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General Order 21-04 In Re: Procedures for Phased Reopening During COVID-19 Public Emergency Permitting Limited In-Person Court Hearings

Thursday, April 8, 2021
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Public Notice

On April 8, 2021, Chief Judge Maureen A. Tighe issued General Order 21-04 In Re: Procedures for Phased Reopening During COVID-19 Public Emergency Permitting In-Person Court Hearings 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 Notice from the Clerk In Re: Phased Reopening of the Court, entered on March 19, 2021, which reopened Courthouses in the Central District of California to the public, subject to posted restrictions.

Effective Monday, April 19, 2021, Court buildings and courtrooms in all divisions will be open to in-person visits, subject to posted requirements. While judges will continue to conduct most matters remotely through video or telephonic means, judges may choose to hold evidentiary hearings, trials, and other matters in person, to be determined on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the presiding judge. Previously issued guidance regarding signatures and filing fees, Social Security Number Statements, mediations, and judges’ or courtesy copies, remains in place. Additional information on safety measures and Chapter 13 eSR filing can be found in General Order 21-04.

Intake Areas in all divisions continue to be open to the public to accept in-person filings. 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.

For further information, please visit the Court’s website at https://www.cacb.uscourts.gov. 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. 

KATHLEEN J. CAMPBELL
CLERK OF COURT

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