Due to fiscal impacts from the ongoing COVID-19 climate, the Blythe branch Riverside County Superior Courthouse will close every third Friday beginning October 2020 and through June 2021 – with the only two service exceptions being Over the Counter (OTC) restraining orders, and ex parte applications.
“Due to the State of California’s $54 billion deficit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Riverside Superior Court will experience a revenue shortfall in Fiscal Year 2020/2021 of $12-million. The Court has taken actions to reduce this deficit by closing courthouses, freezing staff positions, and reducing operating costs,” stated the Superior Court of California – County of Riverside.
The following dates are slated for respective service limitations and closures:
• Nov. 20, 2020
• Dec. 18, 2020
• Jan. 15, 2021
• Feb. 19, 2021
• March 19, 2021
• April 16, 2021
• May 21, 2021
• June 18, 2021
“These actions alone will not be enough to cover the anticipated shortfall,” added the Superior Court of California – County of Riverside. “As a result, the court will be forced to close one day per month and furlough staff beginning in October, 2020, with only limited emergency services provided at some courthouses.”