Jun. 4, 2020

Covid-19 INformation

Criminal Matters updated 5/08/2020

Remote Settlement Conferences

Beginning Monday, May 11th, the Court is offering settlement conferences through Zoom for Criminal Law matters, scheduled on an ad hoc basis. Parties may submit a request to set a settlement conference by sending the case name and number by email including all parties to settlements@napa.courts.ca.gov. Once a request is received, you will be contacted to make further arrangements for the date and time of the Zoom conference. (Note there will be an option for phone-in only for anyone lacking Zoom access, but video appearances are strongly encouraged). These settlement conferences will be offered only as long as time permits.  Once we are able to resume regular court hearings, these settlement conferences may have to be discontinued, possibly abruptly, in order for us to deal with the press of other court business.

Time-Waived Criminal Trials

All time-waived misdemeanor trials currently set beginning Monday, April 13, 2020 through and including Monday, June 1, 2020 will be continued for eight weeks from the currently scheduled trial dates. Notice of the new hearing date will be provided by mail.

All time-waived felony out-of-custody trials currently set beginning Monday, April 13, 2020 through and including Monday, June 1, 2020 will be continued for eight weeks from the currently scheduled trial dates. Notice of the new hearing date will be provided by mail.

No-Time Waiver Criminal Trials
Because of staffing limitations, juror limitations and public safety concerns for litigants, attorneys, jurors, staff and witnesses, the Court will extend the time limits for no-time waiver criminal trials consistent with Government Code § 68115(a)(10) and the Judicial Emergency Orders issued by Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chair of the Judicial Council of California (Emergency Orders). New trial dates will be set at the currently scheduled Readiness Conferences.

No-Time Waiver Criminal Hearings
The Court will make every effort to hear in-custody arraignments each day at 2:30 pm.  With defendant’s consent, arraignments will be conducted by video conference.  Similarly, the Court will make every effort to conduct no-time waiver preliminary hearings, within time (if a defendant waived 10 days but not 60 days, this is deemed a no-time waiver matter). Other no-time waiver hearings will be heard as scheduled. If staff, public safety or other issues arise, the Court may elect to extend time deadlines for these hearings consistent with Government Code § 68115 and the Emergency Orders.

In-Custody Sentencings
The Court will make every effort to hear sentencings for in-custody defendants (even those who have previously entered a time waiver) as scheduled. If staff, public safety or other issues arise, the Court may elect to extend time deadlines for these hearings consistent with Government Code § 68115 and the Emergency Orders.

Out-of-Custody Arraignments
Arraignments for defendants who are out of custody currently set beginning Monday, April 13, 2020 through and including Friday, May 29, 2020 will be continued eight weeks. Notice of the new hearing date will be provided by mail.

Time-Waived Felony Matters
If a time waiver has previously been entered, all matters set in Department 1, beginning Monday, April 13, 2020 through and including Friday, May 29, 2020, will be continued eight weeks. Notice of the new hearing date will be provided by mail.

Time-Waived Misdemeanor Matters
All matters set in Department 3 at 9:30 am and 2:00 pm beginning Monday, April 13, 2020 through and including Friday, May 29, 2020, will be continued eight weeks. This includes subsequent settlement conferences and jurisdictional transfers. Notice of the new hearing date will be provided by mail.

Proposition 36 Calendar
All matters set in Department 3 at 10:00 am beginning Monday, April 13, 2020 through and including Monday, June 1, 2020, will be continued eight weeks. Notice of the new hearing date will be provided by mail.

Drug Court Calendar
The Drug Court calendar set for Friday, May 8, 2020 will be continued to Friday, June 5, 2020 at 10:30 am. Notice of the new hearing date will be provided by mail.

Mental Health Court
The Mental Health Court calendar scheduled for April 30, 2020 will be continued to Thursday, June 25, 2020. Notice of the new hearing date will be provided by mail.

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