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SACRAMENTO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION IMPLEMENTATION OF EXPANDED CIVIL SERVICES

Effective April 17th, 2020 all civil courtrooms and civil front counters will remain closed for judicial business, except for the following time-sensitive, essential functions:

  • Civil Harassment Temporary Restraining Orders, including Gun Violence Restraining Orders

  • Civil Ex Parte Requests for Emergency Relief


Effective April 21, 2020, the following essential services were added:

  • Petitions for Compromise of Claims of Minors or Incompetent Persons; Applications for Appointment of Guardian ad litem for a Minor or Incompetent Person to the extent required in support of Petition for Compromise


Effective May 6, 2020, the following civil functions will be added:

  • All Civil filings will resume for matters handled in departments located at the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse and Hall of Justice Building.

  • Complex Civil and Writ of Mandate Departments may commence scheduling remote hearings beginning the week of May 26, 2020.

  • Civil Law and Motion Departments may commence scheduling remote hearings beginning the week of June 1, 2020.


Civil Harassment Restraining Orders/ Gun Violence Restraining Orders

Filing Information:

All requests/filings for Civil Harassment Temporary Restraining Orders including Gun Violence Restraining Orders MUST be submitted in the civil filing drop box located at the west entrance of the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse, 720 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Please Note: All completed requests received by 11:30 a.m. will have orders available for pick-up at 4:00 p.m. the same day at the west-entrance of the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse. All completed filings received after 11:30 a.m. will have orders available for pick-up at 4:00 p.m. the next business day.


Scheduled Hearings on Calendar beginning March 20, 2020:

Sacramento Superior Court remains closed to the public at this time and is not holding any scheduled hearings on Civil Harassment Restraining Orders, including Gun Violence Restraining Orders. When the court reopens for hearings on Civil Harassment Restraining Orders, including Gun Violence Restraining Orders, the court will schedule a new hearing date and notify parties. If you have a Temporary Restraining Order that was granted your order will remain in effect until your next court date.


General Civil Ex Parte Application for Emergency Relief (e.g., for TRO):

All filings seeking ex parte emergency relief shall be made on the first floor of the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse using the designated civil filing drop box. Beginning May 6, 2020, for cases handled or to be handled by the Law & Motion Departments, such applications and supporting papers shall be filed in the drop box at the Hall of Justice Building. The appropriate civil filing fees and all moving papers must be submitted together in the civil filing dropbox. Opposition papers shall also be submitted in the civil filing dropbox.


In instances where case-initiating documents must be filed in order to seek ex parte relief the required case-initiating filings (e.g., initial Complaint or Petition for Writ of Mandate, mandatory Civil Case Cover Sheet, and appropriate civil filing fees) shall be filed together with the ex parte application papers in the civil filing drop box.


For ex parte applications in preexisting cases for which law and motion matters are handled by the Law and Motion Departments 53/54 pursuant to Local Rule 2.30, filings shall be in conformity with California Rule of Court 3.1200, et seq., and shall be submitted in the civil filing drop box on the first floor of the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse. However, the Law and Motion Departments may reschedule the hearing if necessary. Applicants are to file their ex parte application and accompanying documents at least two court days prior to their selected hearing date and time so as to increase the possibility that rescheduling will be unnecessary. If the time and date is rescheduled, the applicant will be informed and will be required to comply with California Rules of Court 3.1203 and 3.1204 as to the new hearing time and date. For new cases for which case-initiating filings are submitted with the ex parte application (i.e., case number has not yet been assigned), applicants are to indicate the date, time and place for the hearing as “TBD.” Upon review of the filings by the Court, if the matter shall be set for hearing, applicant’s counsel will be notified of the date, time, and department for the hearing. Applicant’s counsel shall then provide notice and comply with California Rules of Court 3.1203 and 3.1204. Please Note: The Hall of Justice building, 813 6th Street, is CLOSED.


For ex parte applications in any cases previously assigned to a department for all purposes, e.g., Civil Writ/CEQA, JCCP cases, filings shall be made in conformity with California Rule of Court 3.1200, with the exception that the date, time and place for the hearing shall be indicated as “TBD.” Upon review of the filings by the Court, if the matter shall be set for hearing, the applicant’s counsel will be notified of the date, time and department for the hearing. Applicant’s counsel shall then provide notice and comply with California Rules of Court 3.1203 and 3.1204.


Compromise Claims of Minors and Incompetent Persons:

All petitions and orders for the compromise of claims of minors or incompetent persons shall be filed in compliance with Probate Code section 3500, Code of Civil Procedure section 372 and California Rule of Court 7.950, et seq., whether by way of compromise, covenant not to sue, or stipulated judgment. Petitions and orders shall also comply with the applicable requirements of California Rules of Court, rule 2.100, et seq.


