OC Superior Court Criminal Operations Update

In light of the COVID-19 surge impacting Orange County, the Court will implement the following changes effective Monday, December 14, 2020.

  • Only statutorily mandated, time-sensitive jury trials will be conducted through January 1, 2021.
  • All Criminal pretrials will be heard remotely, except for those cases approved for resolution,  motion, or other matters as determined by the Court.   Remote hearings may be held telephonically and/or via WebEx with 977 authority.
  • Remote appearances can be coordinated by calling the designated hearing courtroom.
  • Approval to add a matter on calendar may be obtained by submitting a Misdemeanor Action Request (MAR)  or Felony Action Request (FAR) form. 
  • Attorneys may request a continuance by following the Criminal Operations COVID-19 Protocols.

Please be reminded that you may submit a MAR or FAR form to request the Court to take action on a case.  Some of those actions may include:

  • Case resolution, including dismissals
  • Settlement conferences
  • Submission of Tahl form(s), plea/sentencing forms, and case advancement requests
  • Warrant recall requests