COVID-19 Information & Court Operations
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

  COVID-19 Information & Updates on Court Operations

Last Updated: 06/14/2022 8:10 am

    Attention: Do Not Come to the Courthouse If You Are Not Feeling Well:
Those who are feeling ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including but not limited to fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle body ache, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are prohibited from entering any court facility or courthouse.

     Effective March 14, 2022: Face Coverings Not Required but Strongly Recommended
  • All persons entering court facilities - irrespective of vaccination status - are no longer required to wear a face covering but are "strongly recommended" to do so based on the most recent guidance from the California Department of Public Health. Masks are available upon request at security screening, while supplies last.

The Riverside Superior Court is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community while performing our constitutional duties following guidelines provided by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA). Customers may submit documents for filing either online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, by electronic filing for civil cases, by U.S. Mail, or by placement in a drop box at one of our court facilities (See charts below for details).

Appearing Remotely at Hearings

Appearing remotely at hearings is an efficient alternative creating time saving option for litigants and attorneys. It also enhances pubilc access to court proceedings through technology to the courts. The Riverside Superior Court uses Zoom as its remote appearance platform. Zoom can be utilized through a computer, tablet, telephone, cellphone, or other electronic or communications device.

Unless a local rule is adopted, CCP 367.75 and California Rules of Court, rule 3.672 now govern the procedures in remote proceedings. Please visit the Remote Appearances page for more information.

Telephone Services

A very limited number of court staff are available to answer telephones and monitor email accounts. You can contact the Riverside Superior Court at  951-777-3147 (phone) to speak to a clerk. Please anticipate lengthy wait times for telephone service, and please understand that email responses will be delayed. Phone hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except court holidays.

Web chat services are also available.

Electronic Document Submission

Customers may file documents online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal. The eSubmit program allows court customers to electronically deliver documents to the court securely via the internet.

Alternatively, documents can also be mailed to the court for processing. See the court locations & parking page for courthouse addresses.

As of July 1, 2021, electronic filing (eFiling) is also now available for civil.

Clerk’s Office Hours

Click here for information about court locations and addresses.

Court Location / Division Drop Box* Clerk’s Office Hours (Effective 1/3/2022)
Banning Justice Center Yes Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Blythe Courthouse Yes Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Corona Court Yes Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hemet Courthouse Yes Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Larson Justice Center Yes Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Moreno Valley Courthouse Yes Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Palm Springs Courthouse Yes Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Riverside Family Law Yes Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Riverside Hall of Justice Yes Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Riverside Historic Courthouse Yes Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Riverside Juvenile Yes Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Southwest Justice Center Yes Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Southwest Juvenile No Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Temecula Courthouse Yes Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Appeals No Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Exhibits No Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Riverside Centre (ECD) No Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Available by phone only
Self Help Center No Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Telephone and In-Person
Appointments Available (pdf )
Court's Executive Office No Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

*Drop boxes are available inside court facilities until 4:00 p.m., excluding weekends and court holidays. (see Cal. Rule of Court, rule 2.210) (external site )


Court Services (by Case Type)

