The Code provides that the closure is treated as a holiday for purposes of performing judicial business. The computation of time pursuant to the Code of Civil Procedure, holding court, the transaction of judicial business, and all other time-dependent provisions are pushed to the next court day. Although a court may still receive papers for filing on a closed day by mail or by delivery into a specially designated drop box at the courthouse , the time of filing will be the next court day. The fact that a court receives papers does not constitute opening of the court for any purpose. A drop box is to be designated to permit documents to be filed.
The furlough days do not affect signing of emergency documents as a judicial officer must be available for this purpose on the same basis that a judicial officer is available on weekends, holidays and any other time a court is closed.
The code section governing the court furlough days is scheduled to become inoperative on July 1, 2010 and to be repealed as of January 1, 2011, unless a later enacted statute that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2011 deletes or extends those dates.