EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER FOR EMERGENCY BAIL REDUCTIONS AND OWN RECOGNIZANCE
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 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, until further notice.
Except for those misdemeanors listed below and those contained in the Orange County Sheriff Department's "Street Bookings Not to be Cited and Released" list, a person arrested or detained for a misdemeanor may be booked and released without being taken into custody, or if taken into custody, shall be released from custody on the person's own recognizance upon a promise in writing to appear in court as required, to obey all laws, and to comply with any coronavirus emergency restrictions in place.
A person arrested or detained for the following misdemeanors are NOT eligible for release on own recognizance pursuant to this order:
The Pretrial Services Unit (PTSU) will release in-custody defendants from the OC Jail who qualify under the Pretrial Assessment and Release Supervision (PARS) Program eligibility criteria. PARS eligible criteria! will include the expansion guidelines implemented in 2018.
PARS Eligibility Guideline:
Defendants charged with felony crime(s) punishable pursuant to Penal Code§ 1170(h) absent any of the following exclusions:
Exclusions under Penal Code § 1170(h):
Exclusion per program guidelines:
Expanded PARS Eligibility Guidelines will Include the following:
Defendant Booked for Non-PC § 11 ?0(h) Charges
Defendants booked for a Penal Code §1170(h) eligible felony and have a prior serious/violent conviction (strike), must fit the following criteria:
Defendants booked for serious/violent felonies and they meet both criteria:
The following modifications will be made to the Pretrial Services Unit's (PTSU) procedures and processes:
This order supersedes Administrative Order 20/10 dated March 27, 2020.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 7th day of September 2022, at Santa Ana, California
Read the official administrative order.