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SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF INYO
     

 

TRAFFIC

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The Court will mail a Courtesy Notice to the address provided on your ticket. Please allow two to three weeks from the issuance date, for your ticket to be entered into the Court system, and a Courtesy Notice to be mailed to you. If you do not receive a notice after three weeks, you may contact the Court by email at inyo.traffic@inyocourt.ca.gov, or by phone (760) 872-3038.

The Courtesy Notice will advise you of the fine amount, payment options, and traffic school eligibility.

E-Mail the Court

To obtain information about your court case related to a traffic or non-traffic infraction citation, please send an email to the Superior Court of California, County of Inyo TRAFFIC email address:  inyo.traffic@inyocourt.ca.gov

Include your full name, address, telephone number, date of citation, citation number, and court case number, if available, in all email requests for information.

The Court does not accept documents for filing by email, i.e. traffic school certificates, proofs of correction, motions to continue court trial, etc.

Please be advised, every effort will be made to answer traffic emails within 1 business day. Please allow this time to pass before calling the Court or re-submitting your email request.

THIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS ONLY TO BE USED FOR TRAFFIC AND NON-TRAFFIC INFRACTION CITATION CASES.

Communications related to Felony, Misdemeanor, Family Law, Civil or other court actions will NOT be addressed or answered through this email address. 

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Correctable Offenses

Correctable Offenses will be dismissed by the court if Proof of Correction and the $25.00 per correctable violation transaction fee is presented to the Court before the due date.  Processing clerks are authorized to grant a 30 day extension to complete the correction of the violation.  You must request the extension before the appearance date on your citation.  Requests can be made by phone, e-mail, or in person at the clerk's office during business hours.  Mechanical corrections may be obtained at any law enforcement office during regular business hours.  Should you choose not to provide Proof of Correction you may do so by paying the full bail amount.  Sale of the vehicle does not relieve you of the responsibility for correcting the violation(s).

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Payment Plans

If you are unable to pay the full fine amount stated on your Courtesy Notice, you may request a payment plan. Your request can be made by email, phone or by mail. Please be advised of the following requirements for payment plans:

  • A $35.00 collection fee will be added to the fine amount.

  • If you attend traffic school, the full fine including the $35.00 collection fee, must be paid in three (3) payments.

  • Upon your request for payments, the Court will mail you paperwork that must be completed and returned to the Court with your initial payment.

  • Payment plans can only be authorized for violations of the Vehicle Code.

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Extensions

Arrangements for an extension can be made by phone, e-mail, in person or by mail BEFORE the due date shown on your courtesy notice or citation.  The person who received the citation must make the request.  If you need an extension beyond the time period the clerks are authorized to grant, you must contact the Court in order to appear before the Judge to request additional time.  To request an extension in person you must come to the office during business hours before the due date shown on your courtesy notice or citation.  To request an extension by phone, e-mail or mail, you must do so before the due date shown on your courtesy notice or citation.

Court ordered fines may be paid by mail, online at Official Payments or in person.  To insure your case is credited correctly, write the docket number on your check.  Checks or Money Orders should be made payable to: The Superior Court of California, County of Inyo.  The clerk may grant a 30 day extension to complete corrections on your citation or to allow you time to save the money to pay your fine.  Extensions will not be granted to anyone who has been ordered to attend traffic school or has Court ordered fines.

If your matter has been set for a Court Trial and you wish to request a continuance of the court date, you must do so in writing by mail, and your request must be received by the Court at least 10 days prior to the court date.

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Arraignment

If you choose to appear for arraignment as stated on your Courtesy Notice, when you appear you May Enter One Of The Following Pleas:

GUILTY: You admit to the violation(s).  This will result in a conviction once you enter your plea.

NO CONTEST: You neither admit or deny the violation(s) occurred.  This plea is treated the same as a guilty plea and the violation(s) will appear as a conviction on your record.

NOT GUILTY: You deny the violation(s) and want to appear with the citing officer(s) present.  Notification will be sent to citing officer(s) to appear.  Please note that if you fail to appear, you may be charged with a misdemeanor (40508(a)VC) and a warrant may be issued.  A DMV hold may be placed on your driver's license.

