Resources for legal information

Coronavirus/COVID-19

The Sacramento County Public Law Library has created this page to help our community find reliable information on legal topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below are links to reputable websites and sources of information. Please be aware that things are changing rapidly; most of the links below will take you to website that are updated regularly, but we cannot guarantee accuracy.

For up-to-date information, see:
Sacramento County COVID updates
City of Sacramento COVID Resources
California Coronavirus Response page
Coronavirus.gov

Court Closures

Sacramento County Superior Court
The court is closed through March 30, 2020. Only certain emergency matters will be handled. Details can be found on the court’s website:   https://www.saccourt.ca.gov/general/coronavirus.aspx

US District Court, Eastern District of California
The courthouse is closed to the public, unless a judge specifically authorizes entry for official court business. All civil matters will be decided on the papers, or telephone/videoconference hearings. Dropboxes for filing civil and bankruptcy papers will be placed near the courthouse entrances. For more information, see http://www.caed.uscourts.gov/caednew/index.cfm/news/covid-19-courthouse-closure-and-court-hearing-information/

Housing

Many temporary ordinances and rules have been implemented to help Californians affected by COVID-19 remain in their homes. Links below provide information for many of these programs and laws. Further assistance or information based on your particular circumstances may be available from:

  • Renter’s Helpline, 916-389-7877
  • Legal Services of Northern California   916-551-2150
Evictions
Foreclosure

Employment & Wages

A variety of benefits and programs are available to both workers and employers affected by COVID-19. For assistance in applying for benefits, or accessing assistance programs, contact the providing agency directly. For questions about denial Unemployment Insurance benefits, contact Voluntary Legal Services Program at 916-551-2167. 

Workers
Employers

Government Benefits

Government benefits will likely continue, despite the closure of may physical offices. For questions or assistance with benefits, contact the providing agency. Information and assistance with some types of benefits may also be available from Legal Services of Northern California,  (916) 551-2150.

Continuation of Benefits
Applying for Benefits

Other Legal Topics

The Law Library is closed to the public, but we are still able to provide some basic assistance.

BY PHONE – At this time, patrons can call our Reference telephone number – 916-874-6012 – to receive basic legal reference assistance from approximately 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  Feel free to leave a voice mail, if we cannot answer the phone. We are unable to handle complex legal research queries.

BY EMAIL – Patrons may also send legal reference questions to reference@saclaw.org.  Again, we cannot answer complex legal research queries.  Our goal is to provide answers within 48 hours of receiving a question.

WEBSITE – Our Website provides a wide range of research information, step-by step guides, free videos, podcasts, and online MCLE classes.

Other Legal Matters
Domestic Violence/Abuse