Solano courts seek leave to delay some cases due to Covid-19

Fairfield Daily Republic, by Todd R. Hansen, March 19, 2020

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Superior Courts is seeking an emergency order from the chief justice of the state Supreme Court to allow certain operations and court matters to be delayed due to Covid-19.

The actions would be in place through April 3, a statement released by the court said. The court remains open, but is looking for permission to continue the following matters:

• Civil, family and probate trials.
• Small claims matters.
• Unlawful detainer matters.
• Traffic matters except for trials already scheduled.
• Guardianship and conservatorship matters, with the exception of emergency orders.
• Most family law matters.
• Most criminal trials.

All clerk’s offices are closed to the public. All transactions with the clerk’s offices will be handled via drop box, telephone or through email.

These continuances are intended to reduce the number of jurors, parties and attorneys in the court, consistent with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order dated March 12, the Solano County courts report.