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Updated: 9/1/2021

SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 COURT PROCEDURES

Although many courtrooms that were closed when COVID began have now reopened, some courts may still be physically closed and your appearance may or may not be required. Your public defender is working hard to help you and your family navigate this difficult time. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE NOTICE.

  1. Some courtrooms are open for you to appear in person but many are physically closed to the public even though they are holding hearings. For those that are physically closed, you can appear over Bluejeans.com, a remote conferencing platform. Your public defender may also be able to appear for you without your appearance. To find out which applies to you, please contact your attorney (contact numbers below).
  2. If your attorney appears for you, you may visit the Court’s website AFTER your scheduled appearance to find out your next court date.
  3. If you are in drug or mental health court, or any other collaborative court (such as misdemeanor diversion, veterans court, or parole re-entry court), you must continue working with your service provider/case manager or fulfilling other conditions that apply to your case. Check the Court’s website for your new date per the above instructions.
  4. If you are taking classes and appearing for progress reports, please keep any letters or notices you receive from providers about cancelled classes or any that are not held in person.
  5. You can reach your attorney at these numbers:
    • If you have a misdemeanor Oakland/Berkeley/Albany/Emeryville or an Alameda County Sheriff’s Department case at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse: (510) 268-7400
    • If you have a felony Oakland/Berkeley/Albany/Emeryville or Alameda County Sherriff’s Department case at the Wiley W. Manuel or Rene C. Davidson Courthouses: (510) 272-6600
    • If you have a felony or misdemeanor case out of Dublin/Pleasanton/Livermore/Hayward/San Leandro/San Lorenzo/Union City/Castro Valley or Fremont at the East County Hall of Justice: (925) 551-6863
    • If you have an Immigration case: (510) 268-7400
    • If you are unsure of where the case will be heard, please call our main office at (510) 272-6600.

  6. To find out if a loved one is in jail, please use the Alameda County Sheriff’s inmate locator.
  7. If you have a loved one in custody and have questions about the status of their case, please call one of the numbers above and an attorney will help you. Please have the person’s full name, birthday and/or PFN (three letters/three numbers) on hand.
  8. It’s very important your attorney knows how to reach you. Please provide updated phone numbers, addresses and emails as soon as possible.

DISCLAIMER: This site is meant to provide information of a general nature which you should verify with an attorney before relying upon it. It does not provide legal advice and is not meant to establish an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice you should ALWAYS contact an attorney.

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