All federal courthouses for the Central District of California will be closed to the public through May 1 except for hearings on criminal duty matters, Chief U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips announced.

In civil cases, no hearings will go forward except for emergency time-sensitive matters, such as requests for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, as ordered by the assigned judge.

Any hearings on emergency civil matters will proceed by telephone only.

The court’s computer system is available 24/7 for electronic filing of documents. Litigants who cannot electronically file their documents, and attorneys who are required to manually file documents pursuant to local rules must mail their filings to the Clerk of Court.

In criminal cases, criminal duty matters will go forward in the Roybal Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles only. All criminal document duty will be handled by each division in the normal course of business.

Telephonic hearings on other criminal matters may proceed as directed by the assigned judge.

All matters before the Bankruptcy Court will proceed telephonically, Phillips said.

The Central District includes courthouses in Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside.

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