BREAKING NEWS – Courts still open – call before going to courthouse |

BREAKING NEWS – Courts still open – call before going to courthouse

Editor’s Note: The Nevada County Superior court issued this press release at 10 a.m.

NEVADA CITY – The Nevada County Superior Court will remain open on a limited basis while emergency crews battle the fire that broke out in downtown Nevada City today.

However, emergency crews have asked that people not travel to downtown Nevada City to allow room for fire crews. Therefore, the Court, which is in the historic Courthouse on Church Street, one block from the location of the fire, is encouraging customers to call the courthouse and ask to continue any matters that are scheduled to be heard today to another date.

Those customers that do show up today will have their matters heard. If anyone today does not show up or call to continue will have their case dropped, but will be allowed to reinstate their case if requested.

“The Court must and will do everything possible to assist our community,” said M. Kathleen Butz, Presiding Judge, “Therefore, we are cooperating with local emergency crews and will accommodate our customers who have been caught up in today’s tragic events, and we will assist the Probation Department in its recovery efforts.

Judge Butz was referring to the Probation Department, which appears to have been consumed by the fire. She said the Court is working with the County’s Emergency Services team and has offered to temporarily house probation employees and to provide other items, such as computers to get Probation back up and running as soon as possible.

“The Court and the County’s Probation Department work closely together in the criminal justice arena; therefore, the Court will be very helpful in assisting the Probation Department recreate their files,” Judge Butz said.

The Court’s telephone numbers are: 265-1311 for all criminal matters including traffic, and 265-1293 for all civil, family law, probate and small claims.

Jurors need to call 265-1475 or 265-1585 to see if they will need to report for their jury service.

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