The California Judicial Council, in an emergency meeting Monday, set bail for all misdemeanors and low-level felonies at “zero dollars” because of the dangers posed by the coronavirus in crowded jails.
The council, which is the policymaker for the state’s Superior Court system, decided violent crimes would not be eligible for the temporary bail reduction, which takes effect no later than 5 p.m. April 13.
The bail measure was one of 11 emergency orders issued by the council Monday as the state staggers under the global COVID-19 pandemic. Included among the orders was the increased use of remote hearings.
Among the actions the council approved, to go into effect immediately:
For a complete list of emergency orders taken by the California court system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, see the California Courts Newsroom.