Special Announcement

Posted Friday, May 22, 2020

The Sixth District Court of Appeal has made the following adjustments for the health of the public and its employees in light of the COVID-19 health emergency, and in cooperation with the orders of Governor Newsom issued March 27, 2020, and updated on May 7, 2020, and of the Director of the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health issued May 18, 2020.

In compliance with the orders of Governor Newsom and the Santa Clara County Public Health Director, all persons coming to the Sixth District Court of Appeal are required to wear a face covering, maintain at least 6 feet of social distance from others not in their household, and observe rules of hygiene established in the order.  If you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, you should not come to the Sixth District Court of Appeal.

Pursuant to Misc. Order 20-002 oral argument sessions in the Sixth District Court of Appeal are being conducted telephonically.  Court proceedings will be open to the public and members of the press telephonically.  Instructions for participating in telephonic oral argument can be found here.

The Clerk's Office window is currently closed. However, court operations are functional. The court continues to receive phone calls, correspondence by email and U.S. Mail, and electronic filings. If you are unable to file your papers electronically, you may drop off paper filings, including emergency writs, in the drop box located on the 10th floor at 333 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, California, next to the Sixth District Court of Appeal Clerk's Office entrance. If you need to review a document filed in this court, please contact the Clerk's Office via phone at 408-277-1004 or email at Sixth.District@jud.ca.gov to make an appointment.

Any further updates will be communicated through the court's website as appropriate.

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November 12, 2020

The Sixth District Court of Appeal has adopted Local Rule 4, which sets forth additional requirements for filing a civil case information statement in this District. Pursuant to rule 10.1030, the rule was printed in Advance Pamphlet No. 29, dated November 12, 2020 and will become effective on December 28, 2020.

August 19, 2020

Associate Justice Nathan D. Mihara Retires July 30, 2020: 

After a long and distinguished tenure of 27 years on the Sixth District Court of Appeal, Associate Justice Nathan (“Nate”) Mihara has retired effective July 30, 2020. 

With his departure our Court has lost a thoughtful, stalwart, and dedicated jurist. Justice Mihara provided an important voice as author or panel member in many important opinions that have contributed greatly to the jurisprudence of the state of California.

The Judicial Branch will feel the absence of his generous leadership in important endeavors that advanced the administration of justice. Recognized as an icon in the Asian legal community, Justice Mihara also leaves his legacy in the many law students and lawyers he mentored over the decades who reflect his fidelity to the rule of law and his commitment to professionalism in all aspects of legal practice. 

The Justices and court staff of the Sixth District Court of Appeal offer our appreciation to Justice Mihara for his service and wish him and his family every good thing in retirement.

Comments delivered on the occasion of Justice Mihara’s final session of oral argument by his colleague of many decades, Associate Justice Franklin D. Elia

June 15, 2020

The Supreme Court of California has issued a powerful statement condemning racism, and affirming equality and inclusion. Click here to read full statement.

April 29, 2020

Oral argument sessions in the Sixth District Court of Appeal are being conducted telephonically. Court proceedings will be open to the public and members of the press telephonically. See the instructions for Listen-Only Telephonic Oral Arguments.

July 15, 2019

The Sixth 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.

February 20, 2019

Oral Argument will be limited to 15 minutes per side effective March 8, 2019.

February 1, 2019

Important Notice – Upcoming TrueFiling Upgrade
In the coming months ImageSoft will be updating their TrueFiling service to TrueFiling 3.0. Learn more about these changes regarding the timing, actions required on your part, and upcoming training.

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333 West Santa Clara Street
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San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: (408) 277-1004
E-mail: Sixth.District@jud.ca.gov

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