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Court Appearances

Appearing in Court
Court appearances are mandatory.
If you fail to appear, a bench warrant can be issued for your arrest.  If you are released on bail, you may forfeit your bail or bond.  The Court may impose a $300 civil assessment fee pursuant to Penal Code section 1214.1.
Adding or Changing a Court Date
If you wish to add or change a court date, contact your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, please call the Criminal Division Clerk's Office at the appropriate court location for assistance.  If you posted a bail bond, you may want to contact the bail company as well.
What to Wear in the Courtroom
For courtroom appearances, the following rules are enforced:
  • Upon entering the courthouse, everyone must pass through metal detection/weapon screening.
  • Plan to dress as you would for a business meeting. Shirt and shoes are required. 
  • Hats must be removed upon entering and while in the courtoom.
  • Cell phones and electronic communications devices must be turned off in the courtroom.
Documents to Bring to Court
Please bring the following items with you when you come to court:
  • Proper Identification (driver's license, passport, or other photo identification)
  • Copy of citation
  • Notice of Hearing or courtesy copy of hearing letter
  • Bond Receipt, cash bail receipts, et cetera
  • Jail release paperwork
  • Sentencing order, probation order
  • Money to pay fines, fees, and restitution
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