As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the globe, we want to assure you that Custis Law, P.C. is fully operational.
To protect the health and safety of our staff, our clients and the community at large, we have decided to work remotely, to implement social distancing and to service our clients through a virtual office. We are changing all in-person appointments, depositions, and meetings to telephone calls or video conference calls. We fully expect that the steps we are taking will be seamless to you.
Here’s what you need to know about our operations during the pandemic:
1. How can clients and potential clients contact Custis Law, P.C.?
2. Have any courts closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic?
The short answer to that question is “yes.” Courts throughout California have been closed to the general public and/or are drastically limiting court activities. The closure of California’s state and federal courts is a dynamic situation. We are learning more each day about the ways that the courts are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here is what we know about the California courts where we practice the most:
- Los Angeles County Superior Courts: On March 17, 2020, the Los Angeles County Superior Court ordered that all non-emergency matters be continued—or postponed—for at least 30 days due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can learn more by reviewing the court’s order that is available here. Updates will be posted on the Court’s website that is available here.
- Orange County Superior Courts: The Orange County Superior Court will be closed at all locations for approximately two weeks, from Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. You can read the Court’s press release here. Any updates to the court’s coronavirus-response policy will be posted on its website, which is available here.
- San Francisco County Superior Courts: The San Francisco Court is reducing operations by closing 75% of its courtrooms and all of its clerks’ offices. The court is also continuing—or postponing—all civil trials currently scheduled to begin between March 17 and April 15, 2020, on a rolling basis for 90 days from the currently scheduled trial date. Motion hearings are likewise being continued. The court’s full announcement concerning its operations during the coronavirus pandemic is available here.
- San Diego County Superior Courts: To promote the health and safety of court users and employees as well as to mitigate community spread of the coronavirus, the San Diego Superior Court has suspended all non-emergency services between March 17, 2020 and April 3, 2020. You can read the Court’s full announcement here.
3. What happens to my case if the courts are closed?
Custis Law, P.C. will continue to represent its clients and work on their cases while the courts are closed. As some of you may already know, many aspects of a client’s case do not require the Court to be open. Custis Law, P.C. can continue to advance our clients’ cases by filing new complaints, engaging in the discovery process, negotiating settlements and drafting settlement agreements during this time.
The closure of the courts will impact the timing of certain motion hearings, pre-trial conferences and trials. Schedules are changing daily. As we learn of these changes, we will use email or telephone to keep you posted.
If you have a case where we have scheduled a mediation, we can also move forward with that mediation by conducting the mediation by video conference and/or telephone.
Although the court hearings on motions are currently being continued, we expect that the courts throughout California will be inviting all parties to appear telephonically for court hearings and conferences using CourtCall.
If you need to sign any documents, we can use DocuSign so that you can sign those documents electronically by email from the convenience of your own home or office.
4. What can I do if my employer fired me because of the coronavirus pandemic?
Restaurants, bars and many other businesses throughout California are either drastically reducing their employees’ hours or terminating their employees’ jobs.
If your employer has reduced your hours or terminated you due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can—and should—file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim here: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm.
Contact a Los Angeles Employment Lawyer to Discuss Your Employment Questions
We will keep you updated as to any changes to our business operations. In the meantime, if you have any questions about your case or potential case, please feel free to contact us by calling 213-863-4276 or by emailing us. The employment attorneys at Custis Law, P.C. represent clients throughout California from locations in Los Angeles, Irvine, and San Bernardino.
Custis Law, P.C. wishes you and your loved ones good health. Stay safe!