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court Information Regarding Coronavirus/covid-19

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5/9/20: COURT OPERATIONS PLAN

In a further effort to promote the health and safety of court users and employees and reduce community spread of the Covid-19/Coronavirus, the Santa Barbara Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services effective March 17, 2020 – May 23, 2020.

THE COURT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

  • Chamber ex-parte requests for Civil Harassment TROs, Domestic Violence TROs, and Gun Violence Protective Orders
  • Emergency ex-parte proceedings in Unlawful Detainers
  • Ex parte Guardianship requests where a minor's safety is at risk
  • Emergency conservatorship and other emergency orders in Probate
  • Parties seeking emergency ex parte orders should call:
    • North County phone number: (805 )614-6500
    • South County phone number: (805) 882-4590
  • All search warrants (day and night) will be electronically submitted

 

EXCEPT AS INDICATED BELOW THE COURT WILL BE CLOSED FOR:

CRIMINAL

  • All criminal proceedings, except in-custody arraignments.

CIVIL

  • All civil proceedings will be rescheduled
  • All Unlawful Detainer (UD) matters will be rescheduled
  • All temporary restraining orders which would otherwise expire during this closure will be automatically extended for 30 days

FAMILY

  • All family court departments are closed; family law & family support matters will be rescheduled
  • The Family Law Facilitator's Office is closed for public transactions
  • All clinics and workshops have been cancelled
  • The Family Law Facilitator's office will conduct appointments telephonically
  • Family Court Services office is closed for public transactions
  • All family court mediation matters are being conducted telephonically

JUVENILE

  • Juvenile matters are still being heard

TRAFFIC

  • All traffic matters will be rescheduled
  • All those cited to appear in Traffic Court will have a 30-day grace period starting when the court reopens all services (monitor www.sbcourts.org for service updates)

SMALL CLAIMS

  • All small claims matters will be rescheduled

PROBATE

  • All Probate hearings will be rescheduled
  • All in-person visits related to guardianship and conservatorship cases are suspended
  • The Probate Facilitator's office is closed for public transactions; appointments will be conducted telephonically

Options to avoid physically coming to a courthouse:

If you are currently experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (or any flu-like symptoms) and have business with the court, please consider the following options that are available to you to minimize the need to come to a courthouse:

 

If you are sick or experiencing symptoms and have a hearing or matter scheduled, please contact your attorneyIf you are not represented please refer to the contact information to the right for the appropriate court location. 

Coming to a courthouse:

For those who need to come to court, please be aware that the Court has implemented additional cleaning protocols in high use areas to reduce the potential for transmission of this or other viruses for those coming to our courthouses.

The Court is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation through close coordination with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to ensure that we have the latest information. The Court continues to weigh the need to provide access to justice and the need to provide for public health.

Social Distancing Protocols for Santa Barbara Superior Court Divisions:

 

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the following webpages:

COURT LOCATIONS:

SANTA BARBARA:

CIVIL CASES
1100 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93121-1107 
(805) 882-4520

CRIMINAL/TRAFFIC CASES
118 E. Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 568-3959

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SANTA MARIA:

CIVIL CASES
312-C East Cook Street
Bldg. E
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 614-6414

CRIMINAL/TRAFFIC CASES
312-M East Cook Street
Bldg. E
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 346-7550

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LOMPOC:

115 Civic Center Plaza
Lompoc, CA 93436-6967 
CRIMINAL/TRAFFIC: (805) 737-7789
CIVIL : (805) 737-5452

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SOLVANG:

1745 Mission Drive, Suite C
Solvang, CA 93463-3605 
(805) 686-5040
* Effective 10/14/14 all matters previously filed at the Solvang Division will be filed at the Lompoc Division.

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