RULE 17 EMERGENCY CLOSURES 1) The Judge, Commissioner, and/or Judicial Services Director may declare an emergency closure of the Court when s/he deems that severe weather conditions, natural disaster, or other emergency so requires. The Court will publicize the closure as soon as practical, file a written administrative order closing the Court, and notify the Office of the Administrator for the Courts as soon as practical, pursuant to GR 21. 2) While the emergency persists, no hearings will be held except that the Judge, Commissioner, or Judge Pro Tem of the Court will, if circumstances permit, determine probable cause, set release conditions, and otherwise adjudicate required first appearance hearings for Defendants who are in custody. Such hearings may be held by telephone if deemed necessary due to the emergency. 3) Following an emergency closure, the Judge, Commissioner, and/or Judicial Services Director may declare the Court to re-open when the severe weather conditions, natural disaster or other emergency allows. The Court will publicize the re-opening as soon as practical. 4) All parties other than the City shall contact the Clerk's Office within two (2) business days after the re-opening of the Court has been publicly announced to reschedule any hearings that were not held due to emergency closure. Failure to do so may be deemed a failure to appear. 5) This rule shall only apply to the business of the Court, and shall not be construed to govern activities of the other branches of City government. Amended Effective September 1, 2008
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