Amended rule(s) with the effective date of April 1, 2023. These rules were adopted by the Judicial Council at its March 24. 2023, business meeting.
Pursuant to Government Code section 68106 and California Rules of Court, rule 10.620, the Superior Court of California, County of Orange is providing notice of the change in court location for Probate/Mental Health and Small Claims matters heard.
The public comment period ends April 10, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.
In light of the Chief Justice's Advisory on COVID-19 and Court Operations, and pursuant to Penal
Code section 1270, the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange is
hereby issuing an administrative order permitting own recognizance release for persons charged
with low level misdemeanors, and felony crimes punishable pursuant to Penal Code section
1170(h), not inconsistent with the current PARS Eligibility Guidelines and Orange County Sheriff
Department's No Cite and Release policy for warrants.
Court announces Orange County Superior Court judicial mentor upcoming March 14, 2023, workshop and accepting applications for 2023 mentorship year.
The Orange County Superior Court is introducing a mobile phone application for the existing Automated Check-in Program to facilitate the use of Zoom for selected calendars in Civil Unlimited/Complex courtroom and some Limited/Small Claims courtrooms, at zero cost to the public.
All comments concerning a proposed rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2023.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced his appointment of eight Superior Court Judges, which include two in Orange County.
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Coast
To donate to AAAJ’s fundraiser for the Monterey Park Shooting, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/monterey-park-lunar-new-year-victims-fund.
2022 Summary of Court-Related Legislation prepared by the Judicial Council Governmental Affairs
The Superior Court of California, County of Orange, has adopted new and revised local rules.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced his appointment of 15 Superior Court Judges, which include two in Orange County.
The results of the OCBA Young Lawyers Division annual election are in!
Deadline to submit public comments: Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
Beginning in December 2022, attorneys will be able to fulfill their reporting requirements through My State Bar Profile; law firms and organizations will be able to provide account information for attorneys through agency billing.
Judge Matthew Anderson will be hosting a Graduation Ceremony on December 13, 2022, honoring five successful participants, and celebrating 1,000+ graduates from the Harbor Justice Center DUI Treatment Court since 2004.
The Orange County Superior Court has developed a new tool to provide retained and conflict attorneys’ information on cases they have before the Court, by mailing a copy of any notice or correspondence sent to the client also to the attorney of record.
The OCBA is pleased to announce Mark E. Minyard as the next Franklin G. West Award recipient.
Clarifying the record: there is a court reporter shortage crisis in California.
Grant Application Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2022
The OCBA Charitable Fund is now accepting applications for its 2022 Grant Cycle.
The OCBA mourns the passing of Hon. Frances Munoz, Ret. Judge Munoz recently passed away at the age of 92.
The Superior Court of California, County of Orange, will be closed on Monday, June 19, 2023, in observation of the Juneteenth Day holiday.
In order to promote timely and effective resolution of child custody, domestic violence, and Department of Child Support (DCSS) matters; to ensure compliance with legal requirements; and to accurately record and reflect matters heard by the Family Law panel, effective January 1, 2023, the following procedures apply.
The OCBA announces this year's Appointments Committee!
Nominations Deadline: Friday, November 4, 2022
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Franklin G. West Award. Click here to download the nomination form.
The OCBA's annual Board of Directors Election closed at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. In accordance with the OCBA bylaws, 2022 President-Elect Michael A. Gregg (Littler Mendelson P.C.) will succeed to the Presidency in 2023.
The Superior Court of California, County of Orange, will be closed on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in celebration of Native American Day holiday.
Hon. Maria D. Hernandez was elected Presiding Judge, and Hon. Cheri T. Pham Assistant Presiding Judge in an uncontested election for the two top posts of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange.
Orange County Hispanic Bar Association's 2023 Bar Stipend will grant a maximum of one – two (1-2) stipend awards and a maximum of $1,500.00 will be distributed among the scholarship winners.
Orange County Hispanic Bar Association's Wally Davis Scholarship Fund will award a maximum of one – four (1-4) scholarships and up to $20,000.00 will be distributed among the scholarship winners.
In light of the State of Emergency declared in the State of California, the Chief Justice's Advisory on COVID-19 and Court Operations, and pursuant to Penal Code section 1270, the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange is hereby issuing an amended administrative order.
