Court Appearance Information
To appear in court on your ticket, you must check in prior to the court session you want to attend, on or before the appearance date indicated on your ticket. Bail is not required to appear in court.
Check-in hours are:
East County Division
- Monday through Friday – one morning session, check-in between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
- Monday through Thursday – one afternoon session at 2:00 p.m., check-in between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
- There is NO afternoon session on Fridays.
Make an appointment for the Traffic Court business office by calling (619) 456-4100 or clicking here.
No reservations are available for Criminal matters at this time.
Effective June 15, 2015, all MISDEMEANOR COURTROOM APPEARANCES are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance. You may schedule a courtroom appearance in the Traffic Business Office Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (noon). Unscheduled courtroom appearances are NOT allowed.
Central Division (Kearny Mesa)
Effective March 1, 2015, ALL COURTROOM APPEARANCES are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance. To schedule a courtroom appearance click here or call (858) 634-1800, Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Unscheduled courtroom appearances are NOT allowed. When appearing for a scheduled courtroom appearance in Dept. B, you must arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time and check-in with the clerk at Window A before entering the courtroom.
Cases with a warrant or that have been referred to the collection agency require a visit to the courthouse during business office hours to schedule a courtroom appearance. Unscheduled courtroom appearances are NOT allowed.
North County Division
- Court Check-in times:
- Monday through Thursday: 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Friday: 8:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., excluding holidays
Make Reservations for an appointment with the business office or court appointments at day and evening sessions by calling (760) 201-8500 or clicking here. Night court appearances are available by appointment and on a walk-in basis 1st Thursday night of each month at 5 p.m.
South County Division
- Monday through Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
- NO afternoon session on Fridays
Make Reservations for a court appearance by clicking here. No Night Court appointments are available at this time.
Night Court for infractions only:
- Last Thursday of the month
- Check-in before 5:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri. check-in before 12:00 p.m.
*=All times above are subject to change.
**=These are court check in times when at the counter. Please account for time that will be spent in line waiting to be checked in for court by a clerk.