In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order that allows California’s Judicial Branch to take emergency action during this time. Now local courts will be able to remain open and conduct business during the coronavirus pandemic. What does this mean for Orange County family law cases? Our skilled family lawyers examine the details of the Executive Order and how it impacts family law in Orange County.
What This Ruling Means
Our society has never been through anything like this, which makes it difficult for government officials to determine what the best course of action is right now. The public’s safety and health need to be protected, but justice needs to be available for those who need it as well. There is now more guidance for how to proceed in these uncertain times.
Because of this, the Executive Order ruling is unprecedented; it will allow California courts to navigate the legal system during this time of crisis. Not only will the executive order keep the courts open for business, but it will also allow lawyers to use technology in civil matters so that cases can proceed rather than be delayed due to social distancing and court closures.
Governor Newsom stated that the courts need flexibility in order to continue conducting business during the COVID-19 pandemic. The courts are working to allow more flexibility in utilizing teleconference and other electronic means of conducting business.
Courts also can use their discretion to modify their legal practices and procedures in ways they deem necessary. These temporary measures will last through the state of emergency as well as 90 days following in order to help courts get through the backlog of cases.
The Impact on Orange County Family Law Court
The court is still open for filing emergency matters such as domestic violence restraining orders and emergency child custody requests. For more details look at the Orange County Family Court website as these details are fluid and always changing.
What to Do If You Need Family Law Assistance During COVID-19
Even though there are still closures, it’s crucial more than ever to get your case started immediately. Once the court reopens, family law cases will process in order of when they were submitted. This is likely to extend the amount of time it will take to get through your case. Starting the process and getting your paperwork completed and filed as soon as possible can help shorten the length of time.
Remember, if you have an emergency like a domestic violence or child custody issue that impacts you and your family’s safety, you can get help immediately. If you need emergency legal assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to our Orange County family lawyers. We will do everything possible to ensure that you and your family are safe and that your rights are protected.
At Moshtael Family Law, we understand that your legal matters cannot always wait. We will continue to provide you with updates on the status of the court as well as assist you with any of your legal matters. Whether you need help with non-emergency matters in your family law case or have an emergency, we are here to provide you with the guidance you need at any time.
Moshtael Family Law is committed to our clients and potential client’s safety. Call us today at (714) 909-2561 to set up a phone consultation and meeting regarding your family law case.