The Orange County Bar Association announced Richard J. McNeil, Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, as this year’s Harmon G. Scoville Award recipient.
The OCBA leadership election is now open for online voting.
The OCBA mourns the passing of James W. Obrien.
The dog days of summer refer to the hot days between July 3 and August 11. The “dog” references Sirius, the Dog Star. During this period, the sun and Sirius— the Dog Star—rise and set together.
Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his nomination of Supreme Court Associate Justice Patricia Guerrero to serve as California’s next Chief Justice after Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye concludes her current term of office on January 2, 2023.
The OCBA and its State Bar Task Force have endeavored over the past few years to keep OCBA members apprised of ongoing changes within the State Bar of California.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced his nomination of Judge Thomas Delaney to serve as an Associate Justice of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three, and his appointment of a new Superior Court judge in Orange County.
The Orange County Superior Court recently discovered the Court’s Night Judge issued a number of warrants while outside the United States.
The Court is pleased to announce the opening of the recruitment process for highly qualified attorneys to serve as temporary judges for the new term beginning the fiscal year of July 01, 2023, through June 30, 2026. If you are interested in becoming a temporary judge, please read the APPLICATION LETTER and complete the TEMPORARY JUDGE APPLICATION.
The online election will open for voting on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, and close at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Only active attorney members will be eligible to vote (no law students, retired, or honorary members).
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, causing Orange County to move to “HIGH” community transmission status, the Orange County Superior Court strongly recommends everyone entering Court facilities to wear N95 or KN95 masks.
Roe vs. Wade Statement from OCHBA.
Effective July 1, 2022, the Zoom program will be expanded to include Civil Limited proceedings.
The Court is pleased to announce the opening of the recruitment process for highly qualified attorneys to serve as temporary judges for the new term beginning the fiscal year of July 01, 2023, through June 30, 2026.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Superior Court judge in Orange County.
This order is effective May 24, 2022.
Congratulations to all the tournament and contest winners!
This order is effective May 17, 2022, and will remain in effect through December 31, 2022, or
until amended or repealed.
As a public service to assist the voters in Orange County, the Orange County Bar Association (“OCBA”) has conducted a review and evaluation of the 24 candidates running for Superior Court Judge in the June 7 election.
Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his nomination of Judge Joanne Motoike to serve as an Associate Justice of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three. The Governor also announced his appointment of one Superior Court Judge in Orange County.
Orange County Superior Court’s Judicial Mentor Program is hosting a virtual workshop at 12:15 PM, on May 18, 2022, via ZOOM.
The following members have been appointed by OCBA President-Elect Michael Gregg, Littler Mendelson, to serve on the 2022 Nominating Committee.
The OCBA Mentoring Committee invites OCBA members to sign up as a Protégé or Mentor
3rd Amended Administrative Order and announcement regarding the Court’s expansion of our online Check-in/Zoom program effective Friday, April 22, 2022.
The OCBA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is conducting a Mock Interview Program to help job seekers.
Persons who test positive for COVID-19 or display symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Court facilities for at least five days.
Don’t Miss this Opportunity to Meet the Candidates Running for Orange County Superior Court Judge.
The Orange County Superior Court Veterans Treatment Court has been named one of just five (5) national mentor courts by Justice For Vets—a division of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)—and the U.S. Department of Justice.
It is the intent of this Order to provide the maximum length of constitutionally permitted continuance days authorized by the March 30, 2020 Statewide Emergency Order issued by the Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of three Superior Court judges in Orange County.
Effective April 1, 2022, the Superior Court of California, County of Orange has adopted new rules addressing remote proceedings in civil, probate, and family law proceedings
The OCBA encourages its members to consider visiting these sites to see how you can help provide resources and relief to Ukranians in need.
The OCBA Mentoring Program is available to all OCBA Attorney Members, and provides lawyers with a helpful, independent resource to assist in their career development.
This Order supersedes Administrative Order No. 20/17 issued on May 26, 2020. This Order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until 90 days after the Governor declares that the State of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted, or until amended or repealed.
Pursuant to Government Code section 68106, the Superior Court of California, County of Orange is providing 60 days’ notice of the permanent closure of the Superior Court Service Center, located at 27573 Puerta Real, Mission Viejo, California 92691.
