Due to the novel Coronavirus the Riverside Superior Court ceased summoning jurors in March 2020. That position has changed.
Though the coronavirus continues to impact parts of the inland region, the Riverside Superior Court has prepared for a few top priority trials which, cutting close to constitutional and statutory timeframes—will possibly start in mid-June.
The court has committed to calling in jurors only when a case is ready to proceed to trial and at staggered time intervals to reduce the number of jurors reporting at the same time.
The Court’s priority is to keep jurors, attorneys and court employee’s safe from getting infected. In an effort to promote safety protocols, the Court and the Riverside County Public Health officials created health and safety guidelines for jurors.
The protocols consist of having a face mask when in the Courthouse, maintaining social distancing in the facility, calling in jurors when a trial is set to begin, requiring jurors to input availability information, and expectations the courthouse will maintain daily sanitation requirements.
Anyone showing Flu-like symptoms are told to stay home and not come to the courthouse. The sheriff’s department will not allow anyone not wearing a face mask to enter the courthouse center.
Court cases are being handled according to emergency guidelines in place during the pandemic, meaning by case type. Criminal cases will continue to be heard via video and criminal jury trials will be continued for six days from when a trial date is set or extended.
Riverside County residents are advised if they receive a jury summons, not to throw it away. If your summons is dated for June 15 or after you can request a postponement of up to 90 days by calling (951) 275-5076 or (760) 342-5264., or visiting the court’s website at riverside.courts.ca.gov/GeneralInfo/JuryInfo/juror-portal.php.
For general information regarding the Superior Court of Riverside County visit riverside.courts.ca.gov/PublicNotices/COVID-19-Court-Operations.php#ccls.