Blythe Courthouse to close every third Friday: Exceptions include OTC restraining orders, 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.

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.”

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