Alameda County Superior Court announces plans for reopening beginning May 24

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Beginning May 24, the Alameda County Superior Court announced it will be enacting the next phase of its transition to public, in-person services. Compliance with face covering, social distancing guidelines and "health screening protocols" will still be expected.

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The Alameda County Superior Court announced Wednesday that it would be enacting the next phase of its transition to public, in-person services beginning May 24, according to a press release issued by the court.

As part of the ongoing process, the probate clerk’s office, located in the Berkeley Courthouse at 2120 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, will reopen with one public window being accessible from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Research terminals will also be made available in 30-minute increments, with the number of people allowed inside of the courtroom at once being limited for the purpose of social distancing compliance.

On Monday, the clerk’s office, located in the Hayward Hall of Justice at 24405 Amador St., will be making an additional window available from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for filings related to adoption, according to the press release. Similar to the Berkeley Courthouse, courthouse capacity at the Hayward Hall of Justice will also be monitored to prevent overcrowding and social distancing violations.

Beginning Tuesday, in-person out-of-custody criminal pretrial hearings will be heard twice a week at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse located in Oakland. Courtroom capacity will be monitored, with additional people being stationed at six-foot intervals outside of the courtroom and in the lobby until space is available, according to the press release.

For guests who plan on visiting or utilizing any of the reopened court facilities, compliance with face covering and social distancing guidelines will still be expected. Visitors will also be subject to “health screening protocols,” according to the press release.

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Samantha Lim is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected], and follow her on Twitter at @sssamanthalim.