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The OCBA wants to help its members stay up to date with the latest information from the courts and legal community regarding COVID-19. Please use this page as a resource for local information.


Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order on Judicial Council Emergency Authority​

(OCBA) Urgent Notice from OCBA President Regarding COVID-19

OCBA Office Closed, OCBA Staff Working Remotely


OCBA WEBINARS

Best Practices - How Firms Can Deal with COVID-19

Risk Updates in Orange County

Local State and Federal Courts Update

Insurance Coverage Updates for Law Firms

Affiliate & Legal Community Updates

Federal Coronavirus Legislation

OCBA Members Helping Others


 

OCBA Webinars



(04/01/2020)
OCBA Webinar - Updates on The Family First Bill, the CARES Act, & Other Available Resources - Friday, April 3 at 12:00 P.M. Register here

(04/01/2020)
OCBA Webinar - Insights From OC In-House Counsel During the Covid Crisis - Wednesday, April 1 at 12:00 P.M. View the replay

(03/27/2020)
OCBA Webinar - Don't Let Covid Infect Your Ethics and Civility - Friday, March 27 at 12:00 P.M. View the replay

(03/25/2020)
The OCBA Hosted a Webinar On Attorney Well Being During COVID-19 - Wednesday, March 25 at 12:00 P.M. - Click here to view tips and resources from the webinar as well as the replay

 

Best Practices - How Firms Can Deal with COVID-19

 

(03/23/2020)
CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce - Read more

(03/23/2020)
Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus - Read more

(03/23/2020)
California EDD Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)​ Read more

(03/22/2020)
CA.gov Stay home except for essential needs - Last updated March 22, 2020 at 5:22 PM - Read more

(03/20/2020)
OCBA Webinar On Attorney Well Being During COVID-19 - Wednesday, March 25 at 12:00 P.M. - View the webinar

(03/18/2020)
OCBA Webinar - Corona Virus: Law Firm Best Practices/Employment Issues - Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. - View the replay here

(03/16/2020)
COVID-19 Updates from the State Bar of California - Read more

(03/14/2020)
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers from the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency - Read more

(03/14/2020)
Open for Business Hub
A list of technology companies that are helping small businesses by enabling remote work throughout this period. - Read more

(03/13/2020)
American Bar Association: Trending CLE Programs on Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Read more

(03/13/2020)
LAW.COM - Navigating the Coronavirus Pandemic: How Firms Are Aiding Clients and Running Their Own Operations - Read more

(03/12/2020)
LA Times - Coronavirus and labor law: Know your rights, from paid sick leave to working from home - Read more

(03/10/2020)
6 Tips For Managing Remote Employees: How To Maintain Productivity And Engagement - Read more


Risk Updates in Orange County

 

(03/19/2020)
Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During Covid-19 ResponseRead more.

(03/19/2020)
The State of California Issues Stay at Home Order Read more.

(03/18/2020)
OC Health Officer Amended Order Press Conference Stream the replay.

(03/18/2020)
OC Health Officer Amended Order Read more.

(03/17/2020)
OC Health Officer Issues Order to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Read more.

(03/16/2020)
The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America - 15 Ways to Slow the Spread Read more.

(03/16/2020)
County of Orange Clerk-Recorder Read more.

(03/13/2020)
Voice of OC - OC Health Care Agency Reports First Locally Acquired Case of COVID-19 Read more.

(03/13/2020)
Orange County Health Care Agency Read more

(03/13/2020)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Read more

(03/13/2020)
World Health Organization Read more
 

Local State and Federal Courts Update

 

(04/02/2020)
Newest Court Notices from the OC Superior Court​ - Read more

(04/01/2020)
MOU - Video Court Appearances and Video Attorney-Client Conferences as a Result of the Covid Crisis - Read more

(04/01/2020)
The following statement is from Honorable Judge Lorna Alksne, Presiding Judge of the San Diego Superior Court​ - Read more

(03/30/2020)
Chief Justice Issues Order Implementing Temporary Court Emergency Measures - Read more

(03/29/2020)
Judicial Council Approves Temporary Emergency Measures to Aid Courts During COVID-19 Pandemic - Read more

(03/27/2020)
OC Superior Court - UPDATE on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. - Read more

(03/27/2020)
OC Superior Court - Emergency Administrative Order for Emergency Bail Reductions and Own Recognizance - Read more

(03/27/2020)
OC Superior Court - Second Implementation Order - Re Emergency Order - Read more

