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San Diego Superior Court News Releases

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February 25, 2021  
La Jolla Country Day School Wins 15th Annual San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition
February 22, 2020  
Veterans Treatment Court Celebrates Ten Years of Success
February 18, 2021  
15th Annual San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition Focuses on 5th Amendment
February 16, 2021  
General Order 021121-58(A) in Re: Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments
February 11, 2021  
General Order 021121-57 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings
February 9, 2021  
Planned Website Closure
February 4, 2021  
San Diego Superior Court Closed February 12 and 15
February 3, 2021  
General Order 020321-56 In Re: Extension of Time for Criminal Trials
February 3, 2021  
General Order 020221-55 In Re: 60-Day Accelerated Release of Sentenced County Jail Inmates Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
January 27, 2021  
San Diego Superior Court to Resume Jury Trials in February
January 15, 2020  
General Order 011521-54 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments
January 14, 2021  
General Order 011421-53 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings
January 8, 2021  
San Diego Superior Court Closed Monday, January 18, 2021
January 8, 2021  
General Order 010821-52 In Re: Extension of Time for Criminal Trials
January 5, 2021  
General Order 010521-51 In Re: 60-Day Accelerated Release of Sentenced County Jail Inmates Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
January 4, 2020  
Notice to Attorneys - New, Revised or Repealed Forms for the Judicial Council and San Diego Superior Court
December 31, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Judge Harry Elias Retires
December 22, 2020  
General Order 122220-111 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments
December 18, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Closed Friday, December 25, 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021
December 18, 2020  
Notice to Attorneys - Notice of Fee Changes Effective January 1, 2021
December 16, 2020  
General Order 121620-110 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings
December 11, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court to Reduce Fees for Document Downloads on the Register of Actions
December 10, 2020  
General Order 120820-109 In Re: Extension of Time for Criminal Trials
December 9, 2020  
San Diego County Grand Jury Looking for New Applicants
December 9, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Announces Planned Website Closure
December 8, 2020  
General Order 120720-108 In Re: Amendment to Local Rule 3.1.3
December 4, 2020  
General Order 120320-107 In Re: 60-Day Accelerated Release of Sentenced County Jail Inmates Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
December 4, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Introduces New Online Reservation System for Civil Independent Calendar Motions
November 25, 2020  
General Order 112520-106 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments
November 19, 2020  
General Order 111920-105 In Re: Face-Covering and Screening Requirements
November 18, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
November 16, 2020  
General Order 111620-104 In Re: Extension of Order Appointing Counsel in New Criminal and Juvenile Justice Cases
November 12, 2020  
General Order 111220-103 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearing
November 12, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court to Maintain Current Operations as San Diego County Moves to the Purple Tier
November 6, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Announces Planned Website Closure on Monday, November 9th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
November 5, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Resumes Civil Court Trials
November 3, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Closed Wednesday, November 11, 2020
November 2, 2020  
General Order 110220-98 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments
October 15, 2020  
General Order 101520-97 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings
October 13, 2020  
General Order 101320-96 In Re: Appointment of Counsel in Out-of-Custody, Pre-Arraignment Criminal Cases
October 7, 2020  
General Order 100720-95 In Re: Extension of Time for Criminal Trials
October 6, 2020  
General Order 100620-94 In Re: 60-Day Accelerated Release of Sentenced County Jail Inmates Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
October 5, 2020  
General Order 100520-93 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments
October 5, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Provides Several Options for People with Outstanding Infraction Citations
October 1, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Closed Monday, October 12, 2020
October 1, 2020  
Notice to Attorneys - New, Revised or Repealed Forms for the Judicial Council and San Diego Superior Court Effective October 1, 2020
September 28, 2020  
General Order 092820-92 In Re: Face-Covering and Screening Requirements
September 24, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Expands E-Filing Options
September 16, 2020  
General Order 091620-91 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings
September 9, 2020  
General Order 090920-90 In Re: Restricted Public Access
September 9, 2020  
General Order 090920-89 In Re: Prioritization of Jury Trials Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
