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Coronavirus/covid-19 COURT INFORMATION

CIVIL

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

A: Santa Barbara County Superior Court clerk's offices are closed to the public from March 17, 2020 through May 23, 2020. This closure may be extended. Please check our website for up-to-date information before coming to the clerk's office.

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. Use of the drop boxes is discouraged due to the possible transmission of the COVID-19 virus. If it is impossible to E-file or submit by mail or fax, there are designated drop boxes located at the Court locations.

Q: IS THE COURT HOLDING CIVIL PROCEEDINGS?

A: In an effort to protect the public and court staff, matters previously scheduled between March 17 and May 23, 2020 will not proceed. This is subject to extension. Please check our website www.sbcourts.org for up-to-date information.

Q: WHAT IF I HAVE A CIVIL MATTER SCHEDULED DURING THE COURT CLOSURE?

A: Matters previously scheduled between March 17th and May 23rd will not proceed. Civil, including Unlawful Detainer proceedings, will be rescheduled and notices sent to the parties at the address the Court has on file.

Q: WHAT IF I NEED TO FILE LEGAL DOCUMENTS TO COMPLY WITH STATUTORY DEADLINES DURING THE TIME THE CLERK'S OFFICE IS CLOSED?

A: For purposes of computing time for filing papers with the Court under CCP sections 12 and 12a, any dates from March 17, 2020 to and including May 23, 2020, are deemed holidays (Gov. Code section 68115(a)(4)).

EVICTION CASES: You normally have five "court days" (meaning days that the Court is open) to file a response. Under the emergency order, you would not count the period from March 17 – May 23.

Please see our Amended General Order re: Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized Pursuant to Government Code Section 68115 by Chair of Judicial Council dated March 30, 2020.

Attention All Parties With Pending Civil Law and Motion Matters:

Q: IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP FACILITATE A PROMPT RESOLUTION OF MY CIVIL MATTER ONCE THE COURT STARTS HEARING THEM AGAIN?

A: The Court will reschedule all hearing dates for civil, family, and probate matters scheduled between March 17, 2020, and May 23, 2020. (General Order signed April 24, 2020.) If you had a civil law and motion hearing scheduled on one of those dates, the Court strongly recommends that you file your responsive briefs under the statutory time frames calculated on the original hearing date, even though the hearing will be rescheduled. While not mandatory, doing so will help to facilitate the prompt resolution of the motion once court operations resume and a new hearing date is assigned. If you resolve the motion, please inform the Court as soon as possible.

Q: IS THE COURT HEARING EMERGENCY EX PARTE HEARINGS?

A: If you believe you need an emergency hearing in your case, attorneys or self-represented parties may contact the Court and explain the basis for the emergency. The request will be reviewed by a Judge and a determination will be made as to the necessity of a hearing.

One judge in Santa Barbara and one judge in Santa Maria have been designated by the Presiding Judge to handle any emergency ex parte requests. These are true EMERGENCY situations ONLY. Please call the following numbers in the respective court divisions to arrange for an ex parte hearing:

  • Santa Barbara: 805.882.4590
    Santa Maria: 805.614.6500


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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