(03/26/2020)
Hon. Lon Hurwitz, Supervising Judge, Family Law Division, Orange County Superior Court – “Message to the Family Law Bar” - Read more

(03/24/2020)
Amended Administrative Order 20/09 Re: Compliance with Chief Justice Tani-Cantil Sakauye's Order - Read more

(03/23/2020)
Court Emergency Orders​ - Read more
Current California law circumscribes the authority of the Chief Justice during emergencies. Presiding judges of county superior courts may petition the Chief Justice—as chair of the Judicial Council—for an emergency order to support their local needs.  The law allows local courts to request a number of relief measures, including declaring holidays to recalculate filing deadlines, extending temporary restraining orders, holding sessions elsewhere in the county, extending the time for a criminal trial to be held, and others.  The table below shows emergency orders that have been signed by the Chief Justice. Additional emergency orders will be added once they become available.

(03/23/2020)
Chief Justice Issues Statewide Order Suspending Jury Trials​ - Read more

(03/23/2020)
OC Superior Court Probate Order Regarding Court Closure - Read more

(03/23/2020)
OC Superior Court Family Law Order Order Regarding Court Closure - Read more

(03/23/2020)
OC Superior Court Amended Civil Order Regarding Court Closure - Read more

(03/23/2020)
LASC Modifications Due to COVID-19 Virus Outbreak - Read more

(03/22/2020)
Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile Orders the Closure of Sylmar Courthouse for Three Days After Positive COVID-19 Exposure​ - Read more

(03/20/2020)
The Clerk's Offices at the Superior Court of Los Angeles County will be Closed to the Public; Services to be Transitioned to Telephonic and Remote Solutions - Read more

(03/20/2020)
OC Superior Court Court Update on Closure Due to Coronavirus - Read more

(03/20/2020)
The Judicial Council of California - Read more

(03/19/2020)
United States District Court Central District of California - Activation of Continuity of Operations Plan - Read more

(03/19/2020)
OC Superior Court - Courtroom Live Steaming - Read more

(03/19/2020)
OC Superior Court - Criminal and Traffic Plans During Closure - Read more

(03/19/2020)
Reduction in California Telephonic Appearance Fees - Read more

(03/18/2020)
Message From Orange County Presiding Judge Kirk Nakamura - On March 19, 2020
the Central Justice Center civil department will have a physical drop box available for ex partes, civil temporary restraining orders (tros), civil harassment protective orders, applications to stay evictions and other civil emergency orders. It will be located outside of the clerk’s civil office windows at Central Justice. Self Help will also have a desk available there.

(03/17/2020)
LA Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile Issues Implementation Order to Continue All Non-Emergency matters for 30 Days Due to Coronavirus Pandemic - Read more

(03/17/2020)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit COVID-19 Notice - Read more

(03/16/2020)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Order - Read more

(03/16/2020)
OC Superior Court - Court Closure Due to Coronavirus
In response to the health concerns raised by the coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak, Orange County Superior Court will be closed at all locations for approximately two weeks, from Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. Read more.

(03/16/2020)
LA Superior Court
PRESIDING JUDGE KEVIN C. BRAZILE WILL CLOSE ALL NON-ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS IN NATION’S LARGEST TRIAL COURT FOR 3 DAYS AND EXTEND TIME AND FILING DEADLINES IN CASES PURSUANT TO AN EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION FROM THE CHIEF JUSTICE​ Read more.

(03/16/2020)
California Chief Justice Issues Guidance to Expedite Court Emergency Orders
California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on Monday issued guidance to California trial courts seeking emergency orders to adjust or suspend court operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

(03/16/2020)
How COVID-19 Is Impacting California Courts: Roundup of Services​ Read more.

(03/16/2020)
Supreme Court of California Amends Oral Argument Procedures in Response to COVID-19​ Read more.

(03/16/2020)
San Bernardino
Civil jury trials will be suspended for the next 30 days [as of March 13], unless there are cases with stautory priority. Read more.

(03/16/2020)
Supreme Court of the United States
In keeping with public health precautions recommended in response to COVID-19, the Supreme Court is postponing the oral arguments currently scheduled for the March session (March 23-25 and March 30-April 1). The Court will examine the options for rescheduling those cases in due course in light of the developing circumstances. Read more.

