The number of positive COVID cases in Orange County is increasing at an alarming rate, forcing the County to return to the Purple Tier. The Court did not modify the safety protocols they implemented when they moved from Purple to the less restrictive Red Tier, therefore they are not implementing any new safety protocols at this time as they move back into the Purple Tier. In addition, because the Court is an essential service and their reopening efforts are not directly tied to the tier system, They do not anticipate any modification to their current operational plans.
The courthouses of Orange County Superior Court remain open for limited in-person services. Members of the public should NOT visit a courthouse unless they have been notified by the Court that they have an in-person hearing or they have scheduled an appointment to enter the building for counter services.
This approach allows the Court to manage the visitor level at each courthouse, while following health protocols. The Court is continually working to provide Safe Access to Justice and requires face coverings for anyone entering a courthouse. Exemptions issued by anyone other than the Court will not be honored.
For Court ADA accommodations and exclusions, please email ADAinformation@occourts.org or visit: http://www.occourts.org/directory/ada/. Social distancing rules will also be strictly enforced in all facilities; thus, the number of individuals entering public courtrooms and elevators will be subject to space limitations. Persons displaying possible coronavirus symptoms will not be allowed to enter Court facilities.