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

DATE: 2021-10-01

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 August 30, 2021, the Court further adjourned all Small Claims Court proceedings that

  1. were, as of March 13, 2020, scheduled for a hearing between March 16, 2020 through October 1, 2021, and
  2. are not assigned a new date between March 16, 2020 and October 1, 2021,

to October 4, 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:

    1. were, as of March 13, 2020, scheduled for a hearing between March 16, 2020, through October 29, 2021, and
    2. are not assigned a new date between March 16, 2020, and October 29, 2021,

are adjourned to November 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 October 29, 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 October 29, 2021, be adjourned to November 1, 2021 or such other date as determined by the Court.

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

Associate Chief Justice Faye McWatt