The Chairs of the California Judicial Council’s Executive and Planning, Judicial Branch Budget, Litigation Management, Technology, and Legislation Committees have stated that they will recommend that the Judicial Council amend all statewide COVID-related emergency rules to sunset on June 30, 2022.
The recommendation will be made at the Council’s upcoming March 11 meeting.
Furthermore, California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye has also stated that she intends to rescind all the provisions in her statewide emergency orders, effective April 30, namely the extension of time for holding preliminary examinations; the extension of time to bring a civil action to trial; the waiver of certain requirements to adopt local rules related to the pandemic; and the suspension of any California Rules of Court to the extent the rules prevented a court from using technology to conduct proceedings and operations remotely.
After the state of emergency was declared on March 4, 2020, and over the course of the next several months, the Judicial Council adopted 13 emergency rules and the Chief Justice signed four statewide emergency orders under her constitutional and other legal authority. This was in addition to the approximately 700 individual court emergency orders she signed under Government Code section 68115.