Criminal
  • The court continues to hear in-custody arraignments via video for both misdemeanor and felony cases in addition to in person preliminary hearings, bail motions, sentencing hearings, etc. Additionally, the court continues to accept bail motions, 977 waivers, OR Release Agreements, stipulations, and ex parte gun violence restraining orders via eSubmit.
Civil
  • Effective 1/1/2022, electronic filing is mandatory for parties represented by counsel in limited and unlimited civil actions, including unlawful detainer actions. If a party is self-represented electronic filing is optional in limited and unlimited civil actions, including unlawful detainer cases and small claims.
  • Self-represented litigants may continue to file civil documents by efiling, U.S. Mail or by placement in a drop box outside the courthouse during the hours of 7:30am – 4:00pm.
  • Effective 1/1/2022, The Court’s eSubmit electronic portal will no longer be available for submission of documents in civil, unlawful detainers and small claims cases.
  • Hearings on judgment debtor exams and civil harassment restraining orders are being heard in-person.
  • Clerk’s Offices are open for in-person civil filings at the Banning Justice Center, Blythe Courthouse, Corona Courthouse Moreno Valley Courthouse, Palm Springs Courthouse, Riverside Historic Courthouse and Southwest Justice Center. The clerk’s office public service hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.
  • The court has established guidelines for Informal Discovery Conferences (IDC) and Voluntary Settlement Conferences (VSC) (pdf ) in Unlimited Civil Proceedings to assist in facilitating settlements.
  • You can check the status of your case online.
  • Certain ADR services may be offered remotely. Parties ordered to court-ordered mediation or arbitration are encouraged to inquire directly with mediation and arbitration panel members regarding availability of remote services.
Family Law
  • Customers may file documents in-person in the clerk’s office at the Blythe Courthouse, Larson Justice Center, Hemet Courthouse and the Riverside Family Law Courthouse or continue to file documents online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, mail or by placement in the drop-box. Domestic Violence restraining orders for the mid-county region will return to the Hemet Courthouse effective January 3, 2022.
  • The court is conducting in-person hearings on permanent restraining orders at the Blythe Courthouse, Riverside Family Law Courthouse, Hemet Courthouse, and Larson Justice Center.
  • The court is conducting mediations via videoconference or telephonically. (Telephonic appearances for mediations will need prior approval).
  • Freedom for Parental Custody and Control hearings are being conducted in-person at the Riverside Family Law Courthouse, Southwest Justice Center and Larson Justice Center. Effective January 3, 2022, the Freedom for Parental Custody and Control hearings for the mid-county region will return to and be conducted in-person at the Hemet Courthouse.
  • In-person hearings have resumed for family law hearings including but not limited to Request for Orders, Trial Readiness Conferences, Adoptions and Department of Child Support Services at each family law region.

Parties may stipulate to a judicial officer ruling on a contested matter without a hearing by submitting a Stipulation and Order Re: Ruling on Request for Order without Hearing. Parties submitting the Stipulation and Order form will receive a written ruling from the judicial officer. Parties may submit the Stipulation and Order form via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, Mail or by placement in the drop box.

You can access the “Family Law Orders During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” and new local forms by clicking the links below:

Child Custody Recommending Counseling (CCRC)

  • Until further notice, Child Custody Recommending Counseling (CCRC) appointments will be conducted via videoconference. If you received an Order to Attend Child Custody Recommending Counseling Appointment (videoconference), you are required to complete a CCRC Intake Questionnaire and attend Parent Orientation prior to your appointment. Your questionnaire and certificate of completion of parent orientation should be sent a minimum of two days prior to your scheduled CCRC appointment. You can access the local forms by clicking the links below:

Supervised Visitation

Emergency Protective Order (EPO)

  • For Law Enforcement:
    • Daytime Emergency Protective Order (EPO) calls will still be accepted.

Case Information

Probate
Juvenile Delinquency
  • The court is hearing all juvenile justice hearings in person.
  • The court is hearing all juvenile non-traffic infraction calendars in person.
  • The court clerk’s office staff is processing all juvenile justice and non-traffic infraction filings.
Juvenile Dependency
  • The court is hearing all juvenile dependency hearings in person.
  • The court clerk’s office staff is processing all juvenile dependency filings.
Traffic
  • Traffic Night Court is not being held at this time. Effective July 6, 2021, the court will resume in person hearings.

    Paying a Traffic Ticket

  • Most traffic-related matters can be handled online, including options for paying a traffic fine. You can also call our Traffic IVR at  951-222-0384 (phone), or utilize ePay-It (external site ) to handle your traffic ticket.

