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What To Do If You Have a Traffic Ticket Case During Coronavirus Quarantine.

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Amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the Judicial Council of California continues to carefully monitor the developing virus outbreak and situations surrounding it. Courts across the nation have been advised to follow the guidance provided by the Department of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of the virus. To stay updated on changed information contact The Ticket Clinic Law Firm at 1-866-248-2846 and talk to our legal team members. Our legal team members can walk you through every step of the process while the courts are closed. We can handle your Traffic Ticket, speeding ticket, DUI, red light camera ticket and more during the pandemic crises. Also, you can visit your local court website regularly.

 

California Traffic Courts

With Los Angeles traffic courts closed, citizens with a traffic ticket case in California will not be permitted to appear in court for an in-person hearing. Many traffic matters can be handled without an in-person court appearance, as many transactions can be handled online.

In accordance with the order of the Los Angeles court system and the Presiding Judge signed on March 18, 2020, all traffic-court hearings, including traffic infraction courts, scheduled between March 20, 2020, and April 16, 2020, will be continued for at least 30 days. This action is authorized under the General Order issued by Presiding Judge Brazile signed March 17 to close all courtrooms except to process cases presenting time-sensitive issues and essential functions. Traffic Infraction, Non-Traffic Infraction hearings, including trials, arraignments and other Infraction appearances, will receive updated Court notices by mail to individuals who have a court hearing scheduled within this time frame. These individuals will not be required to come to the courthouse. Instead, the mailed notice will provide a new court date.

 

Citation With a Due Date

For citizens who have a citation with a due date, but not a court hearing, during this time period, it is still possible to perform many functions to resolve your ticket through the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles’s website.

It may be possible, a widespread number of people are experiencing financial instability during this period of time as a result of the Coronavirus and ordered quarantine. Some may be able to file for an Ability to Pay Petition with the Court, and information on these petitions is also available on the court’s website.

Traffic Infraction

Traffic Infraction matters are heard at the following courthouses: Beverly Hills, Chatsworth, Compton, Downey, El Monte, Glendale, Governor George Deukmejian (Long Beach), Inglewood, Metropolitan, Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Torrance, Van Nuys West, and West Covina.

On March 23, 2020, and until further notice, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County closed the Clerk’s Offices at all 38 courthouses in response to the COVID-19 public health threat. Most courthouses, except the Beverly Hills and Catalina courthouses, will stay open for time-sensitive, essential court hearings and matters in accordance with Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile’s General Orders.

Some Traffic Courts Are Partially Open

The Los Angeles County Superior Court system is partially open for what is considered “essential and emergency” functions. All civil and criminal jury and non-jury trials are suspended. Jury duty is also suspended through the week of April 6.

 

Traffic Court deals with cases that normally begin when a citation or ticket is written by a law enforcement officer. Tickets can be issued for violations of traffic laws and other non-traffic offenses.

More than one million Traffic Infraction matters (971,818 Traffic citations, and 37,283 Non-Traffic citations) are filed annually in the Court, including citations for Vehicle Code and Non-Traffic-related Infractions.

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