The California Supreme Court issued an order today denying ACSOL’s challenge to in-person registration requirements by local law enforcement agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Court’s decision to deny review is based upon the fact that the Governor issued an Executive Order earlier this month that encourages, but does not require, local law enforcement agencies to remotely register individuals. In its short decision, the Court cited only part of the Executive Order which suspends the taking of fingerprints and photographs as well as the requirement to sign and initial the registration forms.
“We are gravely disappointed that the California Supreme Court has denied review of an issue that could result in the spread of COVID-19 to registrants, their families, law enforcement officials and the public,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “Due to the Court’s decision to deny review, additional cases will need to be filed throughout the state.”
As of today, a total of seven cases have been filed challenging in-person registration. Of that total, five cases have been filed in Superior Courts and one has been filed in federal district court. In addition to lawsuits, ACSOL has sent letters to the City of Oakland and the City of San Francisco as well as San Bernardino and Riverside Counties requesting that they stop in-person registration and threatening lawsuits if they do not.