Information provided by San Benito County Superior Court.
Effective immediately through June 12, the San Benito County Superior Court will reschedule the following matters in order to curtail the effect and spread of COVID-19:
- Out of Custody Criminal Arraignments
- Out of Custody Criminal Pre-Trial Conferences and Non-Urgent Hearings On Motions
- Truancy Court
- Drug Court
- Behavioral Health Court
- Traffic Arraignments
- Criminal Fine Reviews
- Civil Jury and Court Trials and Probate Trials
- All Criminal Trials are Suspended Per Order of Chief Justice
- Unlimited Civil Motions
- Limited Civil Motions and Trials—except Unlawful Detainers related to Health & Safety
- Judicial Foreclosures
- Small Claims Hearings
- Adoption Proceedings
- Non-urgent Trust and Estate Matters
- Case Management Conferences
- Mandatory Settlement Conferences
- Non-Emergency Family Hearings and Trials
- Non-Emergency Child Support Hearings
- Friday Morning Walk-In Calendar
The Court will also suspend in-person self help center appointments and walk-ins, according to a recent release.
Although Court proceedings are an essential service of government, the Court must also balance the protection of public health and safety. In extending this action, it is the Court’s hope and intent to reduce the number of employees, jurors, parties and attorneys in the Court consistent with recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Orders and local Public Health Officer. This action is not in response to a specific notice of exposure at a Court facility or to any Court staff. Instead it is in an abundance of caution to help limit the spread of the virus and the potential for future exposure.
The Court will monitor the situation closely and update these policies on an ongoing basis.