2019 State of the Court


■ Launched an all-new online appointment scheduling system at the Family Law Division located in San Bernardino. This new scheduling service allows court users to schedule up to two appointments on the same day to file documents on any new or existing family law case. Making an online appointment is free of charge and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ■ Began offering online child custody orientation in Spanish (in addition to English) which ensures access to justice for all litigants, including those self-represented, by leveraging cost-effective technology solutions. ■ Caregivers Accessing Justice (provided by the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino) continues to provide workshops and clinical hours on guidance and information related to guardianship and conservatorship cases. ■ Recently enacted legislation in California may allow for diversion of certain misdemeanors and felonies. The Mental Health Diversion Program is a pre-trial specialty court program for participants in the criminal justice system who have previous mental health history. In its first eight months, the court granted mental disorder diversion to 29 defendants. ■ Shelter Court, a specialty court session for homeless individuals, expanded from a single location in the City of Upland to include a second location in the City of Fontana. Since 2017, Shelter Court has served over 400 homeless individuals with their open misdemeanor or infraction cases by providing accessible locations for homeless defendants who oftentimes do not have access to transportation and as a result miss court appearances. the Fontana Courthouse providing legal services five days a week, in both English and Spanish, to qualified self-represented litigants with eviction cases. Since launching in 2019, TLAP has assisted over 150 customers and as a result, the program expanded in July to the Barstow and Joshua Tree Courthouses. ■ The Tenant Landlord Assistance Project (TLAP) launched at

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