September 8, 2020  
General Order 090820-88 In Re: Extension of Order Appointing New Counsel in New Criminal and Juvenile Justice Cases
September 8, 2020  
General Order 090820-87 In Re: Extension of Time for Criminal Trials
September 8, 2020  
General Order 090820-86 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Felony Arraignments
September 2, 2020  
General Order 090220-85 In Re: 60-Day Accelerated Release of Sentenced County Jail Inmates Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
September 1, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Resumes Summoning Jurors
August 27, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Closed Monday, September 7, 2020
August 20, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court to Form a Local Committee On Bias
August 14, 2020  
General Order 081420-84 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings
August 11, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Jury Service Dismissed through September 11, 2020
August 11, 2020  
General Order 081120-83 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Arraignments
August 10, 2020  
General Order 081020-82 In Re: Extension of Time for Criminal Trials
August 7, 2020  
General Order 080720-81 In Re: 60-Day Accelerated Release of Sentenced County Jail Inmates Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
August 6, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Announces Planned Website Closure on Saturday 8/8/2020, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
August 3, 2020  
General Order 080320-80 In Re: Extension of Order Appointing New Counsel in New Criminal and Juvenile Justice Cases
July 31, 2020  
General Order 073120-79 In Re: Suspension of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, Rule 4.4.5
July 30, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Jury Service Dismissed through August 14, 2020
July 14, 2020  
Virtual Services Offered by the San Diego Superior Court
July 28, 2020  
General Order 072820-77 In Re: Suspension of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, Rule 2.5.8, for (1) Limited Civil Hearings in Departments N-26 and D-61 Only; (2) Settlement Conferences and Informal Discovery Conferences in All Civil Case Types
July 21, 2020  
General Order 072120-76 In Re: Suspension of Non-essential Operations at Juvenile Courthouse
July 16, 2020  
General Order 071620-75 In Re: Face-Covering and Screening Requirements
July 15, 2020  
General Order 071520-74 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings
July 15, 2020  
General Order 071420-73 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Arraignments
July 8, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Jury Service Dismissed through July 31, 2020
July 8, 2020  
General Order 070820-72 In Re: 60-Day Accelerated Release of Sentenced County Jail Inmates Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
July 2, 2020  
General Order 070120-71 In Re: Extension of Time for Criminal Trials
July 1, 2020  
Notice to Attorneys - New, Revised or Repealed Forms for the Judicial Council and San Diego Superior Court Effective July 1, 2020
June 29, 2020  
General Order 062920-70 In Re: Extension of (1) Order Appointing Counsel in New Criminal and Juvenile Justice Cases: (2) Time to Entroll In and/or Submit Proof of Completion of Public Service Program (PSP)
June 26, 2020  
General Order 062620-69 In Re: Adoption of Countywide Temporary Emergency Modification to the Bail Schedule and Rescission of General Orders 041320-42 and 061920-67
June 26, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Closed Friday, July 3, 2020
June 24, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Jury Service Dismissed through July 10, 2020
June 19, 2020  
General Order 061920-67 In Re: Adoption of Emergency Bail Schedule
June 18, 2020  
General Order 061820-66 In Re: Extending the Time Period in Penal Code Section 825 for Felony Offenses Where the Statutory Deadline Would Expire On or Between June 19, 2020 and July 15, 2020
June 17, 2020  
General Order 061720-65 In Re: Suspension of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, Rule 2.5.8 for Unlawful Detainer Cases and Cases Seeking Civil Restraining Orders
June 15, 2020  
General Order 061520-64 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Hearings
June 12, 2020  
General Order 061220-63 In Re: Extension of Criminal Trials and Modifications to Public Access Order
June 9, 2020  
Deadline to Schedule Status Conferences for Independent Calendar Civil Matters is June 24
June 3, 2020  
General Order 060320-61 In Re: Extension of Time to Pay Court-Ordered Fines and Fees to the Court or to Court Collections for All Criminal and Traffic Matters
June 2, 2020  
General Order 060220-60 In Re: Extension of Time to Enroll in and/or Submit Proof of Completion of Court-Ordered Programs for All Criminal and Traffic Matters
June 2, 2020  
General Order 060120-59 In Re: Implementation Order of the Presiding Judge Re Civil Unrest and Safety Concerns
May 31, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Closed on Monday, June 1, 2020
May 29, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Jury Service Dismissed through June 12, 2020
May 29, 2020  
General Order 052920-58 In Re: Extension of Time to Complete Court-Ordered Mediation in Unlimited Civil Cases
May 27, 2020  
General Order 052720-57 In Re: Extension of Time to: (1) Appoint Counsel in New Criminal and Juvenile Justice Cases; (2) Enroll In and/or Submit Proof of Completion of Public Service Program (PSP); and (3) Submit a Request for Trial By Written Declaration and Officer's Declaration
