NEVADA CITY, Calif. March 19, 2020 – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Superior Court of California, County of Nevada has issued Executive Order 178. In following with the recommendations of public health authorities, the court has limited certain court services to ensure social distancing while maintaining access to justice. Everyone entering the courthouse should maintain 6 ft. distances from others. Anyone who is feeling ill should call or email the clerks office in advance regarding the need for their appearance.

All hearings not listed below, including Civil and Criminal jury trials, Small Claims trials, all traffic matters, and all collaborative court hearings, have been vacated by the court until April 14th. The court will notify all parties of dates to appear in the future.

  • All jurors summoned for dates between March 28th and April 14th, 2020 should not appear and will be summoned on a future date.
  • The Self-Help Center / Family Law Facilitator’s Office will be closed but staff will be available to assist the public via email at or by phone (530)362-4309, ext. 4.
  • Defendants wishing to Self-Surrender in Nevada City may do so at the Department 3 window on the 2nd floor. See Executive Order 178 for days and times.

If you are currently scheduled for to appear and are unsure if you are affected, contact the clerk’s office by phone at (530) 362-4309 or by email at or

To ensure access to justice, the court will remain open between March 19th through April 14th, 2020 for the following matters:

  • Civil and Family Temporary Restraining Orders;
  • Domestic Violence and Gun Violence Restraining Orders;
  • Criminal, Civil, Family, Juvenile and Probate Ex Parte Proceedings;
  • Probate Emergency Petitions for Temporary Conservatorships and Guardianships’;
  • Search Warrants;
  • No Time Waiver Criminal Preliminary Hearings;
  • Juvenile Delinquency Detention and no time waiver jurisdictional and disposition hearings;
  • Dependency Detention Hearings and Review Hearings with federal mandates;
  • Emergency Child Custody Hearings;
  • Termination of Parental Rights Hearings;
  • New Assisted Outpatient Treatment petitions and hearings deemed necessary by treatment providers; and
  • DCSS Non-Enforcement Proceedings.

In-custody criminal arraignments, bail review hearings, mental competency hearings, and no time waiver sentencing hearings will be heard by video unless a request is made to appear in-court.

For any matters not specifically addressed in this release please see Executive Order 178 for additional details.