FACE COVERINGS NO LONGER REQUIRED IN COURT
While the Court is aware of Governor Newsom’s and the California Department of Public Health’s recent announcement that the universal indoor masking requirement would end on February 15th, the Court will continue with mandatory masking, irrespective of vaccination status, pursuant to Administrative Order 20-16.
Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his nomination of Fourth District Court of Appeal Justice Patricia Guerrero to serve as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.
Administrative Order 22/01: Cross-Designation of Judges as Juvenile Court Judges and Delegation of Authority to Temporarily Designate Juvenile Court Judges executed on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.
In collaboration with the Judicial Mentor Committee, Presiding Judge Erick L. Larsh and Assistant Presiding Judge Maria D. Hernandez are hosting a virtual informational meeting of the Orange County Superior Court’s Judicial Mentor Program at 12:00 PM, on February 16, 2022, via ZOOM.
Statement from Thurgood Marshall Bar Association Denouncing Racism in Schools in Support of Makai Brown
Read the Orange County Bar Association’s January 12th response to the State Bar Board of Trustees' request for public comment concerning the Final Report and Recommendations of the California Paraprofessional Program Working Group.
OCBA Installation of Officers briefly took place on Thursday, January 13.
Unfortunately, due to the growing prevalence of COVID cases, the 2022 OCBA Judges’ Night & Annual Meeting has been postponed to Thursday, April 7, 2022.
Presiding Judge Erick Larsh urges Bar and Litigants to use remote appearance opportunities as COVID-19 incidents increase.
This Order establishes the procedure for conducting proceedings in traffic cases. Notwithstanding any other law, Penal Code§ 1428.S(a) provides the Com1 authority to conduct remote proceedings, including arraignments and trials, for all infractions.
Effective immediately all civil and criminal jury trials shall be suspended for a period of three weeks.
It is ordered by the presiding judge of the appellate division that all oral argument will be conducted by Zoom videoconference.
The Orange County Superior Court announces that it offers the opportunity to our justice partners and the general public to appear remotely in various case-types.
On December 28, 2021, by way of circulating order, the Judicial Council made changes to the California Rules of Court with the effective date of January 1, 2022.
Appendix B was amended by the Judicial Council on Friday, December 17, 2021, by way of circulating order.
Help bring holiday cheer to frail older adults and persons with disabilities in Orange County.
Implementation Order Re: Penal Code Section 859b Emergency Relief executed December 7, 2021 by Presiding Judge Erick L. Larsh.
Application deadline for the Summer 2022 paid legal internship with the UCLA Voting Rights Project has been extended to January 17, 2022.
Drive will run now through Monday, December 20, 2021
This Order applies to unlawful detainer actions filed between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. This Order will expire on March 31, 2022 or when ordered otherwise by the Court.
First Amended Administrative Order 21/06: Electronic Evidence Protocols, Code of Civil Procedure Sections 128, 177 and 187 executed on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.
The OCBA is pleased to announce Joel S. Miliband as the next Franklin G. West Award recipient.
Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his nomination of Judge Maurice Sanchez as Associate Justice of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three.
The California Courts seek public comments on remote appearances - comments must be submitted by November 15, 2021 5:00 PM.
Nominations Deadline: Friday, Nov. 5, 2021
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Franklin G. West Award. Click here to download the nomination form.
Now is your chance to submit nominations for the OCHBA Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 Term.
Interested in running for a 2022 OCWLA Director position? Please submit a short Candidate's Statement and photo to Kaity Van Amersfort, OCWLA Executive Director, by the close of business on Friday, October 8, 2021.
Implementation Order regarding Penal Code Section 859b Criminal Emergency Relief effective September 24, 2021
The State Bar seeks public comment on recommendations for the implementation of a paraprofessional licensing program, Deadline to submit comment is: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
The OCBA's annual Board of Directors Election closed at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. In accordance with the OCBA bylaws, 2021 President-Elect Daniel S. Robinson (Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.) will succeed to the Presidency in 2022.
Section leadership is of vital importance to continuing education and business networking in particular areas of the law. Nominations opened on Tuesday, September 21.
Orange County Hispanic Bar Association's Wally Davis Scholarship Fund will award a maximum of one – three (1-3) scholarships and up to $15,000.00 will be distributed among the scholarship winners.
