, you will need to contact the Court.
- If you were ordered to pay fines and fees to the Court or Court Collections, and your date was between March 17, 2020 and May 22, 2020, your date to pay is extended 45 days from May 26, 2020 to July 10, 2020. You can pay your fine by mail or express drop box. If your payment is due to one of the third-party payment servicers, please contact them directly (Alliance One, GC Services, Office of Revenue and Recovery).
Source: San Diego Superior Court;
Please visit the San Diego Superior Court website for the most up to date information.
Each criminal case is unique and has its own facts and circumstances, so it is best to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney about your rights during the Coronavirus pandemic. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Garmo & Garmo, LLP are staying informed of the latest updates from the Court. If you have questions about your specific case, please contact our office at (619) 441-2500 or send us a message.