    Traffic Phone Appointment with a Clerk

  • You can schedule a phone appointment with a traffic clerk to get assistance with your ticket.
  • Customers may submit traffic documents online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, by U.S. Mail or by placement in a drop box at one of the following court facilities:

    • Banning Courthouse
    • Blythe Courthouse
    • Corona Courthouse
    • Larson Justice Center (Indio)
    • Moreno Valley Courthouse
    • Southwest Justice Center (Murrieta)

  • Additional information and other options for handling a traffic ticket, including the use of our multi-lingual Avatar, can be found on the Court’s traffic page.
Small Claims
  • The Court Clerk’s Offices for small claims matters are closed for in-person filings.
  • Customers may submit traffic documents online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, by U.S. Mail or by placement in a drop box at one of the following court facilities:

    • Banning Courthouse
    • Blythe Courthouse
    • Corona Courthouse
    • Moreno Valley Courthouse
    • Palm Springs Courthouse
    • Southwest Justice Center (Murrieta)

  • Small claims hearings are currently not being scheduled for night court.
  • You can check the status of your case online.
Unlawful Detainers
  • Emergency Rule 1 (external site pdf ) sunset at midnight on September 1, 2020. This rule previously prohibited, after April 6, 2020, the issuance of a summons on any unlawful detainer complaint or a default judgment on any pending unlawful detainer action, except on a showing that the action was needed to address public health and safety issues.
  • Governor Newsom signed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 (AB 3088 (external site )) as urgency legislation. The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 went into effect on August 31, 2020. AB 3088 was adopted to protect tenants and small landlords from the financial distress caused by COVID-19 pandemic effects. Under AB 3088, landlords may begin filing certain eviction actions for failure to pay rent or other charges as of October 5, 2020, but cannot evict tenants who have filed a specific declaration of financial distress within the required timeframe - 15-days after being served with a notice to quit by the landlord.
  • On September 1, 2020, the Riverside Superior Court issued General Order 2020-53 (pdf ) rescinding certain days as court holidays for the purpose of computing time for filing papers under CCP §§ 12 and 12a.
  • Effective October 5, 2020, the Judicial Council of California adopted new forms for unlawful detainer matters. The new forms can be found at: www.courts.ca.gov/1290.htm (external site )
  • The Court Clerk’s Offices for unlawful detainer matters are closed for in-person filings unless it is an ex parte application or other application for emergency relief.
  • Customers may submit unlawful detainer documents online via the eSubmit Document Submission Portal, by U.S. Mail or by placement in a drop box at one of the following court facilities:
    • Banning Courthouse
    • Blythe Courthouse
    • Corona Courthouse
    • Moreno Valley Courthouse
    • Palm Springs Courthouse
    • Southwest Justice Center (Murrieta)
  • All unlawful detainer hearings are being heard remotely via telephonic appearance. Notice of your hearing will be mailed by the Court.
  • Self Help information about new eviction laws can be found on the California Courts website at www.courts.ca.gov/44660.htm (external site )
  • Additional Eviction Resources: Department of Real Estate: “Housing is Key (external site )” provides resources for landlords and tenants to understand their rights and responsibilities – particularly in light of COVID-19 protections.
  • COVID-19 Rental Relief Video & Information

