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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the criminal justice system in Santa Clara County.  Each agency within the criminal justice system (police, jails, prosecution, etc.) is constantly evaluating the situation.  As a result, systematic changes are happening and the Public Defender Office is doing its best to keep its clients​ informed about these changes.  The information below is the most current information we have at this time.  This page will be updated with further information as it becomes available.      

Future ​Court Dates

The Santa Clara County Superior Court has information about its current operation on its website: scscourt.org.  

The Court has significantly limited its operations for the next several weeks. Many, but not all, cases will be rescheduled without anyone attending court.  Postponed cases originally scheduled at the San Jose, Palo Alto, and Morgan Hill Courthouses will generally be rescheduled 6 to 8 weeks to the day from your currently scheduled court date, at the same time, same day of the week, and in the same department.  

There may be some cases that won’t be automatically continued.  These include in-custody arraignments and arraignments for cases that include family-violence charges (arraignments are generally the first court hearing after arrest).  These arraignments will all be heard at the Hall of Justice in San Jose.  Therefore, even if the arraignment was originally scheduled at the Palo Alto Courthouse or the South County Morgan Hill Courthouse, the defendant’s appearance may be required at the Hall of Justice in San Jose, located at 190 W. Hedding St.  

To get more information about your case, you can use the Court's public portal: https://portal.​scscourt.org/search.  If you do not have an attorney and need further assistance, please call the court at (408) 882-2700 (press 8 then 0). ​You can also reach the Criminal Court Clerk's Office at 408-808-6600 (press 4 then 1).  

Persons with future court dates can call 408-882-2700 (press 8 then 0)​ or email covid@scscourt.org​ an​d provide the following information to request a continuance or deferral: name, case number, current mailing address, telephone number, date, time and location of appearance​.

The Santa Clara County Superior Court has established listen-only telephone lines to allow remote access to public court proceedings.  Please visit the following page fo​r more information and the phone numbers for the listen-only telephone lines:

http://www.scscourt.org/general_info/contact/pubaccess_phones.shtml​  

Pretrial Services

​The Santa Clara County Office of Pretrial Services has information about its current operation on its website: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/pretrial/Pages/Office-of-Pretrial-Services.aspx​  

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact your Pretrial Services Officer directly or the Pretrial main line at 408-918-7900 or send an email to: Pretrialinfo@pts.sccgov.org

Department of Correction/Jails

If you need to report to the Santa Clara County Department of Correction for a jail sentence, a sentencing alternative program, pre-book, surrender or other reason, your report date may have changed.  ​If you are a Public Defender client, please contact you attorney.  If you do not have your attorney's contact information you can find it here​.  If you do not know who your attorney is, please call the main office at 408-299-7700.  ​


If you are a Public Defender client and have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact your attorney.  If you do not have your attorney's contact information you can find it here​.  If you do not know who your attorney is, please call the main office at 408-299-7700.  If you do not have an attorney you can reach the court by calling 408-882-2700 (press 8 then 0) or 408-808-6600 (press 4 then 1), or emailing covid@scscourt.org​​.

Additional information about support for many basic needs​ can be found on this COVID-19 Community Resource Guide​ or COVID-19 Youth & Family Resource Guide​​​​​​​​.  See below for more information about staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.​
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Have you missed a mandatory criminal court date this year?

Stanford University researchers want to learn about your experience attending and not attending mandatory criminal court hearings for a research study. Your identity will be kept confidential.


What:             An interview

Time:              1-2 hours

Payment:       $25


To schedule a socially distant interview, call or text Sophie Allen at (408) 461-5840. Or, email the researcher at sallen2@stanford.edu.


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