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May 24, 2022

In light of recent developments, the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One is reinstating its masking requirement. Anyone entering the courtroom for the June 2022 oral argument will be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. This requirement will remain in effect until further notice.

May 19, 2022

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.

March 7, 2022

The 2022 dates for the Civil Appellate Self-Help Workshop are available at 2022 Workshop Dates.

Associate Justice Richard D. FybelMarch 4, 2022

SANTA ANA — Associate Justice Richard D. Fybel of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three, will retire effective March 31, 2022.  He has served as a justice since February 2002 and has authored over 2,000 opinions, including 260 published opinions.  Before his appointment to the Orange County Superior Court in 2000, he was a partner in the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP. (Click here to read the full story.)


March 3, 2022

California Chief Justice Rescinds Temporary Emergency Measures

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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.

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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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