Court Orders

Date Issued Order Number Order Title
06/13/2022 2022-26 General Order re: Thirty-Ninth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
05/19/2022 2022-25 General Order re: Rescission of Order Extending The Time to Hold Preliminary Examinations Under Penal Code Section 859b (pdf )
05/16/2022 2022-24 General Order re: Thirty-Eighth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
04/21/2022 2022-22 General Order re: Thirty-Seventh Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
03/22/2022 2022-21 General Order re: Thirty-Sixth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
03/08/2022 2022-20 General Order re: Recession of Order re: Optional In-Person Probate Investigations (pdf )
03/08/2022 2022-19 General Order re: Order Rescinding Mask Mandates; Restoration of Public Access to Courtrooms (pdf )
02/23/2022 2022-17 General Order re: Thirty-Fifth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
02/08/2022 2022-16 General Order re: Extension of Order Suspending Jury Trials and Limiting Public Access to Courtrooms (pdf )
01/27/2022 2022-13 General Order re: Extension of Order Suspending Jury Trials and Limiting Public Access to Courtrooms (pdf )
01/27/2022 2022-12 General Order re: Thirty-Fourth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
01/13/2022 2022-11 General Order re: Optional In-Person Probate Investigations (pdf )
01/04/2022 2022-09 General Order re: Temporary Suspension of Jury Trials; Limited Public Access to Courtrooms (pdf )
01/04/2022 2022-08 General Order re: Thirty-Third Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
12/22/2021 2021-41 General Order re: Restoration of Court Clerk's Office Hours (pdf )
12/08/2021 2021-39 General Order re: Thirty-Second Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
11/10/2021 2021-38 General Order re: Thirty-First Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
11/09/2021 2021-36 General Order re: Rescission of Access to Remote-Only Proceedings Order (pdf ) (pdf )
10/13/2021 2021-34 General Order re: Thirtieth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
09/14/2021 2021-33 General Order re: Twenty-Ninth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
08/18/2021 2021-30 General Order re: Twenty-Eighth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
08/02/2021 2021-29 General Order re: Mandatory Use of Face Coverings by the Public (pdf )
07/21/2021 2021-28 General Order re: Resumption of In-Person Court Probate Investigations (pdf )
07/20/2021 2021-27 General Order re: Twenty-Seventh Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
06/28/2021 2021-26 General Order re: Access to Remote-Only Proceedings (pdf )
06/28/2021 2021-25 General Order re: Court Services and Hours (pdf )
06/28/2021 2021-24 General Order re: Access to Court Facilities (pdf )
06/21/2021 2021-23 General Order re: Twenty-Sixth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
05/25/2021 2021-20 General Order re: Twenty-Fifth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
04/26/2021 2021-18 General Order re: Twenty-Fourth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
04/13/2021 2021-17 General Order re: Amended Court Closures and Limited Court Services (pdf )
03/29/2021 2021-14 General Order re: Twenty-Third Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
03/01/2021 2021-13 General Order re: Twenty-Second Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
02/01/2021 2021-10 General Order re: Twenty-First Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
01/21/2021 2021-09 General Order re: Extension of Jury Trials Suspension (pdf )
01/12/2021 2021-08 General Order re: Order for Examination (pdf )
01/07/2021 2021-07 General Order re: Twentieth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
12/23/2020 2020-75 General Order re: Extension of Jury Trials Suspension (pdf )
12/17/2020 2020-74 General Order re: Nineteenth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
12/14/2020 2020-72 General Order re: Limited Public Access to Courthouses (pdf )
12/11/2020 2020-71 General Order re: Extension of Time to Hold Preliminary Examinations Under PC 859b (pdf )
12/10/2020 2020-70 General Order re: Eighteenth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
12/07/2020 2020-69 General Order re: Suspension of Jury Trials (pdf )
11/30/2020 2020-68 General Order re: Seventeenth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
11/17/2020 2020-67 General Order re: Mandatory Facial Coverings and Physical Distancing (pdf )
11/16/2020 2020-66 General Order re: Sixteenth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
10/30/2020 2020-64 General Order re: Fifteenth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
10/15/2020 2020-63 General Order re: Fourteenth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
10/06/2020 2020-61 General Order re: Remote Traffic Court Proceedings (pdf )
10/06/2020 2020-60 General Order re: Court Closures and Limited Court Services (pdf )
09/29/2020 2020-59 General Order re: Probation Department Supervision of Probationers (pdf )