In cases where a complaint has already been filed with the Court, petitions shall be filed, with no filing fee due. If a complaint has not already been filed, parties must submit appropriate filing fees along with (1) for limited civil cases, a complaint, a petition to compromise the claim of a minor or incompetent person and the applicable proposed orders, or (2) for unlimited civil cases, a petition to compromise the claim of a minor or incompetent person and the applicable proposed orders. The party shall furnish the court with one original which is unbound (but instead, clipped or rubber-banded) and one copy in the format pursuant to California Rule of Court 3.1110, including clearly delineated tabs separating attachments pursuant to subdivision (f). Complaints and petitions shall be filed only by mail or the drop-box located on the first floor of the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse at 720 9th Street. The time, date, and department for the hearing shall be indicated as “TBD.”


Any petition containing a request for attorney’s fees shall be accompanied by a declaration addressing the applicable factors in California Rule of Court 7.955(b). In the instance where a petition may be brought by a parent on behalf of a minor without formal appointment as guardian ad litem, such petition shall be accompanied by a declaration addressing the parent’s qualification to compromise the claim under Probate Code section 3500(a). In the instance where a Petition for Appointment of Guardian ad litem is necessary, such petition shall be filed concurrently with the Petition for Compromise by mail or the drop-box. Counsel shall utilize the appropriate Judicial Council forms for petitions.


Petitions to compromise the claim of a minor or incompetent person and any accompanying Application for Appointment of Guardian ad litem are assigned to Judge Allen H. Sumner in Department 42. If the Court determines that no hearing is necessary for approval, the Court shall issue an order which shall be served on the parties. If the Court determines that a hearing is necessary prior to approval, the Court will provide further notice to the parties regarding the scheduling of such hearing.


Requests for withdrawal of minor’s funds are heard in the Probate Division and will be allowed only upon filing a verified petition unless the order compromising the claim specifically provides that the funds may be withdrawn once a minor reaches 18 years of age. The petition shall be on the adopted Judicial Council form and shall be filed in accordance with the Probate Division’s protocols.


Effective May 6, 2020 End of Civil Filing Holiday and Resumption of Specified Civil Hearings for Cases Handled at Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse and at the Hall of Justice Building:

Pursuant to the Presiding Judge’s April 27, 2020 Order re: End of Civil Filing Holiday and Resumption of Specified Civil Proceedings, beginning May 6, 2020, parties may resume civil filings for those civil cases handled in departments located at the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse and at the Hall of Justice Building as provided herein (i.e., excluding filings for civil cases handled at Carol Miller Justice Center; Family/Probate cases will be addressed separately).


Filings for matters handled in the Law & Motion Departments shall be submitted by mail (preferred) to 720 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or in the civil filing drop box located on the first floor of the Hall of Justice Building, located at 813 6th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Filings for other civil matters handled at the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse shall be submitted by mail (preferred) to 720 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, or in the civil filing drop box located on the first floor of the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse located at 720 9th Street, Sacramento CA 95814.


Filings/lodgings related to Voluntary Settlement Conferences (VSC) to be scheduled in Department 59 will be at the direction of Judge Davidian once VSCs are reinstated.

For new filings that require a hearing date (including new motions), parties must reserve a hearing date prior to filing. For new filings that require a hearing date, beginning May 1, 2020, parties may call and request to reserve a hearing date from the applicable department that normally handles such hearings for the given case. In addition to calling, parties should also email the applicable department at Dept __@ saccourt.ca.gov to request and reserve a hearing date. Parties are advised that available hearing dates for new motions will be in the discretion of individual judges, and may be dates occurring after the hearings that were previously continued and are reset by the court.


Civil Writ and Complex Civil Departments may commence re-setting previously-continued hearings to take place beginning the week of Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Individual departments will provide parties with reserved dates for new motions/hearings upon request. Each department will have a designated time/day slot for each week in which it may scheduling its hearings. For previously continued hearings, the court will send the parties notice of the newly-scheduled hearing date and time. All hearings will be conducted remotely through Department 34. The court will provide parties information on how remote appearances may be made. No in-person appearances will be permitted.


Law & Motion Departments may commence re-setting previously-continued hearings to take place beginning the week of Monday, June 1, 2020. Each department will provide parties with reserved dates for new motions/hearings upon request. Law & Motion hearings will occur three days per week until further notice. For previously-continued hearings, the court will send the parties notice of the newly-scheduled hearing date and time. All hearings will be conducted remotely. The court will provide parties information on how remote appearances may be made. No in-person appearances will be permitted.


All ex parte applications for emergency relief shall be sought pursuant to prior protocol, with the modification beginning May 6, 2020, that for cases handled or to be handled by the Law & Motion Departments, such applications and supporting papers shall be filed in the drop box at the Hall of Justice Building (as opposed to the drop box at the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse).


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