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County-specific guidelines – September 18

By September 17, 2020No Comments

We’re continuing to monitor the California Superior Court’s response to COVID-19.

One thing can be said for sure: no uniformity is emerging as to how each of the 58 California counties are responding to the pandemic.

Some of the more rural counties (think Trinity, Lassen, Del Norte) are business as usual – barring disruptions caused by wildfires – while more urban jurisdictions (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco) have more or less thrown their hands in the air. These counties have postponed most civil cases indefinitely. They say the wheels will start moving in 2021, but who knows?

Add to that, California as a whole has a $168 million shortfall in its budget for trial court operations due to COVID-19 crisis. This has resulted in some jurisdictions moving to fully remote operations, furloughing staff and/or closing courthouses altogether.

Take a look at our updated REPORT on how each county superior court is responding to the pandemic. After months of monitoring the situation at the county level, we have learned that some counties are fairly agile and adaptive. Others seem to lack a clear strategy (see: all of the counties in the report that are listed as “no update” month after month).

That’s California, though: The Wild West. All of the counties get to decide for themselves how justice is handled in their respective constituencies. It’s been that way since 1849. Lucky for you, SMS Subrogation practices Statewide in all 58 jurisdictions so you do not need to solve this confusing puzzle. Let us handle that for you.

We are a phone call or email away and willing to answer any questions you may have.

Stay safe – SMS Subrogation