COVID-19

Last updated on: 05/14/2021 - 12:34 pm
Please check this website frequently, as court services may change frequently in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DO NOT COME TO COURT IF YOU ARE FEELING ILL, HAVE COVID-19 OR HAVE BEEN AROUND SOMEONE WITH COVID-19.

Before you come to court:

If you have a hearing (telephonic or in-person), you should still come to court unless you are experiencing fever, chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc., or have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19, or asked to self-quarantine which prohibits you from entering any court facility or courthouse.

On April 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on vaccinated persons. Please know that the court continues to follow local guidance from the County and State Departments of Public Health to ensure the safety of all court users, judicial officers and employees while balancing access to justice during the COVID-19 pandemic (See Court's Statement). At this time, all safety protocols including face coverings and social distancing (See General Order) are still in place at all court locations until further notice. Security and Sheriff’s personnel will turn away any person not following this order.

By following the guidelines provided by Governor Gavin Newsom and orders by the San Bernardino County Public Health Officer, SBSC has been able to restore most services, please check the pandemic operations roadmap for each court location and case type for specific details (See Chart Below). Effective January 4, 2021, all clerk’s offices are limited to the public from 8:00 a.m. to Noon, Monday through Friday (except Needles and Big Bear) and continue to accept only limited filings (See Chart Below) in the clerk’s office. The Court encourages all users to access remote service options to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Remote services include: ability to submit filings by mail, fax, drop box, TurboCourt, and outside walk-up windows available at most court locations. Payments can also be made online or via phone.

JURY SERVICE
The Court will begin to resume new jury trials on February 16, 2021 with safety protocols in place due to lift of the regional stay-at-home order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom. Please check your jury reporting status before coming to court and review Jury Safety Protocols.

                Log onto the jury portal service https://www.sb-court.org/jury-information/juror-portal

                Call (909) 884-1858

SELF-HELP RESOURCES
Self-help services are easily accessible online by visiting https://dash.sb-court.org/en-US/. Phone services are limited and available Monday-Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. Limited in-person services are available in San Bernardino, Child Support, Fontana, and Victorville locations Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-Noon and in Barstow, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-Noon, and the fourth Friday of every month in Joshua Tree from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Visit www.sb-court.org/self-help for more information.

COURT APPEARANCES
SBSC has resumed hearings for all case types (except Small Claims which resumes on February 1, 2021. See Public Notice). When your case is set for a hearing, the court will send you a Notice of Hearing to appear in person. In some instances, your attorney may appear on your behalf. The notice will contain information about the hearing, including the courthouse location, department (courtroom), date and time.

REMOTE ACCESS AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
Court users may access many court services remotely. Documents may be filed by regular mail, drop box, fax and Turbo Court. Court appearances may be made by telephone (if approved by the judge presiding) using CourtCall. Payments can be made at https://portal.sb-court.org/Portal/. Self-help services can be accessed through DASH https://dash.sb-court.org/en-US/.

TELEPHONE SERVICES
Telephone services are now limited from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at most court locations (See Public Notice), except court holidays, Big Bear and Needles. A very limited number of court staff are available to answer phones. Please anticipate lengthy wait times for telephone service. The call center has expanded public service hours from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for payments and general inquiries.

COURT SERVICES AND LIMITED PUBLIC HOURS
Please click on the hyperlinks below to view a one page summary on court services offered specific to location and case type.

Court Location/
Division
Limited Public Hours Case Types
Barstow Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Small Claims and Landlord Tenant
Traffic
Self-Help
Big Bear 1st Wednesday of the Month
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Traffic
Child Support Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Child Support
Self-Help
Fontana Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Small Claims and Landlord Tenant
Traffic
Self-Help
Historic
(Family Law)
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Law
Family and Children Services
Self-Help
Joshua Tree Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Small Claims and Landlord Tenant
Traffic
Family Law
Criminal
Self-Help
Juvenile Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Juvenile Dependency
Juvenile Delinquency
Needles 1st Friday of the Month
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Traffic
Rancho Cucamonga Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Criminal
Traffic
Appeals
Jury
San Bernardino Justice Center
(SBJC)
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Civil
Criminal
Probate
Jury
Victorville Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Criminal
Family Law
Juvenile Delinquency
Self-Help
Jury
Self-Help In-person services and phone hours vary by location  
Call Center
(Payments and
General Inquiries)
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Available by phone only
 

 

GENERAL ORDERS

Apr 16, 2021
Extending Dates for Criminal Trials and Preliminary Examinations Dated April 16, 2021

Mar 19, 2021
Extending Dates for Criminal Trials and Preliminary Examinations Dated March 19, 2021

Feb 18, 2021
Extending Dates for Criminal Trials and Preliminary Examinations Dated February 18, 2021

Jan 15, 2021
Extending Dates for Criminal Trials and Preliminary Examinations Dated January 15, 2021

Jan 07, 2021
Suspending In-Person Family Centered Case Resolution Status Conferences

Jan 07, 2021
Suspending Probate Trials Due to Stay at Home Order

Dec 24, 2020
Suspending Small Claims Hearings Due to Stay at Home Order

Dec 08, 2020
Second Amended General Order Limiting Filing at Clerk's Office

Dec 01, 2020
Reducing Clerk's Hours

Nov 13, 2020
Extending Dates for Criminal Trials and Preliminary Examinations

Oct 14, 2020
Extending Dates for Trials and Preliminary Examinations

Oct 06, 2020
Authorizing Clerk to Conduct Ministerial Review of Residential Unlawful Detainer Complaints

Sep 14, 2020
September 14, 2020 Implementation Order Extending Dates for Trials and Preliminary Examinations

Sep 09, 2020
Civil Jury Trials

Aug 18, 2020
Implementation Order Extending Dates for Trials and Preliminary Examinations

Aug 12, 2020
Second Amendment to General Order: Face Coverings and Social Distance

Jul 23, 2020
Amendment to General Order: Face Coverings and Social Distance

Jul 17, 2020
Second Implementation Order Extending Criminal Trials

Jul 07, 2020
Amendment to General Order: Limiting Public Access

Jun 19, 2020
Masks and Social Distance

Jun 12, 2020
Implementation Order Extending Criminal Trials

Jun 04, 2020
Unlawful Detainer Complaints

May 29, 2020
Amendment to General Order: Limiting Filing at Clerk's Office

May 15, 2020
Temporary Reduction of Clerk's Office Hours Due to COVID-19

May 15, 2020
COVID-19 Face Covering and Social Distancing Requirements

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

 

PRESS RELEASES/PUBLIC NOTICES

May 14, 2021
COVID-19 Safety Protocols Remain in Place Despite New CDC Guidance

Apr 07, 2021
COVID-19 Safety Protocols Remain in Place

Feb 03, 2021
New Jury Trials Resume on February 16, 2021 with Safety Protocols in Place

Jan 26, 2021
Court Resumes Small Claims Hearings Effective February 1, 2021

Jan 08, 2021
Court Suspends All Probate Trials From February 1 Through February 28

Dec 18, 2020
Safety and Access to Justice During COVID-19

Dec 17, 2020
Reduced Clerk's Office Hours Effective January 4, 2021

Sep 18, 2020
Reduction to Clerk's Office Hours in All Court Locations Effective December 1, 2020

Sep 14, 2020
Most Civil Jury Trials Postponed Until 2021

Aug 18, 2020
Self-Help Resource Centers Reopen for In-Person Services Starting August 2020

Jul 17, 2020
San Bernardino Superior Court Begins Piloting Video CourtCall

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