If you are in need of a language interpreter, please make a request either with the clerk's office or courtroom upon your arrival.
If you are unsure as to your appearance date or the status of your citation, you may access the court’s online case or calendar information. Click here for Court Locations. Prescheduled appearances may already be on the calendar. On your court date, check the posted calendars for your name and courtroom department number. If your name is on calendar, go directly to the courtroom. If your name is not on the calendar, check in with the clerk’s office for further instructions.
Court is offered on the first and third Tuesday of each month at specific locations as follows:
1st Tuesday – North and Harbor-Newport Beach Justice Centers
3rd Tuesday – Central and West Justice Centers
Traffic night court is available on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Due to the Court holiday on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, the night court schedule for January 2013 is being modified as follows:
January 8, 2013 (2nd Tuesday) – North, West and Harbor-Newport Beach Justice Centers
January 15, 2013 (3rd Tuesday) – Central and Harbor-Laguna Hills Justice Centers
All other night court sessions for the months of February through December 2013 will be heard on the first and third Tuesday of the month.
To appear at night court, you must reserve a court date.
|December 4, 2012||April 16, 2013||September 3, 2013|
|December 18, 2012||May 7, 2013||September 17, 2013|
|January 8, 2013||May 21, 2013||October 1, 2013|
|January 15, 2013||June 4,2013||October 15, 2013|
|February 5, 2013||June 18, 2013||November 5, 2013|
|February 19, 2013||July 2, 2013||November 19, 2013|
|March 5, 2013||July 16, 2013||December 3, 2013|
|March 19, 2013||August 6, 2013||December 17, 2013|
|April 2, 2013||August 20, 2013|
Ultimately, it is your responsibility to contact the court on or before the appearance date which appears on your citation, however, you may receive a “violation information notice” from the court with options for handling your specific charges. If your appearance is mandatory, you must appear. A violation information notice is usually mailed to you at the address listed on the citation within 21 days of the date the citation was issued. The notice contains general information and requirements and options available for resolving the citation, which may include:
A return envelope for mailing your payment is provided with the violation information notice. If you do not receive a violation information notice, contact the court as failure to receive a violation information notice is not a legal excuse for failing to take care of the citation. It is your responsibility to take action on the citation on or before the due date listed on your citation. When submitting payments and/or documents by mail, allow 10 days for delivery and processing.
"Reserve a Court date"
Beginning June 14, 2010
To appear in front of a judicial officer, you must reserve a date.
How do I reserve a court date?
You must have the following information: