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General Order 20-07 Reopening Intake Area in the San Fernando Valley Division

Friday, September 25, 2020
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Public Notice

On September 25, 2020, Chief Judge Maureen A. Tighe issued General Order 20-07 In Re: Procedures for Phased Reopening During COVID-19 Public Emergency in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to more closely align with District Court operations in light of the United States District Court General Order 20-09, entered on August 6, 2020, which closed Courthouses in the Central District of California to the public, with limited exceptions. 

Effective Monday, September 28, 2020, the Intake area of the San Fernando Valley Division Courthouse will reopen to the public to accept in-person filings. Additionally, the Intake areas of the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles and the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Santa Ana will remain open to the public. The Intake areas in the Riverside Division and the Northern Division remain closed. Individuals filing bankruptcy without an attorney may also file by mail or through the Court’s Electronic Self-Representation (eSR) module. Please refer to Amended General Order 20-06 for specific filing requirements. 

Judges will continue to hear matters remotely through telephonic or by video service, except a judge may order an in-person hearing where necessary in an emergency. Previously issued guidance regarding face coverings in Court facilities, mediations, and judges’ or courtesy copies remains in place. 

For further information, please visit the Court’s website at You may also utilize the website’s Chat Live function or contact the Court’s Call Center at (855) 460-9641, during normal business hours.