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General Order 20-12 COVID-19 Public Emergency – Closure Of All Courthouses Through January 8, 2021

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
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Public Notice

On December 8, 2020, Chief Judge Maureen A. Tighe issued General Order 20-12 In Re: COVID-19 Public Emergency – Closure of All Courthouses Through January 8, 2021 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 Order of the Chief Judge 20-179, entered on December 7, 2020, which closes all courthouses of the Central District of California and suspends all in-person Court operations effective December 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. through and including January 8, 2021.

Effective December 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Los Angeles, the Riverside Division Courthouse, the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Santa Ana, the San Fernando Valley Division Courthouse in Woodland Hills, and the Northern Division Courthouse in Santa Barbara will be closed to the public, and all in-person U.S. Bankruptcy Court operations are suspended through January 8, 2021. Individuals filing bankruptcy without an attorney may file by mail or through the Court’s Electronic Self-Representation (eSR) module. Please refer to General Order 20-12 for specific filing requirements.

Judges will hear all matters remotely through telephonic or by video service.  Previously issued guidance regarding signatures and filing fees, Social Security Number Statements, 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.