News from the Riverside County Superior Court

February 4, 2015: Riverside Superiour Court - Complex Litigation Document Added to Court's Website

To All Counsel in Complex Litigation Cases and Other Interested Parties

The Riverside Superior Court is pleased to announce that it has added a new document to its website devoted exclusively to complex litigation that is heard in Department 5 at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Riverside.

In the document, the Court sets forth guidelines intended to assist counsel. Except to the extent that these guidelines repeat the substance of a statute, rule of court, local rule, or decisional law, nothing stated is intended to be binding on the parties unless and until it is incorporated into an order. Instead, the document describes some of the issues that the Court considers when dealing with particular types of complex litigation. It is hoped that, by advising counsel in advance of some of the issues that are of concern to the Court, counsel will better be able to answer the Court’s concerns and thereby speed the Court’s management and decision-making of the case, saving the parties both time and money.

To view the document:

The direct link is

The document will be updated periodically with additions or changes.

Effective December 1, 2014: Public Notice - Daily Filing Deadlines

Please note that effective December 1, 2014, filing cut-off times will be 4:00 p.m. for all types of filings. This includes in-person, drop box, efile and fax filing [CCP 1010.6(b)(3) provides that electronic filings should have the same filing cut-off as all other filings]. Filings will be accepted at the counter until 4:00 p.m. on any court business day. Any document deposited in a court's drop box up to and including 4:00 p.m. will be deemed to have been filed that day. All documents deposited in drop boxes after 4:00 p.m. will be deemed filed ‘next day’. The same will apply to filings that come in an electronic manner, whether by e-file or fax file.

Members of the public will be assisted until 4:00 p.m. on each court business day [1]. If a customer is not at the counter by 4:00 p.m., they may utilize other options within the courthouse, such as the drop boxes, self-help terminals, kiosks, and Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) phones, where available.

[1] The Blythe Court is closed to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays. A drop box will be available outside the building and any filings dropped on one of those days, prior to 4:00 p.m., will be considered filed ‘same day’.

Effective November 3, 2014: Civil Tentative Rulings Update

Effective November 3, 2014, the deadline/cutoff by when to request oral argument is 4:30 p.m. Please visit the Court's website to find out more information on tentative rulings. . . Read More

Effective Immediately: Probate

All probate cases with a Corona zip code will be filed and heard in the Historic Courthouse. All existing Corona cases will remain calendared in the Temecula Court. Cases not resolved at hearing will be transferred and continued to the Historic Courthouse. Mid County probate long cause trials will be set at the Temecula Court instead of the Hemet Court.

Effective November 3, 2014:

Unlimited Civil

Only cases with zip codes from the cities of Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and Winchester will be filed and heard at the Southwest Justice Center. All cases currently assigned to the Southwest Justice Center will remain calendared there. All other zip codes (with the exception of those filed and heard at the Blythe and Palm Springs Courts, which remain unchanged) will be filed and heard in the Historic Courthouse.

Limited Civil

Limited civil cases will be filed and heard in the Historic Courthouse, Palm Springs Court and Blythe Court only. Those limited civil cases previously filed and heard in the Southwest Justice Center, Hemet Court and Banning Court will now be filed and heard in the Historic Courthouse.

Civil Harassments and Name Change Petitions

All civil harassments and name change petitions previously heard in the Banning Court will now be heard in the Hemet Court. All other boundaries for civil harassments and name change petitions will remain unchanged.

Unlawful Detainers

Unlawful Detainers currently filed and heard in the Temecula Court will now be filed and heard in the Southwest Justice Center. All other boundaries for unlawful detainers remain unchanged.

Effective with infraction citations issued on or after December 1, 2014: Infractions (traffic and non-traffic)

Infraction cases emanating from the Cities of Perris, Menifee and Canyon Lake will be heard in the Moreno Valley Court instead of the Southwest Justice Center. Cases emanating from the City of Temecula will be heard in the Hemet Court instead of the Southwest Justice Center. Court trials for Temecula will remain in the Southwest Justice Center.

Effective September 15, 2014: Probate Case Filing Changes

All documents on probate cases originating from the city of Corona shall be filed in Riverside [4050 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501).

All new probate cases that originate from the city of Corona will be assigned a Riverside case number and will be heard by a judicial officer in Riverside.

All current cases that originated from Corona will be reassigned to the judicial officer in Riverside for all future hearings.

Effective July 1, 2014: Tentative Rulings

(adopted May 13, 2013, effective July 01, 2013; amended April 24, 14, effective July 01, 2014)

Per California Rules of Court - Rule 3.1308, any party that intends to present oral argument at the hearing is required to notify the court and all opposing parties by 4:00 p.m. on the court day prior to the hearing of the party's intention to appear. Please refer to Local Rule 3316 for additional information.

This court follows California Rules of Court, Rule 3.1308 (a) (1) for tentative rulings (see Riverside Superior Court Local Rule 3316). Tentative Rulings for each law & motion matter will be posted on the Internet by 3:00 p.m. on the court day immediately before the hearing.

If you do not have Internet access or if you experience difficulty with the posted tentative rulings, you may obtain the tentative ruling by calling 760.904.5722.

To request oral argument, not later than 4:00 p.m. on the court day before the hearing you must (1) call the judicial secretary at 760.904.5722 and (2) inform all other parties. If no request for oral argument is made by 4:00 p.m., the tentative ruling will become the final ruling on the matter effective the date of the hearing. Unless otherwise noted, the prevailing party is to give notice of the ruling.

June 25, 2014: Citizens Warned of Jury Duty Scam
The court has received recent reports that members of the public have been contacted by individuals claiming to be with the Riverside Superior Court or Riverside Sheriff’s Office asking for personal identifying information by phone or in person. This includes calls where the caller claims to be a “court or sheriff’s department employee” and demands payment (via a Greet Dot or pre-paid credit card transaction) to clear up an outstanding warrant for failure to perform jury duty or be held in contempt of court. In one instance the caller asked to meet the individual at the courthouse in order to collect the fine. . . Read More

April 22, 2014: Online Copy Requests Available for Immediate E-mail Delivery
The Riverside County Superior Court is pleased to announce an enhancement to its Online Copy Request system that will provide immediate e-mail delivery of non-certified documents and minute orders.

Launched in early 2012, the online system allows the public to request copies or certified copies of documents for various case types that are open to public inspection. Copy fees, including postage, are assessed. . . Read More

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