Orange County Hispanic Bar Association's 2022 Bar Stipend will grant a maximum of one – two (1-2) stipend awards. A maximum of $1,500.00 will be distributed among the scholarship winners.
Today, the Orange County Bar Association announced John Sganga, Partner at Knobbe Martens, as this year’s Harmon G. Scoville Award recipient.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of two Superior Court judges in Orange County.
Friday, October 8, 2021 • 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The MET, Costa Mesa
The Rules and Forms Committee of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, has proposed revisions to the Local Rules of Court. Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 10.613, the Court invites you to comment on the following proposed changes to the local rules. If approved, the proposed changes will be effective January 1, 2022.
Effective August 2, 2021, a pilot was launched in which all new Mental Health Diversion Motions will be submitted for filing to Department CCB 1
Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 20, 2021
Orange County Superior Court announced today the 4th amended Administrative Order No. 20/16. This Order is effective August 2, 2021.
Orange County Superior Court announced today an amendment extending the expiration of the original Order that commenced on JULY 14, 2021. This Order will remain in effect through August 4, 2021, or until amended or repealed.
The online election will open for voting on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, and close at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Only active attorney members will be eligible to vote (no law students, retired, or honorary members).
Effective July 26, 2021, all persons entering the Central Justice Center, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face mask at all times in the public areas of the Central Justice Center, including courtrooms.
There's no better time than now to become an OCHBA Law Student Mentor!
SATURDAY, July 17, 2021
Drop off donations between 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
The Orange County Superior Court implemented an online check-in pilot program starting June 7, 2021 to facilitate the use of Zoom for hearings, including law and motion calendars, at zero cost to the public. Courtrooms participating in this program will be using Zoom in lieu of CourtCall for remote hearings.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Eric J. Wersching as California superior court judge in Orange County.
Orange County Superior Court announced today the mandatory use of masks/facial coverings again for all those entering Harbor Justice Center regardless of vaccination status, beginning tomorrow, July 14, 2021.
Based on the extraordinary circumstances posed by the pandemic, including the limitations on gatherings, mask requirements, and court delays, the time for current judges to complete the content-based continuing temporary judge education required by California Rules of Court, rule 2.815(a) is hereby extended by 12 months.
This Order provides for the termination of livestreaming of criminal proceedings and the opening of criminal courtrooms to the public and the media.
The Orange County Korean American Bar Association’s (OCKABA) board election is underway. They are holding a “Meet the Board and Secretary Candidates” event on Tuesday, June 22 at 5:30 pm.
SATURDAY, June 26, 2021
Please join the Orange County Association of Affinity Judicial Officers for this virtual Town Hall that is co-sponsored by the OCBA. The event will introduce event participants and the Orange County community to the criminal justice system.
Today we grieve the loss of a pillar in our legal community, John B. Hurlbut, Jr.
The Superior Court of California, County of Orange is implementing an online check-in pilot program in four departments to facilitate the use of Zoom for all hearings, including law and motion calendars, in four Civil Unlimited courtrooms.
Associate Justice Richard M. Aronson of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three will retire on June 15, 2021.
Associate Justice Raymond J. Ikola of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three will retire on July 1, 2021.
The OCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee is conducting a Mock Interview Program to help job seekers.
The Rick Hopcraft Memorial scholarship seeks to carry on Rick’s memory and legacy of community service by supporting returning veterans in their careers in Orange County.
Join TMBA's Juneteenth Scholarship Event for an insightful panel discussion about the Tulsa Race Massacre and Greenwood Rising.
On May 24, 2021, the O.C. Superior Court Collections extended hours of payment services will be terminated.
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye today released the following statement on the Governor's May budget revise.
The following members have been appointed by OCBA President-Elect Daniel Robinson, Robinson Calcagnie, Inc., to serve on the 2021 Nominating Committee.
Comments sought: Judicial Administration SP21-03
Judicial Administration: Court’s Duty to Prevent Bias
UCI announces the creation of the Newmeyer Dillion Diversity Scholarship.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office announces the creation of its Hate Crimes Unit.
SATURDAY, May 22, 2021
Drop off donations between 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
TMBA will award selected applicants with a bar scholarship to assist with the costs associated with preparing for and taking the bar exam.