HOW COVID-19 HAS AFFECTED OUR FAMILY COURTS
FRESNO COUNTY: The Fresno County Family Court strongly encourages parties to attend most hearings via ZOOM, or telephonically, to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the Courthouse. However, in-person attendance is still allowed. Masks are required to enter the Courthouse. Nobody except the parties themselves is permitted in the building.
MADERA COUNTY: The Madera County Family Court has suspended all in-person family court appearances. They are now conducted remotely by telephone or Zoom video conference. Exceptions to this order apply to emergency cases involving the issuance of restraining orders or protective orders, as well as all statutorily mandated hearings. All mediation services and investigative interviews provided by Family Court Services are now conducted telephonically unless in-person mediation or interview is specifically ordered by the court. In order to use Zoom, the Court requires litigants to fill out a request for access using the following webpage: https://docs.google.com/
KINGS COUNTY: The Kings County Family Court requires hearings to be conducted in-person. However, masks are required in the Courthouse and social distancing is required. The self-help desk is closed until further notice in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
TULARE COUNTY: The Tulare County Family Court now strongly encourages parties to attend hearings via ZOOM or telephonically in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Masks are required to enter the Courthouse. Nobody except the parties themselves is permitted in the building. If parties are represented by counsel, only counsel is permitted in the building unless personal appearance has been ordered by the Court. All service counters and self-help desks within the Court are closed and no “walk-ins” are permitted.