© 2024 KALW 91.7 FM Bay Area
KALW Public Media / 91.7 FM Bay Area
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Contra Costa Courts To Reopen To The Public On May 26th

Jimmy Emerson, DVM
Flicker Creative Commons

The Contra Costa Superior Court announced that they will reopen all locations to the public on May 26. Other Bay Area courts, such as San Francisco and Santa Clara, will follow on June 1.  

This means that prospective jurors scheduled after those dates will be expected to appear in person. Officials also warn that you should expect to wait in line when you arrive.


Courthouses have been preparing to reopen for weeks. Public spaces have been measured and to maintain social distancing they have determined a maximum of 50 jurors at a time.

Each courthouse will only have one entrance and exit. Face coverings will be required indoors and temperature checks will be taken upon entry. 

Anyone exhibiting symptoms or with a temperature above 100 degrees will be dismissed. Summoned Jurors considered high-risk will also be excused. But proof may be required.


Victor Tence is the Production Manager for Crosscurrents and Coordinator for KALW's Training Programs. He is a graduate of City College of San Francisco's journalism program and the 2020 KALW Audio Academy cohort. He transitioned to journalism after spending 6 years cooking in Bay Area kitchens. He is passionate about covering the local hospitality, food and agriculture industry, as a way to advocate for the community he loves. Now, he works as a producer for KALW's award-winning news magazine, Crosscurrents. He also organizes and facilitates KALW's various training programs.