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Santa Barbara Superior Court Implements Additional Service Reductions in Response to COVID-19

Mar 20, 2020 | Child Custody, Child Support, COVID-19 Pandemic, Divorce/Marital Dissolution, Domestic Violence, General Family Law

Following Santa Barbara County’s public health emergency, the Superior Court of Santa Barbara County has issued a press release announcing further reduction of operations due to increasing risks presented by the COVID-19 virus. The Courts decision to expand closures was based on the necessity of additional and significant measures to protect the health and safety of the community.

Effective March 19, 2020 through March 27, 2020:
The Court is closing public access to the Superior Court clerk’s offices in all courthouse locations.

The clerk’s offices will continue to accept electronic filings in civil, family, and probate cases. Electronic filing is available at Self-represented parties are encouraged to e-file, but may submit filings at most court locations by using the designated drop boxes.

Effective March 17, 2020 through April 3, 2020:

Presiding Judge Michael Carrozzo orders nearly all courtrooms closed and all matters calendared between March 17 and April 3, 2020 to be rescheduled.

Temporary Restraining orders that would otherwise expire between March 17, 2020 and April 15, 2020 will be extended for 30 days from original expiration date.

The COVID-19 virus poses an unprecedented health and safety threat to the public. The court will continue to monitor this evolving situation and will make additional adjustments to court operations as appropriate.

For the latest information, visit the Santa Barbara Superior Court website at

Contact the attorneys at Drury Pullen, A Professional Law Corporation 24 hours a day during this community health crisis either by telephone (805) 879-7523 or via email at [email protected].  Your safety and health is important to us.  We are here to help by providing information as we are able and by offering legal services on a remote basis (Zoom, telephone, email, etc.).

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