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January 6, 2022

Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One announces the destruction of old records.

January 3, 2022

In light of the current COVID-19 surge, the Fourth District, Division One, will return to remote-only oral argument for January 2022. All parties who previously requested to appear in-person will be required to appear remotely.

December 14, 2021

Effective December 15, 2021, the Fourth District Court of Appeal Division One and Division Three, in accordance with state and local public health guidance is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status. Additionally, facemasks will also be required for those presenting oral argument. Until further notice, the courtroom is open only to those parties presenting oral argument.

While in-person argument will return as the default method of appearance, in extraordinary cases permission to appear remotely may be granted by the Presiding Justice in Division Three. Personal appearance and remote are options available without permission In Division One.

December 9, 2021

For any counsel that has elected to appear in-person for the Fourth District, Division One’s January 2022 oral argument calendar, please be advised you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 within 48 hours of your scheduled appearance. Those who do not provide proof as outlined will not be permitted to enter the courtroom.

November 16, 2021

Effective January 2022, the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One, is restoring in-person arguments considering updated state and local public health guidance. In accordance with state and local public health guidance, face coverings in the courtroom will be required for all visitors regardless of vaccination status. Those who are fully vaccinated may remove their masks only while presenting oral argument. Until further notice, the courtroom is open only to those parties presenting oral argument.

While in-person argument will return as the default method of appearance, in extraordinary cases permission to appear remotely may be granted by the Presiding Justice.

July 22, 2021

Effective September 20, 2021, the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three, is restoring in-person arguments considering updated state and local public health guidance. In accordance with state and local public health guidance, face coverings in the courthouse will be required for all visitors regardless of vaccination status. Those who are fully vaccinated may remove their masks only while presenting oral argument. Until further notice, the courtroom is open only to those parties presenting oral argument.

While in-person argument will return as the default method of appearance, in extraordinary cases permission to appear remotely may be granted by the Presiding Justice.

March 5, 2021

The 2021 dates for the Civil Appellate Self-Help Workshop are available at 2021 Workshop Dates.

August 25, 2020

A remote hearing is a court proceeding and thus, the expectation and requirement of the Fourth District is that all attorneys dress in professionally appropriate attire. Additionally, counsel are advised to be conscious of their background and are further encouraged to have an appropriate background or to use an appropriate virtual background. For remote appearances via BlueJeans in Divisions One and Two, instructions for adding a virtual background can be viewed at the BlueJeans Virtual Background article.

April 13, 2020

The Clerk’s Office in the Fourth District, Division One is currently open and staff are available to answer in-person questions or process paper filings.  The Clerk’s Offices for Divisions Two and Three remain open but are unable to answer in-person questions at this time. For all paper filings including emergency writs, if you are unable to file your papers electronically, you may use the drop-box located in the Clerk’s Office lobby in order to minimize in-person contact in light of COVID-19. The drop-box will be checked every hour. Should you have questions regarding your case, please contact us at San Diego (Div. 1) - 4DCA1ContactUs@jud.ca.gov, Riverside (Div. 2) 4DCA2ContactUs@jud.ca.gov, or Santa Ana (Div. 3) (714) 571-2600. Please be sure to note your case number in the subject line of the email. Alternatively, you may call the Clerk’s Offices during our normal business hours.

May 23, 2019

The Fourth District Court of Appeal is seeking attorneys to represent inmates in death penalty-related habeas corpus proceedings.  View for more information regarding applying for an appointment.

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The 4th District is unique in that it is divided into three geographical divisions.

  • Division One is located in San Diego and has jurisdiction over matters from Imperial and San Diego Counties.
  • Division Two is located in Riverside and has jurisdiction over matters from Inyo, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.
  • Division Three is located in Santa Ana and has jurisdiction over matters from Orange County


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4th District Div 1

750 B Street, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92101

Clerk's Office: (619) 744-0760

4th District Div 2
3389 Twelfth Street
Riverside, CA 92501

Phone: (951) 782-2500

4th District Div 3
601 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, California 92701

Clerk's Office (714) 571-2600
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