COVID-19

Superior Court of California, County of Merced

Updates and Information Regarding Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

The Superior Court of California, County of Merced (Court) is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation. The Court attends briefings with the Merced County Department of Public Health and is in communication with Merced County justice agencies, other California Superior Courts, and the Judicial Council of California. We are working with these and other entities to ensure that we have up-to-date information and can best weigh the need to provide access to justice to our community while also supporting the activities of our public health agencies and the health of the public.


PUBLIC NOTICES

October 21, 2020 – The Court updated its Court Operations and Clerk’s Office Hours

September 1, 2020 – The Court has issued a press release regarding a temporary jury duty location.

July 31, 2020 – The Court updated its Court Operations and Clerk’s Office Hours

July 9, 2020 - The Court updated its Court Operations re Juvenile Delinquency Court.

June 5, 2020 - The Court issued a Notice to all Litigants and Attorneys for Family Law Hearings.

June 3, 2020 -The Court has issued a press release regarding Jury Trials.

June 1, 2020 -The Court updated its Court Operations.

May 29, 2020 - The Court updated its Court Operations

May 11, 2020 - The Court updated its Court Operations and Clerk’s Office Hours effective May 13, 2020.

April 10, 2020 - The Court adopted Temporary Emergency Bail Schedules.

March 21, 2020 - The Court updated its Court Operations and Clerk’s Office Hours Effective March 23, 2020.

March 18, 2020 - The Court has issued a Letter for Civil Litigants regarding court appearances
and a Notice re Courtroom 7 and 13 regarding Family Law matters.

March 17, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release detailing its plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

March 12, 2020 - The Court has issued a Public Policy Statement.


COURT GENERAL ORDERS

October 13,2020 - General Order 2020-17

September 3,2020 - General Order 2020-16

July 30,2020 - General Order 2020-15

June 19,2020 - General Order 2020-14

June 11,2020 - General Order 2020-13

June 1, 2020 - General Order 2020-12

May 20, 2020 - General Order 2020-11

May 11, 2020 - General Order 2020-10

April 30, 2020 - General Order 2020-09

April 28, 2020 - General Order 2020-07 Amended.

April 23, 2020 - General Order 2020-08 and General Order 2020-07.

April 14, 2020 - General Order 2020-06

April 10, 2020 -General Order 2020-05

April 7, 2020 - General Order 2020-04

April 1, 2020 - General Order 2020-03

March 20,2020 -General Order 2020-02.

March 18,2020 - General Order 2020-01


STATEWIDE ORDERS

June 10, 2020 - Statewide Order issued by Chief Justice and Chair of the Judicial Council of California Tani G.Cantil-Sakauye

April 30, 2020 - Statewide Order issued by Chief Justice and Chair of the Judicial Council of California Tani G.Cantil-Sakauye

March 30, 2020 - Statewide Order issued by Chief Justice and Chair of the Judicial Council of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

March 27, 2020 - Executive Order N-38-20 issued by Governor Newsom.

March 23, 2020 - Statewide Order issued by Chief Justice and Chair of the Judicial Council of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.


EMERGENCY RULES OF COURT

https://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/appendix-i.pdf



In an effort to follow public health directives regarding crowd size and social distancing, only individuals having business with the Court should come to court. Please do not bring any friends or family with you; they will not be able to attend the court proceeding and, in many instances, they will be asked to exit the buildings.



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:


Payment Options:

Pay Online: Click this link https://jpportal.mercedcourt.org/mercedprod
Pay By Mail: All payments and any proof of correction should be mailed to the address listed on your notice. Checks, money orders, or cashier’s checks should be drawn on a US Bank and made payable to Merced Superior Court. Please include the case number and citation number on all correspondence by mail. Do not mail cash.


Jury Duty Rescheduling:

Call or email the Office of the Jury Commissioner at (209) 725-4121 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. Email: jury@mercedcourt.org



Transcript Requests

Send an email to shauna.leard@mercedcourt.org. Be sure to include your case number, party names, and the hearing date for which you are requesting a transcript.



E-Filing:

Parties can e-file their documents with the Court using one of the certified e-filing service providers at: http://www.odysseyefileca.com/service-providers.htm (http://www.odysseyefileca.com/service-providers.htm)



Self-Help and Remote Assistance Via Email or Telephone:

Online resources: https://mercedcourt.org/online_resources.shtml
Online E-Forms: https://www.mercedcourt.org/online_e_forms.shtml (https://www.mercedcourt.org/online_e_forms.shtml)
Small Claims matters: smallclaims.advisor@mercedcourt.org
Call or email the Self Help Center at (209) 725-4168 between 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday to Friday or by email at selfhelp@mercedcourt.org



If you are currently experiencing symptoms and have a hearing or matter scheduled, please contact your attorney.

If an attorney does not represent you, please contact the court directly:

  • Civil (209) 725-4111
  • Criminal (209) 725-4113
  • Family Law (209) 725-4117
  • Juvenile (209) 725-4119
  • Los Banos (209) 725-4124
  • Traffic (209) 725-4107

Or, you may email specific court departments. Email addresses can be found here: https://mercedcourt.org/
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.



Court resources that are available remotely

Certain Court services are still available remotely:


Information for prospective jurors


The Court has a constitutional duty to remain open to serve the needs of the community to the greatest extent possible, even in the face of a potential COVID-19 outbreak. However, the Court is working with counsel and litigants to minimize the need to call in jurors and reduce the number of jurors summoned to the courthouse at a given date or time. The Court is also granting requests for deferrals and postponements remotely -- even for jurors who have previously made such a request -- for all potential jurors who are high risk or under medical or other business directives.



For more information about COVID-19, please visit the following webpages:
The court appreciates your understanding and cooperation in making the courthouse a safe environment.

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