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Napa County court closes to public, scales back operations due to coronavirus emergency

Napa County court closes to public, scales back operations due to coronavirus emergency

From the Complete coronavirus coverage from the Napa Valley Register, St. Helena Star, and The Weekly Calistogan series
Napa Historic Courthouse

The Napa Historic Courthouse.

The Napa County court system announced it will significantly cut back its activities starting Wednesday in hopes of limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus.

All facilities of the Napa County Superior Court will be closed to the public, and cases to be heard will be limited to time-sensitive ones, the court said in a news release Tuesday evening. Less time-sensitive cases will be postponed by about eight weeks beginning Wednesday.

“While the decision to limit access to our courthouses was painful for the entire Napa justice community, mitigating the current health risk to court staff and the public was paramount for all of us. The Napa Court will resume normal business once it is safe to do so,” Presiding Judge Mark Boessenecker said in the announcement published at about 5:15 p.m.

The court will continue handling in-custody arraignments, some family and juvenile cases, and emergency matters, according to the statement. Any court calendars will be heard in the criminal court building, and the historic and juvenile courthouses will be closed.

Limited self-help service will be available by telephone from 8 to 10 a.m. weekdays at 707-299-1137.

A drop box for emergency matters is available at the Criminal Court Building, at 1111 Third St. in downtown Napa. However, no routine matters will be processed until normal court operations resume.

No jury trials will occur during the emergency closure. Those who have been summoned for jury service are asked to check their status online or by calling 707-299-1150.

More information is available at napa.courts.ca.gov.

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You can reach Howard Yune at 707-256-2214 or hyune@napanews.com

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Howard Yune covers public safety for the Napa Valley Register. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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