(03/15/2020)
Superior Court of Los Angeles County to Scale Down Operations Effective Tomorrow
Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile today announced the Court will begin scaling down operations tomorrow to achieve social distancing in all 38 courthouses. Additional public protection measures will be evaluated and announced tomorrow or Tuesday. Read more.

(03/15/2020)
The Ventura Superior Court will be completely closed from Monday, March 16, 2020 through March 18, 2020
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER (Corrected) NO. 20.05 Read more.

(03/14/2020)
Epidemics and the California Courts
Epidemics and the California Courts is a resource for courts as they create and continue to enhance continuity of operations plans and emergency protocols. Read more.

(03/14/2020)
Ninth Circuit Courts Read more.

(03/14/2020)
Ventura Courts Read more.

(03/14/2020)
Fourth District Court of Appeal Read more.

(03/13/2020)
U.S District Court Central District of California
The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the following measures in response to the threat posed by COVID-19, also known as the “Coronavirus.” Read more.

(03/13/2020)
Orange County Superior Court
Administrative Order No. 2020/05 - Suspension of Jury Trials and Personal Appearances In Civil Matters Until May 1, 2020. Read more.

(03/13/2020)
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
PRESIDING JUDGE KEVIN C. BRAZILE ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO COURT OPERATIONS. Read more.

(03/13/2020)
Chief Justice Issues Statement on Emergency Response in California Courts
The California Supreme Court, the six Courts of Appeal, the 58 trial courts, and the Judicial Council of California are working closely with local, county, state, and federal health departments to respond to COVID-19. Each entity within the court system is relying on the guidelines recommended by local and state health departments.  All courts are working to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic and adjust to the quickly changing situation. Read more.

(03/13/2020)
San Diego Superior Court
San Diego Superior Court is taking precautions to maintain a safe and healthy court environment for all visitors and staff in response to COVID-19. We are actively monitoring information and guidance from other governmental and public health agencies to ensure we are taking appropriate precautionary measures. Read more.

(03/13/2020)
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
The Court is establishing protocols and guidelines to respond and adapt court operations to Coronavirus/COVID-19-related events. Read more.

(03/12/2020)
United States District Court for the Central District of California
The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces visitor restrictions to all courthouses and probation and pretrial services offices in the District as a result of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) outbreak...read more.

(03/12/2020)
Orange County Superior Court
Recognizing the severity of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak nationally and internationally, the Orange County Superior Court is taking active steps to control its spread within the community. Read more.


Insurance Coverage Updates for Law Firms


(03/14/2020)
AHERN Insurance Brokerage
As AHERN continues to monitor coronavirus (COVID-19) developments closely, the health and well-being of our clients and their employees is of the utmost importance. We also understand that many of you are left wondering what you can do to protect your business and workforce. Read more.


Affiliate & Legal Community Updates

 

(03/28/2020)
VLI Emergency Donation Request: COVID-19 Response

(03/27/2020)
OCHBA WEBINAR: Legal Compliance Strategies and Best Practices During Pandemic Related Layoffs, Reductions-in-Force, and Furloughs​

(03/19/2020)
Community Legal Aid SoCal

(03/19/2020)
Veterans Legal Institute

(03/15/2020)
Association of Corporate Counsel

(03/15/2020)
Celtic Bar Association

(03/14/2020)
Orange County Hispanic Bar Association

(03/14/2020)
Orange County Women Lawyers Association

(03/13/2020)
Orange County Jewish Bar Association

(03/13/2020)
Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter

(03/13/2020)
Orange County Asian American Bar Association

(03/13/2020)
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
 

Federal Coronavirus Legislation


(03/29/2020)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act / CARES Act Read more

(03/14/2020)
The California Association of Counties (CSAC) has shared the following update regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR6201).

OCBA Members Helping Others


(04/02/2020)
OCBA Member Catherine Lukehart Works With Huntington Beach Police Department's Homeless Task Force - Read more

(04/02/2020)
OCBA Member M.C. Sungaila and MGA Entertainment Provide Necessary Medical Supplies - Read more

(03/31/2020)
OCBA Member Edmond Connor Bag Lunches for the Homeless in South County - Read more

(03/31/2020)
OCBA Members M.C. Sungaila, Jennifer Keller, and Seymour Everett Coordinate with Local Businesses to Provide Meals to First Responders - Read more

(03/31/2020)
St. John to be partnering with the Governor’s office to manufacture gowns and masks, and serve as one of the first case studies for how our state can leverage private manufacturers for the same - Read more