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COVID-19

Updates and Information Regarding Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

The Superior Court of California, County of Merced (Court) is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation. The Court attends briefings with the Merced County Department of Public Health and is in communication with Merced County justice agencies, other California Superior Courts, and the Judicial Council of California. We are working with these and other entities to ensure that we have up-to-date information and can best weigh the need to provide access to justice to our community while also supporting the activities of our public health agencies and the health of the public.

View the Emergency Rules of Court.

Options to avoid physically coming to a courthouse

If you are currently experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (or any flu-like symptoms) and have business with the court, please consider the following options that are available to you to minimize the need to come to a courthouse.

Payment Options

Pay Online: Click this link https://jpportal.mercedcourt.org/mercedprod
Pay By Mail: All payments and any proof of correction should be mailed to the address listed on your notice. Checks, money orders, or cashier’s checks should be drawn on a US Bank and made payable to Merced Superior Court. Please include the case number and citation number on all correspondence by mail. Do not mail cash.

Jury Duty Rescheduling

Call or email the Office of the Jury Commissioner at (209) 725-4121 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. Email: jury@mercedcourt.org

Transcript Requests

Send an email to court.reporters@mercedcourt.org. Be sure to include your case number, party names, and the hearing date for which you are requesting a transcript.

E-Filing

Parties can e-file their documents with the Court using one of the certified e-filing service providers at: http://www.odysseyefileca.com/service-providers.htm (http://www.odysseyefileca.com/service-providers.htm)

Self-Help and Remote Assistance Via Email or Telephone

Online resources: https://mercedcourt.org/online_resources.shtml
Online E-Forms: https://www.mercedcourt.org/online_e_forms.shtml (https://www.mercedcourt.org/online_e_forms.shtml)
Small Claims matters: smallclaims.advisor@mercedcourt.org
Call the Self Help Center at (209) 725-4168 between 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday to Friday Or,  you may email  specific court departments.  Email addresses can be found here: https://mercedcourt.org

If you are currently experiencing symptoms and have a hearing or matter scheduled, please contact your attorney.

If an attorney does not represent you, please contact the court directly:

  • Civil (209) 725-4111
  • Criminal (209) 725-4113
  • Family Law (209) 725-4117
  • Juvenile (209) 725-4119
  • Los Banos (209) 725-4124
  • Traffic (209) 725-4107

For those who need to come to court, please be aware that the Court has implemented additional cleaning protocols in high use areas to reduce the potential for transmission of this or other viruses for those coming to our courthouses.

Court resources that are available remotely

Certain Court services are still available remotely:

Information for prospective jurors

The Court has a constitutional duty to remain open to serve the needs of the community to the greatest extent possible, even in the face of a potential COVID-19 outbreak. However, the Court is working with counsel and litigants to minimize the need to call in jurors and reduce the number of jurors summoned to the courthouse at a given date or time. The Court is also granting requests for deferrals and postponements remotely -- even for jurors who have previously made such a request -- for all potential jurors who are high risk or under medical or other business directives.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the following webpages:

The court appreciates your understanding and cooperation in creating a safe environment.