The trial will be presided over by a Judge.  The officer(s) will be subpoenaed to present any factual evidence.  At this time, you must also be prepared to produce all evidence, documents, or witnesses to support your case.  A court trial can be requested at your arraignment or you can request a court trial without appearing for arraignment.  The following requirements must be met to qualify for a court trial without appearing for arraignment: Full bail must be paid, violation(s) must be infractions only and you must enter a "Not Guilty" plea in writing

Vehicle Code Section 40902 allows a defendant to contest citations in writing, without having to make a personal court appearance.  This procedure is called a "trial by declaration."  Trial by written declaration are available in cases involving infraction violations of the Vehicle Code or of local ordinances adopted under the Vehicle Code, only.

If you wish to appear on your citation, you must appear on the due date and time indicated on your citation.  Judges are only available for arraignments on specific dates and times.  An arraignment is the initial appearance and hearing before the court.  At this time, the charges are presented, and the opportunity to enter a plea is given.  The bail amount may be set and a future appearance may be scheduled.  The citing officer(s) will not be present.

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Failure to Appear

Failure to Appear holds cannot be continued.  You may request an arraignment date for Failure to Appear, however, the DMV holds will not be released unless the fine is paid in full, by cash or money order or you appear in court.  Failure to Pay holds cannot be released unless the fine is paid in full with cash or money order.  You cannot request a modification to release hold for Failure to Pay.  If you know the amount of your fine and wish to pay in person please note you may pay at either of the address listed at the top of the page during business hours.  Please provide clerk with your docket number and correct address.  If you pay by mail and need a receipt, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope.

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Traffic School

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You have a valid driver's license at the time you were cited.
  • You have NOT attended traffic school on a prior citation within 18 months of your present citation.
  • You were not cited for driving 25 mph over the posted speed limit.
  • Your citation is for a moving violation and does not require a mandatory appearance or have a misdemeanor charge.
  • Your citation does not include any charges for alcohol or drugs.
  • You hold a commercial driver’s license but were not operating a commercial vehicle.

If you meet these requirements and wish to attend traffic school you may be required to pay an additional court fee of $52.00, PLUS the amount of the bail indicated on your courtesy notice.  Checks may be made payable to The Superior Court of California, County of Inyo.  There will be a separate fee collected by the traffic school you choose to attend.  Upon the Court receiving proof of completion of traffic school in a timely manner, your citation will be dismissed.  A traffic school dismissal is reported to DMV and should appear on your non-public record, which is not accessible to your insurance company.  You may attend ANY DMV approved school in the state.

If you fail to attend court ordered traffic school within 60 days of order and/ or payment, or decide not to attend, the fee will be converted to bail, bail will be forfeited and no further proceedings will be held and the violation will show on your driving record.  Your automobile insurance may be adversely affected.  If you do not complete traffic school the $52.00 fee will not be refunded to you.  Should you attend traffic school and you are not eligible under this Court's guidelines stated on your courtesy notice, the case will NOT be reported as a traffic school dismissal, but as a conviction.  If a party has approval from the Court, but has attended traffic school within the past 18 months, the traffic school dismissal will appear on your public record and will be accessible to your insurance company.

For a list of DMV approved classroom courses, internet, and home study courses, go to:
http://dmv.ca.gov/OLINQ2/welcome.do
or call (916) 229-3126.

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Trial by Declaration

Vehicle Code Section 40902 allows a defendant to contest citations in writing, without having to make a personal court appearance.  This procedure is called a “trial by declaration.”  Trials by written declaration are available in cases involving infraction violations of the Vehicle Code or of local ordinances adopted under the Vehicle Code only. The following must be met to qualify for a trial by declaration: Full bail must be paid, violation(s) must be infractions only and no failure to appear or failure to pay fine(s) on the case. 

To request a “trial by declaration” read TR-200 INSTRUCTIONS TO DEFENDANT (Trial by Written Declaration). Prepare a Judicial Council Form TR-205 REQUEST FOR TRIAL BY WRITTEN DECLARATION (Trial by Written Declaration-Traffic) and submit the completed form to the Court at the address shown below.  You must include the full bail amount when submitting your TR-205 form to the Court for consideration.  You must submit the bail amount and TR-205 to the Court no later than thirty (30) days from the date of this correspondence.

Page two (2) of the TR-205 form provides your opportunity to explain the facts of your case and tell the Judge why you believe you are not guilty.

