Continued suspension of Small Claims Court operations due to COVID-19

DATE: 2021-04-28

SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE
SMALL CLAIMS COURT

RE: Continued suspension of Small Claims Court operations due to COVID-19

ORDER OF:  Associate Chief Justice Faye McWatt

ORDER

[1] An earlier Notice to the Profession and the Public, dated March 13, 2020, suspended until further notice the Small Claims Court’s operations, except for urgent motions and certain other hearings.

[2] By order dated March 30, 2021, the Court further adjourned all Small Claims Court proceedings that

(a) were, as of March 13, 2020, scheduled for a hearing between March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2021, and

(b) are not assigned a new date between March 16, 2020 and April 30, 2021,

to May 3, 2021, or to such other date as determined by the Court.

[3] I have determined that a further period of adjournment is necessary, and I now make the following order:

All Small Claims Court proceedings that:

(a) were, as of March 13, 2020, scheduled for a hearing between March 16, 2020, through May 31, 2021, and

(b) are not assigned a new date between March 16, 2020, and May 31, 2021,

are adjourned to June 1, 2021, or to such other date as determined by the Court.

[4] I direct the administrative staff for the Superior Court, Small Claims Court to record this order on every Small Claims Court proceeding that was, as of March 13, 2020, scheduled between March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2021.

[5] Any Small Claims Court proceedings filed since March 16, 2020 and not yet provided a court date shall, unless assigned a date between March 16, 2020 and May 31, 2021, be adjourned to June 1, 2021 or such other date as determined by the Court.

[6] Attendance in court on June 1, 2021 by any party to a Small Claims Court action is not required. The court will notify you on or after June 1, 2021 advising you of the next hearing date for your proceeding.

Associate Chief Justice Faye McWatt