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Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Important Update COVID-19 Impacting Court Operations

This is a constantly evolving issue that we are doing our best to get ahead of. The most important thing that we can do as we move forward is to be as flexible as possible. After meeting with our judges and magistrate, the chief judge and stakeholders the following will take effect immediately:

  • All small claims hearings for March and April will be rescheduled to May and June
  • All CIs currently scheduled will be rescheduled and any new requests will be scheduled 60 days out
  • Judges are rescheduling from their dockets anything that can be reasonably postponed for the next 30 days
  • Probation has already adopted a mail-in reporting model and will attempt to do any meetings by phone if possible
  • Felony cases will proceed as normal until we receive information from SCAO that allows us to relax the time guidelines for PCC/PE
  • Jury selection for April 3rd and all jury trials will be rescheduled
  • All court users should be referred to our website- for information and updates as well as online resources in which to resolve their case on line.

We understand that this is a unique and unprecedented situation and we will do all that we can to ensure the safety of our 14A family and all who come to the court. That being said, please do not come to the court if

  • You are sick
  • Have been exposed to someone who has been sick
  • Have a compromised immune system
  • Have travelled internationally within the last 14 days

If you do need to come to court, please make sure that you are utilizing best practices of hand washing and sanitizing and practicing social distancing with those you may come into contact with.

We are very concerned about the health and safety of all of our 14A family and those who are doing business with the court. Please check with the court before coming if at all possible to make sure your hearing is still moving forward.

We are working with County Administration, Court Leadership, SCAO, our amazing 14A staff and our court partners to offer ways in which to work through some of these challenges and may change operations moving forward depending on what is decided as making the most sense for the court and it’s users. We appreciate everyone’s patience and grace in this most unprecedented time.

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