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Through California, many state and federal courts have held limited calendars and some have suspended certain hearings and constitutionally mandated rights be suspended. For an updated list of court rules and practices, please see the following resources:

  • The Judicial Council is set to hold second emergency meeting amid covid-19, on April 6, at 12:20 p.m.

  • Motion bank for motions related to coronavirus issues:

    Among the actions the council will consider, to go into effect immediately:

    • Suspend the entry of defaults in eviction cases;
    • Suspend judicial foreclosures;
    • Allow courts to require judicial proceedings and court operations be conducted remotely, with the defendant’s consent in criminal proceedings;
    • Adopt a statewide emergency bail schedule that sets bail at $0 for most misdemeanor and lower-level felony offenses;
    • Allow defendants to appear via counsel or remote technologies for pretrial criminal hearings;
    • Prioritize hearings and orders in juvenile justice proceedings and set a structure for remote hearings and continuances;
    • Extend the timeframes for specified temporary restraining orders;
    • Extend the statutes of limitations governing civil actions;
    • Allow electronic depositions in civil cases.

The complete meeting agenda and proposed rule changes, with instructions on how to listen to the meeting and provide written public comment, are posted on the council meeting page.

Raza graduated from Harvard Law School in 2003, where he served as an executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. From November 2004 to July 2009, Raza worked as an associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he practiced general litigation, with extensive experience representing individuals, corporations and law firms in cases involving allegations of legal malpractice, employment discrimination, wage-and-hour infractions, products liability, securities fraud, stock options backdating, and First Amendment violations.

Mr. Lawrence received his undergraduate degree with majors in philosophy and physics from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the Steven Schwarzschild Prize in Philosophy. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Mr. Lawrence completed a clerkship with the Honorable Morris Sheppard Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Mr. Lawrence has a longstanding interest in protecting civil liberties and individual rights, and has previously worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Cato Institute, and the Center for Individual Rights. Mr. Lawrence grew up in Madison, Wisconsin.

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