The law enforcement officer issuing the citation will be notified to prepare a declaration as to the facts of the case.

The TR-205 form and declarations will be submitted to the Judge for ruling.  You will be notified of the Judge’s decision by mail.

To obtain a fillable copy of the TR-200 and TR-205 form go to the California Courts Online Self-Help Center www.legalselfhelp.ca.gov and click on the forms tab, select traffic, select the forms you need to complete, or www.courts.ca.gov and scroll down to traffic, choose the forms related to your case.

IF YOU PAY FOR YOUR WRITTEN TRIAL BY DECLARATION BY CREDIT CARD, YOU MUST CHOOSE THE TRIAL BY DECLARATION OPTION AT THE TIME YOUR PAYMENT IS MADE.  IF YOU DO NOT SPECIFY THIS PAYMENT IS FOR A WRITTEN TRIAL BY DECLARATION YOUR MONEY WILL BE FORFEITED AND A CONVICTION REPORTED TO DMV.  Attach a copy of your receipt from Official Payments with your written declaration, when filing with the court.

Credit card or E-check payments for court fines and fees may be made through Official Payments:
https://www.officialpayments.com Official Payments Corporation charges a convenience fee to use this
service to make the payment.  This charge is payable to Official Payments and is separate from the primary obligation you will pay the court.

 

 

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Independence, CA 93526


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Independence, CA 93526


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Bishop, CA 93514

CONTACT THE COURT
To contact the Superior Court by telephone call (760) 872-3038

OUR MISSION
Our mission is to protect the legal and constitutional rights of all; to provide an accessible forum to preside over and resolve disputes under the law; and to administer justice in a fair and impartial manner.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS
Credit card or E-check payments for criminal court fines and fees may be made through Official Payments.

Instructions on how to make a credit card payment.

Official Payments Corporation charges a convenience fee to use this service to make the payment.  This charge is payable to Official Payments and is separate from the primary obligation you will pay the Court.

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If your case has been referred for collections to the Franchise Tax Board or to Alliance One, you must make your payment directly to those collection agencies and not through this credit card process.  If your case has been referred to either of these collection agencies, and you pay the Court by credit card, your payment may be returned to you.  The credit card fee charged is non-refundable. 

Franchise Tax Board
PO Box 1328
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-1328
(916) 845-4064

Alliance One
8589 Aero Dr
San Diego, CA 92123
(877) 541-8420

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ADA
If you are coming to the Court and require accommodations due to a disability, please contact:

ADA Coordinator/Access
Lindsay Eropkin, Court Operations
voice: (760) 872-4518
fax: (760) 872-4984
lindsay.eropkin@inyocourt.ca.gov

The Court requires notification in advance of your appearance, or visit to the Court, to be sure the services you might request, such as sign language interpretation, assisted listening devices, courtroom accessibility or other assistance are available.  Please contact the ADA Coordinator as soon as possible to begin the process of insuring your access to the Court.

If you would like to  access the optional Judicial Council form please click on MC-410, Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities and Order.

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COURT FEES
JUNE 2012 FEE SCHEDULE

BAIL AND PENALTY SCHEDULES
2014 UNIFORM BAIL AND PENALTY SCHEDULES
STANDING ORDER - INYO COUNTY BAIL SCHEDULE

No conformed copies of documents filed with the clerk's office will be returned by mail unless a self addressed, stamped envelope is provided at the time of filing.  Inyo County Superior Court does not accept payment by credit card at this time.The staff is prohibited by law from rendering legal assistance or advice in court proceedings (GC 24004, 68082). Persons appearing on their own behalf (in propria persona) are responsible for preparing and presenting their pleadings in complete and proper form without legal assistance from deputies of the Clerks Office. Questions pertaining to legal matters or the proper completion of the appropriate forms should be answered by an attorney.  Attorneys of record are required to include California State Bar numbers on all pleadings (CRC 201).

The first page of each paper shall specify immediately below the number of the case the date, time, and location, if ascertainable, of any scheduled hearing and the name of the hearing judge, if ascertainable (CRC 311).

If a check is returned unpaid to this office, a notice will be sent to the filing party stating that they have twenty (20) days in which to pay the unpaid check by cash or certified check plus the twenty-five dollars ($25.00).

Make checks payable to: The Superior Court of California, County of Inyo.

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