From March 17 through May 28, San Bernardino Superior Court is partially closed and operating at reduced hours due to the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Click here to view a one page overview of services offered at this time.

During this court closure, the Court is only hearing emergency matters at the following locations:

Courthouses Open Emergency Matters Only Modified Services Hours
Victorville &
Joshua Tree
Criminal and Family Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 12 Noon
Email: TBD
Juvenile Dependency
(San Bernardino)
Dependency and
Delinquency
San Bernardino
Justice Center
(SBJC)
Criminal &
Civil/Probate/LPS*
(*heard at ARMC)
Historic
(San Bernardino)
Family Law Matters

 

What are emergency matters?
Only emergency matters can be filed or heard during this court closure. Please see the chart below for more details:

Case Types Emergency Matters ONLY
Criminal
  • In-custody arraignments
  • Pre-preliminary and preliminary hearings
  • Other time-sensitive and critical matters
  • Emergency bail review hearings
  • Electronically submitted day and nighttime warrants (see General Order signed April 8 for a full list)
Civil
  • Temporary Restraining Orders involving violent conduct
  • Ex Parte hearings for parties to appear remotely
Family
  • Ex Parte including domestic violence and other safety issues
  • Hague Conventions (international kidnapping)
Probate
  • Ex parte hearing concerning elder abuse
  • Emergency petitions for temporary guardianship
  • Emergency petitions for temporary conservatorship
  • Reise Hearings
  • Emergency Writs (challenging COVID-19)
Juvenile Dependency & Delinquency
  • Protective custody warrants
  • Detention hearings
  • Psychotropic medication applications
  • Emergency medical requests
  • Petitions for re-entry for a non-minor dependent
  • Petitions filed that require immediate response based on the health and safety of a child
  • Hearing on any request for a warrant on a child
  • Probable cause for children who have been detained, but have not had a detention hearing
  • Electronically submitted day and nighttime warrants (see General Order signed April 8 for a full list)

 

What are non-emergency matters:
If your filing or hearing is not an emergency matter, DO NOT APPEAR. Most hearing dates and notices have been provided to attorneys and parties. Traffic tickets and jury summons are examples of non-emergency matters and you do not need to come to court during the closure.

Criminal and Traffic Information

Criminal Emergency Bail Schedule Process:
The Court has created a new process in response to the Emergency Order, Rule 4 issued by the Judicial Council on the Emergency Bail Schedule related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, click on the following two links:

Emergency Bail Stipulation/Hearing Request and Order Protocol (with Flowchart)

Bail Stipulation/Hearing Request and Order

Calendaring Protocol for Emergency Criminal Proceedings
In response to the ongoing limited resources and temporary court closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court has implemented a new process for requesting time sensitive criminal cases to be placed on calendar. For more information, click on the following link:

Calendaring Protocols for Emergency Criminal Proceedings

Do I have to pay my fine or fee during the court closure?
You may continue to make payments on our https://www.sb-court.org/divisions/traffic/pay-traffic-ticket or phone system. However, please note that we do not have court staff available to assist you with any payment issues or payment plan modifications. You do not need to request a payment extension during the closure, as payment due dates will be automatically extended. Due to limited staffing, please be aware that there may be a delay in the posting of any payments received during the closure.

I got a traffic ticket and my hearing date was during the closure. What should I do?
No warrant will be issued for your arrest during the closure. You will receive a new hearing date in the mail once the court reopens.

Civil, Family Law and Child Support Information

What happens to my restraining order?
Your restraining order will remain in effect until the court reopens and your new hearing date is rescheduled.

I’m in the middle of a divorce and my hearing was scheduled during the court closure. What should I do?
The court will reschedule your hearing date and you will receive notice in the mail after the court reopens.

I need to revisit my child support payment now that I’m laid off of work. What should I do?
The court is only hearing emergency matters. You may file new papers and schedule a hearing date when the court reopens on May 29.

How do I get my ex parte civil matter on calendar and how can I appear remotely?
If your matter falls within the category of time-sensitive and essential proceedings, you can file your documents via fax filing at (909) 708-8586 or in person in the civil clerk’s office at the San Bernardino Justice Center located at 247 W. 3rd St. San Bernardino, CA 92415, 3rd floor.

Remote appearances can be accomplished via CourtCall.
Court Call: (888) 882-6878

Am I required to provide notice to other party(ies)?
Yes, notice is required and should also include an advisal that the hearing will proceed by remote appearance, absent good cause or if there is a stipulation as to the outcome.

General Information

How will I know my hearing is rescheduled?
The court plans on reopening on May 29. Most hearing dates and notices have been sent to attorneys and parties. Please check the court case information available on our website for the latest information. All notices will be mailed to the address on file.

Are the Children’s Waiting Rooms open?
Services available for Children’s Waiting Rooms are not available at this time.

Public Access
All court users and visitors must wear a face covering at all times while inside any court location. You may only enter the courtroom or hallway adjacent to a courtroom if you are a party to a hearing on that day, an attorney representing a party or a person, or under subpoena as a witness for a case scheduled on that day.

Public Notice on Face Coverings

General Order on Limiting Public Access

When will the Court reopen?
The court plans to reopen on May 29, however due to continued changes, please check this page frequently or follow us on Twitter (@SanBernCourt) for frequently for updates.

Additional Public Information

Press Releases/Public Notices

May 01, 2020
Presiding Judge Sachs Issues Sixth Amendment to Implementation Order Effective May 1

May 01, 2020
Presiding Judge Sachs Issues Fifth Amendment to Implementation Order Effective April 30

Apr 22, 2020
Presiding Judge Sachs Issues Fourth Amendment to Implementation Order Effective April 22

Apr 21, 2020
Presiding Judge Sachs Issues Third Amendment to Implementation Order Effective April 21

Apr 08, 2020
Presiding Judge Sachs Issues Amended and Updated Implementation Order Effective April 8

Apr 08, 2020
San Bernardino Superior Court Requires Face Coverings For All Court Visitors

Apr 02, 2020
Presiding Judge Sachs Issues Clarification of Implementation Order Effective April 3

Apr 01, 2020
Presiding Judge Sachs Reissues Implementation Order Effective April 3

Mar 18, 2020
Presiding Judge Sachs Issues Implementation Order to Continue All Non-Emergency Matters

Mar 16, 2020
SBSC to Temporarily Close Most Courthouses Effective March 17, 2020

Mar 13, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #4

Mar 13, 2020
Visitor Protocols for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Mar 12, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

General Orders

May 01, 2020
Sixth Amendment to Implementation of Emergency Relief

Apr 30, 2020
Fifth Amendment to Implementation of Emergency Relief

Apr 22, 2020
Fourth Amendment to Implementation of Emergency Relief

Apr 21, 2020
Third Amendment to Implementation of Emergency Relief

Apr 08, 2020
Second Amendment to Implementation of Emergency Relief

Apr 02, 2020
Amended Implementation of Emergency Relief Effective April 3, 2020

Apr 01, 2020
Implementation of Emergency Relief Effective April 3, 2020

Mar 24, 2020
Implementation of Emergency Relief

Mar 19, 2020
Limiting Public Access