In observance of Cesar Chavez Day, all Municipal Court locations will be closed Friday, March 31, 2023.
The purpose of the arraignment is to inform you of the charge against you and to take your plea. You promised to appear at your arraignment date when you signed the ticket issued to you by the officer. Your arraignment date appears at the top of your citation and if you do not plead on all charges shown on the ticket by the appearance date or at the Pre-Warrant hearing, you may expect an arrest warrant to be issued and a $ 50 warrant fee to be added to your fine upon conviction. A defendant may not present their testimony at the Arraignment Hearing, only proof of compliance for the charges listed. Testimonies will only be heard at trial.
The process will generally follow these steps:
You can present documents that prove compliance with the law and upon review of the documents the City Prosecutor will make a recommendation to the judge regarding the disposition of the case.
On the date specified on your ticket, you must appear at:
Video arraignment is a feature offered as customer service for citizens living in the various locations in the city. This option allows customers to save time, reduce travel and save gas. Locations for video arraignment are:
10780-A Pebble Hills Pebble Hills Command Offices/a> 9011 Escobar - Mission Valley Command Offices 4801 Osborne - Westside Command Offices(CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
Video Arraignment Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
On the date of your arraignment as shown on your citation, you can choose to utilize our Video Arraignment System for your hearing. You can choose one of the bond offices closest to you from the list above. If you have any evidence to present, please have this on hand for your hearing.
On the date of your arraignment go any time during video arraignment hours of operation:
The Video Arraignment System like any technology, is prone to technical difficulties. Please plan accordingly.
Proper decorum must be maintained in the court at all times. The following are not allowed:
Mobile phones, beepers, and other electronic devices must be turned off once the court is in session. Failure to abide by the Court rules and regulations may result in a contempt finding and the assessment of a fine. ALL PERSONS present in the Courtroom shall be clean, neat and dressed in a manner that shows dignity and respect for the Court. See a list of Court Decorum.
If you would like to take a driver's safety course for the dismissal of a violation you may request permission from the judge. Visit the Driver Safety Course page for more information.