Special Announcement

Posted Thursday, December 3, 2020

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Coronavirus Updates

The Judicial Council continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. Courts have been advised to follow guidance provided by the Department of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus. Updates will be communicated through local court websites as appropriate.

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Of Current Interest

Dec 01, 2020

COVID-19 Rental Debt Cases in Small Claims Court

AB 3088 provides the option of litigating COVID-19 rental debt cases in small claims court, even when the amount claimed is over the jurisdictional limit. A proposal related to a small claims form and new information sheet in these types of cases is posted on the Invitations to Comment page of the California Courts website. Deadline to comment: Dec. 23.

Nov 17, 2020

Invitation to Comment: Criminal Jury Instructions

A proposal to revise the criminal jury instructions has been posted on the Invitations to Comment page of the California Courts website. Deadline to comment: Dec. 11.

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Civic Learning Awards

The application for the 2021 Civic Learning Award is now available. This is the ninth consecutive year the Chief Justice has co-sponsored the award with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.