09/29/2020 2020-58 General Order re: Thirteenth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
09/17/2020 2020-57 General Order re: Twelfth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
09/11/2020 2020-56 General Order re: Time for Service of Responsive Pleadings in Family Law Cases (pdf )
09/03/2020 2020-55 General Order re: Time for Service of Responsive Pleadings in Limited Civil Cases (pdf )
09/03/2020 2020-54 General Order re: Time for Service of Responsive Pleadings in Unlimited Civil Cases (pdf )
09/01/2020 2020-53 General Order re: Rescission of Court Holidays for Purposes of Computing Time for Filing Papers in Unlawful Detainer Cases (pdf )
08/19/2020 2020-52 General Order re: Eleventh Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
08/18/2020 2020-51 General Order re: Additional Essential Functions - Small Claims (pdf )
08/17/2020 2020-50 General Order re: Tenth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
08/06/2020 2020-48 Amended General Order re: Ninth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
08/05/2020 2020-49 Administrative Order re: Temporary Courthouse Closures (pdf )
07/22/2020 2020-47 General Order re: Eighth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
07/21/2020 2020-46 Administrative Order re: Temporary Courthouse Closures (pdf )
07/16/2020 2020-45 General Order re: Extension of Time for Service of Process in Limited Civil Cases (pdf )
07/16/2020 2020-44 General Order re: Extension of Time for Service of Process in Unlimited Civil Cases (pdf )
07/07/2020 2020-43 Administrative Order Re: Temporary Courthouse Closures (pdf )
07/02/2020 2020-42 General Order re: Exclusion of Persons Exhibiting COVID-19 Symptoms (pdf )
06/24/2020 2020-40 General Order re: Seventh Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
06/24/2020 2020-39 Administrative Order re: Temporary Courthouse Closures (pdf )
06/24/2020 2020-38 General Order re: Judgment Debtor Examinations (pdf )
06/15/2020 2020-35 General Order re: Extension or Reinstatement of Probation Program (pdf )
06/12/2020 2020-37 General Order re: Additional Essential Functions - Small Claims; Criminal Add-ons; Traffic Cases (pdf )
06/10/2020 2020-33 General Order re: Essential Functions - Limited Civil Trials (pdf )
06/09/2020 2020-32 Administrative Order re: Temporary Courthouse Closures (pdf )
06/03/2020 2020-31 General Order re: Sixth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
06/01/2020 2020-30 General Order re: Rescission of Court Holidays for Purposes of Computing Time for Filing Papers (pdf )
05/28/2020 2020-28 Administrative Order re: Temporary Courthouse Closures (pdf )
05/27/2020 2020-29 General Order re: Fifth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
05/21/2020 2020-27 General Order re: Essential Functions - Limited Civil Trials (pdf )
05/15/2020 2020-26 General Order re: Juvenile Division Emergency Reorganization (pdf )
05/14/2020 2020-25 General Order re: Family Law Division Emergency Reorganization (pdf )
05/14/2020 2020-23 Administrative Order re: Temporary Courthouse Closures (pdf )
05/12/2020 2020-24 General Order re: Continuance of OSCs for Failure to File Default Judgment in Limited Civil Cases (pdf )
05/11/2020 2020-22 General Order re: Additional Essential Functions - Probate and Restraining Order Hearings (pdf )
05/06/2020 2020-21 General Order re: Face Coverings and Physical Distancing (pdf )
04/29/2020 2020-20 General Order re: Essential Functions (pdf )
04/29/2020 2020-19 General Order re: Extension of Time to Respond in Limited Civil Cases (pdf )
04/29/2020 2020-18 Administrative Order re: Temporary Courthouse Closures (pdf )
04/29/2020 Statewide Emergency Order by Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council (pdf )
04/27/2020 2020-17 General Order re: Discharge of Certain Orders to Show Cause in Civil Cases (pdf )
04/24/2020 2020-16 General Order re: Fourth Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
04/23/2020 2020-14 Administrative Order re: Order Rescinding Temporary Closure of the Riverside Juvenile Courthouse (pdf )
04/22/2020 2020-15 General Order re: Civil Division Emergency Reorganization (pdf )
04/13/2020 2020-13 Administrative Order re: Temporary Courthouse Closures (pdf )
04/13/2020 2020-11 Administrative Order re: Temporary Courthouse Closures (pdf )
04/03/2020 Third Amended General Order re: Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
04/02/2020 2020-10 Administrative Order re: Temporary Courthouse Closures (pdf )
04/01/2020 General Order re: Implementation of Judicial Council of California Statewide Orders by Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council (pdf )
03/23/2020 Second Amended General Order re: Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
03/19/2020 2020-08 Administrative Order re: Temporary Courthouse Closures (pdf )
03/19/2020 Amended General Order re: Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
03/17/2020 General Order re: Implementation of Emergency Relief Authorized per GC 68115 (pdf )
03/16/2020 2020-07 Administrative Order re: Order Concerning COVID-19 Response (pdf )