January 21, 2021

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Public Notice - Change in Services Effective January 7, 2021

PUBLIC NOTICE - Updated Change in Services Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Effective January 7, 2021

Due to COVID-19, the number of persons entering the courthouse must be limited as follows in order to meet social distancing requirements per public health guidelines:

  • The Courthouse remains open to the public, but due to the high volume of cases on the court’s calendar and in order to meet required social distancing, access is limited to:
    • Attorneys, parties, jurors and witnesses scheduled to appear in court that day
    • Designated support persons under Family Code section 6303
  • Only a limited number of attorneys, parties and witnesses will be allowed entry at any given time
  • Once maximum social distancing capacity is reached, no one will be allowed entry until another person exits
  • Social distancing of six (6) feet must be maintained to the maximum extent possible at all times
  • All persons are required to wear face coverings when conducting business at the court
  • Friends and family members will not be permitted to enter unless they are a designated support person in a domestic violence case or have received permission from a judge to attend a hearing
  • Most hearings in Criminal cases are livestreamed to the Court’s YouTube channel at https://www.stanct.org/node/4199553

Please do not come to court if you are sick or have a temperature.

COURT CLERK’S OFFICES

  • Clerk’s Offices, will be closed through February 5, 2021
    • Phone services are available at (209) 530-3100; follow prompt to specific division
  • You may e-mail as follows to reach specific units if you have an urgent matter:
  • Drop Boxes are available Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Criminal - 800 11th Street, Modesto
    • Family Law – 1100 I Street, Modesto
    • 801 10th Street, 4th Floor, Modesto
    • Traffic – 2600 Floyd Ave, Modesto
    • Small Claims/Landlord-Tenant Cases – 300 Starr Avenue, Turlock 

Please do not come to court unless you have an emergency issue or your matter is scheduled to be heard.  To find out if your case will be heard, you may visit https://portal.stanct.org/Portal/

CRIMINAL

  • Arraignments will continue to be heard daily
  • Preliminary Hearings will be heard as scheduled
  • Pretrial hearings, where the defendant is in-custody, will be heard as scheduled
  • Cases set for a violation of supervision, in which the defendant is either in-custody or his/her whereabouts unknown, will be heard
  • Most hearings in out-of-custody, time-waived cases, will be continued on the Court’s own motion
    • The hearings to be continued include, but are not limited to, pretrials, law and motion matters, and violations of supervision hearings
    • The Court will serve the parties or their attorneys with a minute order showing the date, time and department of the rescheduled hearing
    • In addition, the date, time and department of rescheduled hearings can be found at: https://www.stanct.org/node/4092707 

TRAFFIC

  • The Court will continue and reschedule:
    • All traffic infraction matters through February 5, 2021
    • Court trials through February 5, 2021, unless time not waived

CIVIL AND PROBATE

  • Most Civil and Probate hearings will be heard, however, remote appearances are required for certain hearing types as follows:
    • All Civil Case Management Conferences, Law and Motion, and Ex Parte hearings.  Parties and counsel are required to appear remotely for these hearings, unless, prior to the hearing, the court grants a request to appear in-person. 
    • All Probate and Trust petition hearings, Law and Motion and Ex Parte hearings. Parties and counsel are required to appear remotely for these hearings, unless, prior to the hearing, the court grants a request to appear in-person.
    • Court trials and related settlement conferences will be conducted in person unless all parties agree to conduct them remotely.
    • Civil Harassment Restraining Orders (including Workplace Violence Restraining Orders) will be conducted in person.
    • Orders for Examination will be conducted in person.
    • Claims of Exemption will be conducted in person.  The parties may appear remotely if they choose to do so.
    • Minor’s Compromises will be conducted in person.  The parties may appear remotely if they choose to do so.

UNLAWFUL DETAINERS (Landlord-Tenant Disputes)

  • Unlawful detainer matters in Department 19 will be heard as follows:
    • Law and motion hearings will be heard as scheduled and personal appearance will be allowed.  Parties wishing to appear telephonically or over Zoom should contact the Clerk’s Office at (209) 530-3100 to arrange for remote appearance.
    • Status conference and Court’s motions to dismiss will be heard as scheduled.  Personal appearance will be allowed, but telephonic or Zoom appearance is preferred. 
    • Trials will be heard as scheduled and personal appearance will be allowed.  Parties wishing to appear telephonically or over Zoom should contact the Clerk’s Office at (209) 530-3100 to arrange for remote appearance.

SMALL CLAIMS 

  • Small claims trials will be heard subject to the following:
    • The Court will stagger small claims trial starting times in thirty (30) minute intervals.  Each case will be assigned a time slot, beginning with 9:30 a.m.  For cases that were previously set at 8:30 a.m., a notice confirming the new date and time slot assigned to the trial will be sent to each party by mail.
    • Parties unable to attend trials for any reason, including COVID-19 health concerns, should file a request to postpone their trial on Judicial Council form SC-150 at least five (5) days prior to the trial.  If you are feeling sick on the day of your hearing, please do not appear at Court.  Contact the Turlock Clerk’s Office at (209) 530-3100, the Court will continue your hearing and mail notice of the new hearing date to all parties.
    • Parties wishing to appear telephonically or over Zoom should contact the Clerk’s Office at (209) 530-3100 to arrange for remote appearance.

JUVENILE JUSTICE/DEPENDENCY

  • With the exception of contested hearings, all matters in both Juvenile Justice and Dependency cases will be heard via Microsoft Teams
    • If a party who has a legal right to be present cannot appear virtually, the court will make arrangements either for their in-person or telephonic appearance
  • With the consent of all participants, the court will conduct contested hearings via TEAMS
    • All other contested hearings will be reset 

FAMILY LAW

  • Economic Hearings
    • Beginning January 11, 2021, all Economic Hearings will be conducted remotely by telephone conference call
    • Parties and counsel are required to appear remotely for these hearings, unless, prior to the hearing, the court grants a request to appear in-person 
    • The Court will provide written notice of the hearing, along with call-in instructions
  • Child Custody Recommending Counseling hearings (Mediation) will continue to be conducted by conference call
    • The Court will provide written notice of the hearing, along with call-in instructions
  • Settlement Conferences are being held in-person, although parties may request to appear telephonically
  • Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, Case Management Conferences will be continued by minute order
  • Beginning January 11, 2021, contested hearings will be conducted by video conference (Zoom), unless otherwise ordered by the court
    • The Court will provide written notice of the hearing, along with instructions regarding Zoom session
      • See more information under the Family Law section of the Court’s website

GUARDIANSHIP

  • All short cause matters are heard in-person unless parties request to appear by phone
    • Attorneys and parties shall meet and confer prior to court to expedite hearings

CONSERVATORSHIP (Including LPS) 

  • LPS hearings will continue to be conducted by video conference (Zoom)
  • Probate Conservatorship hearings will be conducted by VCourt, unless prior to the hearing, the court grants a request to appear in-person.

DCSS 

  • DCSS calendar continues to be heard telephonically
    • DCSS will contact litigants prior to hearing date to confirm telephonic information

SELF-HELP CENTER

  • Services will be provided by email and phone Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • In addition, Self-Help services are available via LiveChat at www.stanct.org
    • Use the chat box found at the bottom left of any webpage

JURY TRIALS

The public is urged to monitor the Stanislaus County Superior Court website at www.stanct.org for updated information.  You may also follow us on Twitter @StanislausCourt

Last updated: January 12, 2021 8:04 AM