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Coronavirus/covid-19 COURT INFORMATION

CIVIL

Q: IS THE CLERK'S OFFICE OPEN FOR BUSINESS?

A: The Clerk's Offices are open, but are not conducting in-person transactions at this time.  Clerk's Office employees are available to assist by telephone, and are processing documents submitted by E-Filing or by U.S. Mail or Drop-Box (for self-represented parties only).

For questions regarding Civil cases, you may call:
Santa Maria: 805-614-6414
Santa Barbara: 805-882-4520

Q: IS THE CLERK'S OFFICE ACCEPTING FILINGS?

A: The clerk's office will continue to accept electronic filings. All attorneys are required to E-file. Electronic filing is available at www.sbcourts.org. Self-represented parties are encouraged to e-file, but may submit filings by mail or fax. If it is impossible for Self-Represented parties to file documents electronically, you may mail your documents by U.S. mail to the proper courthouse location at the address listed on the Court website https://www.sbcourts.org/gi/loc/index.shtm

You may also use the drop boxes located in Santa Maria at the front of the Civil Clerk's Office, in Santa Barbara during business hours at the Figueroa Division, 118 E. Figueroa St; and in Lompoc at the entrance for Superior Court.

You may file by FAX at the following locations:
Santa Barbara: 805.882.4519
Santa Maria: 805.614.6616

Q: IS THE COURT HOLDING CIVIL PROCEEDINGS?

A: Civil Courtrooms resumed hearing civil law matters on May 26, 2020 by remote appearance, using Zoom video and audio conferencing.  The civil law courtrooms will continue to hear civil law matters using Zoom video and audio conferencing only, until further notice. 

Information regarding Zoom can be found here: https://www.sbcourts.org/gi/notices/Zoom_Instructions.pdf

All hearings/matters scheduled during the court closure (March 17 – May 23, 2020), have been rescheduled.  Notices of the new court date were sent to the address the Court has on file. If you had a civil law hearing scheduled during the court closure, and you have not received a notice either rescheduling or vacating the missed hearing, contact the Clerk's Office at the telephone numbers above.

Q: WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH UNLAWFUL DETAINER (EVICTION) CASES?

A: California Emergency Rule of Court 1 and 2, which prohibited the court from issuing summons and entering default judgments in unlawful detainer actions, expired on September 2, 2020. On August 31, 2020, the California Governor approved Assembly Bill 3088, which enacted the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. The law became effective on August 31, 2020 and applies to unlawful detainer actions for residential real property. Unlawful detainer actions for commercial properties may proceed. The text of AB 3088 can be found here: AB 3088

Information from the Judicial Council, for tenants and landlords, as well as new and revised forms can be found here: New Laws Apply to Eviction Cases

Information from the CA Department of Real Estate can be found here: Tenant and Landlord Resources

Information from the Santa Barbara County Legal Aid Foundation can be found here: Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County COVID-19 and Evictions

The Court has issued a General Order Regarding Evictions 10/06/2020 General Order Regarding Evictions

Plaintiffs:
AB 3088 requires that the plaintiff file a supplemental unlawful detainer cover sheet with each unlawful detainer complaint. The Judicial Council has created a mandatory use form, UD-101, Plaintiff's Mandatory Cover Sheet and Supplemental Allegations-Unlawful Detainer

A Plaintiff in an unlawful detainer action must file Judicial Council form, UD-101 in addition to the Civil Case Cover Sheet, CM-010, and local form SC-2069, Civil Case Cover Sheet Addendum. All form packets are available on the court's website, www.sbcourts.org, under the Forms & Filing tab.

Q: IS THE COURT HEARING EX PARTE REQUESTS?

A: Please contact the assigned department for ex parte requests.
Dept. SM 2, SM 3 and LM 2: 805-614-6500
Dept. SM 4: 805-614-6515
Dept. SB 3 and SB 5: 805-882-4570
Dept. SB 4 and SB 6: 805-882-4590

COURT LOCATIONS:

SANTA BARBARA:

CIVIL CASES
1100 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93121-1107 
(805) 882-4520

CRIMINAL/TRAFFIC CASES
118 E. Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 568-3959

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SANTA MARIA:

CIVIL CASES
312-C East Cook Street
Bldg. E
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 614-6414

CRIMINAL/TRAFFIC CASES
312-M East Cook Street
Bldg. E
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 346-7550

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LOMPOC:

115 Civic Center Plaza
Lompoc, CA 93436-6967 
CRIMINAL/TRAFFIC: (805) 737-7789
CIVIL : (805) 737-5452

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SOLVANG:

1745 Mission Drive, Suite C
Solvang, CA 93463-3605 
(805) 686-5040
* Effective 10/14/14 all matters previously filed at the Solvang Division will be filed at the Lompoc Division.

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