Public Notices, General and Statewide Orders

April 29, 2022 – General Order 2022-05 Amended

April 15, 2022 - General Order 2022-06

March 14,2022 - General Order 2022-04

April 1, 2022 - General Order 2022-05

March 18, 2022 - General Order Rescinding General Order 2020-04

March 14, 2022 - General Order 2022-04

February 14, 2022 – General Order 2022-03

January 14, 2022 – General Order 2022-02

January 1, 2022 – General Order 2022-01

December 13, 2021 - General Order 2021-12

November 12, 2021 - General Order 2021-11

October 15, 2021 - General Order 2021-10

September 13, 2021 - General Order 2021-09

August 13, 2021 - General Order 2021-08

July 15, 2021 - General Order 2021-07

June 10, 2021 - General Order 2021-06

June 4, 2021 - General Order 2020-12 Second Amended

May 11, 2021 - General Order 2021-05

April 14, 2021 - General Order 2021-04

March 9, 2021 - General Order 2021-03

February 10, 2021 - General Order 2021-02

January 13, 2021 - General Order 2021-01

December 14, 2020 - General Order 2020-19

November 12, 2020 - General Order 2020-18

October 13, 2020 - General Order 2020-17

September 3, 2020 - General Order 2020-16

July 30, 2020 - General Order 2020-15

June 19, 2020 - General Order 2020-14

June 11, 2020 - General Order 2020-13

June 1, 2020 - General Order 2020-12

May 20, 2020 - General Order 2020-11

May 11, 2020 - General Order 2020-10

April 30, 2020 - General Order 2020-09

April 28, 2020 - General Order 2020-07 Amended.

April 23, 2020 - General Order 2020-08 and General Order 2020-07.

April 14, 2020 - General Order 2020-06

April 10, 2020 - General Order 2020-05

April 7, 2020 - General Order 2020-04

April 1, 2020 - General Order 2020-03

March 20, 2020 - General Order 2020-02.

March 18, 2020 - General Order 2020-01

April 29, 2022 – The Court revised its Court Operations and Hours

April 1, 2022 – The Court revised its Court Operations and Public Access.

February 16, 2022 – The Court revised its Court Operations and Public Access.

January 1, 2022 – The Court revised its Court Operations.

July 6, 2021 – The Court revised its Court Operations , Clerk's Offices and Public Access.

June 4, 2021 – The Court revised its Court Operations , Clerk's Offices and Public Access.

April 26, 2021 – The Court revised its Court Operations , Clerk's Offices and Public Access.

March 12, 2021 – The Court revised its Court Operations , Clerk's Offices and Public Access.

January  19, 2021 – Updated Notice to all Litigants and Attorneys Appearing in Departments 7 and 13

January 14, 2021 – The Court updated its Court Operations and Public Access.

January 4, 2021 – The Court revised its Clerk’s Office Hours.

December 11, 2020 – Updated Notice to all Litigants and Attorneys Appearing in Departments 7 and 13

December 11, 2020 – The Court revised its Court Operations and Clerk’s Office Hours.

December 8, 2020 – The Court updated its Court Operations , Public Access and Clerk’s Office Hours.

December 8, 2020 – Notice to all Litigants and Attorneys Appearing in Departments 7 and 13

October 21, 2020 – The Court updated its Court Operations and Clerk’s Office Hours

September 1, 2020 – The Court has issued a press release regarding a temporary jury duty location.

July 31, 2020 – The Court updated its Court Operations and Clerk’s Office Hours

July 9, 2020 - The Court updated its Court Operations re Juvenile Delinquency Court.

June 5, 2020 - The Court issued a Notice to all Litigants and Attorneys for Family Law Hearings.

June 3, 2020 -The Court has issued a press release regarding Jury Trials.

June 1, 2020 -The Court updated its Court Operations.

May 29, 2020 - The Court updated its Court Operations

May 11, 2020 - The Court updated its Court Operations and Clerk’s Office Hours effective May 13, 2020.

April 10, 2020 - The Court adopted Temporary Emergency Bail Schedules.

March 21, 2020 - The Court updated its Court Operations and Clerk’s Office Hours Effective March 23, 2020.

March 18, 2020 - The Court has issued a Letter for Civil Litigants regarding court appearances
and a Notice re Courtroom 7 and 13 regarding Family Law matters.

March 17, 2020 - The Court has issued a Press Release detailing its plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

March 12, 2020 - The Court has issued a Public Policy Statement.

June 10, 2020 - Statewide Order issued by Chief Justice and Chair of the Judicial Council of California Tani G.Cantil-Sakauye

April 30, 2020 - Statewide Order issued by Chief Justice and Chair of the Judicial Council of California Tani G.Cantil-Sakauye

March 30, 2020 - Statewide Order issued by Chief Justice and Chair of the Judicial Council of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

March 27, 2020 - Executive Order N-38-20 issued by Governor Newsom.

March 23, 2020 - Statewide Order issued by Chief Justice and Chair of the Judicial Council of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

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