May 26, 2020  
General Order 052620-56 In Re: Suspension of the Superior Court of San Diego County Local Rules, Rule 5.25; Suspension of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Local Rules, Rule 2.5.8 for Small Claims Only
May 22, 2020  
General Order 052220-55 In Re: Procedures Regarding Electronically Imaged Court Records, Electronic Filing, and Access to Electronic Court Records in Family Law Cases
May 22, 2020  
General Order 052220-54 In Re: Restricted Public Access; Face-Covering and Temperature-Screening Requirements; and Livestream Broadcasting
May 22, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court to Offer Additional Services Effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020
May 14, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Closed Monday, May 25, 2020
May 14, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Announces Re-Scheduling Process for Cases Affected by the COVID-19 Closure
May 14, 2020  
General Order 051420-53 In Re: Extension of Time to Hold Arraignments and Preliminary Hearings
May 13, 2020  
General Order 051220-51(A) In Re: Restoration of Civil Services
May 6, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Announces Planned Website Closure on Saturday May 9th from 6am-2pm
May 6, 2020  
General Order 050620-49 In Re: Continuance of Public Service Program (PSP) Enroll-By and Proof of Completion Dates
May 6, 2020  
Full List of San Diego Superior Court Services Currently Available During COVID-19 Closure
May 4, 2020  
General Order 050420-48 In Re: Lanterman-Petris-Short Act Conservatorships
April 30, 2020  
General Order 043020-47 In Re: Third Implementation Order of the Presiding Judge Re COVID-19 Pandemic
April 29, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Extends Service Suspension through May 22
April 13, 2020  
General Order 041320-43 In Re: Search Warrant Notice Extension Electronic Communications Search
April 13, 2020  
General Order 041320-42 In Re: Application of Judicial Council Emergency Rule 4 (Emergency Bail Schedule)
April 3, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court to Begin Testing for Videoconference Hearings
April 3, 2020  
General Order 040320-39 In Re: Second Implementation Order of the Presiding Judge Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic (Extending Court Closure through April 30)
April 3, 2020  
General Order 040120-38A In Re: 60-Day Accelerated Release of Sentenced County Jail Inmates Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 1, 2020  
Statement from Presiding Judge Alksne: Court Services Suspension Expected to Extend through April 30
March 27, 2020  
General Order 032720-37 In Re: Appointment of Counsel in New Criminal and Juvenile Justice Cases to be Filed Once the Court is Fully Operational After the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 26, 2020  
Self-Help Assistance Available for San Diego Superior Court Emergency Services During COVID-19 Pandemic
March 25, 2020  
All San Diego Superior Court Juror Service Dismissed through May 22, 2020
March 24, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Updates COVID Response Information and Adds More Emergency Services
March 24, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Closed for All Legal Matters on Cesar Chavez Day, March 31, 2020
March 23, 2020  
Statewide Order By Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California, Staying All Trials for a Period of 60 Days, Extending the Five Year Civil Case Dismissal Statute and Relaxing the Rules of Court for Adoption of Local Rules
March 19, 2020  
General Order 031920-35, In re: Assignment of Cases Seeking Writ of Habeas Corpus Challenging Certain Isolation or Quarantine Orders
March 19, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Updates COVID-19 Response Information
March 18, 2020  
General Order 031820-34 In Re: Administrative Order of the Presiding Judge Re COVID-19 Pandemic
March 16, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court To Reduce Court Operations During Pandemic
March 16, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Asks Summoned Jurors to Not Report
March 13, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Sets COVID-19 Procedures
March 5, 2020  
19th Annual Youth in Court Day Focuses on Teen Issues
March 2, 2020  
Notice to Attorneys - East County Department Calendar Settings Will Change, Effective April 6, 2020
February 22, 2020  
Cathedral Catholic High School Wins 14th Annual San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition
February 21, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Restores North County Probate Services
February 20, 2020  
14th Annual San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition Focuses on 4th Amendment
February 20, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Judge Gale E. Kaneshiro Retires
February 19, 20202  
San Diego Superior Court Judge Louis R. Hanoian Retires
February 11, 2020  
Public Notice - Changes to Policy Regarding Normal Availability and Unavailability of Official Court Reporters
February 6, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Increases Court Reporting Services
February 3, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Closed Two Days In February, Wednesday 2/12/20 and Monday 2/17/20
January 23, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Warns Public of Latest Scam
January 16, 2020  
San Diego Superior Court Closed Monday, January 20, 2020
January 6, 2020  
Notice to Attorneys - New, Revised or Repealed Forms for the Judicial Council and San Diego Superior Court


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